Schwinn cruiser identity help


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Eisele1

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Dec 15, 2018
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#21
Wow, thankyou guys so much for all the help, yes I noticed the stem was way to high as well. Speaking of the stem it is made by HL? The same manufacturer made the GT handlebars that came on a 99' interceptor I have. The crank appears to be made by YST corporation. And the stamp on it reads FU-PA0165
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GTs58

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#23
From a discussion about a year ago. Someone trying to identify their bikes. Hungarians 88 thru 93. And Jeffs pics of a 93 and 91, could be a 90 surely not a 72.

The catalog image Jeff54 says is a 91 is actually a 1992 catalog image. I had a 90 Cruiser 5 with the same decals and the Schwinn oval head badge and it was built in Taiwan. In the 92 catalog the image of the Cruiser sure makes it look like the rear of the chain guard is mounted to the dropout judging by the location of the screw head and has a round head badge so a possible image of the Hungarian made Cruiser. On Sheldon Brown's site it's said that Schwinn never imported bikes from the Hungarian plant, and I find that odd and false information. Schwinn dumped a bucket load of $'s in that old factory, and I'm sure it took a while to get it to the point where it was producing bikes with the Schwinn name. Exactly when they were first imported to the US is a good question. And another question is, did Schwinn import these Cruisers from both Hungary and Taiwan at the same time? I believe they may have. That would verify the head badge build date on the OP's bike as a 90. If the OP can verify his bike had the 1990 decals that would be great!

1990 Taiwan built Schwinn Cruiser.

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Eisele1

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#24
Unfortunately the bike was painted at least once but I think twice maybe. Under the badge was a darker shade of blue, it looked like they painted over the decals so I used some graffiti remover and it was actually just, what I was the original white that was showing up through the crappy paint job, the stem was painted as well which also was white under the paint. Unfortunately no decals to show though.
 

Eisele1

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#25
So I've also figured out, the "HL" on the stem is Hsin Lung, the crank is a FU PAO and the BB components are YST corporation. All of these brands came on some vintage BMX bikes. In your opinions do you think this is all aftermarket or did these parts come on "90's" cruiser bikes?
 

GTs58

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So I've also figured out, the "HL" on the stem is Hsin Lung, the crank is a FU PAO and the BB components are YST corporation. All of these brands came on some vintage BMX bikes. In your opinions do you think this is all aftermarket or did these parts come on "90's" cruiser bikes?
Schwinn outsourced just about everything at this time so odds are those parts came with the bike.

Unfortunately the bike was painted at least once but I think twice maybe. Under the badge was a darker shade of blue, it looked like they painted over the decals so I used some graffiti remover and it was actually just, what I was the original white that was showing up through the crappy paint job, the stem was painted as well which also was white under the paint. Unfortunately no decals to show though.
Have you pulled the fork yet? I doubt the person(s) that rattle canned it took the time to remove the fork for painting. The fork steer tube should have the original paint on it. That Blue that was under the head badge may have been the original color, but the steer tube will tell all. Here's the color info I've gathered for these years. 92 only for a Blue.

Taiwan.. 1990- Black and Poppy Red (AKA Pink)
Taiwan.. 1991- Black, Poppy Red and White Spider
Hungary 1992- Starmist Black and Blue Flake
Hungary 1993- Eclipse Black and Red Metallic


Edited to add the country or origin using the rear chain guard mounting
 
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GTs58

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#28
Ha!!! That's original paint! White Spider is the name, funky is the game. :D One year only, so now you know. And it looks like Schwinn imported from everyone and anyone.

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GTs58

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#31
Here's a little history if you're interested in that sort of thing. Somewhat explains what was going on here and backs up the idea that Schwinn imported from both Taiwan and Hungary, at the same time.

http://re-cycle.com/History/Schwinn/Swn10_Bankrupt.aspx

In the late 80s Schwinn had made it clear that it would be moving away from Giant. Giant, in turn had become a direct competitor. But Schwinn would never be able to fully rid itself of Giant manufactured bikes. In 1990, Ed announced that Schwinn would be aggressively severing all ties with the manufacturer. A year later Schwinn had to go back to Giant because their other factories couldn’t keep up. Schwinn just didn’t have access to the capacity they needed. Therefore, Giant continued to have access to Schwinn’s latest plans.
 
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Rusty Klunker

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#32
So I've also figured out, the "HL" on the stem is Hsin Lung, the crank is a FU PAO and the BB components are YST corporation. All of these brands came on some vintage BMX bikes. In your opinions do you think this is all aftermarket or did these parts come on "90's" cruiser bikes?

Here is one local to me that doesn't look to be messed with. https://southjersey.craigslist.org/bik/d/toms-river-26-schwinn-beach-cruiser/6908315104.html Interesting about the HL stem, I have an 89 with the same stem and fork have to open it up and look at it.
 
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Eisele1

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Dec 15, 2018
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#33
Thanks, that was a interesting article. I was going to ask, if my bike was more valuable being a one year only color ( if I can save it) and also being a Hungarian bike. After reading this article it would be safe to assume that, it may be kind of a rare bike but to anyone that would have the knowledge about the bikes that came out of Hungary, would know the quality of the Hungary bikes wasn't up go par.
Here is one local to me that doesn't look to be messed with. https://southjersey.craigslist.org/bik/d/toms-river-26-schwinn-beach-cruiser/6908315104.html Interesting about the HL stem, I have an 89 with the same stem and fork have to open it up and look at it.
Ok, so the parts look to be factory then I would say. Reading that article about the Hungarian factor, I wonder if schwinn had to outsource the stems, cranks and BB's.
 

Roger Henning

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#34
When the Hungarian bike were being built Schwinn out sourced everything used on their bikes. Early 1980s was when the had the last in house parts made and maybe even earlier. Roger
 

GTs58

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#35
When the Hungarian bike were being built Schwinn out sourced everything used on their bikes. Early 1980s was when the had the last in house parts made and maybe even earlier. Roger
But the tooling for the S-2 rims was sent to Budapest. Not sure if they made the Clover chain rings there but it's possible. Forgot now what year these 90's Cruisers are spec'd out with aluminum rims. And not sure if that was just for the Taiwan builds or both factories since the Hungarian factory was making S-2's.
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Eisele1

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Unfortunately it appears that the rims on my bike are not the original rims. The rear is a hi-stop coaster brake but I haven't found any markings of a mfg yet.
 

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