This is a 1985 Schwinn Cimarron--originally their top-end mountain
bike, but now converted into a commuter and rough-road tourer. This
one fell through the cracks on eBay and I picked it up for $50.
The current setup (first picture) has come together over the last
several months, and works great for me now as a daily ride and on
the rare day- (or night-) trip.
construction is interesting. It's an all-4130 frame, and the top
and down tubes are "ovalized" and fillet-brazed to the headtube
(second picture). It really seems more like a rough-road tourer
than what we'd call a "mountain bike" now (although admittedly the
very high bottom bracket is more like an mtb).
can see something close to the original setup in the last picture.
It looked like a gangly comfort bike in that version--seems odd
for a mountain bike, even for that era. But I've kept the original
Nitto removable-plate stem and riser bars just in case...
few of the new/replaced parts: *Nitto B115 bars (45cm) and Periscopa
stem with grey Shimano 600 aero levers *Suntour barcons, new LX
rear derailleur, 13-34 Megarange freewheel *Schwalbe 26x2.0 Big
Apples *Carradice Nelson LF
details at: http://home.ntelos.net/~certhia/cim/
scott clark <*> charlottesville va us ]