1982 Schwinn King Sting (modified)

Schwinn never took advantage of their position in the early mountain bike market.  Most of the early mountain bikes were based on the early Schwinn balloon-tire bikes from the 1930's and 1940's.  This was their attempt at a mountain bike.  Remember that this was the first year of the Specialized Stumpjumper and Schwinn was offering a Varsity frame (looks like filet brazed but it is Electro-Forged) with BMX parts.  It took them several years to realize that mountain bikes weren't going away and make a more serious off-road bike.  The King Sting was the top offering from Schwinn with a cro-moly frame.  This bike was purchased from the original owner who had modified it through the years.  Cantilever brakes mounts were added, Stumpjumper fork, Avocet 3 piece crank, Campy seat post........really isn't much original from Schwinn except for the wheels and frame.  If anyone know of a decal source, please let me know.

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Frame Steel Electro-Forged cro-moly construction
Fork Specialized Stumpjumper
Rear Shock NA
Rims Araya 26 x 2.125" blue anodized
Hubs Sunshine, high flange, blue anodized, modified to accept quick release
Spokes Zinc 3 cross
Tires Competition III
Pedals Suntour BMX, sealed, blue cages
Crank Avocet triple 32/42/50
Chain Sedis
Rear Cogs Modified 7 speed Suntour freewheel
Bottom Bracket One piece bottom bracket sealed cartridge conversion
Front Derailleur Suntour XCD 4050
Rear Derailleur Suntour Mountech
Shifters Suntour index thumb shifters
Handlebars Rise steel
Stem Nitto road
Headset Steel mixed pieces
Brake set Dia Compe cantilevers
Brake levers Dia Compe four finger
Saddle Avocet Touring
Seat Post Campagnolo Record
Colors Silver with blue accents
Size 20"
Serial #   ?


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