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    1992 Schwinn Paramount S.A.S.S.

Schwinn team rider, Glen Adams, rode a S.A.S.S. (Schwinn Active Suspension System) frame to a bronze downhill medal at the 1991 World Mountain Bikes Championships in Italy.  The bike was brought back to Waterford and further work done on the linkage.  Schwinn then sold approximately 200 of these frames in 1992.  The frame, fork and rear brake retailed for about $1,800 which means you wouldn't see them on every street corner.  The unique shock system was designed by Erik Buell who made his name using Harley Davidson engines in high performance motorcycles.  Reviews of the era commented on the overbuilt and over-damped rear shock and the as-tested weight of 31.5 pounds with a Shimano Deore XT build kit.  The bike has a claimed 4" of rear travel while most bikes of the era were lucky to have 2" of travel.

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Frame Full cro-moly frame and swing arm
Fork Rock Shox Mag
Rear Shock Works Performance
Rims Campagnolo
Hubs Suntour XC Pro Grease Guard
Spokes DT Stainless Steel
Tires Schwinn KOM
Pedals Suntour XC Pro Grease Guard
Crank Suntour XC Pro Micro Drive
Chain Suntour AP
Rear Cogs Suntour XC 7 speed cassette
Bottom Bracket Suntour Grease Guard
Front Derailleur Suntour XC Pro
Rear Derailleur Suntour XC Pro
Shifters Suntour Wishbone under-bar
Handlebars Tru Temper 6000 Series aluminum
Stem Paramount welded aluminum
Headset Shimano Deore XT
Brake set Dia Compe 987 front cantilever, Magura Hydro-Stop hydraulic rear
Brake levers Dia Compe SS-7 front, Magura Hydro-Stop rear
Saddle Selle San Marco Bontrager
Seat Post American Classic
Colors Blue Velvet Gas
Size 17"
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