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Author:  Moqi [ Sat Jun 23, 2012 7:17 pm ]
Post subject:  Schwinn Rocket 88 frame

Really nice frame this - size 19" . Had this from new. Rides really nice -one of my all time favourite bikes. - hardly any bob and fairly light. This is the 2000 frame - which had the slightly dodgy bottom bracket suspension design. These bearings were replaced with the later design and are new.

The shock is a Stratos which is an air assisted spring design. I bought this in 2002 and the shock cost £350 - gulp. Masses of adjustment on this shock.

Built up at the moment, nice bike to ride, but getting no use and need to thin the herd.

£110 posted

Includes seatpost - a Ritchey. Cranks - NOT INCLUDED

A few scratches, but no dents

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Author:  Moqi [ Sat Jun 23, 2012 7:18 pm ]
Post subject:  as built

as built

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Author:  jimmy5willy [ Sun Jun 24, 2012 2:15 am ]
Post subject: 

Where did you get the shock from? Been Looking for a Stratos supplier for ages!

<Free Bump!>

Author:  Moqi [ Sun Jun 24, 2012 12:58 pm ]
Post subject:  Stratos

Hi Jimmy - I'm afraid Stratos got sued out of existence by Specialized over a dodgy patent infringement.

see http://www.pinkbike.com/forum/listcomme ... adid=82283

This chap may be able to help but he's in US http://www.thebrokenbike.com/shock_rebuild_contact.html

Author:  jskdog [ Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:46 pm ]
Post subject: 

That is stunning, love those bikes. If I had the cash I would bite your hand off. Unfortunately I need to thin my fleet first to raise some cash. Good luck with the sale.

Author:  Moqi [ Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:20 pm ]
Post subject:  tya

Thanks JSK, they certainly ride well .

Author:  cyfa2809 [ Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:26 pm ]
Post subject: 

jimmy5willy wrote:
Where did you get the shock from? Been Looking for a Stratos supplier for ages!

<Free Bump!>


Get your bank manager to give you monies and try avalanche?

Author:  jimmy5willy [ Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:10 pm ]
Post subject: 

cyfa2809 wrote:
jimmy5willy wrote:
Where did you get the shock from? Been Looking for a Stratos supplier for ages!

<Free Bump!>


Get your bank manager to give you monies and try avalanche?


Found a South African shop/manufacturer with that name but no Stratos stuff on their website. Was I in the wrong place? Link? :wink:

Author:  simonlovell99 [ Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:11 pm ]
Post subject: 

what weight and measurements are the frame. Could it be built lightish 26/27"? And is it a 4" horst link

thanks

Author:  Moqi [ Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:15 am ]
Post subject:  Weight?measurement

I'll get those details for you in the morning.

BOB

Author:  cyfa2809 [ Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:20 am ]
Post subject: 

These guys:

http://www.avalanchedownhillracing.com/

Although probably better than stratos (probably better than anything out there really), boutique stuff - similar.

Author:  Moqi [ Mon Jun 25, 2012 1:10 pm ]
Post subject:  Simon

The rear travel is 88 mm - thats where Rocket 88 comes from

I dont know the technical name for the linkage set up but it rides rearly well with no noticeable bob. Heres a review of this model http://www.dirtragmag.com/reviews/schwi ... 88-stage-3



Weight. Bike is built at moment so no idea of frame weight


Hi Simon weighed bike by the unscientific method of using my bathroom scales and believe weight as built to be 13kgs.

The build is not particularly light mostly deore = cranks , shifters, cassette, derailleurs. Ritchey seatpost cheapo . Kore Stem

Marzocchi forks from 2002.

Wheels are Bontrager race - approx 1800 -1900 grams.

The onl;y light thing on it is a carbon easton bar.

Yes I would think it possible to get it down to 27 lbs

You could save 200 grams by using light weight tubes and another 200 grams by using lighter pedals - "(the v8s weigh 540 grams), Deore cassette weighs 400 grams - another 150 from using XT cassette, so thats 500 grams just from those 3 without thinking about forks etc

Effective top tube - 22 1/2 - 23" - . Seatube 19" from centre bb to top.

The bike is set up for me at 5' 10" if thats any help.

more pics of built bike on request

Author:  Moqi [ Sun Jul 01, 2012 1:44 pm ]
Post subject:  need the money

type bump

Author:  Craigk [ Fri Jul 06, 2012 11:58 pm ]
Post subject: 

Hi,
Is there any sideward play in the rear end, and does the frame have any dents or damage? Would it take a bottom bracket mounted chain device without fouling the swingarm?

Cheers
Craig

Author:  Moqi [ Mon Jul 09, 2012 5:40 pm ]
Post subject:  Schwinn

Sorry for delay in replying - not been well

1) theres no play in rear end. It uses sealed bearings rather than bushes. the main bearing has just been replaced.

2) There aren't any dents, the bike is scratched but no anything major.

3) I'm not sure what sort of chain device you are talking about, but the swing arm is symmetrical and largest ring doesn't hit the swinging arm, so presume chain device will fit. Send me a pic of what you are thinking of and I'll let you have my honest opinion.

Author:  onza100 [ Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:28 am ]
Post subject: 

jimmy5willy wrote:
Where did you get the shock from? Been Looking for a Stratos supplier for ages!

<Free Bump!>


I bought my stratos shock from hotlines. Was sometime ago mind.

Author:  Craigk [ Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:22 pm ]
Post subject: 

On holiday at the mo, let u know what chain device it
is when I get home, think it should be ok.
Cheers Craig.

Author:  Moqi [ Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:50 pm ]
Post subject:  schwinn

thanks craig. If can supply measurements I will check

Author:  Moqi [ Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:45 pm ]
Post subject:  bump

thursday morning bump for this great frame

Author:  Moqi [ Mon Jul 30, 2012 9:30 pm ]
Post subject:  olympic type bump

olympic type bump for this great frame

Author:  PACERC250T [ Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:11 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Schwinn Rocket 88 frame

Hi
Just bought one of these frames with Rock Shox forks on a whim...
Glad you said they are good to ride, as I'm looking to build to sell not keep - it keeps me off the streets!

Author:  GSB [ Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:01 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Schwinn Rocket 88 frame

I remember these bikes when they came out, and very nearly bought one new. For a while Schwinn was a real hotbed of innovation in rear suspension design. The Straight 8 and the 4 Banger / Straight 6 are key examples here, but the Rocket 88 was particularly clever. When I tested one out I had my Four Banger and Marin Rift Zone to compare them too, and it compared very very well indeed. Less bob than the Marin, and probably as good as the four banger in most respects.

The rear end is a very good design, certainly far better than many manufactureres were making at the time (and even now), but I think the concept died an early death for two reasons.

1/ The vogue for long travel bikes was just beginning. People were offering up to 6" travel on what were essentially XC bikes at the time, and they were selling in preference to the paltry 3.5 inches on the Rocket.

2/ The design wasn't "obviously" a full suspension design. To the casual observer that rear triangle looks rather like a hard tail. Where it exceeds in technical competence and rigidity, it fails in terms of bling.

Still, overall, much like the other Schwinn designs of the period, I'd say it's a brilliant chassis, and easily the equal of most modern offerings.

£110 is a bloody bargain. Have a free bump on me. (Although, seeing as the OP last posted exactly 12 months ago, its likely to have been sold by now)

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