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1997 Schwinn El Jefe

1997 Schwinn El Jefe

Rare limited edition, US hand built frame number 01000397. In raw clearcoat. I decided to build as is, instead of refinish. A rough, ready rider.

Scored the frame on the Bay and when I got it found the rear drops spread by over 1/2" and hacked to 14mm...I was a little bummed. So I decided to build her up as a trail trashing monster, instead of all Schwinn XS/era correct parts. The seat tube is short and the bottom bracket is high, so after getting some taller bars she feels more comfortable for me (I'm 6'4") Now all I need is a larger sprocket, maybe a 33t, gearing is off but she's built from parts I had laying around. I'm planning on keeping her since I'm thinning the collection, but it's hard to say....maybe she'll be up for sale one day

Submitted by oldnewbie78

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  • Dirt Jump / Trail
  • Company: Schwinn
  • Model: El Jefe
  • Material: 4130 Chromoly
  • Headtube size: 1-1/8"
  • Details Schwinn el Jefe frame raw, Schwinn XS seat and clamp, Federal fork raw, Tange Fatty MX headset, S&M Redneck stem raw, Terrible One bars raw, Stolen Money grips, Primo hollowbite 175mm cranks, Shadow Conspiracy 30T sprocket, VP-717 pedals, Generic aluminum seat post, Schwinn XS wheelset: 36H sealed mechanism front, 48H sealed cassette hub rear with 12T cog, Sun X25 rims. I stripped an 06 Schwinn XS Lavin 500 for the headset, sprocket, bars, pegs and wheels.