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1987 Schwinn 26

1987 Schwinn 26

New Old Stock Schwinn 26 inch Cruiser Frame and Fork BMX Build


By 1987 most of Schwinn's production had moved to Taiwan and Schwinn was partnering with Giant, who made the Schwinn approved Cruiser frames that year. When Schwinn went bankrupt in the 90's, Kraynick's Bike Shop in Pittsburgh saw an opportunity. Gerry Kraynick purchased a huge volume of parts from Schwinn distributors. Among the mass of used and NOS (New Old Stock) parts in Kraynick's bike shop are a few NOS cruiser frames. Like toys abandoned on misfit Island, these remaining frames are purple, pink and teal- total 80's color ways. Like a reindeer with a red nose, I have always found these frames attractive, hanging from the ceiling at Kraynicks in the customer work area. Yesterday Gerry sold me a frame and fork. Here is the build that has emerged from the Whistle Shop. 

FEATURES This 1987 26 inch Schwinn BMX Style Cruiser features a New Old Stock (NOS) Frame and Fork made for Schwinn by Giant. It has been waiting 26 years to be built! Additionally, NOS Schwinn Moab 26x1.65 skin wall tires, a NOS layback seat post, NOS SR Seat Clamp and a custom shaved and polished Schwinn BMX quill stem as well as a custom covered seat in white, take this bike back to the future. It's so Rad, it makes me want to listen to Prince singing Purple Rain while as I wheelie down the street. 

It's a brand new frame and fork and was still wrapped when I bought it so it is in pristine condition. I have cleaned and waxed the frame and fork. With full BMX bars and a layback seat post, this bike offers an amazingly plush ride. Also, instead of the traditional 46/19 gearing, I have geared it at 44/18 with 165mm cranks so that it is now perfect for riding hills in Pittsburgh. 

NOS 26 inch 1987 Schwinn Cruiser 5 frame and 26 inch unicrown crown cruiser fork made for Schwinn by Giant. 

Handlebars: 4130 Cromoly Mongoose Expert Bars, chrome 
Stem: Mid 1980's Schwinn four bolt top load BMX quill stem (1 inch) shaved and polished 
Grips: Ame Tri, black 
Grip ends: fly bikes plugs, white 
Seat Post: Schwinn layback alloy, polished 
Seat Post Clamp: SR style, polished 
Seat: DK custom cover, white 
Cranks: One Piece cromo, 165mm 
Sprocket: GT Star and GT 44t Chain Ring, Black and Alloy 
Pedals: Wellgo Style Platform 
Wheels: CMC with Shimano Coaster Brake 
Tires: NOS Schwinn Moabs from the late 1990's 26x1.65


Submitted by Jayrev67

  • All-Around
  • Company: Schwinn
  • Model: 26
  • Wheel Size: 26"
  • Headtube size: 1"