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2001 Schwinn Mean Street


United States


2001 Schwinn Van Homan Mean Street

  • Overview...
  • Van Homan's signature pro model frame
  • Intended for street, ramps, trails, etc.
  • Designed in 2000 by Van Homan - this was meant to be his "dream bike"
  • Fabricated by BREW Bikes in North Carolina
  • Production likely started in late 2000 and continued into 2001
  • Manufactured for less than a year - just before the Schwinn filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and was sold to Pacific
  • Due to the frame's graphics (they were designed after the Van Halen logo & guitar), Schwinn received a cease and deist letter from Van Halen's lawyers
  • The cease and desist order required Schwinn to cease production of the Mean Street frame, causing Schwinn to collapse - Van Homan was riding for Fit by 2002
  • Details...
  • Material: 100% American made 4130 cro-moly
  • Decals: inspired by Van Halen's logo and guitar
  • Head tube: 1-1/8" (for 1-1/8" press-in headset cups, 1-1/8" threadless forks, and 1-1/8" clamp-on stems), 1-5/8"thick with external relief
  • Gussets: top and down tube gussets at head tube
  • Top and down tubes: straight gauge tubing
  • Bottom bracket shell: external relief
  • Specs...
  • Top tube length (TT): 21" long (center-to-center)
  • Head tube angle (HA): 74.5 deg.
  • Seat tube angle (SA): 70.5 deg.
  • Chain stay length (CS): 15" (center-to-center)
  • Dropout slot: 3/8" tall (?), 1" long (?)
  • Other...
  • Weight: 6.25 lbs.
  • MSRP:
  • Sold at Dan's Comp in Apr. '01 for $289.99 USD (frame only)
  • Used by: Van Homan (2001)
  • The frame that Van Homan rode in his infamous Criminal Mischief part (arguably the best BMX section of all time --
  • Made in U.S.A.

Sources for this Reference Page

Cease & Desist Letter wrote:

March 29, 2001

Holden Bank
1690 38th Street
Boulder, Colorado 80301

Our Client: Edward Van Halen
Subject: Unauthorized use of Mr. Van Halen's trademarks and copyright

Dear Mr. Bank:

We are intellectual property council to the world-famous musician Edward Van Halen, a founding and present member of the world-renown band, VAN HALEN.

Since at least as early as 1978 and 1986, respectively, Mr. Van Halen has been using the trademarks VH  & Design No. 1 and VH & Design No. 2 ("Marks") in connection with his band VAN HALEN, musical performance, musical recordings, appearances, as well as well as a wide range of merchandise. Similarly, Mr. Van Halen's copyrighted work commonly referred to as Frankenstein (created by Mr. Van Halen in 1978), has been used extensively by Mr. Van Halen in connection with VAN HALEN and Mr. Van Halen's individual business activities encompassing a wide variety of goods and services.

To provide you with ready examples of our Marks and "Frankenstein", enclosed are the CD liner notes from Best of Volume I (1996) on which the VH & Design No. 2 mark appears on the cover.  If you unfold the notes, you will see the covers of prior VAN HALEN albums, at least six which show the VH & Design No. 1 or VH & Design No. 2 mark.  We also draw your attention to the covers of Women and Children First (1980) and Van Halen (Gold Disc) (1998) showing Mr. Van Halen with and/or related use of the "Frankenstein" guitar, as do the additional enclosed copies of photographs.

It has recently come to our attention that Schwinn is manufacturing, selling, distributing, advertising, and promoting the Van Homan Signature Pro Model bike frame which makes unauthorized and infringing use of the Marks and Frankenstein ("Infringing Product").

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