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1973 Resto-mod Schwinn Varsity Build.


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Just finished this very unique build per request of our customer, a 1973 Schwinn Varsity with a modern 2016 Shimano Tiagra groupset. First off this bike required many modifications. The bike features inline cable adjusters, the original stem has been modified to receive a recessed allen bolt, modern brake pads on original Weinmann calipers, the american bottom bracket has been converted to accept a European bottom bracket. A modern derailleur hanger has been added as well an adjuster for a modern front derailleur.

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Bike Build

Frame: 1973 Schwinn Varsity- Powder coated white and new decals
Fork: 1970’s Schwinn Continental
Stem and Bar: 1970’s Schwinn Continental
Wheels: 2016 Full Speed Ahead Vison Team 25

Groupset: 2016 Shimano Tiagra 10 speed
Cranks: NOS Shimano 105 Triple Octalink
Cassette: 2016 Shimano Deore 11-34
Brakes: 1970’s Weinmann with 2016 Ravx pads and Jagwire holders
Chain: 2016 Shimano Tiagra

The Ride

For a 43 year old bike, the ride is incredibly smooth and comfortable, if you ever get the chance to ride an old varsity, continental or suburban you’ll be suprised. The newly redesigned Shimano Tiagra groupset shifts beautifully (Similar to 105 11 speed) and its looks mimic the higher end groupsets. Tiagra is a groupset to be taken seriously, I would even recommend it for racing.

New Bikes with Shimano Tiagra


For a new bike with Shimano Tiagra, I would recommend the KHS Flite 700, It is a light weight carbon fiber model that shares similar characteristics in ride in handling as it top racing models. The KHS Flite 700 is available for $1,699 at Eddy’s Cycle City. Click here for more info on the KHS FLITE 700.

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