This is a 1988 Schwinn Premis in Purple Rainbow (Blue / Violet / Purple fade) with White decals. It is a 23″ / 58cm /  Large (center of bottom bracket to top of seat tube) Columbus Tenax double butted Cro-Mo lugged Steel frame with a Tange Cro-Mo steel fork. The stand over height is 33″ directly in front of the saddle. 

There are 12 speeds available through the white Sakae FX SLP 200 two ring (52/42t) alloy crank with 170mm alloy crank arms with Crank Brothers clip in pedals and the Suntour Winner Pro 6 gear (18-13t) freewheel. 

The rear derailleur is a white Suntour Cyclone 7000 Accushift and the front is a white Suntour Cyclone 7000. Shifting is through Downtube Mounted white Suntour Accushift Indexed Shifters.

Both wheels are Mavic dark anodized double wall alloy rims drilled for Presta valves laced to Shimano 105 quick release alloy hubs . Both wheels have brand new 700x28c black wall tires. The dropouts have wheel locators.

Braking is handled by black Shimano dual pivot side pulls with quick release. The brake levers are alloy Aero Compe levers. 

The black vinyl saddle  is mounted to a fluted alloy seat post that moves freely in the seat tube. 

Alloy handlebars are mounted to an alloy stem. The stem is not frozen in the steering tube.

There is a bottle cage on the down tube and bosses for another on the seat tube and eyelets for a rear rack.

The bicycle rides, turns, stops and shifts through all of the gears and rings as it should.

This was the only year that Schwinn made the Premis. It was in between the Tempo and the Prelude in the steel road bike line up (Circuit / Tempo / Premis / Prelude) and shared the same 22lb claimed weight as the Tempo and the same geometry as the Circuit and Tempo, the difference being in the componentry and that the Circuit used Columbus SLX instead of Columbus Tenax. Having 4 bicycles with almost the same specifications lead to the Premis being dropped the next year. This bicycle has had it’s wheels upgraded from the original Weinmann alloys and also has a much closer ratio 6 gear freewheel than the original  14-26t Suntour Alpha. The Purple Rainbow (remember, it was the 80’s) paint looks almost like it’s anodized. There are chips to the paint, mainly along the non drive chain stay and forks, but it is still a very striking bicycle.

For less than the price of a generic Bike Shaped Object that anyone might buy online or from a store that sells bicycles in the Toy Department, you could be riding this vintage bicycle with quality components. The fact that it is still rolling down the road is a testament to how well it was built.

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