1992 Waterford Paramount OS forks

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  1. alienator

    alienator Well-Known Member

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    I've got a 1992 Waterford Paramount OS....well, it's a Waterford, now, since they were sold a few months after I ordered the frame. At any rate, I need to verify some fork dimensions, as I am switching from the OEM forks to CF forks.

    With my eyeball, I measured an axle-to-crown of 370 mm and an offset of 34 mm. I did this without dropping the forks out of the frame (I just moved to Tucson, from Ohio, and my tools haven't caught up with me yet.).

    I took the bike to an LBS....Fair Wheel Bikes...and one of their mechanics dropped the forks out and measured an axle-to-crown of 365 mm and an offset of 33 mm.

    Here's where the problem comes in: Schwinn does not have any bicycle records that precede their 1997 bankruptcy, and Richard Schwinn (of Waterford Bikes) doesn't seem to have the dimensions, either....or at least he hasn't contacted me for a week. I don't want to jack my steering geometry up a whole bunch, so I want to get a CF fork that is as nearly identical as possible. Reynolds forks are 372 mm axle-to-crown, and Easton forks are 364 mm axle-to-crown. As for offset, I'll vary that to compensate for different axle-to-crown dimensions.

    With all of that as backround info, does anyone have any old Waterford/Schwinn Paramount OS info laying around? For the record, my bike is 59 cm center-to-center and has the stock dimensions.

    Thanks.
     
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  2. Rich

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    I've a 1992 56cm Paramount and discovered the sloping crown aftermarket Tange forks are exact replicas. You might try typing in Tange Forks and see what comes up.
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  3. alienator

    alienator Well-Known Member

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    Well, the bike's gone, but for what it's worth I think your Paramount is one of the PDG Paramounts that were made in the Far East. Mine was the Waterford versions, customizable for der customer. As it turned out the axle to crown was 364mm, per Richard Schwinn at Waterford, and exactly the same as Easton. Offset was a funky number that I don't remember.
     
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