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mikehuangsd
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Help Identifying My Schwinn

Hello -

I just picked up this bike for cheap off Craigslist, mostly because I love how it looks - I'm now trying to identify it.  From the catalogs posted on this site, it appears to resemble the 1998 Homegrown Factory XT the most.  Some differences though:

1) no tomato logo or the words 'homegrown' anywhere

2) the bike has a sticker that says S-40 - I don't see any reference to this type of name on this site

3) paint is bright blue and subtlely metallic  - not nearly as 'glittery' as the one in the catalog

4) the rear chainstays are not polished chrome - they are silver painted. 

5) sticker on the back says it's made of 6061 alloy

What can you tell me about this bike?  It's totally cool if this is not a 'desirable' bike - I'm riding it every day and loving it.  But anything at all anyone could tell me about it would be appreciated - 

 

Thanks-

Mike

 

 

 

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It's not a Homegrown, but shared much of the tech and frame geometry. It's a 1999 S-40. The frame was made in Taiwan instead of the US and it used lower-price components. Looks to be in great shape.

http://www.bikepedia.com/quickbike/BikeSpecs.aspx?Year=1999&Brand=Schwinn&Model=S-40&Type=bike#.UJFonMXEbkU

mikehuangsd
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So it's more of a Taiwan-grown mass produced version.  That explains everything.

It IS in excellent shape - Barely a scratch on the paint when I got it, and the shocks look and work like brand new. I've since polished every last speck of rust off of the steel nuts and bolts, and recently changed out the knobbies to whitewall road slicks. 

Thank you for the info! 

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mikehuangsd
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just an update - My 1999 Schwinn s40 is still going strong - now with 27.5" wheels!

1999 Schwinn S40