The Schwinn Bicycle Company was initially established, in Chicago, by the German-born engineer-Ignaz Schwinn (1860-1945) 1895. Schwinn took over as dominant manufacturer of U.S. bicycles through the 20th century. Schwinn is now a sub-brand of Pacific Cycle and is presently possessed by multi-national conglomerate, Dorel Industries. In the mid 20th century the Schwinn name meant quality. Schwinn chose to specalize in the adult road bike and they were the leader in that market. Arguably, the Sting Ray is the brand that Schwinn is the best known Schwinn model.
However, Schwinn failed to evolve with the times and suffered financial hardship and bankruptcy in the later part of the 20th century. Schwinn was late in adapting to trends. For instance, they did not produce quality sport bikes. The Schwinn bike was heavy and feature obsolete parts, such as, the kickstand. But, Schwinn has survived and live through another company. But this aint your Daddy’s Schwinn.
Schwinn Mountain Bike-
Schwinn also missed the mountain bike trend. Company officials thought mountain biking was a fad that would not last. This is unfortunate as the original mountain bikes were based upon the Schwinn balloon-tired cruiser bicycles. In the 70′s Schwinn did make a mountain bike. But, the mountain bike was never promoted.
Below are reviews of the popular Schwinn 26 Mountain Bikes.