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Schwinn Cutter

Behold the Schwinn Cutter, named after the legendary team in Breaking Away. This ’09 model should be appearing at dealers soon enough for around $299. Single/fixed, flat bars and two brakes. This is sure to be a winner, and is pretty well the bike I’d personally be recommending to legions of folks looking for a solid, cheap bicycle to get around town. Look for more information as Interbike approaches.


  1. AlNovember 4, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Thanks very much for the info Tman, and for the pics too.

  2. AlNovember 9, 2008 at 10:30 am

    Well, I just got it. And yes its a TANK.
    It came with riser stem and I had the LBS trade it out for a 0 deg stem.
    Clamp dia is 25 and bars are 25s.
    Seatpost is 25.4 and the clamp is not same as pictured on website or Interbike. Clamp is HEAVY.
    BB and Cranks (Silver Ring attached to black arms, 165mm) SUCK and
    you cant replace it easily cuz the arms are attached weirdly (not the standard way cranks are attached)
    They didnt come with pedals. LBS said all the Cutters they received didnt have pedals in the box.
    Tires come with Shrader valves
    Decal set: comes in 3 colors (Silver, metalic red, dark metallic pink, white) and diff Schwinn Logo styles

    I made the mistake of ordering this bike (my first road bike) before seeing it in person.
    Im replacing the cranks, ring, BB, seatpost, chain, cutting the bars shorter, switching to cross levers and getting metal platforms.
    Then im going to beat the hell out of it!

  3. JOHNNovember 10, 2008 at 10:47 am

    I got mine. Dealer said his were on order since spring, that he was told there were to be two production runs. They said it is a flip flop hub but you have to add the fixed cog. Mine weighs 25lbs on the bathroom scale. Black crank arms on mine too. I have been riding nothing but vintage schwinns the last 10 yrs, so I’m happy with it. The seat has togo though! Mine has pedals.

  4. tmananaNovember 11, 2008 at 8:24 am

    FYI: My headset is also 1″ as stated by someone else above. The 1 1/8″ to 1 1/8″ threaded – threadless converter I purchased didn’t fit so Schwinn’s posted size is totally wrong.

  5. nickskiNovember 15, 2008 at 11:48 am

    you guys should NOT buy this bike. the madison is so much better.

    if you wanted to make the cutter a decent bike with the cutter you would have to replace the seatpost, brakes,wheels, crank, bb,stem, brake levers, pedals, and handlebar. Now you’ve just spent a ton of money and you still have a piece of crap frame.

  6. TimNovember 17, 2008 at 9:01 am

    Hey everybody – thanks for the comments on the spec on the Schwinn website being incorrect. We caught that based on your comments and should have it corrected for you now. Sorry for any confusion it may have caused!


  7. tmananaNovember 18, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Nickski – I’m sorry but I think there’s a market for it. I’ve spent maybe an extra $80 on a new stem (120mm 83/97 threadless with a 1″ to 1-1/8 converter), drops, pedals and some extraneous things (fenders, lock, etc) and now have an all black, relatively incognito SS that is a pretty fun ride. I don’t have to worry that much about leaving it at the train station but yet I’m not embarrassed about riding it in the least. Even with the upgrades it’s on par for what people are paying for overhauled fixies on Craigslist. It’s on par with bikesdirect.com SSes but you get the added benefit of purchasing from an IBS.

    The Madison retails for twice as much. For the $600+ range you have a ton of SSes to choose from. For the $300-$400 range you are limited to ebay and craigslist specials. The market is there and I gotta say I really like the bike for what it is.

  8. SteveNovember 20, 2008 at 11:59 am

    Here’s a few pics of mine. I’m loving it. picked up a bunch of stuff local on craigslist like xt square taper cranks, un72 bb, da threaded headset, kenisis fork. the salsa stem cost a little bit but is so choice. someone mentioned the paint rubs off the rims on the brakeing surface, well duh.

  9. JonathanNovember 30, 2008 at 12:57 am

    My Cutter is the first road bike I’ve ever owned, and it’s proving a decent investment – though given my last bike lasted 16 years, it’s got a long road before I call it a wise investment. Chopping down the handlebars and putting new grips on helped my back comfort a lot, though the top tube is a little short for my size (I bought the ‘small’ frame, for people 5’3 – 5’6″, and I’m 5’7″. The ‘medium’ frame’s top tube pushed nads into intestines when I straddled it; Schwinn HQ employs some oddly proportioned fit models). I called Schwinn to inquire about the riser stem/quick-release seatpost not matching up w/ their site images, and they were like, “Yeah, it shipped with different components.” So if anyone thinks they can hold Schwinn to what they themselves publish, think again. All told though it looks pretty cold murdered out.

  10. NateNovember 30, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    Just picked mine up yesterday for $190 new, at a shop outside of Boston. Comes with a freewheel but does not come with a flip-flop hub as some were wondering.

  11. JonathanNovember 30, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    $190?? That’s stupid cheap. Makes you wonder whether there’s some truth to rumor that a 2nd run more true to the original images is due to ship??

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  13. AlDecember 3, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Update, So I weighed my CUTTER.
    Comes in at 23.
    Although Ive replaced almost everything on it but the Wheels, Fork and saddle.
    I think I can shave more weight off if I cut the seatpost and goto 25 or 23 tires.
    Although its been quite the money pit,
    It rides real nice n smooth compared with me Alum bike.
    This is my first experience with a Steel frame.
    Next spring build Im getting a lighter steel frame, um hooked on Steel!

  14. JayDecember 3, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    Hey what up…
    I got 3 photos if my Fixed Cutter…

    [Ain't gonna work from your hard drive Jay] links removed

  15. JayDecember 3, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Sorry Copy And Paste The Links in Your Search Bar…

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  17. HCJanuary 13, 2009 at 10:28 am

    No self respecting rider would invest in a company that sells coaches and loveseats oh ya bikes to. There just whoring out the name and riding the wave say goodbye to fixed.

  18. SDMMarch 5, 2009 at 8:40 am

    I just bought a 2008 leftover for $150 and I have to admit it’s kinda fun for the $. The only thing I may do to it is the BB and Crank set when I blow them out. That’s the week spot but what the heck for $150 I can’t complain.

  19. JamesMay 4, 2009 at 10:33 am


    where did you buy the bike for $190? I’m in Boston, but I’ve only seen it being sold for 300.


  20. RoccoJuly 29, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    I found mine at http://www.performancebicycles.com

    I purchased it for $290 including tax and shipping!!

    At the they were running a 15% off everything and I believe its back up, just keep checking back.

    I picked it up at my LBS as pictured and it only took about 10 days.

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