Schwinn Sting Ray Chopper Specifications

By Matt Gerrard

The Schwinn Stingray was a bicycle manufactured between 1963 and 1981. Its distinctive chopper styling was revived in 2004, when the bike was re-issued with all of the unique geometric styling features that made it popular in the first place, as well as some modern technological options.

Geometry

The 36-by-75-by-26-inch frame of the reissued StingRays is a lengthened, stretched-out design, resulting in a laid-back riding position. The modern version is specifically modeled after a chopper motorcycle. The seat is low, directly over the back wheel, and the pedals are mounted further forward to mimic the riding position of a chopper. The cross-bar and down tube extend further up than on a normal bike, resembling the gas tank of a chopper.

Hardware

The StingRay uses extruded alloy rims, with wheels of different sizes to continue the chopper styling. The rear wheel is 20 inches in diameter, with an extra-fat 4.25-inch "Big Boa" tire. The front wheel is taller and narrower at 24 inches high, with a 2-inch tire. There's a single linear-pull "V-Brake" on the rear wheel and a three-piece crank set with a single gear.

Styling & Accessories

The studded leather banana-seat apes the chopper look, as does the chrome sissy-bar behind it. A chromed alloy mud guard covers the rear wheel, cut short in the classic chopper style. The "triple-tree" forks also mimic the sturdy fork braces of a motorcycle, as does the chrome kick-stand.

Electric Version

A version of the StingRay is available that includes a rechargeable battery drive unit. Called The "StingRay Electric," the unit includes a 24-volt, 250-watt motor, powered by a pair of sealed lead batteries in a case designed to resemble a V-Twin engine. The batteries can be charged via the mains supply lead, or removed when not in use. When fitted, the power is controlled via a motorcycle-style twist-grip.

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About the Author

Matt Gerrard began writing in 2002, initially contributing articles about college student culture to "The Gateway" magazine, many of which were republished on the now-defunct Plinth blog. Since then, Gerrard has worked as a technician for musicians, educators, chemists and engineers. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in music technology from DeMontfort University.

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