In at least one example (the one I own) the Titleist was one step down from the Crane GS/Schwinnn approved Le Tour in quality of materials as well as finish.. Although superficially identical, the Titlest has more steel parts than the Le Tour, most noticably the pully arms . Obviously the Titleist is heavier, but I haven't detected any difference in shifting performance. I just happened to have a Titleist and a Le Tour handy as I was reordering the parts box this weekend.
Tom Adams, Shrewsbury NJ
>To: "David Novoselsky" ,
>Subject: Re: [CR]Re: Japanese Components
>Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2003 13:20:48 -0500
>It is a bit difficult to tell. I think the Titlist at that time was almost
>identical to the Crane, only not quite so highly polshed. The "Schwinn
>Approved" long cage derailleur on the Paramount looked more like a Titlist
>to me, but I don't know for sure.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "David Novoselsky"
>Sent: Monday, September 01, 2003 12:56 PM
>Subject: [CR]Re: Japanese Components
>Jerry: Correct me if I am wrong on this, but I believe the Gran Trashmo on
>the Schwinn Paramount was replaced in 73 by a rebadged ("Schwinn Le Tour")
>Shimano Crane, not a Titlest? Dave Novoselsky, Chicago Illinois (who is
>looking at what is clearly a rebadged Crane on the back of his 73 Paramount
>as he types this.)