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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2012
Well first off I would like to note that the 2 previous poor reviews were from people who don't own and did not buy this bike. One does not like Schwinn (does not own bike) and the other was complaining about the lack of info in the ad, and then stated he wouldn't buy it anyway (does not own bike). Well, I don't give either review any weight.
I could find little info on this bike via the web. I was worried about the size as I need a taller bike being 6'1.5" with a 34" inseam. I don't have a money tree so I couldn't spend a lot on a bike. I was tempted to buy the GMC Denali. I went to WalMart and looked at one and found that it looked good and was a very reasonable price. I compared it to the Schwinn Varsity and found the the Schwinn looked to be a better quality but was a bit small for me. When I saw the Phocus I couldn't find a size anywhere. So I downloaded a photo of the Varsity and superimposed the photo of the Varsity over the one of the Phocus. Not perfect, but it showed the Phocus was taller by a couple of inches, in theory this would make it just right.
The bike comes with many upgraded parts as compared to the low end Schwinn's and most of the department store bikes so I took a chance and ordered it. Free shipping got it to my residence is 5 days (ordered on a Sunday arrived on Thursday). Double boxed, the Schwinn box inside a second heavier box. After unpacking took about 15 minutes to assemble and another 30 minutes or so to adjust and check over. Only needed an allen wrench, a phillips screw driver and a small adjustable wrench, not hard but YMMV.
Very nice looking bike, looks and feels much better than the lower end bikes. I was able to find the original price was $420.00, so it wasn't cheap, although I assume it's a cheap bike to those who buy bikes costing a thousand or more.
The size is spot on for me (34" inseam, with shoes 34.5, if your inseam is less than 32" be careful.
seat tube, from the base(center of crank)to the top of seat post: 23.5", 59.7cm
seat tube, from the base(center of crank)to the center of top top tube: 21.5", 54.6cm
I will note that the upward slop of the top tube makes the seat post measurement a bit odd as the top bar is lower at the back than the front, similar to a mountain bike but not as drastic. If the top tube was straight it would measure at 23", 58.4cm (center to center)
top tube from center to center: 21.5", 54.6cm
The stand over height varies due to the upward slope of the curved top tube, this results in 3 separate measurements;
rear: 31.75", 80.6cm
center: 32.25", 81.9cm
front: 33", 83cm
Weight is 26.5 lbs.
The shifters are a bit weird I'll update after I get used to them.
With the lack of info on this bike I believe it was a short production, now discontinued item. I will write to Schwinn and post a follow-up.
I'm happy with my purchase and hope you find this review helpful.