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Nice bike with some work, but not quite as advertised
on April 8, 2014
So as others have noted, this has a heavy steel frame. With the suspension components (seat post and fork) and rack, that means it builds up to be a fairly heavy bike. There is a reason "serious" bikers pay big bucks for light bikes. They ride much easier and faster. The problem with a bike like this Schwinn is that novice riders, the ones generally buying this, will find biking takes more work than they expect.
The bike also requires some careful reassembly out of the box. I work on my own bikes, own several, and have done so for decades. I also have all the right tools and a workstand. So for me it was no big deal to readjust the bottom bracket, brakes and true up the wheels. But I suspect that not all buyers of a bike like this may be able/willing to do all that.
With those two issues in mind, the bike is otherwise pretty good. It looks sharp, which really is important. My wife like it. While the components aren't top shelf, they all work well and the bike rides good and safely. So for the price this is a very usable bike. Sure it will take more work to pedal across town, but it also doesn't cost $600.
I wish Schwinn would spec a lightweight aluminum frame version even if they had to charge $100 extra.