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This review is from: Schwinn Katana Road Bike (Sports)
I like to run triathlons but am in college and didn't have a lot of money to spend on a bike. I was a little leery at first because as far a road bikes go this is very inexpensive and there were not many specs available. As soon as i got it I replaced the pedals with clipless and installed a set of areo bars. I am 5'7" an have a 31 in inseam and the 54cm model fits me almost perfect.
I bought the bike about 4 months ago and have put over 1000 miles on it and used it in several triathlons. Set up was easy and i was riding the bike in under an hour. It rolls smooth, climbs hills easily, and is stable at high speeds (50+mph) After the initial break in period you may want to take it to a bike shop and have it tuned up to keep everything working smoothly. For the money you can't beat this bike and after a few upgrades it will turn into a real speed machine competitive with bikes costing over $1000 dollars.
Some added specs on the bike are.
24 spoke areo wheel set
lever shifters located next to the stem(not grip shift or integrated with the breaks)
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Initial post: Mar 11, 2008 3:09:58 PM PDT
J. D. Garcia says:
Thanks!! i wanted to run a triathlon and I am as tall as you. You solved my problem.
Posted on Apr 7, 2008 6:01:32 PM PDT
Elijah R. Cory says:
Thanks for the crank and cassette info. So many "road" bikes are running 48t cranks and 14t cassettes. Not sure how that can be called a true "road" bike. You get the same sizes on "comfort/commuters" which are fine, but not "road" bikes. SO thanks for the info.
Posted on Dec 18, 2009 6:45:49 AM PST
Thomas W. Witman, Jr. says:
What Aero Bars did you use and how did you install them around the shifters.Thanks.
Posted on Aug 19, 2011 3:30:29 PM PDT
But you turned it into a more expensive bike....I could buy this and replace everything but the frame and turn it into a $10000 dollar bike with an ok frame. (It does look good) Tough to get a cheap Aero rame....even if its like putting a ferrari body look on a Fiero...ok too old reference? Ok a Hyundai. You probably spent as much as a good manufactured bike!
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