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on May 11, 2007
I purchased this bike a few weeks ago and there was no information available other than the same recycled product description on 50 different sites. So I figured it was important to add my 2 cents for potential buyers. I don't know what a $1,000+ ride feels like but for $300 I have gotten the road biking experience that I was hoping for.

The bike is visually stunning. It is lightweight (comparatively speaking). It glides through the gears with relative ease and handles high torque sprints with with some integrity. Some assembly is required but very basic. Although, riders with less experience may want to take it to the local bike shop to fine tune brakes , gears, etc. My jury is still out on the tires especially in when leaning into a turn. At 6'2" I am comfortable on the Large version but probably wouldn't be if I were much taller. This was a major concern for me because of the ambiguity of "Medium" and "Large" listed. My estimation using other sources is: Medium - 5'5"-5'10"/30-32" inseam and Large - 5'10"-6'3"/32-34" inseam.

All considered, I'm happy with this purchase. Maybe someday I'll graduate to that $1,000+ ride but this'll do for now.
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on June 27, 2009
This is my first road bike. I just started doing triathlons and it is a good match for my level. After 2 months of research from various websites (triathlon gears, bikes direct, eBay, Amazon, and many others) this is my top choice for a bike under $350 that has all that I need. I got it shipped to me from sports authority (.com) and it arrived in 7 days. My price was $335 total. My local sports authority store offered to put it together for free. I brought the boxed bike down & it literally took them 20 minutes. You can do it yourself w/an Allen wrench and pair of pliers. I did a triathlon w/it the next day and it was a good performing bike. I would suggest in getting the derailleur professionally tuned as mine has some instances to stay between gears. This bike does NOT have paddle shifter. The gear shifter is on top of the handle bars vs. on the brake shifters. This makes it a little inconvience during racing. Add paddle shifter if you plan to race. It is a light bike at 26 lbs. I added a bottle holder for the triathlon. I plan to use it as a commuter & training bike also. Overall I'm happy w/the bike for the performance and price. Especially the price and how sharp it looks compared to all the other intro bikes. There's a thick frame arm (like the $1000s bikes and the forks don't look cheap, plus I like the paint. I'll know more with more miles.
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on March 27, 2013
After looking around several weeks for an inexpensive bicycle I could train AND compete on (Triathlons), I found the Schwinn Seneca 700cc Road Bicycle.
After reading a ton of reviews and looking at many used "fixer-uppers" and poorly built models (according to reviews) my wife and I decided that this was the bike I was looking for. I am glad I got it, and I haven't looked back.

It's only slightly (2 pounds) heavier than the SUPER-expensive road and tri bikes many of my friends have, but for $1000-$2000+ dollars less, I'll take the extra weight and call it a better workout! They all laughed at first because their helmet out-priced my entire bike. It shipped free with Prime, and arrived on time (2 days)

It came in a "mostly assembled" state and it was rather intuitive to finish the job. Though instructions were provided and easy to locate inside the box, it was a very "common sense" project and I only referred to them a few times. After assembly, I routed my first ride to include a stop at a local pro-bike shop for a fine-tuning. Though I probably could have eventually fine-tuned it myself, the $20 I spent having a pro do it took a lot of frustration out of my life, not to mention a sense of relief to have a pro inspect the bike for me.
I also purchased a set of Evo Aero Bars For ATB Or Touring to round out my ride. The derailer levers are mounted right where this aero-bar set mounts, so I relocated the derailer levers permanantly to the aero-bars. This has proven interesting and works well because the shape of the derailer levers conforms to my plain english, I shift-up by moving my forearm slightly inward on my right.
Having taken it on several rides with my friends (who all ride very expensive top-end bikes), I can honestly say that it performs at a level much higher then it's price tag infers it should.

Overall the feel is sturdy, it feels as good flying along a downhill at 35-40 mph as it does just cruising along at 17-20mph. The wheels that come on the bike are true and sturdy.

In summary, this bike feels and looks great. The frame is built well enough that you can consider upgrading components over time,but it is an inexpensive competition ready bike right out of the box.....though I recommend a professional tuning.

At first, the derailers would sometimes overshoot the highest gears if I shift too quickly from a lower gear, causing the chain to come off, but this is quickly fixed by down shifting and pedalling slowly until it reseats. I have learned to shift into the final gears more carefully and this problem is no longer an issue.

The saddle is...okay... comfortable enough for right out of the box riding, it is one of the first things I plan to replace as I work on upgrading various components over time.

oh...and my friends stopped laughing at my bike after the first mile.
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on April 9, 2013
Good riding bike, looks great, not to heavy. The front handle bar clamp can be fliped to raise the bars. Lots of adjustabilty in the bike. Good buy for under$300. I would buy one again.
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on March 3, 2014
Hello. This Bike is Great and have Ridden over 300 miles in 3 weeks. The only thing that was wrong with it, and the reason why I did not give the review five stars, was because it was missing a bolt and some scratching from wrapping. Rides smooth. Do recommend tune up out of the box.
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on April 7, 2015
bike just wasn't that good, had a professional services put it together and still didn't work well
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on January 4, 2013
It looks like the Katana and notice the Katana is no longer available. Is this the new and improved version of the Schwinn Katana? If so what has improved?
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