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Schwinn Mesa Adult Mountain Bike (Small, 15-Inch Frame)

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  • High-quality mountain bike with N'Litened Gold Label welded aluminum frame
  • SR/Suntour XC-60 coil spring fork with aluminum lowers; Epicenter seat stays
  • Shimano 8-speed EZ fire shifters; Shimano EF-29 brake levers with linear pull arms
  • Stainless-steel 14-gauge spokes with brass spoke nipples; Schwinn anatomic saddle
  • 2 sets of water bottle mounts; SR/Suntour front derailleur; Shimano rear derailleur
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Product Description

Product Description

Schwinn's popular Mesa model is built around our lightweight N'Litened Gold Label aluminum tubing, comfort and control-enhancing SR/Suntour suspension fork and a wide-range Shimano Acera 24-speed drivetrain.

A two-wheeled rebuttal to the theory that it takes several thousand dollars to buy a nice off-road racing bike, the Schwinn Mesa is one of the best mountain bikes around. The bike is outfitted with such features as a lightweight yet sturdy aluminum frame, off-roadride-tuned geometry, Shimano eight-speed EZ fire shifters, Shimano brake levers, a comfortable Schwinn anatomic saddle, and two sets of water bottle mounts.


  • Frame: Schwinn N'Litened Gold Label TIG welded aluminum with off-roadride-tuned geometry, Epicenter seat stays, forged dropouts, and a replaceable hanger
  • Fork: SR/Suntour XC-60 coil spring with aluminum lowers, 65 mm travel
  • Crankset: SR/Suntour CW-XCC150 42-34-24T hardened chain rings
  • Shifters: EF-29 8-speed EZ fire
  • Front derailleur: SR/Suntour TP-17
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Acera
  • Brake levers: Shimano EF-29 with Tektro linear pull arms
  • Saddle: Schwinn anatomic
  • Rims: Alex PC-19 double-wall alloy with finished sidewalls to improve wet braking
  • Tires: Kenda K 1027 (26 x 1.95 inches)
  • Hubs: Formula alloy weather sealed
  • Spokes: Stainless-steel 14-gauge with brass spoke nipples

Assembly of the Bike:
This bike comes mostly assembled. Minor assembly is required before the bike can be used. Bicycle Buying Guide

Finding the Right Bike
To really enjoy cycling, it's important to find a bicycle that works for you. Here are some things to keep in mind when you're in the market for a new bike:

The Right Ride
In general, bikes are broken down into three major categories:

  • Road and Racing Bikes--As a general rule, road and racing are built for speed and longer distances on paved surfaces. Thinner tires, lightweight 29-inch (700c) wheels, and drop bars that allow for a more aerodynamic position are the norm. Most road bikes, regardless of price, offer many gears for tackling both hilly and flat terrain.
  • Mountain Bikes--With their larger tires, hill-friendly gearing, and upright position, mountain bikes are very popular for all types of riding, both on pavement and off. Mountain bikes that are designed specifically for rugged trail use typically feature a suspension fork. Some may have rear suspension, as well. A quick change of the tires on any mountain bike--even one that you use regularly on trails--adds to its versatility and makes it a worthy street machine.
  • Comfort/Cruiser Bikes--For tooling around on bike paths, light trails, or for cruising a quiet beach-side lane, comfort/cruiser bikes are the ticket. With a super-relaxed riding position, padded seats, and limited or no gearing, these bikes are made for enjoying the scenery and having fun with the family.

The Right Price
A bike's price boils down to three essentials: frame materials, bike weight, and component quality and durability.

  • Entry-level--You'll find a wide range of comfort and cruiser bikes in this category, as well as some lower-end mountain bikes and road bikes. Most will have steel frames and components that are designed to last for several years with frequent use.
  • Mid-range--Bikes in this range may feature a lighter aluminum frame with mid-range components that keep performing after miles of use. If you're looking for a quality bike that is relatively lightweight and will stand up to abuse, this is the "sweet spot." Most serious commuter and touring bikes fall into this category, as do mid-range mountain bikes with a decent front suspension.
  • High-end--Racers and serious enthusiasts who expect lightweight, high-performance components will want to stick to this category. For road bikes, exotic frame materials (carbon fiber, titanium) and ultralightweight components can add thousands to the price tag. Mountain bikes in this class often feature advanced front and rear suspension technology, as well as components designed to handle lots of rugged trail action.

The Right Size
Fit is crucial for comfort, control, and proper power and endurance on a bike. Here are some basic bike fit tips:

  • Stand-over Height--To find out if a bike's overall height fits your body, measure your inseam. Next, determine how much clearance you'll need between your crotch and the top tube of the bike. For a mountain bike, you'll want three to five inches of clearance. A road bike should offer between one and two inches of clearance, while a commuter bike should have two to four inches. Compare the stand-over height for a given bike to your measurements (inseam + clearance) to determine the right bike height.
  • Top Tube Length--You can measure your torso to get a good estimate of proper top tube length. First, make a fist and extend your arm. Measure from the center of your fist to the end of your collarbone (the part that intersects your shoulder). Next, measure your torso by placing a book against your crotch with the spine facing up. Measure from the spine to the bottom of your throat (the spot between your collarbones). Finally, add the two measurements (arm length + torso length), divide the number in half, and subtract six inches. This is your approximate top tube length. Compare this number to a bike's posted top tube length. You can allow for about two inches longer or shorter, as most bikes can be adjusted via stem length/height and saddle fore/aft position to make fine adjustments to the fit.
  • Bikes for Women--Proportionally, women tend to have a shorter torso and longer legs than men. Bike makers design women's bikes that offer a shorter top tube and many comfort/cruiser bikes built for women may also provide more stand-over clearance.

The Right Accessories
When you make a bike purchase, don't forget these crucial add-ons:

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 46.4 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B000WNPC44
  • Item model number: S5784Z
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,823,732 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Important Information

Safety Warning
Always wear safety gear while riding-helmet, elbow pads, knee pads and gloves. Do not ride at night.

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By J. Dixon on June 23, 2008
I bought a used Schwinn Mesa for my Daughter. The bike is a Xsmall, but she is a young girl, so it doesn't matter. I'm not to tall myself. So I can even ride it. I have two Specialized Rock-hoppers and in some ways, I like this bike better. Ok, it doesn't have the LX or XTR components that my bikes have, but it is really fast, fairly light and quite sturdy. You can't adjust the shocks on this one, but they have enough travel to handle some abuse. I know this because when my daughter went to bed one night, I put on the lights and rode her bike instead of mine. I paid 130.00 for hers used. I was in a hurry to buy a bike, so I didn't haggle with the price, but honestly its worth 300+ new. I would say more, but the components are pretty entry level, but with that said, it seems to be holding up to three 15 mile bike rides and some night time stomping on my behalf.

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16 inch Schwinn Mesa Bicycle - easy to assemble, there were no broken parts; the bike is a good solid bike; use it for riding on streets and a little dirt; gears change rapidly and smoothly; had it for a couple of weeks no problems yet
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I received this item TWICE. One as the original order then another as a replacement order. Please NOTE: this is NOT a 16" frame - it has a 15" frame. It is listed incorrectly and I do not know why amazon has not changed this. If you are borderline frame size and 16" is on the lower end, this bike will probably be too small. The bike itself seems good, although too small for me. Good parts and sturdy frame from what it seems. Also, neither bike that I was shipped had Kenda tires, as listed.
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