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Schwinn Discover Men's Hybrid Bike (700C Wheels),Black
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- Men's comfort bike with aluminum city frame. Anatomic grips with dual density
- Schwinn suspension fork. Schwinn alloy crank. City rise bar with back sweep handlebar
- 21-speed SRAM grip shifters. Shimano rear derailleur. Alloy twist shifter compatible 4 finger brake levers
- Promax alloy linear pull brakes; rear gear carrier. Adjsutable stem rise alloy ahead
- Swept-back upright handlebar and padded saddle
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Schwinn Discover Multi-Purpose Bike
Great for commuting and beyond
Take your bike to today, why not? This bike is waiting for you, totally ready to take you where you need to go. No need for a ton of prep. This Schwinn has a classic look so it will match just about anything in your closet. With a frame made for urban riding, with a front suspension fork to make man hole covers and pavement patches easier to take. The rear rack is built in and ready to carry your bag or groceries back home with you. The coordinating fenders look snazzy but are also practical since they will keep the morning dew and splashes off your Armani.
There are 21 speeds with a Shimano twist shifters and a Shimano rear derailleur. There is an ally front and rear linear pull brakes, and a Schwinn alloy crank. On the ride home, take a quick tour through the park, or take the kids out on their bikes for ice cream after dinner. This bike will fit in just about anywhere.
Outfitted with an aluminum city frame, an Schwinn suspension fork to absorb shock, and a padded saddle with a suspension seat post, the Schwinn Discovery men's comfort bike is ideal for commuting to work or cruising down a leisurely bike path.The bike offers such additional features as 21-speed SRAM grip shifters for fast, easy gear changes, a Shimano TX-31 rear derailleur, an Schwinn alloy crank, Promax alloy linear pull brakes, a swept-back upright handlebar with an adjustable stem, fenders, and a rear gear carrier.SR Suntour alloy crank offers wide choice of gearingPadded saddle with suspension seat postSwept-back upright handlebar with adjustable stemFenders & rear carrier for convenienceBike Type AdultGender MenColor BlackBike Style Cross/HybridCity frame offers an upright riding positionShimano TX-31 rear derailleur for quick shiftsShipping Method FedExAssembly Assembly RequiredWeight 40.5 lb.Length 70 in.Height 43 in.Wheel Size 700c
Outfitted with an aluminum city frame, an Schwinn suspension fork to absorb shock, and a padded saddle with a suspension seat post, the Schwinn Discovery men's comfort bike is ideal for commuting to work or cruising down a leisurely bike path. The bike offers such additional features as 21-speed SRAM grip shifters for fast, easy gear changes, a Shimano TX-31 rear derailleur, an Schwinn alloy crank, Promax alloy linear pull brakes, a swept-back upright handlebar with an adjustable stem, fenders, and a rear gear carrier.
Founded in 1895, Schwinn is an American icon that's long been synonymous with quality and innovation. The company has built some of the best-known and best-loved bikes of multiple generations, including the Aerocycle, Paramount, Phantom, Varsity, Sting-Ray, Krate, and Homegrown. Today, Schwinn continues to innovate with such releases as the redesigned Sting-Ray, Rocket mountain bikes, and Fastback road bikes. With a continued dedication to quality forever synonymous with the Schwinn name, America's most famous bicycle brand looks forward to providing another century of innovation, freedom, and performance to people of all ages.
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Original Post: 10/04/2015
I wanted to wait to post a review on this bike until I had a chance to actually develop an opinion beyond just an initial impression.
First, a little more detail and background.
I am a male in my mid 30s getting back into cycling after a 15 year hiatus. I am 6' feet tall and 220 lbs. I am coming from a very sedentary life, more than full time work (desk job) and full time school with four kids. I am very busy but do not have a very 'active' lifestyle. I am just finishing up school and decided to get back into cycling to help increase my activity level.
I started riding again on Labor Day 2015. So a little over a month and I've put roughly 240 miles on this bike. Not bad considering I was down on riding for about two weeks waiting on a repair (more on that in a bit).
Alright, let's start at the beginning Delivery...
I picked this up on an Amazon Deal of the Day for a great deal, $180. This price is what tipped the scale for me on the half dozen or so bikes I was considering. This model ended up being heavily ordered and took a little less than a month to arrive. It was packaged well and undamaged when it arrived.
I assembled the bike myself; the general instructions are rather vague due to how generically they were written but it came together. I consider myself to be very handy and capable when it comes to this type of work and it took about 30-45 minutes to get it assembled...however a considerable amount of adjustment was needed. Both the front and rear derailleurs were not setup well causing it to fail when attempting to shift or skipping gears when powering into the pedals. Both the wheels needed to be trued a lot, which I did by eye at first and again later at the Local Bike Shop (LBS). The brakes needed to be adjusted considerably as well and I would say that overall I spent 5-6 hours tinkering and fine tuning over the first week. In retrospect I would just take it into the LBS from the beginning the next time.
My first impression was that assembly wasn't too bad, though over the next few weeks that changed. I am happy with the overall bikes features though; the gearing is very helpful to get through the various ups and downs while riding, the fenders are plastic but very effective, and the seat is large and fairly comfortable (I am still debating on keeping it or upgrading). The tires and tubes are fairly low end, but have served me pretty well so far, I've only had to fix 1 flat tire to this point. The brakes are effective and the handgrip shifters are easy to use. The front fork and seat suspension is stiff and jerky, but it seems to be loosening up the more I ride, so in another 200 miles it may be broken in nicely. The handlebars are very adjustable and it took me some time to get the right adjustments for them so they were both high enough and at the right angle; I even adjusted the rotation on the handgrips to better align my arms and wrists to be straighter while I ride to help the numbness I was having in my hands. I took the time to tinker and adjust my seat height and saddle depth for a more comfortable ride (btw- I feel this bike would be a good fit for anyone between 5'8" tall and 6'3" tall). Take the time to adjust the position of the handlebars and saddle, it really is worth it! There are some great YouTube videos for setup that really helped.
The main additions I have made are, a head light and tail light, handlebar mirror, mini pump, tool kit and patch kit, pannier bags strapless toe-clips and reflective stickers and pin stripping tape (see the attached photo – original wheels).
Really I am very happy with this bike though there are two things that have concerned me and it is for these things that brought the rating down.
First, the bike is fairly heavy, approximately 40lbs. It is a bit of a concern but not a deal breaker to me. I feel like lugging extra weight around helps to make you a stronger rider...However part of this weight is due to the sturdy construction which is where my concern primarily resides…Don’t get me wrong sturdy is good but the frame tubes on this bike are larger than most and are more oval than round. This means that accessories normally mounted on the bike may not always fit. Not a deal breaker, just something to be aware of before purchasing.
Secondly, and this is the big one, is the quality and construction of the Wheel Rims. This bike came with a double walled 700c x 38mm, 24h Alloy wheel rim with 4 gauge 278-280mm steel spokes. 24 spokes is pretty light considering it is basically a standardly constructed Rim. In my case I blew a spoke at about 160 miles/ two weeks in. Keep in mind this is road miles or paved trails with only a few substantial bumps to speak of. No big deal, I took it into the LBS and had them replace the spoke and true the wheel. Within the next 20 miles I blew two (2) more spokes and before I could make it home I ended up blowing three (3) more!!! At this point the wheel was totally unstable and unusable; I had to walk the remaining three miles home. I contacted my LBS and was told to just buy new wheels. Low end 36 spoke wheels in the same size where going to run me $70-$80 each, that is more than I paid for the bike. This was at 195 miles and just under three weeks of use. Needless to say I was NOT happy.
I opted to contact Schwinn. After a brief conversation they informed me that they would send me a new rear wheel at no additional cost. Nice, right?! The only issue was that they didn't have the wheel in stock within the system (it is an older model, circa 2010-2013-ish). So they asked me to give them a few days to track down a wheel, if not they would send me a different model that would work with my bike. Two days later I got an email indicating they had shipped a package. They had been unable to find a replacement wheel for the Discover and had decided to send me a front and rear wheel set from another model of the same size to make sure I had a matching set of wheels. They were also upgraded from a 24 spoke wheel to a 32 spoke wheel, again at no additional cost to me. $55 later for a full tune up at my LBS and my bike is back, all setup with the new wheels and running smoothly.
I just finished a 35 mile ride this morning on the new wheels and was very pleased. Schwinn really stood behind their product.
The only other concern I have for these rims, both the originals and the new ones, is the length of the tube stem needed. The tubes that they come with have a stem that is a good 1/2" longer than a standard 32mm stem. My LBS says they can't even find tubes with a stem that long. But for a small $5 investment I purchased a pack of stem extensions which allow me to purchase the standard 32mm stem size at my LBS or on Amazon without worrying about the extra length or purchasing specialty tubes. Honestly you could get by without the extensions, but it does make changing a tube a bit faster and smoother with them.
I have had this bike up to 42mph (going down a long steep hill) and felt rock solid. I normally average around 12-15 mph in good conditions and regularly haul around 20-30 lbs of extra gear/groceries/stuff.
Overall I would say this is a solid bike that is made by a company that stands behind their products. It is a functional hybrid cruiser that is solid and comfortable to ride. The 21 speeds give it versatility for changing terrain and fitness levels, the fenders and cargo rack give it versatility in the uses that you will have and it looks good. I recommend this bike if you are looking.
The items I have added to the bike have also been reviewed if you liked this review. See my profile for these reviews.
You will notice in the image I posted that I covered up all of the 'Schwinn' logos on the bike with reflective tape. This was due to wanting the tape to be in an effective location and for anti-theft purposes only. I am very pleased with Schwinn products so far.
Just a quick update...I am about 700 miles of use in now, about 500 miles on the new set of wheels. Within 100 miles of my wheel change/ truing I broke another spoke on the rear wheel, I've had to replace the front derailleur and the cable, due to issues with it rubbing the chain, with both myself and my LBS attempting to get it set up correctly and dialed in, but it just keeps slipping back...I am also looking at having to replace the chain ring set as it has become slightly bent from use...all of my miles are road or paved trail. After the chain ring replacement I will be into the bike for almost as much as I spent on it in the first place...I still think it is a reasonably acceptable bike for the price, but I would recommend it more for the casual rider vs. someone who is looking to log some serious miles (recreational or commute).
I would recommend investing in thick tire tubes, self-sealing tubes or tire liners to help with flat tire issues…I patched about 8 times and changed out 3 tubes before investing…this obviously depends a lot on where you ride and the conditions that you ride in, but changing a tire on the side of the road is a great way to mess up an otherwise good ride, (especially if it is pouring).
I have also recently installed a set of aero bars as my both my morning and evening commute tend to be into a strong headwind every day for about 14 miles of a 16.5 mile. I found that my body position for this ride is just too upright for the headwinds I have been riding in regularly and wanted an option to get me lower.
I will do another update later…but I have already started saving and looking for another bike.
The twenty one speeds are managed with a left hand twist handle grip with three speeds for the front derailer, and a right hand twist handle grip for the rear derailer with 7 speeds. The bike does have the quick release on the front wheel.
One point to be aware of, is this is a large bike, the seat is at the lowest setting, is 36 ¼ inches above the ground, I am 5-10 and I am barely tall enough to ride this bike. The shock absorbing seat post raises the seat by an inch, so the seat could be lowered a bit more by replacing the seat with a regular seat. But I like the shock absorbing seat post and front fork, I don't think the roads are going to be getting smoother in the future with the way things are heading in the world. This is also a great bike for hauling things, I recommend a pair of Basil Cardiff Rear Baskets that can hang on the back wheel rack. The fenders are another important feature, since although Schwinn doesn't recommend riding in the rain, (who does? But what are you going to do?) fenders on bikes were designed to keep the water spray off of the rider, otherwise merely riding on a wet surface will spray water up the front and back of the crouch of your paints. That is why I insist on fenders, just imagine walking into your local grocery store looking that way. The small chain guard seems to be large enough to keep my paints out of the chain. There are reflectors in each wheel and one on the back and one on the front. The bike of course doesn't come with a light or a bell. A good light is a must if you end up having to ride home in the dark, also not recommenced by Schwimn, and a horn or bell is a good idea if you ride where people walk so you can let them know that you are coming up behind them so they don't unknowingly step sideways in front of your bike at the last minute.
The bike arrived in a double thick box, the inner box was beat up with some holes while the other box was in fine shape. It appears that Amazon or Schwinn has the bikes shipped to them, and after a quick look over, are placed in a larger box and shipped to the customer. (Hint, Sears also carries the Discover bike)
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