Schwinn Katana Road Bike (54cm Frame)
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- Schwinn Men's super light Aluminum Aero Road Bike Frame and Fork
- Shimano shifers and 14-speed drivetrain with A050 rear derailleur
- Tru-Vativ IsoFlow Alloy Cranks
- Custom paired spoke wheel set
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Ideal for that morning commute or getting out for your evening ride, the Schwinn Katana has everything you need to get you quickly and easily from point A to point B. The Katana features a 14-speed Shimano drivetrain with a quick-shifting A050 rear derailleur, and lightweight Tru-Vativ IsoFlow alloy cranks to keep your legs moving fast. The alloy Aero frame, deep-dish alloy wheels and paired spokes make the Katana ready to hit the road in a snap.
The Schwinn S2704 700c Men's Katana Bicycle features well-designed components from Schwinn, Shimano, and Tru-Vativ. This attractive, gunmetal bicycle features a Schwinn-made aluminum aero road bike frame with a Schwinn aluminum road fork, so you'll be prepared to tackle any urban jungle. In order to keep your tires where you want them, Schwinn has equipped the S2704 with a road bend handlebar and a threadless stem.
This bike is equipped to rocket through its gears with the Shimano A050 14-speed drive train with Shimano seven-speed shifters, and you can rest assured you'll stop on a dime with the dual pivot caliper brakes. Ready for the steepest hills, Schwinn built the Katana with a Tru-Vativ IsoFlow alloy 39/53t road crank and aero 36-spoke alloy wheels. And no bike is complete without toe clips and straps, so you can get the most of your ride.
- Frame: Aluminum Aero Road Bike Frame
- Fork: Aluminum Road Fork
- Handlebar/Stem: Road Bend Bar and Threadless Stem
- Shifting System: Shimano A050 14-Speed Drive train w/ Shimano 7-Speed Shifters
- Brakes: Dual Pivot Caliper Brakes
- Crankset: Tru-Vativ IsoFlow Alloy 39/53t Road Crank
- Wheels: Aero 36 Spoke Alloy Wheels w/ Paired Spokes
- Toe Clips & Straps
What's in the Box?
Schwinn S2704 700c men's Katana bicycle, toe clips, and straps
Assembly of the Bike:
This bike comes mostly assembled. Minor assembly is required before the bike can be used.
Founded in 1895, Schwinn is an American icon that has been synonymous with quality and innovation. They have built some of the best-known and best loved bikes of numerous generations--Aerocycle, Paramount, Phantom, Varsity, Sting-Ray, Krate and Homegrown. Today, Schwinn continues to be a leader in the industry with innovative bikes such as the new 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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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 ultra-lightweight 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:
- Helmet (this is a must!)
- Seat pack
- Hydration pack, or water bottles and bottle cages
- Spare tubes
- Portable bike pump
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It doesn't have everything I was looking for, like brake levers with integrated shifters.
Definitely need to have a LBS tune it up and fit you to the bike.
The rim tape or tubes or both are not great. I replaced all after I had my first blowout on my first ride.
Rear brake is only adequate. I will replace it.
It will go fast. I went on my first 20 mile ride with a local bike club. I was able to finish in the top 6 with the lead group. Passed a lot of nice specialized, cannondale, giant and trek rides along the way. About 50 riders in all. My top speed was 32 mph.
I think the seat is fine. No comfort issues for me.
Bike shifts smooth and rolls great. I had troubles staying with the lead pack going up some short hills, I suspect its because I'm not yet familiar with how to properly use my gears.
Overall, I'm pleased that the bike looks great and rides well. And I really like being able to keep up with the expensive rides with my little $300.00 schwinn!
I got the bike 2 days after I placed the order, I put it together in about 20 minutes, I also bought a cyclometer, water bottle holder, saddle bag and air pump to go with it. All these items were put on before I ever sat on the saddle.
I rode the bicycle for 8 miles the first time I got on it and felt great; the frame is solid. The derailleur on the crank needed a tiny adjustment however this is something to be expected; the chain would come off the large gear when switching from low to high.
Two days later I participated in a 32 mile ride and I had a blast! Rolled nicely, even got a compliment on its looks. it does look sharp!
So, $315 got me a nice road bike, capable of getting me hundreds of miles of riding a year with good looks!
I have noticed that my front tire needs slight truing, this is also something that I'd expect, especially given the narrow profile of the rims.
If you want a good road bike and are afraid of wasting your money on a bad investment, go with this one, you won't regret it.
PS I'm not returning the bike! :)
The bike is all aluminum (and therefore feels light and probably trashed after one respectable wreck...knock on wood) It is possible to put the bike together with a few allen wrenches and basic tools. However, the "Schwinn Road Bike Owners Manual" has the basic information for assembly BUT the photographs/pictures of the different assembly steps are so bad they are funny.
Each photograph looks like the copy machine was on "extra dark" and so you cannot see any details regarding placement and assembly. This irony is disturbing to say the least, because out of all the information that you need, a picture says a thousands words. ...lots of words referencing photos that you cannot interpret. The good news is that with a little common sense and guesswork you can figure out most of the attachments since all the linkage and major gears, cables and brackets are preassembled.
So besides the "aluminumy" feel(but I'm used to MTB's) and the lame assembly photos in the manual, there is only one other bummer (I have yet to actually race the bike so can't give a reasonable performance assessment)...The rear tire/axle is NOT quick release (the front is quick release)...I found this to be ridiculous. So I had to swap the rear axle for a new hub and quick release skewer. Since I'm not a bike'ophile, I do not have all the little specialty sockets you need to swap the parts out so I took it to a shop and had them swap the axle for me for about 30 bucks (including parts-I also took that opportunity for them to fine tune the derailleurs/cables)... There is just no way (during an event) you are going to carry around a couple wrenches (that would probably weigh more than the aluminum bike) like it was 1970 and you were fixing the flat on your beach cruiser....I didn't think you could even buy a bike nowadays without a quick release....DUMB!
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