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Schwinn Men's Volare 1200 Bike, 700c
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- Schwinn aluminum fitness frame with rigid fork
- Shimano 21 speed EZ Fire shifters with Shimano rear derailleur for quick shifts
- Alloy linear pull brakes
- Alloy wheels with high profile rims
- Schwinn alloy crank
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Schwinn Volare 1200 Road Bike
Get riding, and get fit!
Versatile, lightweight and fast. The Volare is ideal for anything from exercise to commuting providing enough comfort for a casual ride and enough performance to support an athletic training program.
- Lifetime limited warranty for as long as you own the bike
- Rigid frame give you full control and maximum return for your effort
- 21 Speed Shimano EZ Fire shifters with Shimano rear derailleur
- Front and rear alloy linear pull brakes
- Alloy wheels keeps weight low
- Aluminum fitness style frame with an athletic riding position
- Alloy crank
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--This bike is a fantastic value (as the headline says) and if you are willing to tune it and upgrade it in a couple of ways, and bear with a few of its inherent flaws, the bang for the buck can hardly be beat.
--Pros: Outstanding brakes (can lock the wheels at any speed with moderate pressure). Surprisingly refined paint job--no stickers (except on the wheels, which can be easily removed). Light weight (unless you're willing to pay 600+, which you probably aren't if you're looking at this bike). Fantastic wheels and tires, though note that they're quite thin. Gearshifters are precise and have an easy movement. The front crank is sleeker and more attractive than it appears in the pictures. Fit and finish all around is equal to bikes costing five times the price: this does not look like a $244 bike in person.
--Cons: Certain components are dirt cheap: the seat,the freewheel, and the handlebar grips. The seat is hard. I mean, really hard. So hard you wonder why they even bother manufacturing seats so uncomfortable. Fine for a 10 minute ride, but anything longer will lead to regret. The freewheel (the thing with the gears attached to the rear wheel) is a piece of junk. This is the kind of thing that might pass unnoticed by a novice rider , but will drive someone who knows bikes absolutely crazy . Mine arrived with multiple bearings loose--it leads to a subtle but unsettling knocking as you pedal---something that can't be repaired without expense exceeding the purchase of a new one. This is a common problem on cheap bikes. I paid $30 and got a real Shimano freewheel, which operates smoothly. You may think "oh, he got a bad one," but I have a lot of experience with these types of bikes and in general, freewheels are a spot where manufacturers tend to skimp, so be forewarned. Another cheap component is the handlebar grips. They aren't firmly affixed, so very slowly twist downward as you grip them (superglue might help). And they aren't comfortable to begin with, either, so this is an item prime for replacement.
General observations: The combination of the light weight and the thin tires makes this bike fast and very easy to get moving. Unless you're willing to spend $1400+, you won't get a faster-feeling bike in this class. Steering is precise, almost to a fault, due to the riding position. This bike comes in one size, and the handlebars are NOT height adjustable, only the seat. I am 5'10 1/2" and I am borderline too tall to be comfortable on this bike. The flat handlebars help, but anyone around my height or taller will find themselves thrust forward and hunched over the handlebars--a situation we were presumably trying to avoid by buying the flat bars in the first place.
The upshot: other than the seat, the handlebar grips, and the freewheel, this bike is indifferentiable from bikes costing five times more. It is therefore a truly outstanding value. In person, the bike certainly looks like it cost much, much more. Replacement of the seat and the freewheel (if needed), and later, the handlebar grips, means that with about an hour of tuning and about $100 more invested, you can have a bike that can go toe-to-toe with anything in its class.
UPDATE: I've just added the KMC X8.99 chain and all I have to say is, WOW!! Shifting gears and pedaling are so much more smoother!! A great, inexpensive mod ($20.00) that changes how this exceptional bike behaves and looks.
UPDATE 2(12-2-15): I've changed the pedals to Rock Bros. Mtn. Pedals ($25.00) and the tires to 700x25c Continental 4000s II's "reflex tire"($114.00) and again, WOW!! This bike doesn't disappoint with these upgrades!! It's amazing how these two components can change the characteristics of the bike.
-Aluminium bike frame feels much lighter than steel, and at this price point having it at all is already a plus
-Gear switching is smooth and works well
-Overall very cheap, medium-high quality item for a low price; great value
-The seat is indeed very cheap and hard, not to mention that it squeaks when I pedal. Prime target for replacement
-The brakes squealed hard when it arrived, had to toe it in myself and it still squeaks under pressure. May require replacement
-The (rear gears) freewheel is cheap Chinese stuff, very loud clicking and distinctly lower quality than the rest of the bike
Even if you don't replace any of the stock parts, it's a functional bike that is great bang for your buck. With a little bit more money spent on upgrading the few lower quality parts, you can have yourself a high quality bike for an overall very cheap price and some work hours invested into it. I think it's a great platform to learn how a bike is put together as well, especially as you put together and upgrade the bike yourself.
Schwinn designed this bike for a person like me; low cost, looks good, reliable, and reasonably fast. Higher end bikes will still pass me, but for a good 35 mile ride, I am grateful that Schwinn put this bike in the mix.