Schwinn Protocol 1.0 Men's Dual-Suspension Mountain Bike (26-Inch Wheels, Red)
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- • Schwinn aluminum full suspension frame with front suspension fork for reliable, responsive riding
- • 24-speed Shimano EZ-Fire trigger shifters and the Shimano rear derailleur provide a wide gear range and smooth shifting out on the trail
- • Front disc brake and rear alloy V-brake combine for crisp all-condition stopping
- • Light and strong alloy rims support knobby mountain tires for durable everyday riding
- • Schwinn alloy crank offers optimal gearing and less pesky maintenance on your end
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Schwinn Protocol Mountain Bike
Find your wild side
If you are looking for a bike that will get you out there riding on single tracks and some occasional down-hills, then this bike is what you are looking for.
It has an aluminum dual suspension frame, which means it is lightweight, and will absorb the bumps and ruts that you encounter on the trail. In a similar way the front fork absorbs all the thumps up front, so your arms and shoulders don't have to. There are 24 speeds with Shimano EZ-Fire shifters and a Shimano Altus rear derailleur. The speeds will help you climb the steepest hills and the toughest ravines and the brand names mean the engineering was done right, so there should be nothing but smooth shifting. The Promax front disc brake and rear alloy linear pull brake will give you confidence stopping in dusty and dirty trail conditions. The three piece cranks and double walled alloy rims are light but strong and means that you have a quality bike that was built for mountain biker that wants to get on the mountain and look like they know what they are doing.
The Protocol is a solid ride that will give you confidence to get out there and try something new. Owning this bike means you can list mountain biking as one of your hobbies because no-lie, you look like you know what you are doing.
- Perfect for trails and downhill cycling
Schwinn Protocol 1.0 26" Bicycle
This 26" mountain bike has a downhill aluminum dual-suspension frame with Suntour suspension fork, alloy rims and promax front disc and rear alloy linear pull brakes and a 24-speed Shimano Altus with EF-50 shifting system.
- Product Dimensions: 68 (L) x 23 (W) x 41 (H)
- Age: 14 years and up
With 26-inch wheels and full suspension, this men's mountain bike is well equipped for adventurous rides. The bike sports a New Down Hill aluminum dual-suspension frame with a forgiving steel rear triangle. The Arrow black anodized alloy rims are designed for tough terrain. Shimano EF-50 trigger shifters deliver 24 speeds, while the Promax front disc and rear alloy linear pull breaks enable you to stop the bike dependably.
Warranty coverage on the bicycle frame extends for the life of the bicycle while owned by the original retail purchaser. Warranty coverage on Schwinn proprietary bicycle components (excluding tires, tubes, and cables) extends for one year while owned by the original retail purchaser. Warranty coverage of non-proprietary components will be covered by the warranty stated by their original manufacturers. This warranty does not cover normal wear and tear; any damage, failure, or loss caused by accident, misuse, neglect, abuse, theft, or failure to follow instructions or warnings in the owner's manual.
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I have owned the bicycle now for one year, and I believe all the positive reviews are misleading (I am guessing people posted soon after purchasing the bike). If I had to summarize why I gave this bike two stars is simply this: (1) Overpriced, (2) cheap parts, (3) unreliable. I'm 5'5 150lbs, I rode this bike daily on a city road to school and back, a round trip of 3 miles. After 2 months, things started to rattle, wheel bearing became loose, rear brake cable stretched out, the rear suspension started to waddle from side to side. I made all the appropriate adjustments to continue riding it, but things only got worse. At 5 months, the tires were completely worn out, the wheel spokes punctures at least 3 tire tubes, the rear gear linkage became sloppy and unreliable, joints became loose, and not amenable to adjustments. At 9 months the rear shifter linkage literally disintegrated. The FRAME BENT from riding the bike (never aggressively). At 1 year (now): the rear gear shifter is gone, I have a continuous chain on the bike, I have welded the rear joint to make it solid so that it stops wobbling from side to side. I have replaced the rear tire bearing because it failed. There are many other small things wrong with this bike. Simply put, this bike is cheap, unreliable, and most definitely not worth the money.
It seems as though there are 2 different versions of this bike, the one pictured and the one I received. Though both Protocol 1.0, the one I received did not come with the SR Suntour front fork and crank, nor the Kenda brand tires. My Protocol came with ZOOM by Schwinn™ front fork and Schwinn stock branded tires and crank. Seeing all the negative feedback about the SR Suntour fork/shocks being far too soft/bottoming out easily, as well as the poor quality of the Kenda tires, I guess this is a good thing? The ZOOM front fork on mine was actually TOO stiff for my tastes, even under my weight surprisingly. I mean you really have to JAR the thing to get it to compress. On the other hand, the stock rear suspension was FAR too soft, causing me to bounce up and down like crazy during uphill pedaling, even after adjusting it for max firmness (literally 2nd to last thread). I cannot comment on the ProMax™ front disc brake much, as I barely use it thanks to it squealing like a stuck pig whenever I do use it. All attempts to correct the obnoxious and ear piercing squeal from it, have only caused it to get worse(and I am pretty knowledgeable when it comes to cycling). I’ve actually been using it to “warn” people ahead of me on the trail that I am going to pass them haha. If you are an attention whore you will LOVE it!! Guaranteed to draw attention to you within a 1/4 mile radius! Might swap it out for a higher end disc and caliper later.
At about 400 miles I gave the bike an overhaul to better suit my needs without breaking bank for a higher end bike. I firstly swapped out the 850lbs stock rear suspension spring for a much stiffer 1200lbs one! ($13). The braking power in the rear stock brake (also ProMax brand) during downhill sections even after fine tuning, was far too inadequate for me, so I swapped it out with a Shimano Tiagra caliper($25) as well as changing out the Crank($35), Front and Rear derailleur with the Shimano Claris set ($42). NOTE: needed Octalink bottom bracket ($15) to mount the Claris crank. End result is a bike that is NIGHT AND DAY better over how it was stock out of the box. Faster, quieter and more responsive shifting, SILKY smooth pedaling thanks to the Octalink BB, much more confident downhill braking and no more bucking bronco during uphill pedaling! All for under $150 and about 1 hour for me to install and tune new parts. In comparison, my roommates Cannondale Road Bike, which was $1200, runs the same Claris groupset. If you are serious about getting the most out of this bike and plan to spend many hours in the saddle with it before upgrading to a whole new, higher end bike, its 150 well spent trust me!! It's a totally different bike. My next goal is to swap tires out for road slicks and swap pedals out for triple bearing ones. Yes, if you haven't noticed, I am basically converting it into a Hybrid, at a fraction of the cost of a good hybrid/road bike.
NOTE: for those worried about water bottle mount/holder, or in this case lack thereof, I went to my local Academy Sports/Outdoor and picked up a bottle mount w/velcro and mounted it to the top of the top bar. Worked perfectly and never had an issue once. Also, don't be turned off by some of my negatives like poor braking power and bouncy rear suspension, as those are more than likely result of me being overweight for the bike.
Update received a suspension seat post . ON MINE IT IS 27.2 MM . Most people do not try this but I have a bad back and this bike is replacing a fat tire one I was hit by a truck on and run over last year . Those 5 inch tires are the best shock obsorber I have found but sadly the bike was unfixable and all others are 4 inch tires and mine which is no longer made was the 5 . Trying to protect my fused spine . The seat post on mine bought here in 2017 and date coded as a 2015 model was 27.2 . Putting a 10 by 8 Cloud 9 seat on her . I already know its my favorite . Says its a ladies model but works for me . The mens is just larger and doesn't fit me as well at 12 by 10 which we found by accident as the prior bike came with the ladies seat new . Now attempting to find a adapter to raise the bars about 6 inches so I can sit back due to my fused cervical spine . I am having trouble with this there is enough slack in the cables to go up 3-4 inches and maybe even back one or two . Trying to get away with using the same brake lines as that would be a real pain the disc in front . Not so bad for the rear cable which by the way can be disengaged in the brush if it tangles with shrubs so be careful . I made sure to fasten the end to keep my cable in seated no matter what . It can be pushed out otherwise though it would be a longshot . It did happen once to me however be careful if putting a toolbag off the seat or other items that can bounce around on a basket for example .
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