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Schwinn Bike Reviews - 16 Bikes for Every Rider

Dorian M.
July 27, 2021

For more than 120 years, Schwinn has sold bikes with the consumer in mind. Affordable, yet reliable and durable, their bicycles are what you’d call a safe bet. 

Nowadays, the brand is known for its high-end cruisers and e-bikes. But they also make quality mountain and road bikes when you know which one to look for (more on that below).

Today we’re going over the top 16 bikes in the Schwinn catalog to find you the perfect travel companion. To give you a taste, here are our 3 best Schwinn bikes from the Chicago bicycle brand:

  • High-Timber: some of the best value for money mountain bikes on the market
  • Fastback: high-performance road bicycles with amazing specs
  • eMonroe: durable and top-notch e-bike to commute anywhere

For more than 15 years, I’ve been riding all sorts of bikes—from roadies to MTB, to e-bikes and even BMX. During these years, I was lucky enough to get my hands on a variety of Schwinn bikes. Hence, I feel confident in providing the most honest and complete Schwinn bike reviews you’ll find on the internet.

Schwinn Bike Ranges & Models

Today, Schwinn manufactures two main lines of bicycles: 

  • Entry-price bikes that you can find at big retailers like Walmart or K-mart.
  • High-end bikes, known as Schwinn Signature Series. You will find them at specialized bike stores. 

The company commercializes 5 types of bicycles, each having a different specification, to adapt to the rider preferred ground and riding style : 

  • Schwinn Mountain bikes
  • Schwinn Hybrid bikes
  • Schwinn Road bikes
  • Schwinn Cruiser bikes
  • Schwinn Electric bikes

NB: The bike company offers a limited lifetime warranty and a zero-defect policy with all its bikes. 

So, you can invest in a bike without stressing over problems that may occur during transportation or after a few months of riding it. 

Our 7 Best Schwinn Bikes

Preview Bike Model Type Frame No. of Gears Wheel Size More Information
Schwinn High Timber Youth/Adult Mountain Bike, Steel Frame, 27.5-Inch Wheels, 21-Speed, Black High-Timber Mountain Bike  Steel / Aluminum  21   24” / 27” / 29” CHECK PRICE
Schwinn Mesa 2 Adult Mountain Bike, 21 Speeds, 27.5 Inch Wheels, Medium Aluminum Frame, Black Mesa Mountain Bike  Aluminum  21 / 24  26” / 27.5”  CHECK PRICE
Schwinn Huron Adult Beach Cruiser Bike, Featuring 17-Inch/Medium Steel Step-Over Frames, 7-Speed Drivetrains, Black Huron Cruiser Bike  Steel  1 / 3 / 7  26”  CHECK PRICE
Schwinn Network 3.0 Mens Hybrid Bike, 700c Wheels, 21-Speed, 18-Inch Frame, Alloy Linear Pull Brakes, White Network Hybrid Bike   Alloy 21  28”  CHECK PRICE
Schwinn Wayfarer Adult Bike Hybrid Retro-Styled Crusier, 18-Inch/Medium Steel Step-Over Frame, 7-Speed Drivetrain, Rear Rack, 700C Wheels, Black Wayfarer Hybrid Bike  Aluminum  29”  CHECK PRICE
Schwinn Fastback Carbon Road Bike, Fastback AL105, 48cm/Small Frame Fastback Road Bike   Aluminum / Carbon 14 / 22   29” CHECK PRICE
eMonroe 250 eMonroe  E-Bike   Aluminum  1 29”  Check Price

Schwinn Mountain Bike Range

Since the late 90s, Schwinn has focused on designing high-end mountain bikes so that riders can find their perfect match. No matter if you’re a single-track eater or gravel freak, Schwinn has a MTB for you. 

Schwinn mountain bikes all have the same base structure which includes:

  • Robust aluminum frame
  • Shimano brakes, tires, grips, and triggers
  • Thick all-terrain tires

But what sets them apart, you may ask? 

The major difference lies in the geometry of each bike, as well as the suspension and shifting system, the wheel sizes, and colorways. Thereby, Schwinn offers 5 different products in its MTB catalog, each with their own cost and optimal discipline : 

  • Schwinn High-Timber 
  • Schwinn Mesa
  • Schwinn Protocol
  • Schwinn Moab
  • Schwinn Traxion

1. Schwinn High-Timber

The High-Timber is the best-selling Schwinn mountain bike with its attractive price and refined design.

The design was conceived so that users of any age can find the best support on any terrain. There are 3 different models of High-Timber: 

  • Schwinn High-Timber Classic: For men
  • Schwinn High-Timber Step-Thru: For teenagers and women
  • Schwinn High-Timber ALX: For kids and young teens 

Key Features 

  • Drivetrain: 21-speed Shimano twist
  • Brakes:  Mechanical disk brakes
  • Frame: Chromoly Steel
  • Fork: Rigid Steel 
  • Tires: Schwinn All-terrain tires

The HT is a solid entry-cost mountain bike that will appeal to newcomers to the discipline, as well as more experienced riders who are willing to shred on harder terrain.

2. Schwinn Mesa

The Mesa is a great all-rounder bike, capable of performing as well on smooth single tracks, as on perilous gravel trails. The bike is recognizable by its slightly modified hardtail frame—called mountain tuned geometry—and its thick MTB tires and wheels. 

Schwinn’s Mesa MTB category is composed of three bicycles. Each of them stands in their own price range:

  • Mesa 1: High-end MTB
  • Mesa 2: Middle of the park MTB
  • Mesa 3: Affordable MTB

Common Features 

  • Frame: Mountain tuned  
  • Fork: Rigid Steel 
  • Tires: Schwinn All-terrain tires
Mesa 1 Key Features
  • Frame: 27.5"
  • Fork: SR Suntour XCT30 DS
  • Gear Control: EF500 EZ-FIRE with 24 speed
  • Brakes: Hydraulic disc, Shimano BR-MT200
Mesa 2 Key Features
  • Frame: 26" / 27.5"
  • Fork: Zoom HL565
  • Gear Control: EF41 EZ-FIRE with 21-speed
  • Brakes: Mechanical disc, Radius BR-CX7 
Mesa 3 Key Features
  • Frame: 26" / 27.5"
  • Fork: Zoom HL565
  • Gear Control: EF41 EZ-FIRE with 21-speed
  • Brakes: Linear pull, Radius V993

Which Schwinn Mesa Road Bikes To Go For?

If you’re just getting into mountain biking, I’d recommend picking from the Mesa 2 & 3, as the Mesa 1 is significantly more expensive than the other two from the brand.

However, the price difference between the Mesa 2 and 3 is so low that you might as well invest in the second one. You can have solid mechanical disc brakes that will save your life on rough and periculous terrains.

In the end, the Mesa 1 outshines its two counterparts. So, if you’re an experienced rider who has the budget, the Mesa 1 is a no-brainer with its hydraulic disc brakes and its 24-speed drivetrain.

3. Schwinn Moab

The Moab is the ultimate cross-country bike. With 3 reiterations, Schwinn has come up with a pretty solid formula for the cost in the Moab 3. 

Available in 27.5” and 29”, the Moab 3 is a bike for adventurers who would rather head off the road than stay on the path. 

Key Features 

  • Frame: N LITENED 2 aluminum
  • Fork: SR Suntour XCT30 DS
  • Gear Control: EF500 EZ-FIRE with 24-speed
  • Brakes: Hydraulic disc, Shimano BR-MT200

Lightweight and responsive, this bike will take you wherever you want to go.

4. Schwinn Traxion

The Traxion is Schwinn’s best MTB when it comes to taking on gnarly trails and jumps. 

Its shorter and lighter aluminum dual-suspension frame allows for more maneuverability and control on the trail. 

Key Features 

  • Frame: 26" / 27.5"
  • Gear Control: EZ-FIRE trigger with 24-speed
  • Brakes: Mechanical disc, Radius BR-CX7 
  • Rims: High profile alloy with double walls
  • Tires: 2.25” knobby tire

Alone in its category, the bike comes in 29” and is stacked with suspensions to better absorb impacts. 

Schwinn Hybrid Bike Range 

Hybrid bikes are the perfect compromise for people that need a reliable bike to commute to work during the week, and an adaptable one to tackle dirt trails on the weekends.

Schwinn has 3 different models of hybrid bikes that all come at very accessible prices:

  • Schwinn Voyageur
  • Schwinn Network 
  • Schwinn Wayfarer

1. Schwinn Voyageur

The Voyageur has been made with fitness riders in mind. Its profile allows for a comfortable posture no matter your exercise routine.

Key Features 

  • Frame: Comfort tuned aluminum
  • Fork: Zoom 730 AMS
  • Gear Control: REVOSHIFT twist with 21-speed
  • Brakes: Linear pull, alloy

It’s a great bike for riders that want to get back on a bicycle without risking injuries due to Schwinn’s comfort sport saddle and pedals.

2. Schwinn Network

The Network embodies the definition of a complete hybrid bike perfectly. 

Recognizable due to its hybrid geometry frame, this Schwinn bicycle offers a uniform comfort, no matter the terrain you’re on, with its hybrid saddle and ergonomic grips.

Key Features 

  • Frame: Alloy hybrid design
  • Fork: Zoom HL565
  • Shifters: EF41 EZ-FIRE with 21-speed
  • Brakes: Alloy linear pull, Radius V993

3. Schwinn Wayfarer

The Wayfarer is one of the best-sellers of the brand. Mounted with a retro city frame and fork, this hybrid bike offers a great mix of versatility and flexibility. 

Key Features 

  • Frame: Hybrid design, 18” rigid steel
  • Fork: Old school Schwinn road fork
  • Gear Control: Schwinn with 7-speed
  • Brakes: Linear pull, alloy

Perfect for commuting within the city, the Wayfarer comes with a rear carrier which makes it an ideal bike to take on grocery shopping trips.

Schwinn Road Bike Range 

For more than 30 years, the company has been perfecting its road bikes. They can offer products specifically designed to go the distance and match every riding style.

Nowadays, you will find 2 main categories of Schwinn road bikes at your nearby bike shop:

  • The Fastback Schwinn road bikes
  • The Paramount Schwinn road bikes

While the Fastback road bikes offer a wide variety of choices with 4 different sub models, the Paramount only has one. It’s the only Signature Series bike of Schwinn’s road bike catalog, which comes with professional-level materials and finishes. 

1. Schwinn Fastback

The Fastback category offers road bikes for every level of practice and budget out there.

  • Fastback AL Tourney
  • Fastback AL Claris
  • Fastback AL 105
  • Fastback Carbon 105

Fastback AL Tourney Key Features 

  • Frame: N LITENED 3 aluminum, 700c road tuned
  • Gear Levers: ST-AO70 with 14-speed
  • Brakes: Caliper, Promax RC469
  • Rims: aluminum double-wall Alex X22000

Fastback AL Claris Key Features 

  • Frame: N LITENED 3 aluminum, 700c road tuned geometry
  • Gear Levers: ST-AO70 with 14-speed
  • Brakes: Caliper, Promax RC469
  • Rims: aluminum double-wall Alex X22000

Fastback AL 105 Key Features 

  • Frame: N LITENED platinum aluminum, 700c road tuned
  • Gear Levers: 105 ST-R7000 with 22-speed
  • Brakes: Dual pivot caliper, Shimano 105 BR-7000
  • Rims: aluminum double-wall Alex R5000

Fastback Carbon 105 Key Features 

  • Frame: N LITENED Black Label carbon fiber frame, 700c road tuned
  • Gear Levers: 105 ST-R7000 with 22-speed
  • Brakes: Dual pivot caliper, Shimano 105 BR-7000
  • Rims: aluminum double-wall Shimano WH-RS100

Which Schwinn Fastback Has The Value For Money?

While the AL Tourney and AL Claris are aimed towards occasional riders, the AL 105 and Carbon 105 are high-end bikes that will suit experienced riders looking for great performance. 

The Carbon Fastback is logically the top performer of the category when it comes to velocity and finishes. However, I believe that the AL 105 offers the best value for money. It is significantly cheaper than the Carbon 105, and it outperforms the two AL models. 

2. Schwinn Paramount

The Paramount is the last of Schwinn’s original bikes. This road bike has allowed leading cyclists from all over the world to perform to the best of their ability for more than 100 years.

The 2021 version comes in all carbon with 24-speed, making it the perfect road bike to practice on and progress every day.

Key Features 

  • Frame: N LITENED Black Label carbon, 700c road tuned
  • Shifters: SRAM Force eTap AXS HRD
  • Brakes: Hydraulic disc, SRAM Force HRD
  • Rims: aluminum double wall Vision Trimax

For performance-oriented riders looking for the best bike out there, the Paramount is a strong contender.

Schwinn Cruiser Bike Range

Riding Schwinn cruiser bikes is the perfect way to spend your free time or simply to travel to work.

Whether you’re looking for a classy ride around town, through parks, or along the beach, Schwinn cruisers’ retro-chic style makes for the perfect companion to commute.

 

1. Schwinn Miko

The Miko is recognizable due to its vintage-inspired design that will appeal to its female audience. Coming with a cruiser-style frame and cruiser handlebars, this affordable bike is a solid cruiser with just the right girly touch. 

The company declined its Miko bike across 3 models. The only difference comes from the shifters:

  • Miko 1: Single speed
  • Miko 3: 3-speed
  • Miko 7: 7-speed

Miko’s rear coaster brakes allow for a smooth and immediate stop to keep you safe no matter the situation.

2. Schwinn Huron

The Huron is the budget cruiser for men from Schwinn’s catalog. It's perfect for casual riders that want a reliable yet affordable bicycle. The Huron is the male version of the Miko.

Just like its female counterpart, the Huron is available in 3 different colorways and has been used across 3 models, with each different drive trains:

  • Huron 1: Single speed
  • Huron 2: 3-speed
  • Huron 3: 7-speed

Key Features 

  • Frame: Steel cruiser style frame
  • Shifters: Schwinn twist shifter
  • Brakes: Linear-pull brake
  • Rims: alloy and aluminum combination

3. Schwinn Collegiate

The Collegiate is the star of Schwinn's cruisers. Mixing the old-school style that made Schwinn bikes so successful in today’s standards, this high-end cruiser bike has been entirely designed on US soil. 

This Signature Series cruiser bike is available in two forms, to adapt better to the user’s morphology :

  • Collegiate Classic: Male model
  • Collegiate Step-Thru: Female model

Key Features 

  • Frame: Chromoly Steel
  • Fork: Rigid Steel 
  • Brakes: Front and rear caliper brakes 
  • Rims: Schwinn polished aluminum

Both Collegiates show high-quality finishes and extreme maneuverability. They offer a higher lifespan in comparison to the Miko and the Huron—which does reflect in their prices. 

Schwinn Electric Bike Range 

E-bikes are the ideal way to travel up and down sinuous roads and hills without ending up with a flat. Nowadays, e-bikes have reached great autonomy and earned a respectable reputation. They are a cheaper and eco-friendlier alternative to motorcycles or cars to travel short distances.

Schwinn sells 4 high-end electrical bikes:

  • Schwinn Vantage
  • Schwinn Amalgam
  • Schwinn Mendocino
  • Schwinn eMonroe

These e-bikes are capable of going at least 20 mph with 50 miles of autonomy. Their battery can be fully charged in only 4 hours.

1. Schwinn Vantage

The Vantage is the complete package. It is the Rolls Royce of e-bikes, if you will. 

Having close to the best specs you can find in this price range, the Vantage is the lightest e-bike ever made by the company, weighing only 42lbs. 

Key Features 

  • Motor: 250w Bosch Performance Light Cruise
  • Fork: Carbon with thru-axle
  • Frame: SRT adventure with flat-mount disc
  • Shifters: SRAM PG-1130 with 11-speeds
  • Max pace:28 mph
  • Autonomy: up to 45 miles with a single charge

Equipped with Schwinn's Smooth Ride Technology, the Vantage is a polyvalent class 3 e-bike that can go up to 28 mph on paved roads as well as on dirt trails.

2. Schwinn Amalgam

The Amalgam is a complete hybrid electric bicycle. At first sight, nothing will make you think it is an actual e-bike, as the battery is integrated directly into the downtube. 

This feature reduces the center of gravity of the bike for a smoother and more stable ride, no matter the ground.

Key Features 

  • Motor: 375w Pedal Assist Hub
  • Fork: Hi-Ten steel
  • Frame: Schwinn’s sport profile with internal cable routing
  • Shifters: 14-28t with 7-speeds
  • Max pace: 20 mph
  • Autonomy: up to 45 miles with a single charge

The pedal assist of the Amalgam lets you pick between various levels of assistance, and comes with the choice of having none whatsoever. This makes it the most adaptable Schwinn e-bike.  

3. Schwinn Mendocino eBike

The Mendocino eBike takes the classic design of old school cruiser bikes and combines it with the new technology of electrical bikes, making it one of the most reliable cruiser e-bike on the market.

Key Features 

  • Motor: 250w Pedal Assist Hub 
  • Fork: Schwinn’ Hi-Ten steel
  • Frame: Aluminum Cruiser Frame with internal cable routing
  • Shifters: REVOSHIFT twist with 6-speeds
  • Max pace: 20 mph
  • Autonomy: up to 55 miles with a single charge

Its lightweight aluminum frame adds extra maneuverability to the bike, while the overall design helps the user adopt a comfortable and straight posture when on long commutes.

4. Schwinn eMonroe

The eMonroe is one of the few fixie-style e-bikes currently on the market. 

Specifically designed to shine in the city, this e-bike offers great autonomy coupled with appreciable maneuverability to navigate through traffic. 

Key Features 

  • Motor: 250w Pedal Assist Hub 
  • Fork: Schwinn’s Steel steerer
  • Frame: Aluminum urban style
  • Shifters: 1-speed
  • Max pace: 25 mph
  • Autonomy: up to 50 miles with a single charge

The only downside comes from its weight, at 55 lbs, which can make it hard to transport to your office or apartment.

Which Schwinn Electric Bike Is The Best?

If you’re looking for performance, you might have trouble deciding between the Vantage and the eMonroe. These have the highest velocity and the best value for price in the company's catalog. 

The Vantage is more versatile, and can handle most types of roads, while the eMonroe will perform the best on smooth ground, speeding through the city.

If you’re looking for optimal versatility, the suspension fork and MTB design of the Amalgam will please you.

Finally, if you want an cruiser e-bike, the Mendocino is the only option among the e-bikes on offer.

About Schwinn

Founded in 1895 in Chicago, the brand was named after its creator, German mechanical engineer Ignaz Schwinn. However, the Schwinn bike company only found an audience in 1962, with the release of its Sting-ray model. 

Recognizable because of its motorcycle chopper style, with ape-hanger handlebars and a banana seat, the Sting-ray was an instant commercial success. Even today, it draws in a plethora of collectors and restorers throughout the globe. 

After almost 100 years in existence, Schwinn bikes went bankrupt in 1993. The company was bought over by the Canadian bike conglomerate Pacific Cycle and shifted its focus towards building mountain bikes.

Since Schwinn’s takeover, the American bicycle brand has widely expanded its catalog, offering high-end bikes for every type of riding and user.

Final Thoughts

The American company has a bike for every practice and level out there. 

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rider, you can’t go wrong with the model you’ll end up choosing—as long as you stay within their Signature Series models.

Make sure to check out our reviews to see how the brand compares to other bike manufacturers. If you've had experience buying from this company, feel free to let us know what you think is the best Schwinn bike.

Dorian M.
About the Author
Hi, I’m Dorian. Passionate biker and writer, I’ve been riding BMXs and MTBs for more than 15 years. Adrenaline junkie, I like to put my bikes to the test, always looking for the perfect set-up.  <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/dorian-mauro-511750204/" rel="nofollow">LinkedIn</a>
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