What is the most important thing that a road bike has to have? The answer would be comfort and performance. A road bike must be comfortable to ride. And of course, you as rider must get the best performance from the bike, so you can really enjoy your ride. Schwinn also use that concept to produce their road bike. One of the best examples is Schwinn Phocus 1600. This road bike has lot of features as well as can be classified into high quality product from Schwinn.
We really like the appearance of this Schwinn Road Bike. It has futuristic style, yet it looks so simple. The combination between these two styles make this bike looks beautiful. There is not too much accent that Schwinn add to this product. We can say that if we look it as whole road bike, it will make you looks great when you ride it on city road. The other good thing is the color. Schwinn only provide two type of color, which is light silver and black. The light silver option matches perfectly with the aluminum material that is used for its frame. On the other hand, black make this bike looks really cool when you ride it.
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The frame design gives this road bike nice balance, in appearance as well as performance. The appearance looks great with combination between the big size tube parts and slim for the rear part, where they place many mechanical systems on it. The design also gives you very easy to control performance. This is important, because even if we compare it with mountain bike that has more difficult road to ride, road bike like this also need that kind of maneuverability, especially in today’s traffic condition.
The frame itself is made of aluminum. However, the road fork part is made of carbon fiber. The aluminum material is known as the light and strong material. So, this material is also supporting the bike’s performance. More than that, it is quite light, where the weight is only 23 lbs. With this combination, we can get road bike that can run really fast and easy to move around. This is the most important part of road bike that make every rider satisfied.
Unfortunately, there is one flaw that our Schwinn Road Bike Review can mention from its design. It’s the size. This road bike is only available in one size, which is 56 cm. Although Schwinn design it with full consideration, which also give you more comfort when you ride it, but it’s not enough. This one size doesn’t give you more option for the bike that really perfect. According to information and specification from Schwinn, this size is suitable for rider with height 5’10” to 6’2”. So, if you higher or shorter than that, this road bike may little bit uncomfortable for you. However, we also see this option won’t give you any problem. It’s because, the road bike is made for route that doesn’t really affected by it. You can still ride it comfortably on the city road. Apparently, this road bike was made for personal and casual riding. So, do not expect that you can get pro performance from it.
This is the best part of Schwinn Phocus 1600. This road bike is also well-known as the road bike with so many features. First is the gear or drive train. This road bike has Shimano Claris 16 speed derailleur that will give you many options for the performance that you want. And, to control this system, you can use its Micro shift lever combo. This lever also connected to its brake system, which make you easier to choose which system that you want to control with it. This system is supported with alloy crank. This gives you more choices for many different gears that you can choose. That means you also has more option to choose the speed that you like. The alloy crank is SR Suntour. So, you can see it as one of best part you can find today.
The other good features are the high profile alloy double wall rims. This rim has big effect on the speed that you can get. More than that, it combined with light weight and strong spokes. And, for safety, Schwinn use Promax alloy dual pivot caliper road brakes. This brand is known to produce good quality brakes. It gives you strong breaking power, which helps you to control your road bike easily.
The other good thing about this Schwinn Phocus 1600 road bike is the warranty. You will get lifetime warranty from Schwinn. As long as you have this bike, you will get many help and service for any problem that you may have with this product. So, it’s really great offers.
When you get this road bike sent to your house, it isn’t assembled before. However, you don’t need to worry. Like mentioned before, this road bike is specially made for casual and personal needs. Therefore, you can easily assembly it. However, you may need to know more about road bike or having knowledge or skill to assembly it. If you are beginner and you never had any experiences about assembling road bike, you will have problem here.
Pros & Cons
- Beautiful cool, futuristic and simple design,
- Aluminum and carbon fiber frame, which is lightweight (only 23 lbs),
- High durability,
- Shimano Claris 16 speed derailleur,
- SR Suntour alloy crank,
- Strong and very durable rims,
- Promax alloy dual pivot caliper road brakes for stronger breaking power,
- Lifetime warranty.
- Available in only one size,
- Not assembled, you need knowledge to assembly road bike,
- It’s not suitable for pro needs.
The design, performance and specification are very satisfying. It’s suitable for you who want to get comfortable riding that feels like pro riding. Although, we can’t compare Schwinn Phocus 1600 with the pro road bike, but this road bike is still good quality for personal and casual riding.