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Promoted 03-09-2016 by Randy71 at 11:24 AM View Original Post
Amazon.com has Schwinn Phocus 1600 Road Bicycle (Men's) for $388.89. Shipping is free. Thanks friedryce

Walmart.com also has Schwinn Phocus 1600 Road Bicycle (Men's) for $388.89. Shipping is free or select free in-store pickup.

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Sears.com has Schwinn Phocus 1600 Road Bicycle (Men's or Women's) for $383.47 Now $402.64. Select free store pickup to save on shipping. Availability may vary by location.

Amazon.com has Schwinn Phocus 1600 Road Bicycle (Women's) for $388.89. Shipping is free.
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Edited March 10, 2016 at 07:06 AM by friedryce
http://www.amazon.com/Schwinn-Pho...inn+phocus

http://www.amazon.com/Schwinn-Wom...inn+phocus

Amazon has the Schwinn Phocus 1600 for $383. Available in "small size" (somewhere around 50cm-52cm, select the women's bike, it's the same bike but smaller) and "large size" (somewhere around 56cm, select the men's bike)--the 16-inch and 18-inch size measurements are wrong. This bike is as good if not better than the Scott Speedster that was on the frontpage recently. Also on Walmart for $388.

Stuff it has that the Scott Speedster didn't:
- Carbon Fork
- Lifetime Warranty
- Kickstand (you can remove it if you don't like it)
- Cheaper
- Free Shipping

On par stuff/substitutions:
- Microshift levers/shifters instead of Claris (Microshifts are better imo)
- Shimano 2300/Claris drivetrain
- 16 speeds--the Amazon description is wrong, it's a 16-speed bike (proof: http://shop.schwinnbikes.com/phocus-1600/ 11-28t Cassette: 8-speed * 2 front 42/52T)
- Sealed Bearing bottom bracket instead of Shimano Octalink
- 42/52T Suntour Crank vs Shimano Claris 34/50T
- Dual pivot Promax brakes instead of Tektros dual pivots
- KMC instead of SRAM chain (KMC is better imo)
- etc (rest of the stuff doesn't matter/I'm too lazy to list/are very similar, so don't worry, etc)
- Weight: 23lb (take off the kickstand, replace the pedals with SPDs, and get a lighter seat, should be around 20lb afterwards)

Stuff worse:
- Name? Who the hell cares


P.S. You can have it assembled for $30. But don't do it. Please assemble it yourself. It's balls easy and I'm willing to answer any questions if you have any! Also, bicycle co-ops are excellent resources to learn how to care for and maintain your bicycle!
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If you want to buy this bike and upgrade it, don't waste your money on a better drivetrain. By the time you're ready to upgrade to 105/ultegra, you'll also be ready to upgrade the frame, and you'll get a much better deal buying the two at the same time.

If you buy this bike, your next move should be to buy, in this order:

1. Helmet ($40)
2. Gloves ($15)
3. Padded shorts ($20)
4. Bottle cage(s) and water bottle(s) ($30)
5. Upgrade saddle (performance bike's return policy is priceless when you're trying to figure out what sort of saddle you want to ride on, don't hesitate to try something and return it for something else) ($50)
6. Bag, tools, pump and tubes ($40)
7. "Clipless" pedals and shoes ($100)
8. New 8/9/10 speed wheels (look for a set of like-new shimano r500/r501s or rs10/rs11 wheels on craigslist, they are a pretty common "take off" and can be had for $100 if you're patient, mavic aksiums would be even better). Upgrade your brakepads at the same time, you don't want some old, cheap pads scratching up your newish wheels. People love Koolstop pads, but the Shimano brand pads are perfectly fine as well. ($110-$200)

All in, you're looking at $800 for everything you need to do some serious riding. Once you have all this stuff you've got no excuse to worry about anything but the motor.

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any comments? need one for riding in the neighborhood
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52/42 is kind of a strange gearing choice on the crankset. It's very closely spaced so there will be a lot of overlap, and 42/28 is a little high for the lowest gear unless you are very strong or there are no big hills in your area. A 52/36 or 50/34 would make a lot more sense to me for an entry level bike. Other than that the specs seem fine. One of the reviews has a complaint about the bottom bracket so that might be something to watch out for. There is no geometry chart on the Schwinn website though so it may be hard to tell if it will fit well.
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Quote from bcg27 View Post :
52/42 is kind of a strange gearing choice on the crankset. It's very closely spaced so there will be a lot of overlap, and 42/28 is a little high for the lowest gear unless you are very strong or there are no big hills in your area. A 52/36 or 50/34 would make a lot more sense to me for an entry level bike. Other than that the specs seem fine. One of the reviews has a complaint about the bottom bracket so that might be something to watch out for. There is no geometry chart on the Schwinn website though so it may be hard to tell if it will fit well.
I agree, it is a weird size, but square tapered cranks are cheap and you could always replace it with a regular or compact crankset if you have a lot of hills where you live. Or just replace the chainring. Probably cost you a couple bucks from your bike co-op or fleabay. I don't know about the geometry, but it looks very similar to the Speedster except without the tapered headtube. I'd wager it's the same Kineses frame or a similar Kineses frame except it's welded to a different headtube and maybe a different seatstay.
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5'10...what size would I get
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Ive seen this for $220 on amazon.
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wow they have really come down in price. Buy the bike for 400 or so and then get that Shimano groupset for 400, $800 for a decent bike build. I paid much more for upgrading mine way back in 2009
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Ive seen this for $220 on amazon.

Think you may be mistaken. Lowest reported on camelX3 is $369

http://urlhasbeenblocked/Schwinn-...B00AWNI21E

edit-fark sd and their stupid blocking of links.
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I just ordered this bike last night from Costco. Any experts have an opinion between the two?
http://www.costco.com/Diamondback...33564.html
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I just ordered this bike last night from Costco. Any experts have an opinion between the two?
http://www.costco.com/Diamondback...33564.html
OP's is a road bike and the one you bought is hybrid. Road bikes are faster on pavement but don't do well elsewhere. Hybrids can be used on the road or trail but are slower on the road. My wife has both a road and a hybrid, uses the road for workouts and the hybrid for family rides.

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5'10...what size would I get
I'm the same height and ride a 56 cm
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Last edited by dougneb March 9, 2016 at 07:37 AM
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I've been riding for over 15 years. OP's bike is a good starter road bike. I spent double on my first road bike and it wasn't much better than this, then bought a better one two years later.

When someone is getting in to cycling and asks my opinion on what bike to get, I tell them to buy one from craigslist to see if they actually like cycling. That way they can resell it if they don't like it or want a better one and come close to breaking even. IMO, I would say OP's bike isn't a bad alternative to craigslist.
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Isn't 35lbs considered pretty heavy for a road bike?
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i think the scott was better, especially for new riders because you can get the correct size you need (if the standard size doesn't work for you) and it would have been built properly by rei's mechanics, who are very knowledgeable bike mechanics. If you put together bikes yourself and know what you're doing (it's pretty easy) sure this one is better, but again you're still restricted by the default size.

if you're good enough to put it together yourself, still better off going with nashbar or bikesdirect. for example, this bike is better components, was 22% off yesterday bringing it to $390 ($420 shipped) and goes at least 20% off once a week http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Prod...1___204687

still thumbs up for a decent bike deal... i just want to steer new riders to understand what they need to look for.
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