Road Cycling - Opinions on the Schwinn DBX
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04-16-05, 03:18 PM
I have to say, I'm a little leery of Schwinn. That whole going bankrupt thing a few years ago. But I had bought my wife a nice Schwinn cruiser (Frontier SE) a few years ago, and it's a really nice bike. I'm looking at the DBX for a road bike. It looks and rides sweet. Any opinions on this bike?
BTW- I'm not racing it. Just longish club rides and some touring. The other bikes I'm looking at are the Felt F80 and a Raleigh GrandPrix. Thought about the Kona Sutra as well.
10-28-05, 10:12 AM
Well, I wish I had a definitive answer. I have been thinking about buying one myself. Bicycling gave this bike a great review, and it does come with decent componants; the disc breaks are icing, but I've wondered how such a breaking system works/responds. I own 2 road Schwinns myself, a 2001 Super Sport and a 2000 'Factory' model, both of which are really fantastic bikes. I'd put the factory model (ultegra components all around) up against most any equivalent high-end bike in terms of performance, etc.; it's really damned fast. The Super Sport has some fairly low-end parts, and I've thought about replacing the drive train (it's a triple) with a double 105 gruppo, but the thing shifts so well as it is, well, I fall back on that maxim of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"; heavy, but it climbs and moves like butter. So, based on personal experience with (older, yes) Schwinns, I'd still wager that the DBX is a pretty good buy.
10-28-05, 07:42 PM
I ended up not even looking at the Schwinn because I couldn't find one local. I think it would be a nice bike. I'd love to a hear first hand report.
01-02-06, 05:26 AM
Schwinn DBX? First-hand report? Right here! Ride it almost every day.
It's a very good bike if you are not a road racer. The frame is about as light as you'd want for a utilitarian light touring bike or 'cross bike. (And, I carry the thing up and down stairs every day.)
It has decent components, mostly mid-line, which is what most people want in an everyday bike for commuting, light touring, and as a lightweight utility riding "steed". Are the components good enough, you still ask? Well, mountain bikers know that TruVativ makes good drivetrain components,and the compact double crankset (50-36) provides the right range for most people without going too low or too high. And, the Avid 7 road model (designed with shorter cable pull than the mountain version) mechanical disc brakes? Top of the line! And, the "extra" brake levers ("cross levers) are a lifesaver for someone with small hands (like me).
Don't like discs? The bosses are there for canti's/V's., too.
The surprises? I actually find the WTB saddle quite comfortable, and the open-design Wellgo combo pedals are not nearly as heavy as the older Shimano 324 "knockoffs", and also work surprisingly well. The carbon composite fork does soak up road shock decently well...and we do have rutty roads here. I changed the carbon composite seat post to an alloy one because I did find the big weakness of the bike, if you want to call it one: The disc brakes make it impossible to attach a normal cargo rack, and frame-mount racks that have been designed to fit around the disc brake caliper are not available here, so I needed to go to a seatpost rack!
As for the actual clearance, fork and stays? Plenty for just about any width tire you'd fit to a pavement bike. With fenders in almost any case! The stock tires--Vittorias--are a bit "tiny" for the rims (25's are barely large enough to fit!). They run OK, and they do resist those punctures! (The roads are paved with broken glass here, too!)
One more point: If you want to pull a trailer? Will do that, but a loaded trailer, such as a Burley cargo, is about what it can do--don't try to load it up like a Trek 520 or a Bruce Gordon touring bike. But...it won't fall apart when asked to do the job of trailer pulling...if the trailer is not too large.
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