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Schwinn Peloton Carbon... thoughts & opinions?

Old 09-29-08, 08:53 PM
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Schwinn Peloton Carbon... thoughts & opinions?

Hello- I've got a chance to acquire a Schwinn 08 Peloton Full Carbon with 105 rd,fd and flightdeck for about $1280...new. I'm taking it for a spin tomorrow before purchasing to make sure the fit is good. This will be my first carbon bike.

The following link is essentially the bike:
https://www.performancebike.com/shop/...slisearch=true

Currently I'm riding a 04 Giant OCR3 Alum bike/Carbon fork with Sora and it's been okay. My rides tend to be around 40 miles. I don't have the shifting issues with Sora most people complain about, then again I clean drive train every 125 miles or so. I noticed some pain after rides on this bike and have tried every tweak I can imagine to get the fit right...

Most reviewers on the web seem to like this bike. The components are a huge step up from my Sora.
There are not any negative posts @ this site that I can find (nor positive ones). I know the name Schwinn concerns some but from what I read this company is trying to make a comeback.

So is this Schwinn Peloton 08 a good deal? I just don't want to screw up here so I'm relying on the experts of the community. Knowing some history on the Schwinn brand does concern me a little.

BTW I will ensure it fits me before buying.

Thanks in advance...
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bump...bump

nothing? No comments? Possibly buying today.
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Not a bad deal for the money. Frame is decent, and I enjoyed the one I tested last year. Since it's essentially the same frame as the upper end Pelotons, there's lots of room for upgrades down the road.
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Thanks for the comment. Frame wise I see the Peloton LTD, etc. uses some lighter carbon material than this model and the Pro edition. I'm not a racing so I don't think I need to be concerned. I agree it's upgradable.

BTW, I weighted my Giant OCR3 last night and with everything it comes in at 23 lbs. With this Peloton I should shed about 4lbs (I think).

Now I keep on having concerns about carbon in general. "To Carbon or not" I say. You think I could get 5- 7 years out of this carbon bike frame?

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Originally Posted by 125psi View Post
BTW, I weighted my Giant OCR3 last night and with everything it comes in at 23 lbs. With this Peloton I should shed about 4lbs (I think).

Now I keep on having concerns about carbon in general. "To Carbon or not" I say. You think I could get 5- 7 years out of this carbon bike frame?
You should have no longevity concerns with carbon bikes. Most likely, you'll just want a new bike eventually, but the carbon should never change characteristics on you, it won't fatigue like metals can. Another difference is that while metal will dent, carbon won't. Carbon cracks. Scratches can be ok, but if the fibers are cracked, that affects the integrity and strength of the frame... which is catastrophic. A lot of people bash carbon because it doesn't have any give for day to day abuse, but if you take a hit on a carbon frame, most of the time the same amount of damage would come out of the same hit on an aluminum bike. (I don't speak for steal.) But carbon's more expensive to replace.

The components are always a different story of course. They need more TLC.

One thing... if you're looking to shed weight, look at the wheels. A lot of people don't realize that by getting a better set of wheels than the stock wheels they can take over a pound off their bike easily, and it really makes a difference in performance. But that's a few extra benjamins... X-mas?

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Old 09-30-08, 09:47 AM
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Why have you settled on the Schwinn?
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Why have you settled on the Schwinn?
Primarily due to price and positive reviews.

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Well road the Schwinn for about 20 minutes today and I wasn't overly wowed. It didn't help that the reflectors on the wheels were loose has heck. Constantly rattling/clunking. It felt good but any better than the Giant I have. Hard to describe... Shifting with 105 was very nice compared to the Sora I currently use... much quieter.

The alternative was a performance Scantattee (whatever) CFR Comp which is about $200 more. This one had Ultrega gear and it too shifted very well (to be expected). Again when riding it I didn't have that magical moment I suppose one would have on a new bike ???

Unfortunately there were no hills to tackle...

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From what I understand the newer Schwinn bikes aren't spectacular, but are good all around performers. When you factor in the price, they're a good deal. Are they made in the Far East somewhere? Yes. Is damn near everything else? Yes.

If you aren't in a huge rush, you might think about sticking with the Giant for a while and trying to get something used with your money. If you have to have new and that's your budget, though, it's about as good as you're going to do.
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Your test rides pretty much sum up what I think of those two bikes...meh.

Performance probably has a carbon Fuji around that price, also look into the Cannondale Synapse carbon or six13, Felt F85 (both alu/carbon)

All great bikes for the money.
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Hello,

I purchased that exact bike in April and have been riding ever since, all I can say is I am extremely pleased with my purchase, the 105 components are great and have not let me down yet, the wheels and the only negative I have found thus far.

Don’t let the fact that it is a Schwinn sway you there is nothing wrong with the carbon frame it is made in Taiwan just like many other carbon frames and I have yet to have any issues.
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Tarant- Thanks for the reply. You're the first person I've found who actually owns the Peloton. I'm glad to hear the bike is working out for you. Have you done any 40+ miles rides on it? What about hills? What about the feel of the road?

Throughout the day I've been thinking about the bike and I may end up giving it a try. From what I understand Performance has a fairly good return policy. We'll see what tomorrow brings. I'll sleep on it.
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I was in the same boat. I tested the Schwinn and the Scattante. Unlike your test, though, I did have that "magical moment" with the Scattante and ended up buying it. After a crankset upgrade I'm very happy with it.
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The one thing about the Scattante that bugged me was the sizing. Typically I'm 57cm but this brand only offers 55cm and then jumps to 58cm. The sales guy told me this and their site reflects this as well. I rode the 55cm and it seemed okay but lingering in my mind was the 6 months I spent riding a 54cm Bridgestone. That hurt after 15 miles always.

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Originally Posted by 125psi View Post
The one thing about the Scattante that bugged me was the sizing. Typically I'm 57cm but this brand only offers 55cm and then jumps to 58cm. The sales guy told me this and their site reflects this as well. I rode the 55cm and it seemed okay but lingering in my mind was the 6 months I spent riding a 54cm Bridgestone. That hurt after 15 miles always.
Don't hold frame measurements as an exact thing between brands (and even within brands). What matters is the fit, and that's contingent on a lot of factors: top tube length, stem length, head and seat tube angles. In fact, the simple seat tube length format of sizing can be misleading, so you should really judge based on fit and feel, rather than on a number.

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My girlfriend is currently riding the 2007 Schwinn Peloton and she loves it. Partly because it's light for her to move around and the small fit her really well. I wouldn't say it's the best bike in the world, but we managed to get it for $1100 and for a full carbon bike with all-around 105's, I say it's a pretty good deal. If you're not going to race and its reserved for weekend rides, I think it's a go.
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If you aren't in a huge rush, you might think about sticking with the Giant for a while and trying to get something used with your money. If you have to have new and that's your budget, though, it's about as good as you're going to do.

Just to put your case in perspective, I bought a used C'dale Six13 frame, a bunch of parts, and put it together myself. I've got a bunch of miles on it and love it. It's a little bit of a Frankenbike, the components aren't what you get from the factory. I wouldn't have it any other way, though. Believe it or not, I really don't even have anything on it that I want to upgrade....well, maybe a powertap.

There's nothing wrong with the Schwinn you tested, but unless you think the deal is so smokin' that you have to have it now, I'd recommend used.
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Tarant- Thanks for the reply. You're the first person I've found who actually owns the Peloton. I'm glad to hear the bike is working out for you. Have you done any 40+ miles rides on it? What about hills? What about the feel of the road?
I have done a few 50ish milers and didnít run into any real issues, on my very first 50 mile ride I encountered some lower back pain but that was a seat height and handle bar issue. The bike does pretty good on hills, the bikes bottom bracket area is not as stiff as it could be, when I start out of saddle uphill sprinting I can hear the chain rub the derailleur slightly, However I am a good 270lbs so it could be that. The bike isnít a snappy racer but is comfortable and feels very planted on the road.
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125psi:

I have the 07 LTD version and I like it very much. I also have a Giant OCR C2 which is a good bike, but a very different ride. The weight difference is signficant between the two bikes. I don't think you can go wrong at that price, but you might want to wait until the dead of winter. I purchased my Schwinn via Ebay in December, sans wheelset, for $1800.
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Well been shopping around. I can get 2007 Pelton new for $1199 (including shipping). Problem is I cannot see the bike before purchasing so I'm hesitant.

Locally I can get a used Giant TCR C1 2006 in really good shape for $1000. I do like Giants. I rode it and it seemed good; however, I didn't have bike gear on....business cloths. Felt like I should be selling something door to door.

Is this a good price for the Giant? It's professionally tuned. Currently owned by a guy who rides on a team sponsored by Giant. I don't think he's pulling my leg.

Update- never mind on the Giant. I called to purchase and someone snagged it.

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