Schwinn Kempo

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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Schwinn Kempo. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

13 reasons to buy

  • Aluminum frames were delightfuly light.
  • Shimano ‘EZ fire’ shifters received quite a few plaudits.
  • Value was considered to be similar to more expensive department store bikes.
  • For some buyers, assembly was simple and quick.
  • Kempos were described as ‘lookin’ good’, expensive and ‘sexy’.
  • Solidity was an oft-lauded feature of the Kempo.
  • A shorter, 5’2” person was comfortable on the ladies’ Kempo.
  • One owner said instructions for tuning disc brakes were easy to follow.
  • Packaging was said to be secure and plentiful.
  • Ride quality was often described in terms of ‘smoothness’ and speed.
  • The entry-level Shimano Tourney drivetrain generally shifted well.
  • Seatpost and wheels were quick-release, unlike many other cheap bikes.
  • Geometry was a compromise between an upright and aggressive riding stance.

8 reasons not to buy

  • This saddle was notoriously uncomfortable, making one owner “numb down there”.
  • Some owners shared photos of their Kempo’s components rusting at a rapid rate.
  • A few buyers said that they received instructions for a different kind of bike.
  • The moderately aggressive riding position didn’t suit some casual riders.
  • Tires were weak, prone to punctures and hastily replaced by many owners.
  • After a month, a bottom-bracket came loose and disassembled for one owner.
  • Another bottom bracket seized after 14 days.
  • In some instances, pedals threaded out after two weeks to a month, possibly due to user error?

Bottom line

The Kempo was generally received very well for a big-box bike. With an aluminum frame, modern hybrid geometry and an entry-level Shimano Tourney drivetrain, buyers felt that it was of similar quality to many department store bikes that cost a coupla hundred more. Don’t be mistaken, components were recognized as ‘mid-range’, but were usually reliable. There were come instances where troubles were encountered, but these issues could usually be addressed by paying to have the bike professionally tuned and assembled. A word to the wise; the Kempo appears to be identical to the Schwinn Circuit, which is sold for a significantly higher price. An acceptable budget buy for casual commuters.

Expert Reviews

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Madmaxx 72

Schwinn Kempo

In my opinion I think this bike is overlooked… I think Schwinn warranty their frame, like, forever… Very nice lookin’ bike… the bike was about $500 with all the upgrades I’ve done.

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Shirt and Tie Guy

Schwinn Kempo 700c

I am sure professional riders would have a lot to say negative about this bike. I ride casually, with my family and know very little. From this perspective, this bike is my favorite bike I’ve ever owned… Go get it.

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User Ratings

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