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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?