Schwinn Krate

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Summary of Reviews

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

15 reasons to buy

  • The quality of the bike and included accessories was higher than expected.
  • Lustrous, metallic-candy colors were deemed faithful to the original Krates.
  • Finishing touches were stellar, including the saddle plate and head badge.
  • Reviewers and riders as tall as 6ft had no problem riding the Krate.
  • Authentic, fat Schwinn Sting-Ray Slik 20” x 2.125 rear tires were great value.
  • Outstanding double-boxed packaging was safe and secure.
  • Brushed, stainless-steel fenders were tough and clean.
  • The ‘banana-seat’ was well cushioned for a plush ride.
  • The quality of chromed parts impressed owners.
  • The quality Sturmey Archer front drum brake was a welcome addition.
  • Aluminum rims were light, tough and rust-resistant.
  • The Krate comes shipped with a hardcover book on the bike’s history.
  • Sealed wheel bearings were a quality inclusion.
  • Plastic guards prevent the turning springer fork from damaging the frame.
  • A reviewer of the 2020 crate found all parts to be well greased.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The original’s (now illegal) 5-speed shifter was missed by nostalgiacs.
  • Some owners would have liked a front fender to be included.
  • Some folk found Krates to be a little pricey.
  • Fastidious collectors were upset that boxes were sometimes damaged.

Bottom line

This is a 2020 reproduction of Schwinn’s iconic 1968-1973 classic. Collectors and owners say that it is a more faithful and higher-quality repop (reproduction) than the re-releases of the ‘90s and 2000s. Although it didn’t quite match the resilience and finish of the 1968 model, owners of the U.S.A.-made original were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the new Krate. It was sometimes bought by nostalgic grandparents to keep in waiting for growing grandchildren. Sometimes, it was simply bought by collectors. All of this nostalgia overlooks the fact that the 2020 Krate rides super-smooth with an old-school, rear-suspension sissy-bar. It’s a fun bike for both kids and adults. Some folk saw it as being a little expensive. But hey, this price gets you a limited edition piece of rolling art.

Expert Reviews

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We Got Our Hands on a 2020 Schwinn Grape Krate! – Unboxing & Review

After you’ve got it all put together and dialled-in, they ride really well. The front wheel’s got a sealed bearing … Overall, nice bike. Great if you’re collecting or for your kid as an expensive gift… The metallic paint is really nice on these… The 2018 Apple Krate came double-boxed. This one just comes in a single box…

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Dallas Smith

“1968” Schwinn Apple Krate (2018 Reissue) Review / Wheelie Test

They did a nice job on this bike, it looks fairly authentic… When this crank came out of the box, this thing barely spun… There was no grease… The headset is not very good… it won’t tighten down flat…

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Schwinn Releases 2018 Apple Krate Bikes Just in Time for Christmas

Overall we’re pleased that Schwinn is making an effort to connect with its roots and produce these fun retro inspired bikes …they will surely inspire folks of all ages …and introduce them to the hobby of bicycle collecting and restoration… These are definitely better than the ones they released in ‘07.

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User Ratings

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