Schwinn Loop

80/100
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Weight
33.0 lbs
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Summary of Reviews

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

15 reasons to buy

  • The Loop scored points for looks and design, being considered gorgeous and retro.
  • Ride quality was apparently smooth. The Loop’s hefty frame delivered confidence and dealt well with city streets.
  • The alloy frame and steel fork struck owners as sturdy and durable.
  • Included accessories were a bonus for buyers, with plastic fenders pre-installed and a rack built into the frame. A storage bag is also provided.
  • The low price of the Loop ensures that it remains a best-seller.
  • Folding was easy once practiced, taking only a reported 10 seconds. The bike was convenient for travel and storage.
  • The provided rack proves very useful and is integrated into the frame, saving weight.
  • A decent number of consumers said that their bike arrived well-packed.
  • The Loop’s step-through design ensured a low standover height, making mounting and dismounting easy.
  • A long 550mm seatpost allows adjustment to suit riders over six foot.
  • The rear derailleur and cassette are Shimano and worked well for several riders, once correctly tuned. The derailleur protector kept the hanger safe.
  • Numerous owners found very little assembly was necessary. Others found that any required setup was minimal.
  • The Loop has a 7-speed gear range. It’s suitability for daily commuting was dependent on owner geography.
  • Slick tires were suitable for urban street use.
  • The SRAM gripshift worked well on earlier models. It has since been replaced by a Shimano REVOshift.

13 reasons not to buy

  • The fork, cranks, hubs and handlebar are all steel, creating a very heavy little machine. Even the bag was considered heavy and bulky.
  • Brakes were notorious for being difficult to adjust. Consumer reviews painted them as unreliable, weak and unsafe. The bracket on the lever sometimes broke.
  • A considerable number of owners felt that both the shifter and derailleur delivered poor action and were clunky. The rear cassette wore out in just months. An inability to reach the top gear was a common gripe.
  • Folding proved difficult for a fair number of owners, taking a lot of physical effort. No locking mechanism, strap or cord is provided. Even collapsed, it was bulky and left the greasy chain exposed. Only the right pedal is foldable.
  • Multiple commuters felt that the Loop was undergeared and needed a larger chainring.
  • There are a few examples of cranks and bottom brackets arriving crooked, rendering the bike unreliable.
  • Damage when new included bent chainrings, framework scratches, an inoperable locking bolt, a slashed tire and two ripped saddles. An expert described the paint as thin and easy to scratch.
  • The bag was sometimes deemed to be useless. It was bulky, heavy, loose and made of low-quality nylon with flimsy straps and handles. One expert took 10 seconds to fold the bike but 2 minutes to pack it.
  • Although the seat adjusts for riders over 6 foot, the one-piece handlebar/stem combo does not. For some, this means the Loop is undersized.
  • The saddle was highly criticized for the discomfort delivered by it’s unforgiving plastic shell.
  • Handlebars were sometimes mis-aligned with the front wheel.
  • The Loop is heavy, bulky and has no fastening device. This reduced it’s portability for owners.
  • Being hefty and lightly geared, the Loop delivered a sluggish ride for some.

Bottom line

It seems that the Loop serves better as an easily stowable bike than in the traditional sense intended for a functioning, folding commuter. Some owners even said it was easier to carry unfolded. It is heavier than many full-size bikes and has no fastening mechanism, meaning that it will slide apart unless the owner improvises a strap of some sort. Some reviewers were happy to upgrade the Loop with lighter, higher-quality components over time. In its stock form, this bike is most suited to travelers and those with small living spaces.

Expert Reviews

0/100 based on 0 expert reviews

User Ratings

80/100 based on 633 ratings
  • 5 star
    53%
  • 4 star
    23%
  • 3 star
    11%
  • 2 star
    5%
  • 1 star
    8%

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Rankings

Compared to other bikes
#40   Best Commuter - City
Bottom 50%
#3   Best Folding
Top 30%
#3   Best Schwinn Bike
Top 30%
#73   Best of All Bikes
Bottom 50%

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Comparison

In comparison to averages of categories
Schwinn Loop
80
Average All Bikes
81
Average Schwinn Bike
75
Average Commuter - City Bike
79