Schwinn Phocus

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Summary of Reviews

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

8 reasons to buy

  • Commenters believed the Phocus presents good value and that componentry was good quality for the price.
  • The Phocus was often labeled as a good beginner’s road bike.
  • Owners often touted the lightness and quality of the 6061 aluminum frame.
  • Large models were tall enough for a 6’3” man, with scope to go taller.
  • It was easy to assemble and tune via YouTube or for the mechanically-minded.
  • Some owners found the Phocus solid and durable, even after 8 months, for one user.
  • Many reviewers loved the carbon-fibre fork.
  • A number of riders found that the Phocus shifted nicely through gears.

13 reasons not to buy

  • There is a known crank / bottom-bracket issue that involves sending the entire bike back to Schwinn, at the cost of the owner.
  • Generally, buyers needed to take the Phocus to their local bike shop for tuning, incurring extra costs.
  • There are a number of reports of poor-quality rim-tape coming loose and causing repeated punctures.
  • Braking power, or the lack of it, scared some riders. The brake pads were called ‘plasticky’.
  • At 26-29 lbs, its a little heavy for a performance road bike .
  • The Phocus has its shifters on the flat of the bars, requiring riders to move their hands away from the brake levers to change gear.
  • Out of the box, wheels may need truing and were sometimes out-of-round (vertically untrue).
  • Owners described a bike festooned with decals and sometimes bearing a lopsided head-badge. Bodywork scratches were rife.
  • For one owner, the bike was worn out after a month of commuting.
  • There are no eyelets provided to attach panniers or fenders.
  • A common problem was that ordered sizes were not accurate. Bikes were often unrideably large or small.
  • A mechanic reported pre-worn and unevenly machined chainrings on a new model.
  • Components were repetitively described as cheap, including Chao Yang tires that slid in the wet.

Bottom line

The Phocus seems to be a lot higher quality than a lot of Schwinn products. Owners were delighted by the aluminum frame and carbon fork. However, some owners replaced a lot of parts (including the cassette and bottom-bracket), in order to make the gears usable. Although it may not be recommended for the continuing enthusiast, it might be a decent entry into road-riding and provide a frame-set that serves as the basis of an upgrade project.

Expert Reviews

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User Ratings

80/100 based on 339 ratings
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