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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.