Schwinn Vantage

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22.70, 29.00, 29.80 lb
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Summary of Reviews

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

16 reasons to buy

  • An excellent ride quality was noted over gravel, roads and dirt.
  • Bikepackers are equipped with fender, rack and fork eyelets on the RX1 and 2.
  • Many customers and reviewers saw the Vantage as a good value bike.
  • At 22.7lbs for the RX1, Vantage models could be light.
  • The RX1 was so comfortable that one rider chose to ride it while pregnant!
  • Reviewers appreciated the SRT elastomer’s shock-absorbing properties.
  • Promax disc brakes on the F2 were said to be smooth.
  • Wide-ranging gears covered all elevations, on and off-road.
  • One Vantage F2 owner only had to replace 3 spokes after 2 years use.
  • The ergonomic and flared TranzX handlebar offered multiple hand positions.
  • F3 owners lauded the shifting abilities of their Shimano Tourney drivetrain.
  • Shimano GRX hydraulic brakes were lauded, especially at this price-point.
  • A threaded bottom bracket makes maintenance easy.
  • One reviewer liked the specced Continental tires and would buy them again.
  • A sleek paint job was admired.
  • With some bike experience, the Vantage was easy to assemble.

15 reasons not to buy

  • Experts would have preferred a thru-axle to the quick-release on the rear wheel.
  • SRT elastomer stems were heavy and struck some riders as having little effect.
  • An expert tester said the RX1’s geometry was sluggish, especially on climbs.
  • The same tester also said that the RX1 felt “super-stable” on descents.
  • An expert felt that the head-tube was too tall to achieve a perfect fit.
  • One reviewer said Continental tires lacked sufficient tread for gravel riding.
  • One buyer was without pedals and a front skewer.
  • A few buyers did not receive any instructions.
  • One buyer received an incorrectly sized wheel and seatpole.
  • Some disc rotors were bent on new bikes.
  • One owner’s rear derailleur snapped after a year’s use.
  • Two buyers received dented and scratched bikes.
  • Untrue wheels were reported on new bikes.
  • Some missing parts were reported, including a seat clamp bolt.
  • Owners would have liked a more comprehensive manual for the components.

Bottom line

Schwinn’s ‘Signature’ Series offers a range of higher-end bikes with a higher-spec than their usual big-box fare. With the Vantage, the manufacturer has teamed up with sister-company Cannondale to create an innovative all-road / gravel bike that, for the most part, impressed reviewers. The SRT elastomer system offers some suspension, by allowing ‘soft tail’ seat posts and stems to flex. At full price, some saw it as overpriced. But at the right price, owners and reviewers advised prospective buyers to snap it up.

Expert Reviews

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The Schwinn Vantage RX1 – A Review I Guess

The Vantage RX1 is really, really good. Especially for the price… Schwinn set out to build a bike that was well-specced, comfortable, desirable and affordable and I can attest to the fact that they achieved that goal… it’s just not my style… steering is somewhat slow.”

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Steve Bee F.A.T. Riding

Schwinn Vantage RX2 Affordable Adventure Bike Review and Ride

This feels more at home on the road, off-road, sidewalks, greenways… supple action in the seatpost… Overall, super-happy for [sale price]… I would not buy it for [full price]. There are probably better bikes you could find for a few extra bucks…

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Cyclocross Magazine

In Review: Schwinn Vantage RX1 Gravel / Adventure Bike – A Gravel Softail?

…the Vantage RX1 has proven itself to be both capable and versatile… The flex in the seat stay is effective in smoothing out big bumps…

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User Ratings

71/100 based on 43 ratings
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