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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Schwinn Volare. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
11 reasons to buy
- Owners called the Volare’s color-scheme ‘gorgeous’, describing the fit and finish as ‘refined’ and the design as ‘sleek’.
- The low price was a compromise for many owners, who considered the Volare an affordable and good-value deal.
- Some riders said that gears shifted well and were easy to use, offering a good range.
- Brakes were described as being anywhere from ‘half-decent’ to great, once adjusted correctly.
- A lot of owners found the Volare easy to assemble.
- It was described as a good beginner bike and as as introduction to road-cycling.
- Wheels mostly arrived true and missing parts were not as common as some other cut-price online bikes.
- The wider 28c tires offered on some Volare 1200s, were tougher and more forgiving on rough city streets.
- The quick-release wheels were appreciated for their ease-of-maintenance.
- It was common to hear that this bike was a decent weight for the low price.
- A smooth and comfortable ride was experienced by a number of reviewers.
11 reasons not to buy
- Axles offered a rough ride; with loosening bearings, grinding and sometimes snapping taking place.
- A couple of customers reported a bent rear derailleur on a box-fresh bike.
- There were many crank and pedal problems, which sometimes seemed to be due to user installation error - but at other times were threaded incorrectly or failed even after professional paid assembly.
- Wheels were sometimes out of true.
- Some consumers received loose handlebar grips.
- One model of the 1200 had a front derailleur that was often very difficult to tune, even for local bike-shop staff.
- The red saddle’s color rubbed off on some user’s pants.
- Factory specced tires had a plasticky feel for some owners, who thought they lacked resilience.
- For a road-bike, she’s a weighty beast. But for a budget commuter, 30 pounds isn’t too extreme.
- On models that featured ‘Power Bicycle’ brand brakes, the stopping power was considered ‘unresponsive’.
- Freewheel failure was an all-too frequent occurrence. This was the most-replaced component.