Schwinn Protocol 1.0 Mountain Bike
with Trigger Shifters

I remember when I was young kid growing up, everybody wanted a Schwinn bike. The company’s name was a status symbol and when you’re a kid trying to fit in you want what everybody else has. Unfortunately, Schwinn failed to keep up with the times and almost became a footnote in history, but after some restructuring and changes in philosophy, Schwinn has made a bit of a comeback in recent years. One of the biggest changes to Schwinn’s philosophy was recognizing that mountain bikes were more than just a fad. They’ve now committed themselves to the mountain bike category along with every other major bicycle manufacturer.

One of Schwinn’s better offerings in the mountain bike category is the Schwinn Protocol 1.0. This bike has a lot of great features that makes it ideal for the casual rider. It’s not designed to handle the tough trails, but you can certainly hit the basic trails with it. Where this bike really excels is as a great street bike; at a price under $350 it really is a great deal.

Dual Suspension

Most street bikes we’re familiar with have a solid construction with suspension only on the front forks or else not at all. This model by Schwinn has a dual suspension system which makes it easy to adjust to uneven terrain. This design would suggest that it’s built to handle tough trails but, oddly enough, the manufacturer doesn’t really recommend it for that purpose. If you’re hitting predominantly flat off-road trails with only the odd hill to navigate, this bike will suit your purposes just fine.

I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to try a bike with dual suspension before and it makes for a very smooth ride. In fact, you barely feel the bumps in the road at all with one of these types of bikes. This is a feature that definitely gives this bike an advantage over its competitors.

Gear-Shifting Versatility

If you have any experience with mountain bikes you’re probably very familiar with the name Shimano. They are quite simply the most prolific and well-known manufacturer of gear-shifting technology. Not surprisingly, this model by Schwinn includes a 24-speed Shimano gear shifter with Shimano EF-50 trigger shifters. The great thing about trigger shifters is that they make shifting gears as simple as possible – it becomes almost like a natural extension of your arm.

If you’re more familiar with a bike that has somewhere between 12 and 18 gears, making the transition to a bike like this one with its 24 gears is a bit of an adjustment. This isn’t a bad thing though; it’s actually a great thing. Those extended gear-shifting options make it easier to make incremental adjustments to match your terrain and definitely come in handy when you come across some uneven terrain.

Professional Disc Brakes

Every bike I ever owned growing up always had the traditional style of bicycle brakes. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about – these are brakes that work with a pulley system that pushes two pads together onto the rims of your wheels in order to stop the bike. The best quality bikes these days no longer use this type of system – they use disc brakes instead.

The advantage of the disc brake system is that it tends to work in all conditions. With the traditional bicycle brakes, if a little bit of moisture or mud got onto your rims your braking power was affected. That’s not an issue with disc brakes as they are designed to work in all conditions – even wet and muddy ones. The fact that this Schwinn bike has disc brakes is a big plus.

A Nice-Looking Ride

While the most important things you should consider when buying a mountain bike are things such as the brakes, the frame materials, the suspension system, and the gear-shifting capabilities, you also want something that looks good. The Schwinn Protocol 1.0 men’s mountain bike definitely fits the part. There’s no doubt that this bike is easy on the eye; when other riders see you on this they’ll consider you one of the club. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting this should be your main consideration when choosing a mountain bike, but it doesn’t hurt.

Primarily a Street Bike

As we’ve already indicated above, this bike by Schwinn isn’t ideal for trail riding. Sure, it looks the part, but it really performs best on the street. In fact some customers have complained that the gears don’t react well when you’re bouncing around trails and that on the odd occasion the chain may even come off the tracks. In fact, if you look closely at the forks, there’s actually a warning that tells you that it’s not designed for aggressive terrain. That doesn’t mean you can’t use this bike on off-road trails, but if you’ve ever ridden a mountain bike off-road you’re well aware that there are definitely different levels of trails. This bike is primarily designed for what you’d consider beginner trails.

Not for Tough Terrain

Personally, I’m looking for a bike that can handle some tough terrain. There are many occasions where I’m just out for a casual ride and this bike would be perfect for that, but overall it doesn’t really suit my needs. If you don’t see yourself hitting those tough trails very often, then this bike is a great choice and it’s available at a great price.

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