Schwinn 2001 Fastback Comp Older Racing Bike

Schwinn 2001 Fastback Comp Older Racing Bike 

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[Apr 19, 2002]
Vic
Commuter

Strength:

Frame is light and strong and is worthy of significant upgrades. High quality Velomax wheels Quality component selection.

Weakness:

Kalloy seat post No braze-ons for pump or rear rack

The genius of this bike rooted in shrewd compromises. Schwinn put together a very, very nice bike … and one that is worthy of significant upgrades … at a minimal cost. The Fastback Comp has a very nice frame … essentially the same as the frame used with the more expensive Fastback models. It is very light (2.75 lbs). It is comfortable … more so than other aluminum frames I have ridden (perhaps it’s the sloping top-tube design). It also rewards pedal pressure with “right now” acceleration. I love the red paint scheme too … simple yet direct. The Reynolds Ouzo carbon front fork is also first class. It is light, absorbent, and comfortable. You’d have to shell out a lot of cash for anything better. The Velomax Circuit Comp wheels are a terrific choice too. Designed by Velomax for Schwinn’s Fastback bikes (and now available separately), they are considerably less expensive than Velomax’s other wheels, yet they are still light and strong. Velomax made certain design compromises that substantially reduced costs, but gave up little in the way of strength or performance … these compromises are too extensive to outline here, but can be read at Velomax’s web site. Even the tires are first class … Michelin Axial Pros. Low rolling resistance and a nice ride. With a single exception, the components are also intelligently chosen … they provide both high performance and maximum bang for the buck. Highlights include a TTT handlebar and stem and Shimano 105 drivetrain (I replaced mine with a triple Ultegra) and brakes. Even the seat is a pleasant surprise. Although I replaced the seat with a Terry Fly, I use the stock seat on my commuting bike, and it is quite comfortable. My sole complaint with regard to the components is the Kalloy seatpost. Although it is very adjustable and strong enough, it is just not up to the class of the other components on the bike. The bike does not come with pedals. While this is a nuisance if this is your only bike (and should be factored into the cost), it is a reasonable cost saving measure for more experienced cyclists like myself who are already committed to either Shimano SPD, Look, or Speedplay-compatible designs. So how does all of that work together? As good as it sounds. This is a sweet ride. The bike accelerates well, brakes well, and handles well. It is a pleasure to ride.

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OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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