New Schwinn Vantage commuter bike has elastomer suspension

Affordable hybrid designed to take the sting out of crosstown rides

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The Vantage has an elastomer insert mounted between the seat stays and seat tube that provides 15mm of travel.

The Vantage has an elastomer insert mounted between the seat stays and seat tube that provides 15mm of travel (click to enlarge).

Schwinn has launched the 2016 Vantage commuter bike, which features Smooth Ride Technology to make trips to work a little more comfortable. The Vantage is billed as being fast and responsive, but also plush and forgiving thanks to technology that provides an active suspension vibration dampening system.

SRT is an elastomer mounted between the Vantage’s seat stays and seat tube that provides 15mm of travel, which is designed to help absorb bumps in the road and provide a smooth ride without sacrificing efficiency. Additionally, SRT ensures improved lateral stiffness, meaning the rear wheel is less likely to flex from side to side, allowing riders to maintain a more efficient pedal stroke.

The Vantage will be offered in two models – the F1 and the F2, $880 and $660.

The Vantage will be offered in two models – the F1 and the F2, $880 and $660 (click to enlarge).

The Vantage also has integrated mounts so it can be loaded up front and rear with racks, panniers and fenders for commuting or touring.

The Schwinn Vantage toes the line between comfort and performance, putting its pilot in a more aggressive position, making it a viable tool for the enthusiast looking to put in miles on a bike path or fire road. However, the rider is still upright enough to comfortably cruise around town.

A close-up of the Schwinn Vantage elastomer section.

A close-up of the Schwinn Vantage elastomer section.

The Vantage will be offered in two models – the F1 and the F2, $880 and $660 respectively. To learn more about the Schwinn Vantage visit SchwinnBikes.com.

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