Protocol is the system of rules that explains the correct conduct and procedures to be followed in formal situations (Merriam-Webster). The real question is what is “correct”? Was Schwinn “correct” when it named the first in a series of mountain bikes as conforming to the regulations, according to Protocol?When speaking of the Schwinn what should we evaluate? If we assess the manner in which it compares to its contemporaries of a similar price and brand, then the Schwinn is according to protocol. The Schwinn is great for beginners because it provides an easy transition from standard commercial types to mountain bike quality. It satisfies some of the key requirements for mountain bikes; but it is a semi-Protocol, an entry-level.The Protocol has its fair share of inconveniences brought to forefront by the inconsistencies of the reviewing community. Presented are a few of the pros and cons of the Protocol. As always your unique needs carry as much weight as the acknowledgement and admonition provided. Climate, severe weather, terrain, maintenance and care, play a significant role in the durability of any bicycle.
Metal pedals: Designed with rugged metal rims to prevent from slipping, even in the rain.Pedals have spikes that may dig into ankles if not properly positioned.
Dual Suspension Frame: Suspension refers to the system that serves to insulate the rider and bicycle from the terrain.Full (Dual) has suspension at both the front and rear; is necessary for in order to maintain control of the bicycle and reduce discomfort in the hands and arms associated with advanced trails and activity.
Pro Max Front Disc Brakes: Strong action, less effected by environmental liquids, and no tear associated with rim brakes. They are harder to replace, than rim disc, if damaged.
Knobby tires: Provide additional traction due to knobs or grooves carved in the wheels.
Assembly Complications: The general Instruction’s Manual that applies to all Schwinns.
- Consistently stated as being difficult to assemble due to vague instructions
- May have to go to local bike shop for assembly and tuning.
Tuning involved: Suspension may be difficult to adjust.No child seat attachment option or the ability to hook up a holder for locks.
Seat: May be uncomfortable; purchasing a gel seat cover and a small hand-pump is recommended.The structure prevents from a water holder being installed.
- Subpar shipping that has resulted in damaged, chipped, or missing parts.
- Warranty department sends replacement parts as long as you register beforehand on Internet.
No Rear Disc Brake: Disc brakes tend to complicate mounting kickstand
Wheels: Despite the knobby tires, the wheels are made of inferior quality not able to gain enough traction, nor are they fast enough for intense trail performance.
Shimano accessories: These come under scrutiny once again for being inexpensive and ineffective; personal preference will dictate whether the Shimano produces parts are suitable.
It ‘s Not All Downhill From Here
The Protocol is very study and made for the people of larger dimensions, of both height and weight. The Schwinn Protocol can withstand a weight of around 200 lbs. to possibly a weight of 250 lbs., when it is not used off-road. The Protocol is reported as being heavier than expected; yet this is to be expected of people who are not familiar with the weight of a mountain bike. Some people stated having difficulty with assembly, while other said they had little trouble, but almost all people recommended taking it a local bike shop for tuning. The Schwinn is not designed for downhill or aggressive riding. Engaging in intense activity of this sort could potentially end in both damages to the bicycle and the rider. Riding at high speeds, on terrain that is not suitable, or attempting to perform stunts beyond the limitations of the bicycle’s built will result in damages both to the bicycle and the rider. Cycle with caution.
A consensus of great performance and satisfaction; most of the cons are characteristics present in most mountain bikes. While this bicycle has no structural flaws, there have been few attempts at renovations. Replacing certain parts like the plastic pedals or the Shimano accessories may be advised as they increase comfort, control, and the safety aspects overall.That being said, this bike does not have the great inherent quality to it that can be multiplied by multiple upgrades. It is recommended that only one or two of the less costly features be modified, as long as they are not the wheels. If you are interested in a bicycle that can be adapted to perform similarly to a high mountain bike, I would recommend the Kawasaki DX266FS. That bicycle is built well enough originally that investing in it really means investing.