The Schwinn Men’s Phocus Drop Bar Bicycle is a workhorse of a road bike designed for fitness enthusiasts and casual fun cycling. The bike is well balanced and is easy to ride on narrow paths, and tracks. Of course, the name Schwinn means something in the bike world and that quality is instantly noticeable during the first ride on the bike. In short, Schwinn Men’s Phocus is a strong, convenient, and a beautiful road bike.
Phocus a lightweight aluminum frame and a rigid fork. Consequently, this is one of the most responsive bikes out there. The rigid fork makes it easy to maneuver the bike with the least bit of resistance. Even on narrow paths it is possible to take those hairpin turns without making even the slightest of mistakes. This gives a great deal of confidence to the riders on their bike, which is very important. The aluminum frame certainly reduces the weight of the bike and makes it more suitable for long rides. Riders will not get easily tired on the bike even after many miles.
It features a 14-speed Shimano rear and front derailleurs, which provides a smooth gear change operation. This is particularly necessary while cycling up the hill. Although the lightweight aluminum frame makes it less of an effort to ride this bike, the 14-speeds are not much of a thing to boast. The more gears there are on a bike, the easier it becomes to ride up the hill. Hence, expect this bike to tire you more than normal if you are living in a hilly area. On the other hand, 14-speeds are more than enough for flat city terrains. Despite the aluminum frame, the bike still has considerable weight on it, which makes it unsuitable for competitive cycling.
The presence of an alloy caliper provides this bike some sure stopping power. But, don’t expect it to match anything high end. When you are riding at high speeds, you will notice that the bike will travel a significant distance before it stops. So, keep a limit on your speed, especially when you are within a city.
One department in which Phocus wins hands down is – convenience and comfort. The saddle is padded, but not like an expensive one. It is just enough to make the casual rides quite comfortable. The drop bar handle is quite strong and is at a comfortable length from the saddle. It requires the person to bend just enough to make their body aerodynamic, but not enough to discomfort them. The saddle is a quick release type and its height can be easily adjusted without even using any tools. Even the front wheel has a quick release, which takes away the most difficult part of repairing a flat tire. Now, you can change a tire or tube with ease. In a word, it is highly convenient to use and maintain, while being comfortable to ride. The wheels are quite a heavy duty pair. The high profile alloy rims are not only strong and durable, but also lightweight.
Now, coming to the looks, the bike is quite an attraction. Its unique design can be a good conversation starter with other bikers and is guaranteed to get those “great bike” comments from the peers. But, bear in mind, this bike is not designed for everyone. It is quite tall and requires the rider to be somewhere in the range of 5’9” to 6’ tall. This is quite a small segment that the manufacturer has targeted this bike at. So, if you fall in this range, then you simply can’t afford to not have this great bike. Its rims are fitted with paired spokes, which give this bike a really nice look. The paired spikes have a peculiar property, which can be both an advantage and disadvantage depending on how you look at it. If one of them breaks, then the bike is not suitable for riding. Although this can be a little frustrating, it has its uses. When a spoke is broken and the rider continues to use the bike, the wheel loses it trueness over time. The rim portion, where the spoke is now broken, can deform and render the rides significantly uncomfortable for the riders. So, since the paired spikes make it impossible to ride the bike when they break, the user is forced to repair them immediately, which is good for the wheel.
A particular area of weakness is the bike’s tubes. They are very thin and prone to frequent punctures. If you wish to avoid frequent flats, get a pair of new thick and high quality tubes. Despite the bike’s various cons, it is a really cool and high performance bike for just under $300.