Schwinn Frontier FS review

Schwinn is a household name in the US and its cruiser bikes were the basis for the very first mountain bikes. The Americano cruiser vibe is still evident in its relaxed Frontier FS, too.

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
£200.00 RRP
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Our review

Friendly and comfy cruiser, but too short for speedwork.
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Schwinn is a household name in the US and its cruiser bikes were the basis for the very first mountain bikes. The Americano cruiser vibe is still evident in its relaxed Frontier FS, too.

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Steady Neddy

With a saddle to stem reach that’s almost two inches shorter than the otherwise similarly sized GT and Carrera, the Schwinn is far more upright. This immediately makes it more of a gentle dawdler than a speedster. The forward weight positioning, limited ground clearance and fast steering might also feel slightly precarious to beginners.

Keep it steady though, and you’ll be looking at the view or chatting to mates in easy, relaxed comfort, thanks to the fat saddle and smooth overall ride. The fork actually absorbs some trail lumps without kicking back or clunking badly either, and the centre ridge tyres and comparatively low weight make it an easy roller on less testing terrain.

Comfy Ride

There are mudguard and rack mounts, plus quick release wheels, seat post clamp and a women’s version of the bike, too. The big fat saddle adds short ride comfort, although the flabby flanks are vulnerable to crash or scuff damage. The soft brakes and centre ridge tyres also need care in wet or rooty conditions.

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The Frontier is another surprisingly comfortable and smooth rolling ride, especially considering it’s the lowest priced bike here. Unfortunately, the short, forward weight position makes it a definite dawdler and cruiser, rather than anything more energetic or rapid.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Frontier FS
Brand Schwinn

Bottom Bracket Semi-Cartridge
Seatpost Alloy Micro Adjust
Grip Type Dual-Density
Max. Fork Travel 76mm
Colour Silver
Available Sizes 13 Inches 15 Inches 17 Inches 19 Inches 21 Inches
Available Colours Blue Pearl Pearl White Silver
Weight (kg) 13.8
Seat Angle 73
Chain KMC Z-72
Saddle Schwinn Anatomic
Pedals Non Supplied
Headset Type Threadless
Head Angle 70
Handlebar Rise 30
Handlebar Riser
Frame Material Aluminium
Handlebar Type Low Rise