Schwinn Vantage Hybrid Road Bike Review

Written by:

Liam E.

Last updated:

August 13, 2020

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Schwinn Vantage Hybrid

The Vantage Hybrid is a series of bikes designed for beginning and intermediate riders. Offering a smooth ride at an affordable price, these bikes are sure to make for a pleasant riding experience.

Good value. This is a solid mid-level bike at an affordable price.

Durable. The tires and seat are made of hard, durable materials, and most components of the bike are made of aluminum, making for a lightweight and long-lasting bike.

Comfortable. This bike rides smooth, absorbs bumps, and shifts gears like a pro, making for a comfortable and enjoyable ride.

Like most hybrid bikes, the Schwinn Vantage Hybrid is built for mid-level speeds. As such, it doesn’t perform well over 25mph.

Built by Schwinn, the Vantage Hybrid series provides quality starter bikes for an affordable price. These bikes are easy to mount and perfect for mid-level speeds over a variety of riding surfaces.

The Schwinn Vantage Hybrid comes with an SRT frame and elastomer technology, which absorbs bumps in the road and reduces rider fatigue. It is a 21-speed bike, allowing riders to shift into a more comfortable gear depending on the riding surface. These features make for a comfortable and easy ride over several different terrains.

The aluminum frame, brakes, and weight-bearing components make this bike both durable and lightweight. It comes equipped with alloy mechanical disc brakes, which allow for precise and controlled stops.

The wheels are aluminum with stainless steel spokes for ultimate durability. They come with 700x35c wire bead tires.

The bike comes with several Shimano components, including the crank, shifters, and derailleurs. 

The drop handlebars and 10-degree stem allow for different hand positions and maximum comfort. The seat is firmer than expected but comfortable even for longer rides.   

The Schwinn Vantage Hybrid comes in 17, 17.5, 19, 20, and 22in sizes. Depending on the size and style, it can weigh anywhere between 22 and 29 pounds.

Who is this bike for?

  • Beginning and intermediate riders. If you’re new to cycling, the Schwinn Vantage Hybrid makes for a great starter bike. Riders who enjoy moderate riding at moderate speeds, whether for exercise, recreation, or local commute, will benefit from this bike.
  • For those who want a bike that can handle light off-road surfaces, this bike may be for you. It can handle gravel, dirt roads, and grass as efficiently as pavement.
  • Medium-height and taller riders. Whatever size you buy, this bike is best suited to riders who are 5’7” or taller.
  • The Schwinn Vantage Hybrid will likely require maintenance and occasional tune-ups to keep it functioning at its best. If you enjoy working on your bike and making minor repairs, this bike may be perfect for you, but those who aren’t mechanically inclined may spend more money at the repair shop than expected.
Schwinn Vantage Hybrid

Performance

Gears shift smoothly and perform exceptionally well, allowing you to hit some of the steepest hills while sitting down.

The Schwinn Vantage Hybrid appears to have an alignment defect that often causes the front wheel to wobble. Unless you know how to fix the alignment yourself, this problem may require professional adjustment at a repair shop.

The brakes are dependable in dry weather but may lock up in the rain, causing the bike to skid. The brakes may also struggle at speeds of over 25mph. In addition to putting a strain on the brakes, riding above 25mph may cause the top gears to spin out. Remember, this is a mid-level bike built for mid-level speeds. 

The pedals are made of nylon and seem prone to unscrewing or breaking off. 

The SRT performs better than expected and makes for a smooth, comfortable ride both on streets and light off-road terrains.

Conclusion

This bike rides smoothly over many different surfaces, making comfort one of its best qualities. It is durable, with dependable brakes and a number of gear options. It is an excellent choice for casual riders and beginners but also works well for more intermediate cyclists. 

Though it has a few flaws and limitations, this is expected of any bike in this price range. Overall, it is a very good bike for the price.

If you’re looking for a quality, versatile bike at an affordable price, the Schwinn Vantage Hybrid is a fantastic option.

Specifications

Frame:

N LITENED 3 aluminum 700c crossfit tuned geometry S.R.T. (Smooth Ride Technology) Elastomer 10 mm x 135 mm dropout replaceable hanger 1 1/8 in headtube master

Suspension

Fork:

Schwinn cromoly sport 700c steel steerer 9 mm x 100 mm QR

Rear Shock:

Front Travel:

Rear Travel:

Crankset:

Shimano Tourney 48/38/28T

Bottom Bracket:

VP cartridge square taper 68 mm

Shifters:

Shimano EF500 EZ-FIRE 21-speed

Rear Derailleur:

Shimano RD-TY500

Number of Gears:

Sunrace 7-speed 14-34T

Brakes:

Front Brake - Radius BR-CX7 mechanical disc aluminum 160 mm rotor Rear Brake - Radius BR-CX7 mechanical disc aluminum 160 mm rotor

Wheel Size:

Alex DC26 aluminum double wall 32H

Tires:

Schwinn sport 700c x 35c wire bead

Handlebar:

Stem:

Schwinn aluminum threadless 10° rise 25.4 mm clamp

Seat Post:

Aluminum 350 mm 25 mm offset 27.2 mm

Saddle:

Schwinn sport steel rails

Headset:

Chain:

7-speed

Schwinn Vantage Hybrid

The Vantage Hybrid is a series of bikes designed for beginning and intermediate riders. Offering a smooth ride at an affordable price, these bikes are sure to make for a pleasant riding experience.