Re: Trek vs Schwinn
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> On Mar 14, 10:01 am, "Dish" <dliha...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Mar 14, 10:23 am, "Claire Petersky" <cpeter...@mouse-potato.com>
>> > "Dish" <dliha...@gmail.com> wrote in message
>> > > Hi,
>> > > After a bit of research i have come down to two bikes... Trek 3700
>> > > for
>> > > $309 and 2006 Schwinn Mesa for $240...
>> > > being a first time buyer i don't really know which one would be
>> > > better
>> > > as an entry level bike....
>> > > Any suggestions??
>> > Scwhinn is not the company it was a few years ago -- it sold the name
>> > to a
>> > Chinese company, and the strategy changed to only sell low-quality
>> > bikes.
>> > I'd go with Trek.
>> > --
>> > Warm Regards,
>> > Claire Peterskyhttp://www.bicyclemeditations.org/
>> > See the books I've set free
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>> Thanks everyone... That was really helpful...
> Schwinn sold to the chinese? Try again.
> Bought by Scott, then Pacific, then Pacific was bought by a CANADIAN
> company, Dorel.
> Schwinns made is China VS Treks made in China.
> Tough call. Not.
> The real decider is where to buy. A decent shop will properly
> assemble & set the bike up and adjust it to fit you. A decent shop
> will service it and cover warrenty issues. This is really helpful for
> the newbies and worth the extra over an ebay or boxmart buy.
> Schwinn does sell different quality levels of bikes. from $49 at a
> boxmart to $4000 for a high end racing bike. Like any other bikes,
> you get what you pay for.
> Next time you are in a Trek dealer, take a closer look at the "made in
> china" sticker on the head tube of nearly every bike under $1000.
> If you want a 'real' Schwinn, check out Waterford, owned by Richard
> Schwinn, the desendent of the Schwinn founder. Waterford is the
> former Schwinn Paramount production facility in Wisconsin.
My Schwinn was made in China. Prior to purchase, listed the features I
required since it was being made into a Low Speed Electric Bicycle.
1. Shamano Hardware both brakes and derailers or the equivalent.
Trek: From 600 down had the same equipment
Schwinn: Starting at 139.95 to 600 down had the same
Giant From 600 down had the same equipment
All could be upgraded easily to the more expensive hardware
easily and cheaply
2. Alloy Frame (not Aluminum)
Trek, Giant and Schwinn all had this including a steel alloy
frame that I was looking for. Schwinn was normally 50 to 100 bucks cheaper
with the same basic frame.
3. Steel Forks
All three had that available. The higher end of all three had
carbon fiber which the front electric hub would eat alive quickly
All 3 had that in the same basic price range. Schwinn was
normall 50 to 100 bucks cheaper. A Softail or Suspension rear suspension
gets eaten alive with the extra 20 lbs or so that has to be added over the
rear wheel on a carrier.
Trek has the prestige as can be seen by the majority of the
postings. Giant is priced somewhere between a Trek and a Schwinn but seems
to have less of a prestige than Trek but Giant is still a danged good bike.
Schwinn seems to lack the prestige but buck for buck you still get a good
6. Made in China
Trek: Made in China
Giant: Made in China
Schwinn: Made in China
A friend of mine rides a Trek. We parked my FS 2.6 next to his and did a
comparison. His 600 buck bike had the same exact hardware on it with the
exception of his front forks that were made from carbon fiber. In my
application, the extra 400 bucks for carbon fiber would have meant that at
some time the front drive hub would either weaken the front forks from their
mounts (best case) or rip them out while operation (worst case).
The question remains, do you want functionality with a decent price or do
you want Prestige and functionality at a higher price.
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