The Schwinn Discover Men’s Hybrid Bike is an absolutely comfortable and well-outfitted commuter bike. While it may not have the spunk of our flashier Takara line of bikes, it’s certain to leave you satisfied with its focus on practicality.
Overall solid design
Don’t let its modest appearance fool you. This powerful bike is outfitted with an aluminum frame, ample for city riding. And while it isn’t steel, the aluminum construction is sufficient for your average trek about the city. So long as you’re not constantly diving off of high curbs or putting stress on the frame, there’s no concern for structural integrity. This all sits on an SR Suntour suspension fork for easy navigation in the city or on a trail. Expect that they will absorb some of the impacts and take the stress off of the frame.
The caveat to having such a solid frame is the bike’s overall weight. This tops out at about 46 pounds without any gear attached. That’s one heavy bike. This goes back to the aluminum frame. While you may expect an aluminum object to be lighter than steel, it actually needs to be thicker because of its weak integrity. This thickness adds to the overall weight and rigidity of the bike.
Grip style shifters
On the riser handlebar you’ll find easy-to-use grip shifters connected to a Shimano gear set for 21 speeds. The grip shift allows for easy control without removing your hands or fingers from the safety of the handlebar. Simply twist your wrist forward or backward to traverse through gears.
There are a few notable experiences where the chain would skip under high stress. This mostly occurred at the initial ascent of a hill. While this isn’t a safety hazard, it can become quite annoying if you need to excel out of a high into low gear. It would pay to have the derailleur inspected by a bike mechanic if you’ve experienced this issue.
This bike sports Promax alloy linear pull brakes, but be sure to have them looked at if you’re planning to take this bike off-road. While it will handle the abuse of dips and bumps, the added stress of mountain riding can take its toll on the pads. Visually inspect the pads and test out the stopping ability on a few curbs.
Function over fashion
Its frame is built to fit larger riders. If you’re under 5ft 9in, you may want to move along to a smaller frame. One great benefit of this particular bike is the rear wheel rack and fenders. This is particularly beneficial if you’re hauling boxes or find yourself in wet terrain. This commuter bike doesn’t have the pizzazz of a sleeker road-style bike, but its functionality makes up for it.
- Rear wheel rack and fenders
- Men’s comfort bike with aluminum city frame
- SR Suntour suspension fork; SR Suntour alloy crank
- 21-speed SRAM grip shifters; Shimano rear derailleur
- Promax alloy linear pull brakes; rear gear carrier
- Swept-back upright handlebar and padded saddle
We’ve had a Schwinn World Sport touring bike since the late 80’s—which is still going strong—and are familiar with their level of quality. While it has its quirks with the derailleur and brakes, they aren’t deal breakers. Again, this is an entry-level bicycle at a very affordable price. Not every bike is subject to these issues and Schwinn offers a Lifetime Warranty to soothe any doubt. Exercise due diligence and inspect and test your bike before taking it on a long ride.
It’s heavy and only comes in black, but the amenities make up for these few shortcomings. If you find yourself hauling a small amount of gear on the daily and are looking to save a few pennies while you’re at it, then we recommend this contender for your commuter bike.