A whole bike to review! I wasnít sure this would ever happen but schwinn hooked us up no problems.
My first impression was that this bike looks really nice. the white chrome and light blue work really well together I kinda liked the white, red, and black of the old madisons, but the blue is really nice. The bike cam set up as freewheel with full brakes and a flip-flop hub. you can flip to fixed no problem. The stock gearing is 48/18- was a little high compared to what I was used to, but after awhile I came to really like it. I rode the Madison free wheel first because I figured thatís the way most people would ride it, but see the vastly growing amount of fixed rides in Chicago Iím beginning to rethink that. Iím used to riding fixed, so it took me a bit to get used to the freewheel. the geometry is more road than track and it was a welcome relief to me. I took it on a quick 20 miles ride and it felt comfortable.
I did have a few problems- the rear brake fell off into the back wheel. schwinn assured me that it was just because they didnít have time to check it all over before they sent it and if you bought it from a shop they would make sure all the bolts would be tight. The cable guides zip tied to the bike kinda suck but are also nice if you ride it fixed. the ability to cut them off and have no braze-ons is pretty cool. Stock this bike is ok. it comes with a decent set of truvit cranks and scwalbe tires that I really liked. Eventually I took off the breaks and put a set of soma drop bars on it and rode it like that. Nothing rides like steel and you can feel it. The wheels that came on it are okay. the usual formula hubs and decent rims there pretty out of true out of the box but nothing a truing stand cant fix. Iíve seen this bike on sale for $450, which is a steal. There are a lot of bikes in this price range and I really think this is good bike for the price.