Schwinn 1999 Moab 2 Hardtail Bike

4.78/5 (45 Reviews)
MSRP : $849.00


Product Description

1999 Schwinn Moab 2, mountain bike, front suspension, Mountain Mix components, Rock Shox Judy C, 3.15" travel fork


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tom vogt a Weekend Warrior from kelowna

Date Reviewed: September 12, 2001

Strengths:    dis an awsome bike. I only bought the frame, but its real lite! good for urban assult an phatty drops!

Weaknesses:    the judy, its heavy an its only got 3.15" of travel an lie 2" of plush

Bottom Line:   
this is the best feelin bike I have ever rode! (exept brodie of coarse)

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Favorite Trail:   crawford

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   ma friend

Similar Products Used:   piece of crap fila, lol that waz a beast

Bike Setup:   not enough room!

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Brian Thompson a Weekend Warrior from Austin, TX

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2001

Strengths:    Good looks, tuff alum frame, great bike for the buck. This is a bike that can be upgraded as the parts wear out, and still feel like you have a good bike in between.

Weaknesses:    The moab trail xc tires are terrrible in dry, hardpack, and sandy gravel.
Chucked the stock cage pedals.
LX cranks are stinkers. I'm 190lbs and can flex the chain rings to either side of the front derailer. That's a lot of flex.
The spokes need to be tensioned,so fix'm b/4 you bend your rim.


Bottom Line:   
This bike rocks for the price, and the 2001's have even better parts.

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Favorite Trail:   Mule Shoe Bend

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Wheeler's of Shawnee, KS 66216

Similar Products Used:   Last bike was a 1989 fuji thrill. No comparisons to make.

Bike Setup:   Swaped stock parts for, Titec Hellbent layback post, Kore Strictly D 3" riser bars, and I ride both Richie clipless pedals and some BMX Sharkbites depending on my mood. Not yet on the bike are Profile Racing 190mm cranks.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andrew Kerr a Cross Country Rider from Aberdeen, Scotland

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2001

Strengths:    Frame, strong and flickable.
Climbing and decending.


Weaknesses:    Wheelset. Standard issue headset-snapped bearing races in mine.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike, great price!! Makes short work of steep climbs and responsive on downhill sections.
Frame strong enough for drop-offs etc.
Judy C's that came with bike were decent, but felt like pogo sticks compared to Z3 Bombers.
Not many in Aberdeen!!

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Favorite Trail:   Anywhere and everywhere

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $849.00

Purchased At:   The Single Track Factory, Denver, Colorado

Bike Setup:   Moab 2, Marzocchi Z3 Bomber forks, DMR V8 pedals, LX, Avid arch rivals 1.0

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Matthew Krause a Cross Country Rider from Colorado Springs, CO, USA

Date Reviewed: April 12, 2001

Strengths:    Excellent components package, especially for the price I paid. Lightweight, strong reliable Schwinn frame. Climbs and descends like no other hardtail (except possibly Homegrowns), rattle free on drops. I'm a small rider but the Moab is light enough to get some serious air. Way too much fun to play with (400 miles in first month alone!), it just plain rocks! LX drivetrain is an excellent value and performs just fine for my needs.

Weaknesses:    Poor cables, stock Avid brakes a bit weak, SDG saddle ripped quickly.

Bottom Line:   
Heck, for $440 bucks I couldn't turn down this deal, make note that I added about $150 worth of new components after the old ones wore out or broke. Caouldn't have asked for anytthing more except maybe a Homegrown but they weren't 50% off. For a reliable, relatively economic, well equipped hardtail, there's nothing like the Moab, either the trail or the bike!

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Favorite Trail:   Anything in Moab!

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $440.00

Purchased At:   Bennett's Cycle of MN

Similar Products Used:   Schwinn Homegrown, Specialized Rockhopper/Stumpjumper, GT Ricochet/Avalanche, Gary Fisher Tassajara/Big Sur (Just about all the upper end hardtails)

Bike Setup:   Stock LX drivetrain w/ XT rear der. added, Judy XC fork, Avid 2.0 brakes and 1.9 levers, Michelin/Mavic wheels, Titec Bar/Stem/Seatpost

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike a Cross Country Rider from Madison, WI

Date Reviewed: January 30, 2001

Strengths:    Walks the walk and talks the talk for less than $750. Strong frame. Two-tone retro-paint (Cream/Black). Not a harsh Al bike. Judy has a nice ride for a cheap fork. Schwinn heritage. Don't have to worry about wrecking a $2000 bike.

Weaknesses:    Heavy, cheap LP27 BB. I hate it when manufacturers put crap BB's on bikes just because you can't see it! Lower-end Judy weighs more than the frame itself. Can't get things done around the house when I'm out on the bike for hours.

Bottom Line:   
This is a follow-up to my 4/9/00 review. I have been bitten by the biking bug and have enjoyed the Moab.

I am a card-carrying clydesdale so I upgraded the bike for heavy-duty use. I've trimmed weight where I could (seatpost, stem, fork, tires) and added weight where it was needed for my size(rims, bar). The frame is a great platform to build off the already great components.
Upgrading the fork took 1/2 lb. off the front of the bike--made a difference in climbing ability. If I weren't a big guy, an SID would shave another 1/2 lb. The crank/BB upgrade was another 1/2 lb. Little tweaks here and there make this a durable, relatively lightweight(~24 lbs) hardtail for the bigger guys. I'm not a weight-weenie, but 2+ lbs. off the weight of the bike makes a difference when I'm chugging up hills. I wouldn't hesitate to buy this bike again; or another one from Schwinn 'cause it seems they have their act together once again.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Williamson Bicycle Works

Similar Products Used:   Trek 800 ($20 commuting bike), GT Tequesta (The bike that got me into this crazy sport!). Various other hardtails and FS bikes when test-riding.

Bike Setup:   '99 19"/'01 Marzocchi Z.4/Cane Creek S-5/Titec Hellbent XC/Hutchinson Python tires/Thomson seatpost & stem/Oury grips/XT hubs; 14/15 DT DB spokes; Sun Rhino Lite rims/Kool-Stop/Truvativ Stylo Team crank; SL BB.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nick a Cross Country Rider from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Date Reviewed: January 19, 2001

Strengths:    Affordable. Well capable going off-road. Ideal for those new to the sport.

Weaknesses:    Heavy. Sluggish, especially in technical singletrack.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike to start the sport with. It's a little heavy (27lbs with the above setup) but well capable going off-road.
Though the bike is a stable descender (perhaps due to its weight), it's a bit of a torture to ride up long or steep uphills.
The Moab 2 is a little sluggish in the handling department and so does not fare too well on technical trails. And given its rather slack geometry (a 70/72 degree head and seat tube angles as opposed to the more aggresive 71/73 degree setup), the bike rides more like a fast cruiser than a singletrack weapon. Bear this in mind if you are considering making the purchase. Upgrades would make it lighter. But whether it's money well spent is another question.

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Favorite Trail:   Kiara

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   KSH

Similar Products Used:   GT Ricochet, Specialized S-Works M4

Bike Setup:   Stock except for the Easton CT2 seatpost, Selle Italia Flite Ti saddle, Time pedals, Titec Big Al stem and IRC Mythos XC tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bert a Weekend Warrior from Statesboro, GA

Date Reviewed: January 7, 2001

Strengths:    Good Price, good component mix, good performance.

Weaknesses:    wheels

Bottom Line:   
For the price, you can't beat it. I know that you've heard it before-- the price is good-- but this is a true mountain bike. Not the Wal-Mart Special, or a cheapie. This is the real deal. You can do anything you want on this bike. Long ride; technical; get lost in the woods, and not care; it's all good. If you can dish it out, this bike can take it. The only problems that I have had have involved the wheels. I am a big guy, and I have this problem of the spokes breaking when I jump off of stuff. (ie when I go over four feet in the air, something is going to break. . . It won't be the frame.) Also, dog crap has this nasty habit of stickin' to the wheels.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $699.00

Purchased At:   The Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Giant, Trek, Cannondale

Bike Setup:   Stock with the exception of better clipless pedals. (Rockwerks)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave a Cross Country Rider from Canmore, Canada

Date Reviewed: December 30, 2000

Strengths:    Solid bike, good OEM gruppo, agile, decent climber

Weaknesses:    Tires; other reviews say weight, but I haven't noticed a big difference between other bikes; I should take weight off myself before I take weight off the bike :)

Bottom Line:   
This is an excellent bike for the type of riding I do - long, technical mountain trails. It is a decent climber with better tires and I find the weight contributes to stability on the fast downhill sections.

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Favorite Trail:   Benchlands

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   The Bike Shop, Calgary

Similar Products Used:   MT Bikes: Kuwahara Impulse, various Rocky Mountains and Gary Fishers
Road Bikes: DeKerf trialthlon bike, custom-built Bianchi


Bike Setup:   OEM, Ritchey pedals, Panaracer Smoke/Dart tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rob a Cross Country Rider from Toronto, ON., Canada

Date Reviewed: September 30, 2000

Strengths:    Very Strong sturdy frame, good LX component group for the value, good handler at high and low speeds, up hills and down.

Weaknesses:    Weight, too heavy

Bottom Line:   
I really like the value... for the price paid you get a lot of bike, and it can sure take a beating. I've had no problems with the drivetrain, forks or frame... I would definately recomend this bike to any intermediate rider. I would however suggest changing the seatpost, it is a cheap no namer... For me I liked the 19 inch frame but I felt I was reaching to far forward, so that's why I got the shorter stem. Overall it's an amazing bike to ride, it handles like a dream, if only it were a few pounds lighter! But even with this extra weight you wouldn't be able to notice it by the way it climbs and sprints.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $830.00

Purchased At:   Cyclepath

Similar Products Used:   New GT ricochet, and Fisher Big Sur

Bike Setup:   Stock, except Titec Heat Treated aluminum seatpost (nickel plated) and 90mm Titec welded stem.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Thad Bousamra a Weekend Warrior from Arcata, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: September 27, 2000

Strengths:    Frame geometry, stiffness,comfort, slow and high speed handling (up and downhill), suspension fork, componentry, appearance.

Weaknesses:    Weight (which is more than compensated for in ride, I shall not whine), and sticky pedals. Is there a way to file them out or something for easier release?

Bottom Line:   
I keep trying to convince myself the bike couldn't possibly handle this well for the price, but I can't seem to do it. Near flawless singletrack hold, tight spot on downspeed handling (yes, I know the difference between snobby critique and experiential evidence), fast cornering on fire roads, nimble air catcher, and retains gymnastic finesse on slow speed play. It's too bad that the American manufacturers can't seem to put up a like ride at the same price point.....I want to be patriotic in my manufacturing selection, but consumer pragmatism keeps slapping me in the face. Get rid of the pedals. I've gone back to cheapie pedals with no clips and have been having great fun. Being that the frame is born of the same geometry as one the best frames on the market, it is tough to go wrong (Homegrown, gotta get me one of those!) Kickin Panaracer Smokes tires hug tight to the offroad loose and aggregate. Ritchey pedals are sticky to get out of, but perform admirably otherwise. Cranks have a nice feel as well. Upgrades would take you to stellar heights.If you value, well, value.....here is your little gem.

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Favorite Trail:   Canyon Rides in Bridgers, MT

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $849.00

Purchased At:   City Bike Shop, Traverse City, MI

Similar Products Used:   Trek 7000, GT XCR-3000,Fisher Big Sur, Cannondale F-series, Specialized M2,Giant XTC hardtail, etc. (anything between $800 and $1200, except Klein Attitude)It's all opinion at this level.

Bike Setup:   21", Red and Silver,Manitou Magnum SX dual adjust fork, Titec XC Hellbent Riser Bar, Belaire SDG Saddle, LX front, XT rear, Deore Hollowtech Cranks, Ritchey SPD clipless pedals,Panaracer Smoke Kevlar XC (Black with Red sidewalls).

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Carlos a Weekend Warrior from Va Beach, VA, USA

Date Reviewed: September 7, 2000

Strengths:    Perfect as first "real" mtn. bike. Solid package. Great looks. Great ride.

Weaknesses:    Heavy fork. Brake pads wear quickly.

Bottom Line:   
Have put over 2000 miles on mine. Still looks new and rides like new (if not better with upgrades). Homegrown geometry makes for great climbing and decending. If purchased as first bike, is solid enough to also be your last. No regrets in choosing the Moab 2 over the Moab 1 (better color, better value).

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Favorite Trail:   York River State Park, Williamsburg, VA

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $525.00

Purchased At:   HDK Cycles Kempsville

Similar Products Used:   Test ride only: Trek 6500, 7000, Schwinn Moab 1. Moab 2 feels better and is better value.

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi Z.2 SuperFly, U.S.E. Sx post, XT drive train, Easton Monkey Lite carbon bar/ODI Lock On Grips, JagWire cables, Time ATAC Carbon pedals, Conti. Explorer Pro tires, Kool-Stop Thin-Line brake pads.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by billy b a Weekend Warrior from columbia, south cakalaky, u.s.hey

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2000

Strengths:    componentry, solid fork(even though it's heavy), durability

Weaknesses:    heavy fork(even though it's solid), tires, wheelset, pedals, overall weight

Bottom Line:   
good bike for the money for beginners, if you can find it now. buy a new wheelset and tires(put slickys on the stocks and kevvies on the good wheels) and you're set. upgrade the drivetrain in 2-3 years along with the seatpost, saddle, stem, bar, and fork. Or save your money and buy a $2,000+ bike with what you want on it and take the chance you hate mountain biking. Tough choice, I should have gone with the latter. 5 flaming biscuits for value minus 1 flaming dingle-berry for crappy tires and my stupidity.

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Favorite Trail:   n/a

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   fisher kai tai and big sur

Bike Setup:   stock w/mavic cross-rides, mythos xc's, kore ti skewers, shaved handy bars(of course), and cheesy wally world seat bag p.s. dropped the bar ends because they are homosexual and lost some weight at the same time...

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark Gismondi a Cross Country Rider from Western Australia

Date Reviewed: June 16, 2000

Strengths:    Strong frame - well manufactured with great welds. Good
geometry on frame for a comfortable, well controlled ride.


Weaknesses:    Frame and forks are little heavy.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is a good introduction MTB. I have ridden over 7000km on the bike and have only had to replace the
low end Mavic rims that came with it (I am heavy 90kilos).
The frame is beautifully crafted and would outlast any
punishment that the toughest of mountain bikers could dish
at it.
If you want a good durable solid bike, for weekend bashing, that will take any punishment you can give it and come out looking brand new, go and get one.

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Favorite Trail:   This whole country is a trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   1999 Moad 1. Avanti Aggressor.

Bike Setup:   Rock Shox Judy C. LX gears. Avid 1.0l brakes. Low end Mavic
rims. General solid setup.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Adan a Weekend Warrior from Pampa, TX

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2000

Strengths:    Every thing on the frame and the frame also. Solid Frame.

Weaknesses:    heavy

Bottom Line:   
excellent bike would not give it back. This bike is a excellent bike on trails. Schwinn has made a excellent bike. Five flamin' TURDS!!

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Favorite Trail:   GSL-Palo Duro Canyon

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Bike Setup:   Lx groupo, avid brake set, judy c..

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mike simonson a Cross Country Rider from detroit, mi

Date Reviewed: May 18, 2000

Strengths:    great price. good fork

Weaknesses:    a little heavy. constant adjustments

Bottom Line:   
bike worked great the first time i took it out. i crashed on it hard, and it hasn't been the same. completly destroyed the lx rear der. bent the rear der hanger like a paper clip. hasn't shifted right since. other than shifting problems everything works great. adjustment needed on avid breaks often. rims don't stay true very long. good entry level race bike.

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Favorite Trail:   potowatomi

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   trek 930

Bike Setup:   stock with xt rear der.

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