Schwinn 2000 Mesa GS Hardtail Bike

4.15/5 (40 Reviews)
MSRP : $419.95


Product Description

mountain bike, front suspension, Mountain Mix components, RST 261, 2.5" travel fork


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by rolo65 a Cross Country Rider from atlanta ga

Date Reviewed: March 27, 2011

Strengths:    the frame is the standout star...fairly lightweight and super strong

Weaknesses:    most of the components

Bottom Line:   
the components were pretty decent for a while...the original RST fork seized after one year of no use...went to ride it one day and thought i was on a rigid fork...honestly there was really nothing wrong with the components for a while...but as i got into riding a bit more i wanted better shifts, and better overall feel of the bike...it took me a while to achieve it but i did...its truly a great bike for entry level and after some swap outs its a pretty fierce trail rider...taken off 4 ft jumps and drops and have never cracked the frame...this is one of the last years schwinn was actually schwinn...and not pacific cycle....when schwinn actually wanted to make well built frames....unlike pacific.....ever heard of roadmaster bikes...

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Favorite Trail:   blankets creek

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $379.00

Purchased At:   galyans

Similar Products Used:   n/a

Bike Setup:   just the frame...mach1 wheelset, XT shadow rear der, XT front, raceface RIDE XC crankset-Deus headset-Diabolus seatpost, XT 8 spd shifters, sram cassette, Pro XC-R stem, Kona bars, WTB velociraptor tyres, deore LX levers and vbrakes, marzocchi 22 RLO fork, WTB seat...

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bryan a Weekend Warrior from BFE IL

Date Reviewed: July 22, 2004

Strengths:    frame, shifters, overall balance, light weight, quick single-track rig

Weaknesses:    pedals, Jett shock, middle chainring bends too easy

Bottom Line:   
This bike performs ALOT better than the spec sheet would lead you to believe. The components are mid-line, but with proper adjustment and maintenance, have lasted me several thousand miles. I've had a dozen or so bikes over the years (including custom builds) and overall, this is the best performing rig I've ever owned. And yes, I actually ride the thing on dirt.

Bang for the Buck? Heck, the 7005 frame was worth the $335 I paid for the complete bike. The only nitpicks I have are the too-soft shock, cheap pedals (everybody upgrades anyway), and a soft middle ring. One of these days I may upgrade to an ISIS bb, but I'm a clyde. Anyway, Bottom line is, I work in the bike industry and have owned some more "glamorous" rigs that spent more time on the stand than on the trail. This one is a keeper though. The only mechanicals I've suffered have been due to errors on my part. 5 stars for value, 4 for performance (deduct for shock and mid-ring).

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Favorite Trail:   whichever i'm on at the moment

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $335.00

Purchased At:   local shop

Similar Products Used:   way too many over the years to even recall

Bike Setup:   Mostly stock, changed the plastic pedals, and that's about it.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Justin B a Cross Country Rider from Sacramento CA

Date Reviewed: August 25, 2002

Strengths:    Outstanding frame,strong and more importantly light

Weaknesses:    cranks, and seat

Bottom Line:   
swap out seat,cranks(which went out first week),pedals and or shocks and look out!Basically your monies worth is in the frame and well spent at that.Put your favorite components on and you have a top of the line hardtail! Unbeatable value butif you ride hard 3 chilies for the almost necesary upgrades

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Favorite Trail:   Sweet Water(salmon falls)

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $385.00

Purchased At:   Bob's Cycles

Similar Products Used:   trek

Bike Setup:   stocked w\tru vativ 5d cranks,irc mythos xc, rock shocks jett, shimano acera components

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chuck a Downhiller from Chcago, Illinois

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2002

Strengths:    Light Frame, good respone and handling, durable stock products (e.g. bottom bracket, crank arms, sealed bearings and derailleurs).

Weaknesses:    RST front fork not made for more aggresive off-road cycling, original rear wheel went out of true often. Brake arms were very weak and hard to replace.

Bottom Line:   
This bicycle has been one of the best buys I've ever made. needed somethng cheap to futz around Kettle Moraine in Wsconsin as well as handle cross country rides like the AIDS RIDE and touring races. The frame and components are durable enough for that type of flexiblity. Bike has excellent pick-up for a mountain bike and light enough that I can bomb up a hill and not kill myself. After putting about 6,000 miles on the stock components in the first two years I owned the bike I've started to upgrade the components and have taken about two pounds off the bike weight. The frame is the selling point for this bike.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Kozy's Cycle Center

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher Voodoo, Trek 700

Bike Setup:   After two years, replaced cables, housings, brake arms and pads, wheels, tires, upgraded to SPD clips, still looking for an decent priced refurbshed Manitou fork and wll also upgrade to 9-speed cassette this winter.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joel a Weekend Warrior from Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Date Reviewed: July 5, 2002

Strengths:    lightweight frame, shimano alivio gears, sexy paint job

Weaknesses:    altus front derailleur, single walled rims, rst 281R fork, crapy plastic pedals, seat is painfull and was not made for humans

Bottom Line:   
it's a great lightweight bike for the money. just have to upgrade a few things if your a serious rider, like the fork, pedals, and I still plan on geting a new seat and double walled rims. maybe even new tires since mine are two years old and alot of the tread is gone.

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Favorite Trail:   Gov Dick

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $330.00

Purchased At:   Martin's Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   trek 4500

Bike Setup:   stock, except manitou sx fork, upgraded clip pedals, and bar ends

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Lydia a Cross Country Rider from New Hampshire

Date Reviewed: April 7, 2002

Strengths:    Good, strong, light frame. Great shifters.

Weaknesses:    Shocks = so/so

Bottom Line:   
Easy to carry around and bushwack if needed. Pretty good for cross country. All-around great bike! Great for beginners - interm. - experts

Gathering up money for a nice Bomber to toss on it and add some lighter components.

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Favorite Trail:   It's all good. ;o)

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $500.00


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Adrian a Weekend Warrior from Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2002

Strengths:    Frame

Weaknesses:    Wheels, shocks (SL's), stupid front derailler mounting(off b.b)

Bottom Line:   
This bike has lasted through some pretty big drops for a basic xc hardtail, 5ft onto flat concrete hurt me more than the bike. Have to change front derailler if you decide to up grade to 44t chainring. Rims were crap, busted them pretty darn quick. One piece crank and chainring made from industrial grade steel was a little heavy. Have no problam keeping up with the rest of the group on the trials

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Favorite Trail:   Project Mayhem

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   bicycles Plus

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Sun ryhno lite rims, with deore hubs, xt front derailler, manitou pro answer shocks, xt combo shift/brake levers, race face prodigy crank

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Janie K a Cross Country Rider from San Diego, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: February 4, 2002

Strengths:    frame, shimano components, good value

Weaknesses:    weight of components, pedals, front der., shock

Bottom Line:   
Great for on-road, light off road riding without many upgrades. The weaknesses start showing up when you take this bike on more agressive trails. The shock was the first to go. Pedals were next when I bent one hitting a rock. Front derauiller is constantly "off" middle cog. Thinking of upgrading to a 9 speed with under the bar shifters. When I started messing around with components, I realized how heavy the stem and other things were. By replacing these with spare parts laying around the garage, I ended up pulling about 1 pound off the bike. Even with all the upgrades, I now have a bike I really like for a lot less than similar bikes on the market AND it rides well on my favorite stretch of singletrack. For overall rating, I am only giving 3 chilis because this is one bike you've got to be willing to wrench on to make it mountain ready.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Rockhopper, Trek 8000


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by don h. a Weekend Warrior from beavercreek, ohio

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2002

Strengths:    relatively light frame, comfortable fit, looks good. price was great for what you get.

Weaknesses:    little to damn near no grease in my hubs at purchase.

Bottom Line:   
i was looking for a nice starter bike for my wife, and after some research on available models in my area, this was by far the best value. i rode it some when my wife wasn't with me, and have since kindof took it over. it seems to handle pretty well through twisty stuff, and like people have said before, i plan on keeping it a while, and upgrading components as i break them.

the rear wheel doesn't stay true, but it doesn't get that whacked out, either. the seat seems alright, and i might go to a straight bar instead of the riser bar soon. everything else, i'm leaving as is until it breaks. so far nothing has yet. i'm going to see what i can break at snowshoe this year.

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Favorite Trail:   lake hope

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $289.00

Purchased At:   Dick's Sporting Goods

Similar Products Used:   older gt aggressor

Bike Setup:   stock, except for a 2001 judy xc, and a p.o.s. transx seatpost.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by george henley a Weekend Warrior from halifax,NS Canada

Date Reviewed: December 9, 2001

Strengths:    Nice looks,excellent frame,tires and overall ride.

Weaknesses:    Seat,RST261 fork entry level - ok for light to moderate trails.Rear rim always out of true.Not a fan of the riser bar.

Bottom Line:   
Got the bike on sale.Price was right.Good value.I found the riser bar and stock stem made climbing difficult - front tire kept lifting - swapped them out.Probably the rider more so than the bike. Never had a big problem with the RST shock although I never pushed it to hard.I knew it`s limits.Rear rim always out of true.Put semi slicks on her and used it for city commuting.Took the potholes and divits without a problem.Overall it`s a good reliable bike.

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Favorite Trail:   The ravine

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $375.00

Purchased At:   bicycle plus

Similar Products Used:   Velosport Vulcano

Bike Setup:   Swapped out seat,replaced riser bar with Bontrager race ready 620 bar,replaced stock stem and seatpost with Bontrager product as well. Added Ritchie pedals.Profile bar ends.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David a Weekend Warrior from Seattle, WA

Date Reviewed: September 6, 2001

Strengths:    Excellent shifters, light and strong frame.

Weaknesses:    Saddle sucks, my rims have already bent from easy to moderate trail riding.

Bottom Line:   
Excellent bike, and you can get 'em cheap since it's an older model.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Bike Setup:   Upgraded the seat, added a computer, and I'm gunna replace the rims tomorrow.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark Griffith a Downhiller from chestnut ridge, NY

Date Reviewed: July 15, 2001

Strengths:    everything except the shocks

Weaknesses:    shocks

Bottom Line:   
get this bike if you want a storng frame but sucky shocks

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Favorite Trail:   pick my ass

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Pearl River Shop

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   upgraded shocks to Judy SL

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark Griffith a Downhiller from ny

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2001

Strengths:    frame,tire arent bad and evey thing esle i for got

Weaknesses:    seat,rst shocks.

Bottom Line:   
good

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Favorite Trail:   none mount snow

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   bike shop

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   I upgraded the seat and the rst shocks. I put on rockshox judy sl 01 and they are the best.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Drew Miller a Weekend Warrior from sandy ut

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2001

Strengths:    It's a dead Sexy bike

Weaknesses:    the back wheel Withing a month a had bent the back tire a bit.

Bottom Line:   
This is one dead sexy bike. It is 10x better than my old bike. It kicks a$$. I love it. I've chipped the paint a bit and a few other scratches. I've also broke off the crank, broke off the deraulier guard. I took it up to the bike shope and they fixed those within five miniutes. I was talking to somebody who makes custom bikes. He works with parts from all the brands. He said the same bike just in the specilized brand name would cost 900 to 1000$. Reasonable price. Great bike for the beginner-moderate.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $470.00

Purchased At:   alta schwinn cyclery

Similar Products Used:   schwinn disc, specilized

Bike Setup:   shimano

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Scott a Racer from Denver, Colorado

Date Reviewed: June 16, 2001

Strengths:    Color isn't bad and the tires are quality

Weaknesses:    Everything but the color and tires. The wheels are horrible, the go untrue just riding in down the street, the left crank arm bent after the fist 30 miles, the shock (ROCK SHOX Jett) is heavy, clumsy and close to worthless. It's heavy and the gearing isn't good for climbing

Bottom Line:   
If you every plan on actualy riding a trail, don't buy the Mesa. It wouldn't be bad for riding in the city, but it just doesn't perform on the trail. And don't ever try to race it, it's too heavy, the gearing is designed for city paths, and the suspension can't handle hits at high speeds.

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Favorite Trail:   Doesn't matter, the Mesa can't handle it

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $430.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Trek 6700, Fuel 80

Bike Setup:   Koobi saddle, speedplay frog pedals, Mesa GS

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