Strengths: Very easy bike to handle feels like it fits right from the get - go
I was riding a Trek Fuel 90 and i found a Schwinn S-10 very well cared for, still has the same tires on it. Looks like its brand new after a good cleaning. Anyway I took it out on a good run now I know what everyone is talkiing about. If you get a chance ride one, you will see what I mean. Now Im on the hunt for another one. The bike is way ahead of its time!
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: March 23, 2013
Strengths: This bike is tuff and ready all the time. It fairs better than me after every crash I've ever had on it.
Weaknesses: Bike came with all LX parts. Front disk-break did'nt last.
Im A 58 year-old rider, Bought my S10 ALL MOUNTAN new in 98. Replaced parts as needed with all XTR, Race Face. Front disk with Avid Machanical Disk (LOVE IT), Back brake with XTR V.SUP Ceramic rim and pads with a horseshoe on top to stop any flex, stronger springs in Judy Tripel clamp, Same rear Rockshox Deluxe ,I snapped an allen off on rear triangel, Schwinn sent me a HOME GROWN triangle (nice machined aluminium). I think that if I had to choose between my S10 ALL MOUNTAN, and my Intense Tracer, it would be the S10 ALL MOUNTAN, for its simplicity. This bike was ahead of its time, no one had front disk brakes, and a triple clamp fork in 98. LOVE MY S10 ALL MOUNTAN (its blue)
Favorite Trail: Black Diamond Trail Coal Mines Pittsburg, Ca.
Duration Product Used: 1998 still in use
Purchased At: Schwinn City Antioch
Bike Setup: XTR front, rear derailer,(rapid rise) with a cable pully, XTR V, Break Rear XTR rear hub, XTR Cassetts, XTR Shifters-Brake leavers, Avid macanicul front Disk Brake, Judy XL Triple Clamp Fork, Race Face Head set, Bars, Grips Seat Post, Bottom Bracket, Three Front Rings, and Stem. Stock SCHWINN SEAT and LX cranks, flat peddals and upgraded Homegrown Rear Triangle.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: January 11, 2009
Strengths: DURABLE LIGHT FAST AND QUIET
Weaknesses: DONT MAKE ANY MORE
I got it new in 1997 didnt know I should have gotten a heaver spring for my weight 190+.I got a A10 cane creek used about 5 years befor rebiuld was needed cane creek swaped it out for a new A12 for $100.00 sweet.i have to clean pivit once or twice a year the pin is still like new .glued the bushing back in a couple of times.I just got a 2001 Specialized FSR used good shape, not as good a ride peddals hit the ground in plases the s10 dosnt.Let my 2o yearold boy ride the Fsr 3/4 of an hour in the trails then swaped bikes he liked the s10 better allmost immediately.
Bike Setup: UP GRADES OVER THE YEARS SID CX(1999 ish)- XTR RAPID RISE - XT SHIFTERS - RACE FACE CRANK - XT BRAKES WITH HOSESHOE STIFFENER ON BACK
a Cross Country Rider
from Nashville, TN
Date Reviewed: April 6, 2008
Strengths: previous poster Jared - read below
Jared (who posted below) - I want to hear about how you and your brother designed a custom pivot setup for this bike. Tried contacting you directly but @gmail account failed. We are attempting to do the same thing with needle bearings to avoid the bushing issue altogether, so want to hear any/all details of your setup and how it's holding up. Reply back and let me know, Steve ps. I have a 97 homegrown factory FS and would echo all the comments on this very similar bike.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: February 8, 2008
Strengths: It is one of the lightest full suspension Cross Country bikes you will ever find. It climbs like a Mountain goat on steroids and decends very well too. It will turn heads where ever you go, propting people to comment and ask questions.
Weaknesses: If your not an experienced Mountain biker this bike is not for you.
This bike will Seriously ROCK, for all time!! I have raced and ridden this design exclusively for the last 10 years. I bought my S10 as a Replacement for my stolen S20. This bike is already about 10 Years old and it is much better than Any modern bikes by a long shot. The reason is the URT (Unified Rear Triangle) It is the absolute best Full Suspesion XC design ever created. Period! I dare anyone to find anything better. The closest thing is the Ibis Sasbo. The Trek Y bikes did come close but they put the pivot too low and you can't put disc brakes on eather of them. The Rocky Mountain Pipline was also good but it was billed as a All-Mountain bike and the pivot wasn't as big and strong as the Schwinn's was. I have ridden 2 S Carbons in my life the Gold S20 and my curent Red S10 Carbon and I wouldn't trade them for any of the new bikes that have come out in the last 10 years. I have developed a very deep sentamental relationship with my bikes and if you have ridden one you know just what I'm talking about.
Similar Products Used: nothing i've ridden has this ride i'm 40 this was a factory riders bike originally from north bay ontario canada i bought the frame @ a bike show for 150 and it escalated from there
Bike Setup: broke most componentsso it goes as follows shimano/lx/deore/alivio/dx
from Sierra Vista, AZ USA
Date Reviewed: October 31, 2006
Strengths: This Full Suspension bike is lite. Schwinn doesn't make 'em this good anymore. It's sturdy and a pleasure to ride. Since my brother replaced the swingarm pivot (which is no longer made/sold by Schwinn or elsewhere) with a custom bearing setup he designed, this bike is also going to last *forever* now. :-)
Weaknesses: There is a bit of "pogo'ing" when pedalling. It was really noticable when I first got the bike (mainly due to having a dead rear shock), but I don't really notice it anymore. It's inherent to this frame/swingarm design, which is no longer made, for that reason.
When dealing with a bike of this age (and perhaps this bike series (S10. S20, etc.) in particular), you will be told you *CANNOT* replace the rear shock. That a replacement simply does NOT exist By everyone. Every bike shop and shock dealer will tell you the same thing. This is what happened to me.
* D O N O T B E L I E V E T H E M ! ! ! * (I'll explain below)
My Rockshox Delux (rear shock) was shot. I was riding on just the spring with no oil left. You wanna talk about some serious pedal bob "pogo-stick" action. The bike was virtually unrideable! And everyone I went to, told me the same thing... just buy a new bike.
But EVERYTHING ELSE on the bike *WAS* replaceable! Including the swingarm pivot, if a family member (like my brother) happened to know how to design one. How could the rear shock be the ONLY part that wasn't?
So I looked online, at EVERY shock dealer/manufacturer I could find. All of them told me the same thing I was told by everyone else... buy a new bike. We don't make a shock for that bike. And after hours and days of searching, I finally came acoss a manufacturer that NO ONE told me about, yet *I* found. And it was one I'd heard of before, even in just passing.
THEY make a shock that fits the Schwinn S10. They make TWO shocks, actually. I opted for the "Cloud Nine" (their best), but they have another one that I don't recall at the moment, that also works. And, they will take your old shock in as a trade-in ($100-$150 value, if I recall correctly) towards one of theirs! Even if it's as dead as my RockShox was!
The bottom line is, the Schwinn S10 is an awesome, light aluminum bike. The swingarm CAN be replaced/upgrade, but only with custom parts (or *maybe* stock parts, if you can find 'em on eBay or someplace). The rear shock is also replacable ("Cloud Nine" by Cane Creek) and everything else is as well.
If you can get this bike and it's swingarm pivot is in good shape (or you know how to repace it, if not), GET IT! This bike is far better (and lighter) than any Schwinn made today, you can buy in a WalMart or elsewhere. The saying is: "They don't make 'em like they used to." This is 100% true!
from Denver, CO
Date Reviewed: November 13, 2002
Strengths: The bike is tough, and fast. You can x-country with it, or take it down the mountain.It jumps like a BMX bike, and is very predictable.
Weaknesses: On the really wixked down-hills the chain pops off quite a bit so I've shortend the chain and that seemed to help. Blew out the front Rock shox, but it gave me two good years. Also blew out the original rockshox rear shock.
The bike has been great. I keep two sets of wheels, one for x-country and another for DH. The new suspension set-up is TONS better than the stock suspension. Bike has always been a little "off" in the shifting department, but you get use to that.Even for a 98' it still performs just as well as many of my friends newer bikes, if not better.
Favorite Trail: Croom Trails (Withlacootchee State Forest)
Duration Product Used: More than 3 years
Purchased At: Thrifty Schwinn
Similar Products Used: had a rigid Gary Fisher Marlin (entry level) only comparison is I rode them both in the woods
Bike Setup: added air springs to forks, titanium stem, and upgraded to 9 speed
a Weekend Warrior
from Solon, OH, USA
Date Reviewed: September 10, 2000
Strengths: Looks (1999 model), Acceleration, Weight do to Carbon frame, Parts for that price.
Weaknesses: Seat is terrible, The break cabels are placed on the bottom where it gets all cloged up by mud, squiking sound at the sweetspot do to its Carbon hollow frame.
As i said, the bike is really good loking really light in weight and i am totally satisfied with its back and front shocks (Delux and Judy SL)however the break line always gets cloged up and that stupid squiking sound. I solve this problem by watering its sweet spot for 2 minutes under high pressure water. It works, at least till it doesnt dry out again. Oil or greese wont work so dont even try.
a Cross-Country Rider
from North Branch, MI
Date Reviewed: August 18, 1999
Strengths: Great looks, strong climber
Weaknesses: weight (fixable with light wheel sets)
I've been looking forward to getting a new schwinn for the past two years, and I have to say the new 99 carbons really impress me.The the rear suspension is decent (good for xc) and you can really pick up the speed when you get out of the saddle. I've taken out for a spin several times, feeling nothing but awe every time. Schwinn has really impressed me with their latest bikes, and I recommend this one for the races if you're looking for a good quality bike. Of course if you can afford a homegrown fourbanger all mtn, I think those are great too.
Similar Products Used: Trek VRX 300 Gary Fisher Joshua OZ FSR XC
Bike Setup: New Wheelsets (3rd time) ... SPOX Judy SL 80mm Stock Frame and Rear Shock XTR/XT/LX Drivetrain Combo Replaced saddle with WTB ti ( i feel better )
a Cross-Country Rider
Date Reviewed: June 12, 1999
Strengths: tough frame,very tough good factory package looks cool
Weaknesses: weak wheels:( tires not trail worthy ouch seat
I bought my 21 '98 S-10 a year ago,I ride cross country and mosh pavement(stairs,curbs,drops etc.) my odo.reads 1250 miles, after thrashing the mavics that came with the bike, i ended up with sun mammoth rims and xtr hubs,weighty but worth it. The suspention set up is great for speed on and off road, and the shocks are readily adustable for either. I recently rode in an organized street ride and was able to keep up in a pack of high dollar roadsters (of cours ,i could only hold the point for a couple of minutes) Graet bike
from Queenstown, N.Z.
Date Reviewed: April 25, 1999
Strengths: Good components, all LX. Light weight no name brand bar. Mavic rims. Nice fitting cockpit with seat angle and head angle just right. Sweet Spot-perfect combination of hard tail/full suspension. Rear isn't active while pedalling so it's like a hard tail going uphill, with 99% power transfer. Price was good. NZD$2300
Weaknesses: Front shocks, this is where the money was saved making this bike.Rock Shox Judy T2's are crap.Too soft for the frame size, 19. All suspension movement occurs at the front during pedalling. Could be a little firmer and more balanced with the rear.Brakes, LX ughh. Complete bike is about 28.2lbs, a bit heavy for my cross country racing, but is losing weight steadily.Moab Leader XC and Moab Pro XC tires were disapointing. In a week both tires had torn sidewalls. Also the rear suspension pivot was assembled dry, and requires a little smear of Judy Butter to make the bike sing.
This bike can eat up the competition in XC racing, simply because of the extra traction in the rough. Energy conservation also figures, with comfortable in the saddle performance. Down hill the rear end is good under brakes, nice lock up. Actually performance is quite average going down. In the back country you will have a ball. At the end of the day when the hard tails have a sore arse, and the full actives are sick of boinging around, you'll have plenty of beans.