Schwinn S96.1 Bike Bike 1998 or Older

4.3/5 (30 Reviews)
MSRP : $2089.00

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Schwinn S96.1

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Blacktalon82 a Weekend Warrior from Newport News, VA, USA

Date Reviewed: October 27, 2010

Strengths:    Tough as nails, cool retro look, very smooth rolling solid bike

Weaknesses:    Heavy as all get out

Bottom Line:   
I bought the bike for $100 and it was completely stock from 1996. It was actually still rideable, minus the fork was completely blown. Even the chain was original! That is a testament to how well the bike was made.

I replaced everything but the crank set, which is next to go. For about $650 bucks all in, I now have a rock solid bike that takes all the abuse my 225lbs body gives it. I have wrecked out spectacularly and dusted the bike off and kept riding. Everything on the bike is tough as nails. It is heavy (35 Lbs) which you do feel while climbing, but there is little to no flex and flows very well for a bike of it's age. 14 years old, and still keeping up with my friends on their modern machines!

I get stopped almost every time I ride with guys wanting to checkout my bike, as they sit on their 5K superfly's! The retro look is cool and the bike preforms well under most trail conditions. I've been very happy with it!

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Favorite Trail:   Freedom Park

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Craigslist

Similar Products Used:   N/a

Bike Setup:   Mazzochi bomber fork, Easton stem and bar, Ergon grips, XTR brake/shift combo, Crank Bros pedals, XT derailler front and rear, XT cassette, Avid 7 brakes, Botrager saddle, and Geax Datura rubber

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff a Cross Country Rider from Dallas, TX

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2006

Bottom Line:   
Ok, I know its been a few years since this bike was manufactured, but I need to pay hommage to little buddy. I rode my EP'd S95.1 for 11 years, and retired it just recently. This was the first year of the boulder bikes. I put a flite and onza clipless pedals on it the day I bought it. I replaced the stock Judy XC fork with a Manitou after it blew up in year 8, it didn't have a cable hanger, so I upgraded the canti brakes to v-brakes. I replaced the stock grip shift x-ray shifters with XT rapid fire pods when the right shifter body cracked a year later. Otherwise, the rest of the bike was stock except for consumable parts (tires, chains, cassettes, rings, and cables/housings). The wheels, derailures, sugino cranks, tioga headset, tioga stem, bar, and bottom bracket are original. Yes, I rode the same wheels for 11 years, I estimate somewhere between 8,000 and 10,000 offroad miles.

I now ride a blinged out Kona Explosif, and I miss my little buddy (sniff). It would be difficult to beat my overall avg cost/mile with this bike.

Anyone else out there ever ride a S95.1? Did you get as much use out of yours as I did mine?

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Favorite Trail:   NS

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Coopers Bicycle Center, Stillwater, OK

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by FrankenBike a Cross Country Rider from Dallas, TX

Date Reviewed: January 15, 2002

Strengths:    For the little $ I bought a very tough old bike that still jams! I am having a blast and my skills have grown considerably.

Weaknesses:    Kinda heavy...upside down on my bathroom scale I read 28.5#'s. Actually, i don't think that's too bad?

Bottom Line:   
For the money I could have bought a dept. store clunker and not gotten addicted to this sport!

For about 400 smackers I have a fun and very stout ride that works well in the tech stuff, climbs fantastic and takes a beating.

I replaced the bottom bracket (had play in it) but...the Cane Creek AD-4 was still on it (OEM!) and it is a piece of junk that has made my FS bike into a lowrider and ruined the ride on too many occasions. It finally broke altogether today so will be replaced.

Bottom line...I keep the fast guys in sight (well sometimes??) and leave many behind on very nice rides with this rolling piece of MTB history!

Honestly I do look forward to upgrading to a lighter and more fluid bike.

In the meantime i kinda like my "FrankenBike"....

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Favorite Trail:   Johnson Branch State Park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   used form a friend

Bike Setup:   The previous owner had upgraded it over the years. He had a Manitou FSti "Palmer" fork, silent hub, XT front and back, WTB wheelset, Shimano brakes/levers and riser bars.

First to go was the hard factory seat...I now have a titanium railed Specialized (20$ take-off bargain basket!), next the old worn out and weather worn WTB Velociraptors went in the can replaced by some mucho better Hutchinson Pythons (run at 38-40 psi!). And finally adding a SPD clipless pedal system (Shimano's) superchatged the combo.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Bruce Ricks a Weekend Warrior from Akron, Ohio, USA

Date Reviewed: August 17, 2001

Strengths:    Stiff frame. Good for heavier riders. Holding up very well.

Weaknesses:    Lx crank and front der. Q21 fork is flexy

Bottom Line:   
This is my first mountain bike and in have been very pleased so far. I've changed several things on the bike. Wheels with XT hubs, LX V brakes, Scram Plasma shifters, Continental tires, XT rear cassette, seat, bar ends, Rock ring and brake boosters. I just like to upgrade when i can. I really like this bike and I've seen it advertised for much less since my purchase. You'll note I added this review in August of 2001 to let you know that this bike is holding up very well. No signs of frame problems and I weigh 320 Lbs. I would welcome any comments from other owners of this fine machine. This is an excellent bike for a heavy rider. I would have liked this bike to come complete with XT components for the price.

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Favorite Trail:   ???

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1250.00

Purchased At:   Eddys Bike Shop

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Jerry Johnson a weekend warrior from Long Beach, CA

Date Reviewed: March 1, 1999

Bottom Line:   

I am a proud owner of a s96.1. I bought it about a year ago. I am sure it was one of the last one's left. I paid $500 for it, which I thought was an outstanding deal. The only thing I am not 100% satisfied with is the shocks. They are not very effective on really bumpy trails, and became very loose. All and all the bike is very much upgradable. I would could see this bike lasting a long time, and keeping up with all of the new bikes on the market, just with simple upgrades. The bike is a definite winner!

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Marco a cross-country rider from Lappland

Date Reviewed: July 29, 1998

Bottom Line:   

This is about the real(?) 96.1,an aluminium hardtail with Quadra21R...Bought mine about a year ago, a good deal since was previous years model, the ride is good (when I get a decent fork and tires), here's some of my opinions on the specs:
+ the frame is good, even if it is stiff as most alu frames
+ the ball-burnish finish is cool and holds well
+ the '96 LX group works ok, but no V-brakes (went to gym instead) btw, what is the front hub, it doesn't look like LX?
+/- GripShift shifters, hmmm.. I'm still missing top-mounts from my previous bike- RockShox Quadra21R, flexy and has actually no suspension effect, even with coil-spring upgrade, to be changed
- Schwinn Moad 1.9 tires do not roll well and corner badly in all conditions (flexy side lugs), with Quadra fork the steering is sketchy and the rear tire tire does not take the edge out of the terrain. 2.1 is a must
- Bar Ends have really odd shape, e.g. Onzas are far more comfortable
- The Schwinn saddle _was_ really worthless (thrown away)
- The seatpost, seatpost binder and handlebar do look strange but they have worked, so far
- The Schwinn grips were painfully thin and put a schwinn logo on my palms on rides (And I do use gloves)It may seem like there were a lot of negative things but considering the price I paid, the upgrades don't add much

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Blaine a cross-country rider from Houston, TX

Date Reviewed: April 22, 1998

Bottom Line:   

I bought a 96.1 Hardtail while living in the Last Frontier(Alaska). It came with a Judy XC front fork and velocity Rims. This bike is a real winner in that I virtually beat this baby to death and she is still out there kickin' & grinnin'. So far the bike has held up beautifully, the only problem has been the shifter cable came off track inside the gripshift housing and after dismantleing the thing got it working smoothly again. I give this puppy 5 chillies

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by burner a racer from Hell

Date Reviewed: March 25, 1998

Bottom Line:   

Bought the bike for $800. Upgraded to a Cane Creek and a Manitou FS Ti. New brakes and full XTR. Fully active when sitting, and good and stiff when you stand up and pound. Best XC racing bike there is for west coast. Great for racing, climbs like a goat on crack. Only problem is it doesn't hop well.

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Ripass a cross-country rider from Minnesota

Date Reviewed: March 24, 1998

Bottom Line:   

I bought mine for a $1000 w/ a Judy XC and a Fox Alps 4 rear shock and I'm in the process of upgrading to all XTR and XT parts. Sure with the URT the bike may not be fully active but who needs to ride a marshmellow. This bike has saved my life and limbs lots of times would not trade it for anything.

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by nickster a cross-country rider from collins, ohio

Date Reviewed: February 6, 1998

Bottom Line:   

looking at these reviews, it looks like i got a damn good deal on mine. It's a 1996 model but i got it for $500 ($700 off). haven't rode it yet because its on layaway (i'm strapped for cash, but couldn't pass it up). i can't wait to be able to take on the trails. sorry, can't judge the ride yet, but the overall appearance, component package, and apparent value force me to give:

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Lancer a weekend warrior from Northridge, CA

Date Reviewed: January 4, 1998

Bottom Line:   

A few months ago I did a very favorable post about the Schwin
S96.1. I have made another upgrade that other 96.1 owners may
be interested in which was the headset. I reviewev the Chris
King and Syncros and chose the Syncros because of a better fit
for the S96.1. Now, more eye appealing and steering 100% better.
If you haven't already, you may want to consider dumping the SA
headset. All mfgrs cut corners here. Again, I wish only owners
of the S96.1 would post here, rather than anyone who owns a

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Duster a weekend warrior from PENNSYLVANIA

Date Reviewed: January 3, 1998

Bottom Line:   

This bike rules, it's less then the Homegrown but still has the silky smooth ride.I just got the Cane Creek AD-10 which makes the ride one of the best ever. I bought my bike for $800 which I think was I pretty good price and have upgraded to a mean racing machine. Oh the bike just rules because its a SCHWINN and SCHWINN BIKES RULE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by KENNETH M. SCHILLING a cross-country rider from DUNCAN, OK (U.S. ARMY - KOREA)

Date Reviewed: January 1, 1998

Bottom Line:   

I purchased a S95.3 about two years ago. I paid about $800 for the bike. Having looked at about every different type of full suspension bike on the market, I have to say that the URT system is the route to take.
The bike prior to this one was a hardtail, an older model PDG 70 series, I brought when I was stationed in Germany. I picked it at a great price also. Needless to say, when the full suspension craze hit, I wanted
to look at all the options. I'm also a Bike Patrol Instructor for the US Army and I'm very active in the Testing and Eval of new equipment which could be used by the Military Police as well as other Law Enforcement
Agencies. During the first few months of my new ownership, I was in heaven. That's when things started going bad. The first thing that went was the Grip Shift. What a piece of junk. To this day, I still don't like the damn
thiings. I have not seen a version yet that has worked. Think about it, if you have to thread your cable through a rubber hose to help the rear derailleur shift (Bass Worm), then the shifter should have never been
used to begin with. The next thing that went was the rear shock. Cane Creek should have never made the AD4, the AD8 or the ADX8. They are all junk. After going though 2 AD4's and 1 AD8, I finally said
screw it. I loved the entire shock, but the damn thing kept blowing seals and would not hold any air, beside the lack of adjustability. The third thing was the tires. Who came up with those things (MOAB's).
At first they worked great, then I started ripping knobs off the side of the tires. The next was the front shock. I have never been impressed with Rock Shox's, mainly because of their over priced name which
you end up purchasing. It sure is not the product. The bike came with a Quad 21R. Not to bad of a shock, but the steering was just different. The shock felt too flimsy. The rims and hub were also very
low end products, but worked ok.So, what did I do to fix this problem? I trashed the Grip Shift and put on a set of LX Rapdi Fire Plus. The next thing was the rear shock. After arguing with both Cane Creek and Schwinn, Schwinn finally
came through. I purchased a Rock Shox Super Deluxe for dealer price and installed it on my bike. I know, a Rock Shox. It was the best price available. The next was the tires. One word....Maxxis!
The next thing was the front shock.......RST Mozo Pro 3.5. It's as simple as it gets. And finally, the rims and hubs........One word.....Spin. How does the bike run now? Like a dream come true. It's a bit heavy, but then I'm out to have fun. Is that not what mountain bike is all about? The bike is damn near bomb proof. The only problems I
have now is getting enough time to ride and keeping chains. I eat them like crazy. That's ok, I'd rather change a $15 chain then a $150 crank set. The bike is a killer. Several people from my classes
have asked if it would work as a patrol bike. Yes, it would but a patrol bike is a different animal. If I had rated this bike after the first few month it would have received a 2. After the work on it, it's a 5. The URT is wonderful.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Robert Barnett a cross-country rider from Los Angeles, California

Date Reviewed: December 30, 1997

Bottom Line:   

I got the Schwinn from SuperGo here in LA for only $679. I think it is a great bike. I don't really have any complaints except that the breaks could stand to be a little better, but they are easily upgradable and for under $700 who am I to complain!!! A huge step up from my old Diamond Back bike, I highly reccommend it to anybody who needs a good solid bike but doesn't have that much money.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by J.D. a weekend warrior from California

Date Reviewed: November 29, 1997

Bottom Line:   

Excellent bike and well worth the money. Quality components
and a good stiff ride.

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