Schwinn S96.1 Bike Bike 1998 or Older

Schwinn S96.1 Bike Bike 1998 or Older 

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Schwinn S96.1

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[Oct 27, 2010]
Blacktalon82
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

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

Weakness:

Heavy as all get out

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!

Similar Products Used:

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jan 15, 2002]
FrankenBike
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

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

Weakness:

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

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"....

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
[May 11, 2006]
Jeff
Cross Country Rider

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?

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 24, 1998]
Ripass
cross-country rider

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.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 25, 1998]
burner
racer

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
5
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 01, 1996]
Robert Sanders
weekend warrior



The new s96 series Schwinn put out really impressed me being a intermediate rider adn really loving the sport. The bike has ridden great so far on some petty rough singletrack.. It's 7005 Butted Aluminum Frame with epicenter seatstays, forged dropouts, and replacable derailleur hanger are just a few things that came on this bike. It came equipped with a Rock-Shox Quadra 21R which I think is a great fork. It has Deore LX components mainly except for a Deore XT rear derailleur. It has Grip Shift SRT 600i shifters and a 8-speed freewheel. My gosh, it even came with Wellgo 96A clipless pedals! Kevlar bead Trail tires, Easton Seat Clamp, Alloy Bar Ends, Clear Coat, and a Chainstay Protector. All this for around $1100. It was well worth buying for having everything I wanted on a mountain bike. Go see it and compare it to others and see the difference. I think Schwinn is making a strong comeback and are appealing to consumers with less cash in their pockets and giving them more.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 29, 1998]
Marco
cross-country rider

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
3
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 04, 1998]
Lancer
weekend warrior

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
Schwin.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 01, 1998]
KENNETH M. SCHILLING
cross-country rider

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
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 03, 1998]
Duster
weekend warrior

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
VALUE
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