It has been extremely difficult in the past to recommend a mountain bike for under $500 to friends and family. Most department store bikes simply weren't trail-ready both in design and component spec. Schwinn aims to change that with the Axum line of bikes and they have a trick up their sleeve. They have the Axum for $398 and the Axum DP WITH dropper post for $498. Check the video below to find out what we think and if it survives the trail.

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  • Mountain bike featuring a light Schwinn aluminum frame with a suspension fork, great for rugged trails and casual rides.
  • 100 mm travel front suspension fork with lockout absorbs bumps on the trail for a more comfortable ride.
  • Mechanical, KS EXA 900i, 125 mm travel, dropper post makes it easy to adjust your seat height as you ride for optimal performance.
  • 8 speeds with trigger shifters make it easy to adapt to your terrain.
  • Front and rear mechanical disc brakes deliver superior stopping power.
  • Alloy double-wall rims provide lightweight durability while 2.6-inch wide mountain tires let you roll over just about anything.
  • 29-inch wheels fit riders 64 to 74 inches tall.
  • Price: $498 with dropper post and $398 without dropper
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Schwinn Axum DP for $498 -
Schwinn Axum no dropper for $398 -