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Schwinn Prelude 700C Men's Drop Bar Road Bike

Was $399.99 You save $140.99!
(3 Reviews)
SKU: S4030
Brand: Schwinn
Condition: New
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Get there in a flash on the Schwinn Prelude. Built for speed and efficiency on pavement, the Prelude is perfect for getting to work or class on time or even getting back into shape. With a 14-speed Shimano drive train featuring A050 road shifters and dual alloy caliper brakes, the Prelude has everything to get you ready for a real ride. All backed by Schwinn, the name America has trusted in cycling for over 100 years.

  • 14 speeds with Shimano rear derailleur for quick shifts
  • Alloy 3 piece road cranks offer wide gear range
  • Schwinn Warranty: Frame- Lifetime, Parts- Lifetime, Wearable Parts- 30 days

Schwinn Prelude 700C Road Bike:

  • Aluminum road frame is lightweight for quick, agile riding
  • Schwinn road fork absorbs pavement imperfections
  • Schwinn road bar for multiple hand positions
  • Shimano A050 road shifters for fast gear changes
  • 14 speeds with Shimano rear derailleur for quick shifts
  • Alloy dual caliper brakes stop precisely
  • Alloy 3 piece road cranks offer wide gear range
  • Alloy rims are strong and light
  • Quick release front tire
  • Schwinn Quality saddle softens ride
  • Frame Size: Medium (17.5" - 18")
  • Model #: S4030
  • 42 LBS
  • Color: Silver/White
  • Product Condition: New!
  • Schwinn Warranty: Frame - Lifetime, Parts - Lifetime, Wearable Parts - 30 days

Written by from Tampa, FL on Nov 26, 2012 Verified Buyer
Great Entry Level Triathlon Bike

One of the most expensive components of getting into Triathlons is the purchase of your own bike.  This can be a source of hesitation because if you're just getting started and you're not even sure how involved you are going to get into the sport, the thought of dropping $700 to $5,000 on a quality road bike can be enough to make almost anyone give up their dream of doing their first triathlon. 

There are alternatives like borrowing a friend's bike or renting one from a bike shop, but if you do more than one or two races, eventually you are going to want your own bike.  Then, you're back to your dilemma of pricetag.  Most bikes under $200 are simply not adequate enough to use in a competetive environment and even if you did, your body would probably pay the price.

But the Schwinn Prelude is a perfect answer to this problem.  The price tag is incredibly affordable for a racing bike and it performs incredibly well.  I have had mine for a couple months now and I have logged about 200 miles on the bike and done two triathlons with it.  One triathlon was a Sprint distance (10.5 mile bike) and the other was Olympic/Intermediate (25 mile bike).  I have also done some 30 and 40 mile training rides on it.  Fantastic.  I love it.

I will say this however, when it comes right out of the box, the gears are a little loose and during my first two test rides, the chain popped off a few times.  So I took it to my local bike shop and got a tune up.  Most shops will do a tune up for anywhere between $30 to $60.  During the tune up, they will check gears, shifters, tires, nuts and bolts, etc. and basically tighten up the bike to optimal performance.  After that, I've never had a problem. 

So if you get this bike and you have some problems immediately after assembly, don't get nervous, just take it in for a tune up and let the pros tweak it for you.  You will end up with a great bike for a fantastic price and it will be one that you can be happy with for a long time.

P.S.  The seat adjusts generously for a variety of heights and I have added aerobars and a wireless cyclometer to the bike.  All those add-ons went smooth and fit on the bike without problem.

Would I recommend this to a friend or family member? Yes
  • Easy to Use
  • Safe
  • Simple to Set Up
  • Looks Good
  • Sturdy
  • Quality Construction
  • Great Price
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Written by from St. Louis, MO. on Sep 27, 2013 Verified Buyer
You Get What You Pay For

First & foremost…there’s not a bicycle made that comes “ready to ride” out of the box.  Derailleurs need to be fine-tuned, brakes calipers centered & pads adjusted and most importantly – wheels trued!  The rear wheel on my bike came straight from the factory with about an eighth of an inchside-to-side wobble & a slight “wheel hop” – up & down.  It’s in the shop now. 

Next would be the inferior rubber rim strips vs. better (stronger) rim tape.  The only thing between the tube & the rim of the wheel is a thin piece of rubber, known as a rim strip.  Immediately take the tires & tubes off the wheels, take off those rubber rim strips & throw them away!  Go to a bike shop & get some rim tape…about $5.00 a roll.  It’ll save you from getting those “mystery flats”.  Is this a great road bike?  Nope.  But it can be a good start for someone deciding or not to get into cycling.  It’s a 55 cm frame size – meaning it should fit someone around 5’9” to 5’11” tall.  And that’s one of the major problems…no choice of frame sizes for shorter or taller people.  On the plus side, with proper assembly & a tune-up this could be your start to bigger & better things.  On a closing note – if you live in a hilly neighborhood, I hope you have legs of steel.  With the 42/52 crankset & 14/28 freewheel, the gearing on this bike is NOT conducive for climbing large hills.  It will however take you up to speeds of 20 mph (or more) easily. 


I will relunctunly recommend it for "beginning" road cyclists only!

Would I recommend this to a friend or family member? Yes
  • Looks Good
  • Poor Quality
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Written by on Nov 25, 2013
Good bike for the price

This is a good bike to start with, specially because of the price. The major drawback is that it is significantly heavier than a higher end bike, you will notice this when going through hills.

I got the white color which I am not a big fan of.

Would I recommend this to a friend or family member? Yes
  • Easy to Use
  • Safe
  • Simple to Set Up
  • Sturdy
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