Great price, this is my first e-bike was not sure it would run the hills of western New York but on problem.
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Commuting; enjoying the outdoors
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69.50 x 26.00 x 43.00 Inches
Let's just say, if I had this bike in college, I would have been the coolest kid cruising around UC Davis. UC Davis is known for being of the most bike friendly campuses in America with thousands of daily bicycle riders and I wish we had these on campus. My bicycle being my main means of transportation during college came with many advantages but with some disadvantages as well, namely being out of breath and sweaty when walking into a classroom. If I were riding this bike in my college years, these drawbacks wouldn't have been present.
The bike is aesthetically pleasing in terms of its technology. The battery is strong and I like that I can easily remove it and charge it using an ordinary outlet. The buttons and LCD display light up well and look sleek.
The technology of e-bike batteries seems to have improved, because I can go really far with this bike. In fact, when I first rode this bike, I was telling my friend I might consider commuting by bike now that I won't be needing to put in a sweat to get to work.
The biggest drawback is its steep price. I've done some research and there are other electric bikes that have similar technology but aren't as pricey as these bikes.
All in all, this bicycle is very convenient and versatile. I recommend this bike if you want to have fun cruising for longer periods of time. Also, I'm not kidding when I say, if your work is too far to commute to with a regular bike, this bike might be the solution.
I am writing this review as part of a contest.
I love riding the Schwinn Sycamore Dual Sport electric bike and most of all I liked the smooth transition when the power assist kicks in. On other electric bikes I have tested I didn't like the jumping action when the power assist kicks in. The power assist is very effective climbing up the steep grade hills which is very convenient in riding up the hills of San Francisco. With the power assist set at 4 (5 is the maximum) the bike reaches a speed of 10 miles per hour with average pedaling effort with the gear shift on 2. Without the power assist I can barely reach 4 miles per hour at maximum pedaling effort so the power assist is crucial for climbing hills.
The SR Suntour NEX E25 shocks allow for a comfortable ride over bumps/potholes in the city and off-road terrain. Also like the feature that the battery can unlocked/removed and charged indoors if there is no outlet where the bike is stored and the 5 hours that it takes to fully charge the battery is super convenient. The bike frame made of aluminum is light and very easy to carry up to the second floor of my apartment.
Finally, I find the Schwinn Sycamore to be very comfortable for various reasons. I am 6'2” and many of the electric bikes that I have tried were not as comfortable. The large size frame is perfect fit for my height (see attached pics). The sport seat has a cushy foam padding that is very comfortable and super easy to adjust the height. Finally, the Schwinn Ergo comfort handle bars which have a horizontal pad (see detailed pic) and are very comfortable to hold on when riding while allowing easy access to the brakes (which are very efficient I might add) and to the gear shift (which transition very easily).
I fully recommend this bike based on the customization that is available because the bike comes in a small, medium and large size frame. In addition, the Schwinn brand is known for providing a quality bike with excellent features. Go out and try it…you will not be disappointed!
I bike a lot. That might be an understatement, as I've biked to and from work for a couple of years. In doing so, I've definitely test driven and rode my fair share of electric, pedal assist bikes since the hills in the Bay Area can be quite large.
After a thorough review and testing of the build quality, performance and practicality, I can really only say great things about the Sycamore, an eBike from Schwinn that definitely surpassed my expectations and would be a fantastic buy for any bike enthusiast, city commuter, or anyone who likes to travel long distances on two wheels, instead of four.
BUILD QUALITY, 9/10. Many electric bikes that I've used or tested often focus 100% on the motor component, or the bike portion. Usually results in either a wobbly/unstable housing, or a mediocre bike (that'll fall apart or require repair in a year). Surprisingly, I couldn't find these flaws in the Sycamore model. The bike itself (we'll go into the motor later) is a solid commuter frame made of aluminum. The hands are ergonomic to the touch, the brakes are responsive (+1 for the brake cable management, pretty tidy) and the gear shifting control on the right-hand side works well. Moving on, the seat is easily adjustable (I'd put a few drop of lubricant to make moving it up and down smoother). The front and rear hubs, and gear switch work well and I couldn't move them when I tried shaking it (believe me, my fingers got all oily from trying). The suspension was good on city roads, but I wouldn't recommend taking this out in the forest or too much off-roading. However, it's much more likely you'll be on city roads most of the time. You might look into swapping out the included seat if your commute is longer than 20 minutes one-way, for additional padding. Kick stand is a nice touch, but I might remove that since I usually just hang my bikes when storing them. The housing for the motor and battery is one of the MOST surprising parts to me. It was solid and well built. Really, enough said. I couldn't feel my weight shifting (as some ebikes have issues with; weight imbalance) and everything felt stable. While its on the heavier side, this helps greatly stabilize the bike and it felt light to ride. See the pictures I took for more details, especially for the solid build quality.
PERFORMANCE, 9.5/10. This bike blew away my expectations. While riding through a busy city complex and on a few crowded roads, I felt in control for every moment. From my photo of the handlebar, the electric assist module was easy to operate. Push + for more assistance, push - for less. You can even turn it off and use it as a regular bike in case you run out of battery (that's rare though, I'll go into why later). The gear shift was a simple one push/click system, and adjusted itself very smoothly.
The big test was how the electric motor kicked in as I increased the pedal assist number (which goes 1 to 5). As I pressed the button to about 3, I could feel the motor push the bike forward, but smoothly! That was a big plus, as usually ebikes have a jerk forward that can throw you a little off balance. The Sycamore was smooth when I boosted the assist to 5 (meaning the motor was greatly assisting the bike) to 1 (the motor was adding minimal assist but was still very helpful). I would recommend keeping it at 3 to maximize your assist power and battery life (I'll talk about that later).
Braking was smooth, and pedaling from a dead stop was actually a really fun time. I could keep the motor accelerate the bike more than just pedaling, but it wasn't jarring or a sudden spike in speed. Gradual, but powerful acceleration was greatly appreciated and made for a very comfortable ride. If I had this bike when I commuted 5+ miles at one of my old jobs, I don't think I wouldn't arrived in the office all sweaty! It makes biking a piece of cake.
PRACTICALITY/VALUE, 10/10. With every bike purchases, electric or not, I always try to scrutinize every detail as much as possible for two reasons: I want my money to buy a bike that's going to perform well and last a long time. With ebikes, I have to evaluate the bike even more so, since the average price point is considerably higher than buying just any road bike.
For this model, the Sycamore ebike from Schwinn, I honestly need to give two thumbs up on this one for a few reasons. First, the electric motor exceeds expectations in both performance and battery life. As mentioned before, while I could feel a notable difference in adjusting the motor assist levels 1 to 5, the switch was SMOOTH and I felt in control. The battery is expected to last 40, or even 50+ miles on a single charge when using the motor conservatively (I was told at about 3, which is the normal battery assist in most cases). Charging only takes a few hours, so plugging it in once a week (much like an electric car) is all that's needed. No fancy hookups or the need for a daily charge. Just plug in once you see the battery life indicator around 25% and you're set. That's a huge win in my book, you could even charge it during the work day back to 100% easy.
This value of this bike comes from both the motor/battery's capability, performance and build quality. Pretty much every part of this bike feels and looks premium, and easily competes with the top tier ebikes on the market at a portion of the cost. After riding and testing this ebike, I'm not sure why anyone else would want to pay substantially more since this level performance checks all the boxes and still exceeds expectations.
Even though I'm writing this review as part of a contest, I gave my truthful evaluation of this ebike from Schwinn. The Sycamore greatly impressed me and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a solid, well performing durable ebike for their commute or for leisure. It's a great ride and investment, will save you on gas (and improve your health) in the long run and is built to a standard that exceed expectations.
The Sycamore is more than a pretty face it has a 350-watt motor that is able to propel my 6-foot 2-inch 240-pound body through its 8 Shimano Alivio components smoothly without fail. I tested this bike on San Bruno Ave, San Bruno, California with pretty aggressive hills. My first test was a hill climb, with minimal pedaling accelerating to over 15 mph with little effort from me, followed by a level ground test again 20 mph with just a minimal amount of effort. When I drove the Sycamore into the grass and then gravel its front forks suspension took on the challenge with minimal vibrations on the front handle bar and very responsive steering, really excellent for a hybrid ebike.
The cable operated disc brakes were more than sufficient to stop this bike with my large body on it with no noise or squealing The seating position was upright and comfortable. The LCD provided ample on-board information to keep you well informed and knowing how far your ebike is capable of carrying on while at the present power level (depending on typography and onboard effort).
Although I am writing this review as part of a contest, this bike provides the most value for your hard earned money. There is so much to like about this bike I don't know where to start, the electric 350-watt motor, nice sized battery, solid Shimano components, disc brakes, comfortable seat, the fit and finish of the bike are all excellent. The best thing of all I can ride this bike to the Bart rail system every day without getting nasty and sweaty and all for under $2000 you can't beat that.
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