Whether you are a pro biker or a newbie, it’s always confusing to choose the right mountain bike. There are several factors to consider and you will be literally spoilt for choice due to the presence of so many products from so many brands.
However, Schwinn is a renowned name in the mountain biking world and has been around for decades. Its latest Protocol 1.0 mountain bike has the potential to be the go-to choice for both experienced and new bikers. Specially designed for men, the dual-suspension bike is a great budget purchase. Some people might be worried about a bike that costs less than $400. But, Protocol 1.0 has surprisingly only a few boxes to check.
Design & Materials
Exclusively designed for men, the bike is perfect for those who maintain an active lifestyle. Normally affordability does not go hand in hand with high-quality. But, Schwinn relieves you from that dilemma.
The framing of Protocol 1.0 is high-quality, sturdy aluminum, and a steel rear triangle provides support to the structure. The hand-welded aluminum resists rust and despite being lightweight it can carry up to 220lbs of weight. It offers ample support regardless of the terrain.
Most of the bikes in this price bracket use steel framing, which is stronger and better for damage resistance. But, steel is a heavy material and does not fare well against rust and corrosion. In other words, steel is not the best material if you want a bike for smooth maneuvering and fast acceleration.
Combined with ergonomic design and smart engineering, Protocol 1.0 makes sure that the rider can maintain the correct posture without feeling the slightest of discomfort.
Protocol 1.0 boasts of a dual-suspension system—featuring an SR Suntour suspension fork in front and another one below the saddle. There is a two-fold of benefit having a dual-suspension mountain bike—reducing the shock and better traction. It can soak the aftereffects of bumps onto rocks and tree roots. Also, it ensures stability on tracks with a rough surface. No matter what sort of terrain it is, you will enjoy a relaxing ride with this bike.
Taking off-road trips would never feel so comfortable, relaxing, and smooth! The dual-suspension bike is great for beginner bikers and those who prefer to daily outings.
The Tires and Rims
With top-notch tires and rims, Protocol 1.0 ticks another box on the way to be a high-quality mountain bike.
The knobby tires provide excellent traction in all conditions and surfaces. Double-walled alloy blended together with bladed spokes makes the rims. The tires and rims together allow the rider to have full control of the bike. There is no way the bike is going to skid on tricky and slippery surfaces.
In fact, the premium tires contribute to improving the overall performance of this bike. Also, the 26 inches of wheels make the bike suitable for tall people—up to 6 feet. However, not everyone a fan of these huge tires although you cannot ignore the fact that how excellent they are on rough surfaces. They provide second-to-none grip on all sorts of terrain—even if the condition is wet or muddy.
Such gripping power is crucial for a good quality mountain bike. It does an enormous to keep the bike on track when the trail is slippery or when you are riding around a corner.
You’ve already got an idea about the specs of Protocol 1.0. But, how good is the performance? Can you ride it on all types of tracks? Is it good for free, street, and downhill riding?
The simple answer is—yes.
Whether you are planning to bike on city roads or go off-road trips, this bike is the right choice. The 26er is ready for any outdoor challenge with a dual suspension, strong tires, sturdy rims, and EF-50 Trigger Shifter.
The gearing system is outstanding at this price point. The premium shifter can move between 24 speed—offering an enhanced biking experience. Just the flick of a finger will allow for a rapid, hassle-free interchange of gears.
The gear options seem adequate for a pro biker and not too complicated for a beginner. The shifter synchronizes well with the front and rear Shimano Altus derailleurs so there is no need too move between to many gears.
Due to the well thought-out engineering, the bike transfers a good amount of power from the pedals to the road surface. Despite having knobby large tires, the prompt transition of power boosts acceleration and assists in maintaining the speed
The only downside of Protocol 1.0 is its hard saddle. It feels uncomfortable and painful when you have to sit for hours on such a hard seat. Of course, it is possible to change the saddle or use a cushioned cover for enhanced comfort.
Pro bikers may become disappointed by the lack of space for attaching a water bottle and hand pump.
The Braking System
How safe is the bike for the users? The safety factor depends on the suspension, tires, strength of the frame, and the braking system. We already know about the top quality of other components. How is the brake then?
Protocol 1.0 offers a braking system that combines a Pro Max mechanical disc brake in the front and a V-brake on the rear alloy. Both brakes work together to make stopping as quickly as possible in all conditions.
The disc brakes are upgraded and more responsive than rim brakes due to the responsive cables that can be adjusted quickly. The linear pull rear brake also helps with executing better control.
Riding this bike means you are in safe hands. Whether it is an emergency situation that needs immediate braking or a tricky trail where prompt braking can be life-saving, this bike will get you covered.
- Suitable for pro and beginner bikers
- Lightweight but stable aluminum frame
- Dual suspension system
- Seamless gear shifting
- Powerful, responsive breaks
- Smooth riding on all terrains
- Affordable price
- Great value for money
- Uncomfortable saddle
- No place for a water bottle
- No slot for holding a hand pump