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I am interested in buying this bike. My knowledge is limited and I was wondering if i could get some feedback on the pros and cons. I like the fact that its got a carbon frame. Although its a 2009 model its new and I can get it for R11 000. Give me your thoughts.


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The Specs:



Schwinn N'Litened Black Label Carbon with Trail-Tuned geometry and replaceable derailleur hanger.



Rock Shox Tora SL Air Suspension fork. 80mm travel, Hydraulic damper, lock out and preload adjust



Shimano FC-M442 Octalink 44/32/22T


Bracket Shimano BB-ES25 cartridge, Octalink


Wellgo M919 clipless MTB



SRAM X9 rear, X7 front



SRAM X7 Impulse trigger


Cog set

SRAM PG950 9-speed cassette11-32T






WTB Speed Disc Double wall alloy 32 hole



Shimano M475 Disc



14 G stainless



Continental Speed King Folding bead 26"x1.95"



Avid Juicy 5 Hydraulic Disc


Brake levers

Avid Juicy 5 Hydraulic Disc


Handel bar R

itchey 31.8 MTB 0 rise



Ritchey 31.8 4-bolt MTB, 84 deg angle



Integrated 1 1/8"threadless



Schwinn Approved Kraton rubber Lock on



Trail Tuned SL with Cro-mo rails and two tone cover


Seat post

Ritchey 2-bolt MTB



Alloy Seat Binder

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Decent frame, crap fork, wheels and cranks.

Buy this if you want to upgrade over time.

If not, I recommend buying an ali frame with better parts. Carbon is overrated. And remember to insure the bike. Carbon doesn't like getting bashed about or have rocks thrown at it. In terms of structural strength they are strong, but impacts from rocks or falling is it's weakness. No frame gaurantee covers that.

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I agree with Phillip, if you want to keep the frame and chuck the parts it could work but thats an expensive excercise.


The frame is not light as far as carbon goes and at this level there's no real benefit above alu, it's basically a R5k generic frame branded as Schwinn from what I understand.


For that money rather look at something in the classifieds or get a good alu bike like a Silverback with XT for about 11k, think its called the Spectra ?


If you really must have carbon rather get a generic frame and spec it to your liking/wallet capacity with new better parts or parts from the hub.

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Thanks for the replies. I would upgrade overtime. I will also take a look at the silverback. I am coming off a entry level merida with V Brakes so this bike even without upgrades will be a monumentally better bike.

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