Schwinn Mesa 2 Review 2023

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Type: Mountain bike | Frame Material: Aluminum |  Brakes: Mechanical Discs | Best for: Gravel trails and single tracks

YesCycling Score – 8.1/10

Full List of Specs 🔧

Frame:6061 aluminum, 27.5″ mountain tuned geometry, Epicenter seat stays, 10 mm x 135 mm dropout, replaceable hanger, 1 1/8 in headtube
Fork:Zoom HL565, 27.5″, steel steerer, 9 mm x 100 mm QR, 80 mm travel
Headset:Threadless, EC34, loose ball bearing”
Rear Derailleur:Shimano RD-TY500
Front Derailleur:Shimano FD-TY500, 31.8 mm clamp
Shifters: Shimano EF41 EZ-FIRE, 21-speed
Rims: Alex DC26, aluminum, double wall, 32H
Spokes: 14G, stainless steel
Pedals: Schwinn mountain, nylon
Stem: Schwinn, aluminum, threadless, 10° rise, 25.4 mm clamp
Seat Post: Aluminum, 300 mm, 15 mm offset, 27.2 mm
Tires: Schwinn mountain, 27.5 in x 2.1 in, wire bead
Brakes:Radius BR-CX7, mechanical disc, aluminum, 160 mm rotor
Saddle: Schwinn mountain, steel rails
Chain: KMC Z7

What’s good 👍

  • Beautiful head-turning design
  • Comfortable on trails and singletracks
  • Hydraulic brakes are impossible to find on an entry-level bike
  • Wide range of gears for every situation
  • Good overall build quality
  • Schwinn proprietary mountain tires are suitable for most people
  • A lightweight and agile ride

What’s not so good 👎

  • Vague assembly instructions
  • The seat is ridged and hard for most riders
  • Uncomfortable grips

Our Verdict 🎗

Should you buy it, avoid it or shortlist it?

We think that you should shortlist it.

Schwinn Mesa 2 is an excellent entry-level mountain bike with some serious parts that other bikes lack. You usually don’t expect a pair of mechanical disc brakes in this price range, but this Schwinn is equipped with those. If you want an affordable but still capable mountain bike – buy the Mesa 2.

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About Alek Asaduryan

Alek Asaduryan is the founder of YesCycling and has been riding bikes and in the cycling industry since 1991. Since then, his mission is to make cycling more accessible to everyone. And each year, he continues to help more people to achieve that. When he's not out riding his beloved fitness bike, Alek reports on news, gear, guides, and all things cycling related.

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