Tested by: Aaron Johnson
Number of years riding: 13
Complete bike price: $399.99
Weight: 33 lbs. 8 oz.
Finishes available: Pitch black
Head tube angle: 74 degrees
Seat tube angle: 71 degrees
Top tube length: 21″
Chainstay length: 14.5″
Bottom bracket height: 12″
Frame: Schwinn TJ Lavin Signature Team, 100% 4130 chromoly
Forks: Schwinn Special O.P.S., 4130 chromoly, one-piece CNC’d steerer
Headset: Tange Fatty MX
Bars: Schwinn Cash Bar, chromoly, 7.25″ rise, 25.5″ width
Grips: XS 2-1, with plastic bar ends
Brakes: Tektro FX-15
Brake lever: Tektro FX-3
Seat: XS, 8mm chromoly rails
Seat post: XS chromoly
Seat post clamp: XS
Pedals: XS alloy, sealed bearing, chromoly axles
Cranks: Tubular three-piece chromoly, 175mm
Bottom bracket: Sealed bearing
Sprocket: XS 39-tooth, alloy, 6mm thick
Freewheel: ACS Fat chromoly, 14-tooth
Chain: KMC K-710
Rims: Sun Black Box, 48-hole
Hubs: XS alloy sealed bearing, 14mm axles
Tires: Front: Duro Jumper 2.125″; rear: Duro Basket Case 1.9″
Extras: One set of pegs, chain tensioners, cable detangler
Meet Schwinn’s top-of-the-line dirt jumper. It’s spec’d well with a full chromoly frame, fork, and bars, and plenty of sealed bearings. TJ Lavin designed the frame, and he wouldn’t put his name on it if he wasn’t psyched on it.
How it rode
It rode well; it was pretty comfortable. It had good, straightforward frame geometry, so it didn’t take much getting used to. But even though it’s TJ’s signature bike, I wouldn’t say it was anything special.
I liked the fact that it was all black. The frame was good. I liked the tires, too; that wrap-around tread was good. The wheels and cranks both spun smoothly; I didn’t have any problems with either of them, but I bent the back wheel a little. All of the smaller parts held up fine; the seat, headset…even the pedals weren’t bad.
I wasn’t too into the stickers, and the bars bent. The fact that the chain tensioners broke before I even rode it sucked, too. (Editor’s note: The chain tensioners broke while building the bike; Schwinn said they would address the problem on future production bikes.)
Did anything bend or break?
The back wheel, forks, bars, and seat rails all bent, but in the case of the back wheel, and even the rails, that’s pretty normal. The forks bent during a show after I crashed over a box jump. Granted, it was a pretty hard crash, but I had only been riding it for about two weeks. I expected more from the forks…
Anything you had to repeatedly adjust?
I repeatedly had to tighten the pedals…tightened the chain a bunch (since there weren’t any chain tensioners), and the headset.
What did you ride?
I rode a lot of street and skateparks; the Gravity Games park, a lot of street in Ohio, The Flow skatepark, and some local parks by my house.
It rode well, but even though it was TJ’s signature bike, I wouldn’t say it was anything special.
Pros: Good frame geometry; good tires, wheels, and cranks.
Cons: Questionable forks and bars, weak chain tensioners.