Tested by: Aaron Johnson

Age: 18

Height: 6’1″

Weight: 180

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″

Wheelbase: 37.7″

Components:

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

Stem: XS

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

Intro:

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.

Likes

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.

Dislikes

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.

RATING: 7

Pull Quote:

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.