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Schwinn Rocket 3 27.5" Mountain Bike - 2014The Schwinn Rocket 3 is a 27.5" Mountain Bike offers a solution to your cross country singletrack problem.
For starters, Rocket 3 features a double-butted aluminum frame--the same technology and material as higher-end bikes, and an SR Suntour 100mm travel fork create a fully functioning platform for off-road riding that delivers on performance, efficiency, and strength. Rocket 3's 27.5" wheel size is among mountain biking's newer innovations. Originally a 26" wheel discipline, mountain bike makers have been making 29" wheeled bikes, and more recently, 27.5" wheeled bikes. The larger wheel size surmounts obstacles more easily, has lower rolling resistance (as in, they are faster), and situates the rider closer to the wheels for a more balanced ride.
A Shimano 27-speed drivetrain gives the rider easy pedaling on steep inclines, excellent mid-speed ratios for acceleration, and plenty of gears to maintain top speeds or downhill speeds. The Altus/Alivio derailleur and shifter combination uses rapid-fire shifting technology that is fully responsive, ultra reliable, and very easy to master. The Rocket 3 also features Tektro mechanical disc brakes that not only have immediate stopping power to help you avert accidents, but also require very little finger power to modulate as you apply pressure for slowing around corners or on steep descents--the value of good brake modulation cannot be overstated for purposes of safety and performance.
Lastly, where lesser bikes might slip in a heavier, weaker set of steel handlebars, stem, or seatpost, Schwinn has not. All of these components on Rocket 3 are aluminum alloy, which is the material of race-level components; the weight or strength advantage in the very expensive cousins of these parts certainly exists via more precise forging, shaping, and refining techniques, but is something that an entry level or casual rider would not necessarily benefit from. The Rocket 3 is a bike that can take years and years of hard trail riding, and deliver the rider a safe, rewarding, and exciting mountain biking experience.
Schwinn Rocket 3 27.5" Mountain Bike - 2014
- bottom bracket:
- Tektro Novela mechanical disc, 160 mm rotors
- Shimano HG20, 11-34t, 9-speed
- KMC Z99, 9-speed
- SR Suntour XCM alloy 44/32/22t
- SR Suntour XCT MLO 27.5" with 100 mm travel
- Schwinn MTB trail aluminum 27.5
- front derailleur:
- Shimano Altus
- Schwinn MTB trail grips
- Schwinn S1 MTB alloy, 31.8, 20 mm rise
- FSA threadless, 1 1/8"
- Tektro alloy
- Resin body with reflector
- rear derailleur:
- Shimano Alivio 9-speed
- rear shock:
- Schwinn trail MTB
- Alloy, 27.2 × 350
- Shimano SL-M370 Altus Rapid Fire+
- Schwinn S1 MTB alloy, 31.8
- Innova MTB, 27.5 × 2.1
- Alex TD26 double wall 32 hole