Schwinn Phocus 1600 Review For Men and Women

Out of thousands of different cycles in the market, it is often difficult to pick the right one. It depends on your personal preferences, and you need to come to a conclusion about which one would fit the best.

Oh, did I say how cost-efficient it is? How much money do road bike rides saves your time if you ditch traditional automobile transport?

So, by riding a road bike regularly, you can keep your body, wallet, and the environment healthy! All at once! Don’t you feel the need to get a new bicycle for yourself?

There you go, this Schwinn Phocus 1600 Road bike for men and women review will make it easier for you to choose the right bicycle.


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When the discussion is about road bikes, Schwinn is a name you will hear a lot. Schwinn is a brand people know and trust. That’s because it doesn’t fail to fulfill the demands of quality components, extra durability, strong frame, added stability and other needs of its customers.

Of all the models of Schwinn, the Phocus 1600 needs special mention because of its exclusive frame design and build quality. The bike frame stands out from all its competitors because of its uniqueness and specialty.

The bike is intended for both men and women, so one piece of this model can be used by a whole family with ease. And the frame of this bike is made of aluminum, which is amazing because it is rare to find an aluminum frame road bike within this price range. The speed of this bike is 16 with shifter, which is as good as it can be.

As of yet, the bike only comes in one color, and that is silver. You will be delighted to see the overall outlook as it tunes so perfectly. The bicycle comes with dual suspension, which keeps it stable with maximum control even on rough terrains. Therefore, you can ride on it over all kinds of terrains and feel as comfortable.

Moreover, theis Schwinn is a high quality bike one for sports cycling, if you intend to use it for such purpose. Also, it’s as good for daily use if you’re willing to travel regularly and use it for daily transport.

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Key Features

For a famous road bike like Schwinn Phocus 1600, there has to be a lot of exciting features to grab the affinity of its users. This model comes with some amazing features that will make you fall in love with it. Let’s read along to know a few of such cool features.

Carbon Fiber Body

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One of the most amazing things about this bike is its body build. The carbon fiber body build with aluminium alloy frame allows the body to be robust while not gaining additional weight. And the carbon fiber works to absorb the excessive vibrations while it runs on rougher terrains, so it feels smooth to ride on any road.


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The drivetrain of this road bike is splendid! Because it is equipped with an SR Suntour alloy crank that allows the drivetrain to work smooth. It helps reduce the chance of the chain coming off in addition to making the gear change smooth.


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Wheels of Phocus 1600 are of top quality. It’s rare to find such high-end wheels within bikes of this price range. The wheelset is double-walled 700cc, which strengthens and stabilizes the whole stand.

You can expect maximum strength and durability from these wheels as they are designed by professionals to endure all kinds of roads. And you can use the wheels for years and don’t feel the need to change them. Sounds great, doesn’t it?


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If you are looking for the finest gear shifters in a road bike, good news for you is that Schwinn Phocus 1600 has you covered already with high quality integrated shifters. It has a derailleur of micro shift 16-speed shifters with a brake-lever combo to make braking as smooth as possible. And it reduces wear to your wheels as well.


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The specialized brake system of Schwinn Phocus 1600 allows you to have all the controls and brake pads in one place. You can, without any hesitation have an excellent grip, change the gear and press the brake, and you won’t be facing any issue. The bike won’t jerk while you brake, so it avails you more comfort over the seat.

And if you are up for a sport of cycling competition, this is something you need.

Lightweight and Portability

A perfect road bike is the one that neither feels too heavy nor too light. In that case, the Schwinn Phocus 1600 is a winner. The overall weight of this cycle is 34.1 pounds, which is pretty easy to handle, yet provides enough stabilization to the body.

It is designed to provide comfort to the rider as well as to help his or her body lose some weight. The cycle is highly portable and can be carried with bare hands.

Quick-Release Feature

Front wheel quick release lever is a special feature installed by Schwinn so that your bike can be secured from theft. Since you are putting in your valuable money into this road bicycle, you do want to ensure maximum security. Schwinn Phocus 1600 has it enabled for you, so you do not have to worry anymore for daily commuting.


  • Highly comfortable to ride, supports the overall riding experience very well
  • Allows the body to avail good postures, keeps the body fit
  • Very reasonable in price, judging by the features it comes with
  • Strong enough to deal with all kinds of terrains – from rough to normal
  • Lifelong warranty provided by Schwinn
  • The rims and tires are of high quality
  • Very lightweight, nonetheless able to take a lot of weight
  • It comes with a quick-release feature for the security
  • Great road bicycle for physical workout and losing weight
  • It comes with a wide gear range, provided by Alloy Crank
  • It is compatible with the MyFitnessPal app, which helps keep track of fitness progress


  • The frame can be a little bigger in size for some people since the bike is designed for people of more than 5 feet and 8 inches height
  • Unfortunately, this model does not have a gear indicator on the switch
  • There are only one color and one size available for this model
  • Some people complain that the pedal straps are low in quality, but the other parts of this model are just excellent

Buying Guide​


Before buying a bike it’s a must to look for the size chart. Not all the bike model provides multiple bike sizes. And those which are unisex like the one we’ve reviewed here, needs to be properly researched for women before buying as women may not get comfortable with any sized bikes. Even if the bike you’re going to purchase has one size available make sure to check if it has seat and handlebar adjustability or not.


Bikes mostly comes in an unassembled manner and you have to do the rest. But don’t think you have to do everything from the beginning. Most of the bikes comes in 60-80% assembled. Other parts which requires your preferred adjustment, mostly comes unattached. Manufacturers usually sends guidelines for assembly. But if it seems difficult to you then you can seek someone’s help or take is to a bike shop.


 It’s hard to find a bike that has everything perfect. And when it’s not, bikers usually do a few customization. Most common customizations are seat, paddle, basket, water mount attachment, fenders etc. These customizations are mainly done for more comfort and accessibility. Also after a while of use, many of the bike’s part may require replacements which is also can be called as customization. Some also does it without any isse to make the bike more powerful.


Make sure the seller or manufacturer provides warranty for the bike you’re going to buy. Warranty is an agreement between you and the seller that within a specific period if any disturbance or malfunction occurs. The seller will provide free servicing or replacement. It’s really important especially for a long-time asset like bike.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few frequently asked questions about this particular model and our answers to them.

  • How many frame sizes does this Schwinn Phocus 1600 model have?

This Phocus 1600 is a standard issue. There is only one universal size available to this model, which is 56’ cm large. If you have the matched height for this bike, you are good to go with it. Make sure to adjust the seat to the proper level to ensure comfort and safety on the road.

  • Does this product appear assembled upon the delivery? If no, how difficult is the assembling process?

The product is partially assembled by the manufacturer. All you have to do is follow the instructions and fully assemble it yourself. The assembling is so easy, and it won’t require any hassle. You won’t even need any professional tool to execute it; just a few household tools will do the job.

  • My height is 5 feet and 7 inches. Can I ride this bike?

Although the bike is designed for people of and above 5 feet and 8 inches height, I believe you can ride it too since it won’t be much of a difference.

  • Can women also ride this bike?

If the person riding it matches the height requirement, be it a man or woman, he or she can ride it with ease. A woman with said height can easily ride the bike since it is lightweight. It can be easily handled by any woman because of its user-friendly design and build.

  • Do I have to install rim tape on this bike?

You do not necessarily have to install a rim tape. However, if you do install, it will give you sturdier protection on the tires and make them more long-lasting. It is recommended if you tend to ride more on rough terrains, such rim tapes will provide you confidence over the durability.

  • Does this bike have any weight carrying limit?

Not really. Schwinn Phocus 1600 does not have any upper weight carrying limit. It is strong and can take heavy weights without cracking.

  • What is the crank size of this bike?

The crank size of this bike is 38 – 42 N-m.

  • Is it possible to mount a rack on this cycle since I need to place my bag somewhere?

Yes, there is sufficient space on this bike for a rack to be mounted.

Final Thoughts

After giving this Schwinn Phocus 1600 road bike for men and women review a read, you surely have obtained insights about the ins and outs of this model. You can now decide whether or not it fits you.

The Schwinn Phocus 1600 is a quality bike with quality materials for your bucks since it is quite affordable, provides maximum comfort and the features you get for the money is beyond what you can expect. Buying this entry-level bike will definitely be a good investment. For anyone who wants a long-lasting bike within a reasonable price, this is the one to grab.