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Schwinn Bicycles (USA) have a heritage of being America's leading bicycle brand for over 100+ years. They are known for making extremely functional and comfortable commuter bicycles that are priced well. There seems to be a significant shift in their design philosophy in the last 2-3 years, as there is a conscious shift to move away from their "heritage/classic" bicycle tag, to a more trendy and contemporary one. We test rode the Schwinn Searcher 3 2016 which is part of the company's "Signature series", to see if this change is evident enough.
The Brakes on this hybrid are mechanical discs in the front and rear. They are equipped with Promax mechanical disc s with 160 mm rotors in the front and rear. They did a good job bringing the bike to a halt during some anxious moments on our test ride in crazy city traffic. The brake levers are Shimano Altus EF-51 units, which had good response. During our review we did notice a minor clattering noise from the rear brake cable clamp below the top tube, that appeared when we got into a pothole.