Mountain Biking

All New $398 Schwinn Axum 29er, Tested –

Riders who are just starting out, or are on a tight budget, often start looking at bikes that cost $500 or less. While more experienced riders (and readers of this site) might scoff at anything that costs less than a grand, entry-level bikes offer an important path into the sport. So, I decided to test the $398 Schwinn Axum to get a feel for what buyers are getting for their money.

The build

With a bike at this price point, there’s not a lot of room to distinguish the build in terms of the quality of the parts, but the overall spec can offer a point of differentiation. Schwinn does a nice job including parts that check the right boxes, at least on paper.