Schwinn Men’s Phocus 1400 700C Drop Bar Road Bicycle, Black, 18 Inch: Review

10 Price
9 Quality of Model for Intended Usage
9.7 Design
9.7 Functionality
9 Overall Quality

Schwinn is an incredibly well-known road bike brand that is best known for being the oldest and most trustworthy name in America. It is the brand that all boys wanted as a teenager—but don’t worry—now that you are grown, you can still have your very own grown up Schwinn.

The Schwinn Phocus 1400 road bike is the perfect drop bar bike for the riding path or for exercising around the neighborhood. This lightweight road bike is very responsive to the rider’s needs and is designed to be the ideal road bike.

Brand: Schwinn
Type: Men’s Phocus 1400 700C Drop Bar Road Bicycle, Black, 18 Inch
Model: S4036A

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This Men’s Phocus road bike is intended for use on the road and on biking trails for agile and fast bike riding. Perfect for workouts, this 14 speed drop bar model is loaded with features that will make it easy and fun to put some miles on this reliable and solid bike.

The Phocus 1400 was designed as a lightweight but strong fitness bicycle that would allow riders to break out of the gym and take to the road. The strong but lightweight aluminum frame and rigid fork helps achieve this.

Technical Specifications:

  • Intended design function: Road Use/Bike Path/Fitness
  • Model: Phocus 1400 (18 inch)
  • Color: Black
  • Wheel Size: 700
  • Tube Size: 700c, 19-26
  • Tire Brand: Kenda
  • Weight: 27 pounds
  • Shimano 14 Speed rear derailleur
  • Shifters: A050
  • SR Suntour alloy crank
  • Dimensions: 67 x 18 x 37 inches
  • Quick Release Saddle
  • Quick Release Front Wheel
  • Frame: Aluminum
  • Fork: Rigid
  • Road Brakes: Alloy Caliper
  • Brake Style: Mechanical Rim
  • Spoke Pattern: Paired Spokes

The Good

There are many excellent aspects to the Schwinn Phocus 1400. This lightweight bike uses an aluminum road frame with a rigid fork so that you can ride through the streets or on the biking trail with ease and agility.

The Shimano 14 Speed rear derailleur with Shimano A050 shifters offers the rider easy transitioning between gears without grinding. This model also includes an SR Suntour alloy crank for a wide gear range.

Its alloy caliber road breaks are perfect for better-than-average breaking power. Designed for fitness and road use, Schwinn knew that they could not use lousy brakes due to the dangers of putting substandard parts on a bike intended for fast biking and fitness.

The high profile alloy rims contain a beautiful and functional paired spoke pattern that is strong and lightweight.

The bike itself is designed in a classic style and is not a bright or loud design. Made for men who are serious about taking to the road, this bike is painted black with the Schwinn brand painted in white. With only a couple of small red paint stripes on the drop bar, this bike is definitely a bike for a “man’s man.”


The Bad

For users who would prefer to have this road bike fully assembled, you will be disappointed in that it arrives partially assembled. However, this is standard and with an Allen wrench and a $40 to $70 tune-up at a local bike shop, you can have this bike assembled and tuned by a professional to suit your specific body type and height.

This Schwinn comes with Kenda tires, which some riders have an issue with. This brand has been known to be prone to flats and even arrive with defects upon delivery. However, riders of the Phocus 1400 put a couple thousand miles on it before needing to replace them.

It is important to note that while the Amazon advertisement lists this Phocus 1400 as an 18 inch, according to many bikers who have purchased this model, it is in fact, a 22 inch. This is not much of a problem, as the bike is adjustable and can be adjusted to 18 inches if needed.


The highlights of this Schwinn Phocus 1400 include the high quality components for the price, the reliable materials, and the excellent functionality of the road bike. 

The durability of Schwinn bikes is legendary, and this model is no difference. You can put thousands and thousands of miles on this road bike comfortably and without issue. 


Equipped with a drop bar, an aluminum frame, and rigid fork for agile and quick riding, this Schwinn features a Shimano 14 speed rear derailleur with A050 shifters for fast and easy shifting of gears. This is especially important for road use and the need for reliable shifting.

The rims are high profile alloy with a unique paired spoke pattern, which are strong and lightweight, and the alloy caliper brakes are great for safe and reliable stopping power.

This road bike’s functionality taking into account the caliber of the bike, the price, and the designed usage, is quite good. The intended niche for this bike is road use, fitness, casual biking, and general exercise.

This is not a professional road bike by any means, but is best for beginners or those who want a great bike for rides around the trail or the block without paying more than $300. While not recommended or designed for road racing, this Schwinn Phocus 1400 is agile and can gain speed quite well while remaining in the rider’s control.



The Schwinn Phocus 1400 retails for $359.99, but can be bought on for $300.

Overall Impression

The overall impression this Schwinn gives off is one of a grown up sophistication. With its classic black design and higher quality components used, this drop bar road bike is one of the best available for a road bike $300 and under.

The design is nothing to write home about, with a simple black paint job and white Schwinn logo, but for men who are not seeking a colorful bike or are not concerned with visibility, this Schwinn is very attractive and is similar to the brand’s classic look.

Rating Comments

This is an excellent bike to get into road cycling, and beginners will love the comfort and the practice of using this 14 Speed for thousands of miles to come. At worst, bikers will have to replace the tires and tubes after a couple thousand miles, but for a bike that is around $300, this is one of the more reliable, well-made road bikes with better component quality than most other bikes on the market. Schwinn has definitely lived up to their name.

The price is excellent, the quality of the bike for the cost is higher quality than most other brands, the design is simple and classic, the functionality is great if you assemble the bike and tune it up at a professional bike shop, and the overall quality is excellent for a road bike of this design and intended usage on the road for fitness and casual riding for beginners.

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