Reviews Of The Schwinn Tailwind

Schwinn Electric Bike

WOW! The Tailwind sounds impressive right?

But what is it REALLY like to ride?
What are the people on the streets saying about the Schwinn's new electric bicycle?

Well, we've done some research and have condensed the findings into a list of Pros and Cons.

Hope this helps...


Pros For The Tailwind Schwinn Electric Bike


Schwinn Electric Bicycle handlebar controls
  • The Tailwind is a smooth and comfortable ride in urban and suburban areas.
  • It gives approximately 30 miles or 48km of pedal assistance per battery charge or over an hour.
  • It is lighter than other electric bicycles in the marketplace.
  • Great expense savings can be made long term on petrol, oil, parking etc.
  • The Tailwind electric bike is a terrific, environmentally friendly alternative.
  • It is very easy to slide the SCiB battery and lock it into place in the rack holder.
  • The frame design puts the rider in an upright riding position which is great for cruising.
  • There is the choice of three modes of pedal-assist ... flat, downhill and hill climbing or alternative you can switch over to using your electric bicycle as a regular bike.
  • The Tailwind can reach speeds of approx 15 miles or 24km per hour.
  • Riding an electric bike to work means you can arrive fresh instead of sweaty and smelly.
  • It is a great healthy alternative to driving a car especially when the commute on a regular bicycle proves to be too difficult.
  • Commuting to work on a Schwinn Tailwind electric bike means lower stress levels and a calmer start to the day, from not being stuck in peak hour traffic!
  • Owning an electric bicycle does not require a special license, unlike a motorcycle.
  • To save battery life the Tailwind electric motor will turn off the pedal-assist when you reach the top gear speed or you stop pedaling.
  • Cycling around town and riding up and down gentle hills is fantastic, easy and fun.
  • Having an electric bike as opposed to a moped or motorcycle encourages you to stay fit and healthy.
  • The Powerdial is easy to use. It uses thumb buttons to activate the pedal-assist motor function
  • Schwinn electric bikes have been designed with a standard double diamond frame which means they are compatible with bike racks, city bus racks and all your standard bike accessories.
  • The electric motor on the Tailwind is really quiet.
  • The front wheel of the Schwinn electric bicycle has a simple two wire connection that makes it easy to remove the wheel for transport or storage purposes.
  • The different gears on the Tailwind electric bicycle, enable you to put in as much (or as little) physical exertion as you want.
  • The visual aesthetic of the Schwinn Tailwind is in that very classic and much loved iconic Schwinn style.
  • All the wires and parts for the electric motor are hidden inside the frame so it doesn't look messy and protects the bike from tampering.

Cons For The Tailwind Schwinn Electric Bicycle

Schwinn Electric Bicycle Tailwind

  • The Schwinn Tailwind is much heavier than a normal non-electric bicycle.
    The Tailwind weighs approx 58 pounds or 26kg and a regular bicycle weighs around 35 pounds or 16kg.
    To be fair though, the Schwinn Electric Bicycle is comparively lighter than other models of electric bicycles on the market.
  • Although the Tailwind's pedal-assist motor DOES give you a power boost up hills, it still requires a fair bit of strenuous pedalling - especially on very steep slopes.
  • Although the Tailwind's pedal-assist motor DOES give you a power boost up hills, it still requires a fair bit of strenuous pedalling - especially on very steep slopes.
  • When the pedal-assist motor first kicks in, it is jarring and takes a bit of getting used to. So does the function that sees the electric motor shutting down when you stop peadalling or brake.
  • For long bike rides where you use the pedal assist motor for over 1 hour then you really need to take the battery charger with you.
  • The brakes on the Tailwind are too jerky.
  • The battery pack located in the rack tends to rattle over any bumps.
  • The Schwinn electric has an old fashioned look rather than a sleek futuristic styling.
  • The Tailwind costs US$3200, which is comparative to the cost of a cheap Vespa or motor-scooter that doesn't require pedaling and has a full-time motor function.
  • The size and weight of the electric bike make it difficult to store in small flats and hard to hang from wall-mounted bicycle racks.
  • The front brakes on the Schwinn electric bicycle seem too grabby and there are no disc brakes.
  • The Schwinn electric bike can't go up REALLY steep hills that you normally wouldn't even dream of attempting on a regular bike. Don't be fooled into thinking you can ... or you will end up pushing the bicycle up the hill by foot.
  • Up very steep inclines if you stand up and peddle, the electric motor just shuts off and the battery drains immediately.
  • The Tailwind's rear rack battery didn't lock very securely, and riding over rough pavements can cause it to slip so that it loses its electrical connection.
  • For convenience sake it would be much better if the electric SCiB pack could be left in the rear rack of the bicycle and simply plug in to charge.
  • On the Schwinn Tailwind the electric motor kicks in after about five seconds of pedaling, instead of instantly.

So there you have it ...
The Pro's and the Con's of the Tailwind Schwinn Electric Bicycle.

Some love it and some don't. I guess you need to make up your own mind ...

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