One of the latest and greatest cruiser bikes for women by Schwinn.
The Perla is the successor to the famous and affordable Schwinn Sanctuary.
Schwinn Perla Women’s Cruiser Bike Review 2021
I dealt with a bit of skepticism before buying my Schwinn Perla, but eventually, I decided in its favor. To me, the seating and framing were important.
With this model, the position seemed odd at first, simply because I wasn’t used to this, but eventually, I found it very appropriate and excellent for the cruising pace.
I never had any prior experience with cruiser bikes. From what I had heard elsewhere, I had an idea that they were bikes designed for luxury riding, but I had to experience that for myself. Being a bike enthusiast, I could not settle for anything other than buying one.
At the same time, I did not want to invest a fortune either in something I had never experienced before. In other words, I wanted to test the waters first.
This was the prime decision that convinced me to get these bikes.
Schwinn Perla Women’s Cruiser Bicycle with 26-Inch Wheels
Not only is this bike from a respected brand, Schwinn, it is also the successor to the Schwinn Sanctuary model that has received excellent reviews from what I had read.
Therefore, this affordable bike was a no-brainer.
Design and Performance
I appreciate the design. I love the seat. It is soft, besides having a shape that is comfortable for long rides.
The steel frame is painted in a great color – an aqua-turquoise-blue that I really fancy; it is light and vivid simultaneously, just perfect for complimenting my personality, also considering the contrasting red hue of the inner rim. Very nicely done.
I don’t know why they present it as blue, though. I find this quite different from the standard blue, and I would not call it as such.
Schwinn used a nice design trick – the top tube is placed lower to match the bottom tube, both curved. Although at first, it was an appealing look, it was weird to see all that free space, as there was no actual ‘top tube’ there.
However, you’ll get used to it. It’s too pretty not to. It took me a while to adjust, but this was no problem at all. I have seen similar designs from other brands also.
It is basically a design style for women cruiser bikes. Men’s cruiser bike, on the other hand, has the top tube. However, the curves on this bike were too appealing to overlook.
On to some technical aspects, I must mention the twist shifters are indeed quick to change shifts. Also, the seven gears make it easy to handle different types of roads. I can go uphill with no problem now and no worry about damaging my bike.
It stays stable when the wind is blowing, although it looked relatively light and fragile to me.
I guess that should not have fooled me.
I thought cruiser bikes are supposed to be heavy and less susceptible to wind drags, but I guess I was wrong.
I found the brakes to be effective even on damp streets during rainy times.
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A Reality Check
The Perla Cruiser is not a suitable model if you expect high performance. Let me remind you that this is a cruising style bicycle and won’t go beyond its class.
If you feel you are the truly sporty type looking for a thrill, I suggest you better look for a different model. This is great for its own specific league, nevertheless.
Schwinn Perla may need adjustments from time to time, such as improving the screws and their grip. Incredibly, the bicycle comes with a lifetime warranty.
Limited as it may be, it is still useful and says something about the model and brand’s quality.
I can’t mention anything precise about assembling the bike once I got it because a friend helped me with this.
I’d rather say that it is actually important to have someone experienced to do this because of some fine-tuning work and adjustments to be made, especially with this 7-speed configuration.
The instruction manual on how to assemble this bike wasn’t quite up to the mark.
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