Buyer’s Guide: Premium rush

From combating climate change to easing urban congestion—not to forget building physical fitness and endurance—there’s a lot riding on the bicycle as an efficient form of transportation. In our monthly series on consumer products, we feature some high-end bicycles revvying up the Indian market.

By: | Updated: April 13, 2016 10:26 PM

Hybrids

Made in India

Manufactured by Ti Cycles, an Indian premium bicycle manufacturer, the Montra Trance Pro 2015 is best suited to be any rider’s first bike for commuting or leisure cycling on urban roads. This bicycle has a slightly slanting top tube and a flat handlebar, providing a comfortable riding position. While the Montra alloy frame is engineered to be durable and stable through potholes and bumps, the Montra 700x35 mm tires, with bigger circumference, provide both grip and speed with long durability.

All yours for: R16,399

Thai skylight

With an aluminum T6 frame, suspension fork, front and rear disk, the LA Sovereign 29 Skylight, made in Thailand, is known for its amazing colour and graphics that add to its style statement.

All yours for: R19,450

Ducati of bicycles

Well, the Ducati of bicycles is an actual Ducati bicycle! Ducati 800 SX FS helps you burn those extra calories and stay in shape and style. The bicycle has an alloy frame, multi-geared mechanism, full suspension, disc brakes and a

26-inch wheel size. Since it’s not everyday that you buy a Ducati,

its high price tag shouldn’t

be a downer.

All yours for: R1,42,800

Taiwanese giant

Whatever the course throws at you, the TCX will handle it for you. Manufactured by Giant Bicycles, a Taiwanese manufacturer, the bicycle’s advanced-grade composite fork and a full-composite OverDrive 2 steerer enable you to race it one weekend and participate in a gravel ride the next. The ALUXX SL frame forms the heart of this light, stiff and sturdy bike. The TCX mates the stiffness and lightweight properties of high-end aluminum with an innovative design to provide great comfort for off-road riding.

All yours for: R80,460

Urban hero

To take on international competition, Indian manufacturer Hero launched a premium cycle division known as Urban Trail. And H1, a hybrid bicycle with an alloy rigid fork, Neco headset, a threadless handlebar made of

600 mm alloy and with a 28.6 mm mode alloy stem, can handle Indian terrain like no other bike. After all, who knows Indian cyclists better than Hero?

All yours for: Price on request

MOUNTAIN BIKES (MTBs)

Weekend warrior

The Montra Rock 1.0 is your weekend warrior and a great multi-purpose machine for riding in mountains, as well as towns. This bicycle is a capable, confident machine because of its Montra 26-inch hardtail, alloy frame and a Montra 26-inch steel crown. A great entry-level bicycle.

All yours for: R15,500

Firefly

Firefox cycles have been in India for quite some time now and are selling in great numbers. The Maximus D 29er carries double-wall alloy rims, Kenda 29x2.1-inch tires, an alloy hardtail MTB frame, R Suntour XCT hydraulic lockout front suspension and mechanical disc levers.

All yours for: R24,750

Homeground advantage

The Urban Trail HT3 is an MTB bike made for people for whom cycling isn’t restricted to city roads. Made by Hero, this cycle, with 50 mm zoom-front suspension, steel threadless headset, 640 mm steel handlebar and a

28.6 mm mode alloy stem, makes riding over hills and mountains feel like a stroll in the park.

All yours for: Price on request

Competitive Camber

The LA Sovereign Camber 26 provides an excellent all-round performance with its valuable components package. The steering feels precise and the bike moves comfortably over logs, across roots and through technical terrain of all sorts. Due to the Shimano shifters, front and rear disc brakes, alloy double-wall rims, 26x2.125-inch tires and a MTB handlebar, it will be great for people with a competitive spirit.

All yours for: Price on request

German contender

Can’t afford a Mercedes car? How about an exclusive Mercedes-Benz MTB? Available in matt black and anthracite colours, it comes with a 30-speed shifter and hydraulic disc brakes.

All yours for: R3,69,996

ROAD CYCLES

Escape plan

The founders of Giant Bicycles were craftsmen and engineers, and they understood their strengths well. The Escape 3 is hence no surprise with an ALUXX-grade aluminum frame, high-tensile steel fork, double-wall rims laced to alloy hub and 700x32 mm tires.

All yours for: R30,380

Italian job

The Ducati Factory SP bike was launched with seven others in August 2014 in India. Designed and manufactured by the European bicycle conglomerate CyclEurope Group, the bicycles sold under the tag of Ducati are available with a superlight frame head tube, carbon fork with an aluminum crown race, Shimano RS-10 rims and other best-in-class components.

All yours for: R1,56,800

Fantastic fox

In early 2005, the cycling scene in India changed dramatically when Firefox introduced an imported range of approximately 30 bike models in the Indian market. The Mistral is made as per international quality standards with specifications like an alloy road frame, rigid alloy front suspension, double-wall

alloy rims, Kenda 700x23 mm tires and Shimano Sora 3500 shifters.

All yours for: R33,790

Road trekker

Trek Bicycle is one of the biggest bicycle manufacturers in the world and is the first manufacturer in Wisconsin, US, to switch entirely to renewable electric-powered bicycles. Features like an alpha aluminum frame, carbon road fork, Shimano Claris 8 speed shifters and Vuelta Corsa crankset make the Trek 1.1 one of a kind.

All yours for: R53,400

Cannonball

What makes Cannondale CAAD8 8 Claris—equipped with an optimised alloy save frame, carbon blades, FSA Vero, FSA cartridge bottom bracket and Shimano claris shifters set—a good choice is the fact that many of the ideas that make Cannondale products cutting-edge come from sponsored athletes on the company’s professional racing teams.

All yours for: R58,000

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