A detailed look at my latest set of two wheels..
I had posted a few days back that I now commute from my Home to Office and back on my new bicycle. Posted below are some detailed photos and also a description of my new “btwin ROCKRIDER 5.0”.
btwin Rockrider 5.0: [Detailed Photos]
"btwin" is a French bicycle brand. They have been selling in India for a few years now. But till a month back, I was not at all aware of the existence of this brand. Around a month back I happened to walk into a "Landmark" store in Pune where I saw a couple of btwin models on display and on sale.
What kind of bicycle is the Rockrider 5.0?
The Rockrider 5.0 is a "Hybrid" model and one of the entry level products from btwin. By "Hybrid" it means is that it is a cross between a street bicycle and a mountain bicycle. The Rockrider 5.0 is not meant for serious mountain/off road bashing.
According to the btwin’s website, the Rockrider 5.0 is meant to be ridden basically on the street and maybe for that occasional moderate off road trails. That means it is perfect for most of our Indian roads and fitted the bill for what I was looking for.
Despite coming from a relatively unknown (so far) brand, I was impressed with the product and liked what I saw.
Things that impressed me about the Rockrider 5.0:
1. Reasonably Light in Weight:
At 14.2 Kgs, the Rockrider 5.0 is not ultra light weight compared to some expensive bicycles, but it is still reasonably light weight. Normal models (with price of around Rs. 5,000) from Indian brands like Hercucles, Hero Cycles weigh around 20 (+) Kgs, which makes the Rockrider 5.0 decently light in weight.
2. Its got 21 Gears (3 x 7):
The Rockrider 5.0 has got “Shimano Gears”, 3 at the front and 7 at the rear. That gives the Rockrider 5.0 a total of 21 gear combinations. But does one need so many gears to ride inside the city? After riding for over a week now I am happy that my bike has got these many gears. Having extra gears always help to fine tune your ride.
3. Very Good Brakes:
The brakes on the Rockrider 5.0 impressed me straight away. It might not have disc brakes but the stopping power of the brakes is no less impressive for a bicycle. The brake lever is fabricated out of aluminum and one needs just a gentle tug with 2 fingers to stop the bicycle.
4. Attention to Details:
Things like the Paint quality, Weld finish on the frame; Quality of rubber on hand grips etc. were some things that definitely helped make up my mind to go for the Rockrider 5.0.
Small details like a “Rubber Padding” on the cables where it comes into contact with the frame (to protect the cables) and a thin “Plastic strip” on swingarm (to protect the paint on the swingarm if the chain comes off the gears) impressed me.
5. Reasonably Priced:
With the kind of build quality and attention to details, at Rs. 9,999 the Rockrider 5.0 is actually a very good product available in the market. Toady a kid in my society quizzed me about the price of my Rockrider 5.0. When I told him it cost me Rs. 10,000, the kid couldn’t believe it. He had though that it was at least Rs. 15,000..!!
The kid’s Hero Cycle (with a fixed single gear) had cost him Rs. 5,000.. therefore Rs. 9,999 for the “btwin Rockrider 5.0” makes an attractive value for money proposition.
Other details about the Rockrider 5.0:
The Rockrider 5.0 has got a Sturdy Hi-Tensile Steel Frame. Steel can take heavy impacts and stress quite well and is long lasting. The only negative with steel could be that it could add to the weight. The bike gets a 3 layer paint, which explains for the good paint finish on it. The nuts and bolts of the cycle also get an Anti Rust Treatment which is impressive to say the least.
The bike has got an easy Adjustable seat so that one can easily adjust the seat height. But then it also makes it easy for miscreants to flick the seat. The Rockrider 5.0 has got a Quick Release Front Wheel which allows for you to remove the front wheel without any tools, making it easy to transport the bike in a car.
The bell which has been fitted on my bike is the cutest one that I have seen in my life, and yes it does come handy..!!
The Rockrider 5.0 also comes with a warranty of 6 months on the gears and 5 years for the frame. The slight hesitation was in the form of after sales support in terms of service and availability of parts. But the store guys promised that are committed to providing after sales support and I should not be too worried about that.
Since I was impressed for the kind of quality that I was getting for around Rs. 10,000, I decided to go for the btwin Rockrider 5.0. It has been more than a week of daily commute on my new bicycle and I so far I have enjoyed the experience.
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