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Old 7th August 2020, 13:01   #4666
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Congrats on your new bike. We should exchange notes.
I did my usual CV Raman Nagar to Koramangala (20 km) morning ride yesterday.

And boy was I exhilarated with the bike. It's handling, responsiveness and speed. Seemed like a Sports car compared to my previous bike (single speed steel frame). The 120 fits me like a glove and I was immediately comfortable in the saddle. Only thing is I have to get used to the paddle gear shifts. But getting there slowly. The gears are smooth shifting. Also got to get used to the pedal clips.

Thanks for the advise. The bike handles so well and is so agile I literally feel like flying through traffic
You are 100% correct. This seems like a totally different machine. The gear shifts are easy once you get the hang of it. I have covered a couple of 100Km rides in the past 3 weeks without a big sweat.
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What all options you had in mind before you made up your mind to buy RC120? I had the same bike on the radar but with the Flat Handlebars. Like someone said in aforementioned post, all the good bikes are out of stock, one has to just go by the reviews and requirement to finalise one these days.
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The rest of my options were all hybrids around the 35K range: Scott SubCross 50, Ridley Cordix CX1, Trek FX 2 Disc, & Polygon Path 2. But as you said, none of them are available nearby and if so, weren't right for my size/fit. Finally, also thought I would rather go for a road, rather than the hybrid.

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what I was wondering is, are hybrid bikes susceptible to puncture and tyre blast as they say on the internet. Can it handle aggressive turns and minor potholes? what was the main sore point during your ownership period? Thanks!
I had just one puncture in all these years till now (total 3 bikes), never owned a roadie. My experience is with hybrids and MTB.

Sure it can handle aggressive turns but don't expect to put a knee down like on a track. If your route has potholes, I would suggest to go for any bike which has lockable suspension. You can use it whenever you want, turn it off when road is good.

Sore point was gear shifting. Acera and Tourney are basic entry level shifters and are not the smoothest. Also, rolling resistance was more as compared to a similar spec Montra. Montra felt far smoother to ride (Blues 1.1 rigid - specific model).
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Acera and Tourney are basic entry level shifters and are not the smoothest.
Actually, Tourney is the entry level groupset for MTBs. Next is Altus and then Acera. So, Acera is actually a mid-level groupset for enthusiasts and quite smooth shifting.

Tourney < Altus < Acera < Alivio < Deore

For pros, it starts from SLX and goes all the way to XTR Di2.
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Montra felt far smoother to ride (Blues 1.1 rigid - specific model).
It's incredible how this obscure entry level hybrid keeps coming up years after it was launched. I owned a Montra Blues for 1.5-2 years before I upgraded to a road bike. The Blues was fast, versatile, no nonsense and the guy who bought it off me, still rides it and hasn't faced any problems. I consider it a really good entry level cycle, that punches way above the money it takes to buy.
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Actually, Tourney is the entry level groupset for MTBs. Next is Altus and then Acera. So, Acera is actually a mid-level groupset for enthusiasts and quite smooth shifting.
Well, my experience with Acera was quite average. It would get stuck quite a few times during upshifts. I took it to service but they couldn't find anything concrete. May be that specific bike had a problem, not sure.
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Well, my experience with Acera was quite average. It would get stuck quite a few times during upshifts. I took it to service but they couldn't find anything concrete. May be that specific bike had a problem, not sure.
Should be. I have an Altus groupset Cannondale MTB for 8 years now and shifting is still as smooth as it was when I bought it. Of course, I get my bike serviced periodically by quite a reputed service person. And I have ridden an MTB with Acera groupset briefly and it was much smoother than Altus.
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Sore point was gear shifting. Acera and Tourney are basic entry level shifters and are not the smoothest. Also, rolling resistance was more as compared to a similar spec Montra. Montra felt far smoother to ride (Blues 1.1 rigid - specific model).
I have Shimano 105 components on my road bike which sits just one level below the Ultrega and is supposed to be much better than the more common Claris, Sora & Tiagra groupsets.

But I find the Acera components on my hybrid much "smoother" and easier to use. I believe it's all a matter of how well the components are maintained as well as our ease / familiarity with the groupset. The general view from most cyclists I know - Acera & Altus are pretty decent groupsets to use for hybrids / MTBs.

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Actually, Tourney is the entry level groupset for MTBs. Next is Altus and then Acera. So, Acera is actually a mid-level groupset for enthusiasts and quite smooth shifting.
+1

Also there are a host of cheaper groupsets that are available on the lower end bikes (like a M50 or something) which are pretty sad.

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Thanks ash.ggn for your speedy and informative reply, what I was wondering is, are hybrid bikes susceptible to puncture and tyre blast as they say on the internet. Can it handle aggressive turns and minor potholes? what was the main sore point during your ownership period? Thanks!
It all depends on the tires - the better the puncture proof-ness, the lesser punctures you have. This is irrespective of the type of bike you ride.

As a generic measurement of tire thickness, MTB >> hybrid >> road bikes but there are a wide set of choices for each type of bike. I upgraded my road bike default tires with Schwalbe Duranos - haven't had a single puncture over 4 years. My current hybrids came with default Kenda tires, got a puncture within a week of riding. Upgraded them with Vittoria tires; it's been ~a month and 600+ kms of urban and offroad riding; zero punctures. Half a decade ago, a similar story with my MTB, upgraded tires ==> minimal punctures.

All tires will handle aggressive turns and minor/major potholes; similar logic as above applies when you start comparing. Trust you get the point.

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You are very right. Due to issues with imports I think. But I was lucky to get a Small size. I did a few test rides and found the S was much more comfortable than the M.
Look up the following products:- Ass saver (does exactly what it says ), Cateye BM45 mirror.

Get a decent floorpump. They have reversible sides for both presta and schrader valves.

Optimal pressure is based on tyre width and your weight. With 28c tires, you should start with about 80-85psi. and go from there. Don't bother with tubeless for the time being, carry some extra tubes and a mini-pump. Learn how to change tubes/fix a puncture (an essential skill).

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Not really, I do plan to use it. But if you are in the market for a used one, https://marketplace.cyclop.in/?category=indoor-trainer has some listings.
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After leaving behind the vast, open and sprawling spaces of Rajasthan, I was posted to a place that was the exact opposite. Restricted in space, bound by the hills and shrouded under the 'security' umbrella. This setting didn't exactly fit well into the entire 'cycling' scene that I was accustomed to since the past couple of years.
I was forced to think of options to keep my cycling candle burning. And I came up with options. Home Trainers are meant for exactly these situations. One can ride indoors, come rain or sunshine, within the confines of our own home. I then started scouting for one which would sit comfortably within my budget. To my surprise, I found out that the trainers were in short supply owing to the massive demand generated by the lockdown. Finding a trainer was turning out to be an exercise that could rival the 'needle in the haystack'.
During one of these online search expeditions of mine, I chanced upon an advertisement where a 'Semi Smart Home Trainer' was up for grabs. I immediately noted down the contact details and shot off a prompt message inquiring about the availability of the trainer.
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Can I please get some advice from all the experts here? I am looking to buy a hybrid bike, and am considering whether to buy from Decathlon, or buy an imported bike (Trek Fx1 looks very good- any thoughts?). One question I would lime advice on is servicing. The shops that sell foreign bikes- do they do a good job of servicing them? Do they have the expertise to service them? I'm asking because (I think) at least in Decathlon there will be good service. Please do share any experiences.
Don't buy anything that is "cheap" or has a lot of things in very little money. Buy a solid bike with very less "features" but built to last.
All the cheap bikes you will see with suspension etc are just junk. One or 2 rides and the wheels go out of round and in a few weeks the bike has something or the other broken.
If you only ride in the city go for rigid fork and anything with 21-24 gears is more than enough to get you sorted till your next upgrade in 2-3 years time

Imported cycles are priced higher. But its all down to ridiculous level of import duty. They are better built and offer much better VFM.

Montra and Firefox are some good local brands. For 15-25 range they have decent bikes. You can use them for a couple of year sell them at a discount and upgrade once you get into cycling.
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Don't buy anything that is "cheap" or has a lot of things in very little money. Buy a solid bike with very less "features" but built to last.
All the cheap bikes you will see with suspension etc are just junk. One or 2 rides and the wheels go out of round and in a few weeks the bike has something or the other broken.
If you only ride in the city go for rigid fork and anything with 21-24 gears is more than enough to get you sorted till your next upgrade in 2-3 years time

Imported cycles are priced higher. But its all down to ridiculous level of import duty. They are better built and offer much better VFM.

Montra and Firefox are some good local brands. For 15-25 range they have decent bikes. You can use them for a couple of year sell them at a discount and upgrade once you get into cycling.
Hi experts,

I will start start cycling now because can't play badminton anymore with the pandemic. Haven't done cycling since my Hero Devil 15 years back.

I get about 27k from company to buy things like bicycle and have exhausted about 10k for this year. So I'm planning to spend about 15-20k on a bike. I checked out a few bikes but two caught my eye

1. A Keysto cycle at a store nearby in Aundh which was 26T with Shimano gears etc. Both disc brakes and front suspension.

2. Another one was Kross with the same 3x7 Shimano gearset and costed 11k IIRC. 26T again with both disk brakes and front suspension.

I'm 6 feet tall and lean. Will start cycling in city to begin with. Any recommendations for me? How do the bikes I mentioned look?
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Any recommendations for me? How do the bikes I mentioned look?
The only decent brand you might get in 15-20k budget is Montra. Check Montra or Track N Trail website for dealers.

Or if you can visit Decathlon in Wagholi, they too should have some hybrid bicycles in this range.
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The only decent brand you might get in 15-20k budget is Montra. Check Montra or Track N Trail website for dealers.

Or if you can visit Decathlon in Wagholi, they too should have some hybrid bicycles in this range.
Thanks. I checked Decathlon Wagholi earlier and it's showing as closed. Should I get hybrid cycle or MTB? A local dealer suggested I get MTB even if I am going to ride in the city. I liked this one in Decathlon catalog -- https://www.decathlon.in/p/8591123/m...-mountain-bike

but if Wagholi outlet of Decathlon is closed, I'm out of options. Which model do you suggest in Montra?
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Thanks. I checked Decathlon Wagholi earlier and it's showing as closed.
At least Decathlon website shows all 3 stores in Pune as operational. Maybe you could call and check.

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