Bike Ark is a new Indian bicycle brand in the market and started off with fixed gears bicycles. The stylish design and custom colour options were unique to the fixie market in India. Recently Bike Ark launched their hybrid series of bicycles with multiple colour and size options. We got the opportunity to test ride the Bike Ark Cruz and here is what we thought.
The Bike Ark Cruz is built around a Hi-Ten steel frame. The frame geometry is very simple and focuses completely on comfort. Yes, steel is a heavier component but the usage and design of the tubes has made this bicycle competitive in weight and not difficult to pedal on climbs.
This is a rigid hybrid bicycle with no front suspension fork. The steel fork is bladed in shape and doesn’t add any extra weight to the bicycle. The lack of a suspension will be felt only when riding over really bad roads and non-tar surfaces. If your ride is going to be majorly on flat roads then this frame and forks are responsive and strong.
This is the department in which Bike Ark has always excelled in from the beginning. The Cruz hybrid, which I test rode came in a full black frame with a shiny gloss finish and white graphics in a few places The Gold Mag rims at the front and back wheels add an enormous amount of aesthetic appeal to the Cruz.
This is Bike Ark’s first every multi-speed bicycle and is equipped with a Shimano Tourney TZ30 in the front and Shimano TZ50 at the rear. Even though Tourney is the most basic gearing system in Shimano’s Hybrid/MTB hierarchy, these derailleur components are from the latest Tourney range, which is not offered in most of the competitor hybrid in this price range. The shifting was smooth and no lag experienced during the test ride.
The Power high performance caliper brakes on the Cruz was not the most powerful but did the job well on flat roads and at moderate speeds. Sudden braking isn’t the quickest in stopping. Normal V-brakes as found on standard hybrids would have been a better component for braking performance. Do watch out for any change in braking components in the near future.
The 600mm riser handlebar was perfect in length and gave the rider an upright riding posture.
The Kenda 700x35c tires on the Cruz were fast rolling and perfectly suitable for urban roads. Both fast corners and quick maneuvering in traffic felt safe. The stock saddle on this bicycle was ergonomically designed and keeps the rider comfortable and soreness free on urban roads. The overall ride quality was comfortable.
This hybrid bicycle is comfortable to ride with smooth and precise gear shifting. The dual colour shade with deep dish and mag wheel rims enhance the aesthetic appeal of this bicycle. The 2 frame sizes and 2 colour options are positive to this hybrid. Priced at Rs.17,999(as on 3rd December 2018) the Bike Ark Cruz is an ideal choice for anyone looking to buy a bicycle for urban commuting, fitness rides and occasional long weekend rides.