Cookies and Privacy

By visiting and using our website, you are consenting to our use of cookies in accordance to our Cookie Policy.

Login to Your Account | ChooseMyBicycle.com

Guest Login

Enter Your Details to Continue as Guest

Please enter a valid Email
Please enter a Mobile Number

An account exists with this Email Address. Click here to continue your shopping.

Btwin Rockrider 520 (2016) : ChooseMyBicycle.com Expert Review

Price: 25,999
Vishnu Sharma
Vishnu Sharma Bicycle Expert

Introducing Vishnu, our dedicated Cycling Enthusiast with a long journey of riding and crafting expert bicycle reviews exclusively for ChooseMyBicycle. With an avid passion for Cycling and an unwavering commitment to staying at the forefront of Bicycle Technology, Vishnu's insightful reviews are your trusted companion in making informed choices for your next ride.

Click Here
Mountain Bike Mountain Bike
Btwin Rockrider 520 (2016) Review


Technical Specifications

Btwin Rockrider 520 (2016) : ChooseMyBicycle.com Expert Review

Btwin Rockrider 520 (2016) Review

Rockrider series from Decathlon can definitely have the pride of increasing the number of trail riders in India. With the rigorous expansion of Decathlon stores across India, the future looks bright for Btwin bicycles.

Btwin Rockrider 520 (2016) : ChooseMyBicycle.com Expert Review A muscular, performance oriented hardtail MTB with high level componentry at a competitive price point
Overall Product
Value for Money

Things We Like

  • High performing XCR front suspension fork
  • Top notch hydraulic disc brakes
  • Perfect handler shape and length

Things We Don't Like

  • Gear shift lag on climbs
  • Shorter index shifter
  • Slower tires due to bigger treads
Btwin Rockrider 520 (2016) Frame, Fit and Comfort

The Btwin Rockrider 520 2016 uses a reinforcing curve at the head tube instead of a chunky gusset. Its aluminium tubes are burly, with the down tube flaring wide at the head tube for maximum stiffness and drop-off resistance. A cursory glance might peg it as a shorter and slacker angled budget hardcore MTB but it isn't. It does have a trail-centre friendly big bar, but it uses cross-country angles and has a roomy reach. There are eyelets for a rear rack and/or mudguards which are easily accessible making the Rockrider 520 2016 ideal for dual use as a weekday work bicycle as well.

The fork in the Rockrider 520 2016 is the XCR 100mm with lockout feature, like you get on MTB's costing a couple of thousand rupees more. At this price point, when most MTB's are ruled by randomly rebounding fork sticks, this XCR fork is a steal.

Btwin Rockrider 520 (2016) Frame, Fit and Comfort Ideal Frame for Daily Commute and Off-Roading
Btwin Rockrider 520 (2016) Design

The Rockrider 520 2016 is a prime example of how a simple design can be elegant and classy. The frame is shaped perfectly for the challenging trails including the exceptional control required on downhills. The paint job is neat with minimal graphics just enough to get the model name across to the rider's view. The huge Btwin sticker which is slapped on the down tube is always a good thing as most brands now-a-days lose out on portraying the brand name across the bicycle while sacrificing them for a flashy paint job.

Btwin Rockrider 520 (2016) Design Elegant and Classy Design
Btwin Rockrider 520 (2016) Gearing

Drivetrain-wise, the Btwin Rockrider equips a Shimano Acera rear derailleur with a clunky but very efficient crankset and Shimano X50 derailleur up front. Shifting was perfect throughout the test ride. A minor setback on the gearing department was the quick gear shifts whilst on a climb where there was an obvious delay in the speed change to take effect. The shifters were placed conveniently as close as possible to the handlebar grip. The index finger shifter could have been slightly longer as it left me reaching out quite a bit to get to the shifter.¾

Btwin Rockrider 520 (2016) Gearing Perfect Shifting
Btwin Rockrider 520 (2016) Brakes and Steering

The Tektro Auriga Comp brakes on the Btwin Rockrider 520 2016 are among the best budget hydraulic disc brakes on the market. They don't offer much lever modulation and they will take a few big descents to bed in and start performing at their best, but they are almost scarily powerful if you are not used to hydraulic discs. So start slow and experiment a bit with the braking in your neighborhood before hitting the trails.

The perfectly long handlebar is not just good if you are cruising along but as the terrain got more technical with the length and shape showing it mantle giving exceptional control especially on rough downhills. And the stand out white colour of this handlebar just takes the looks of the bicycle to the next level.

Btwin Rockrider 520 (2016) Brakes and Steering Best Budget Hydarulic Disc Brakes in the market
Btwin Rockrider 520 (2016) Ride Quality

The Rockrider 520 2016 runs on the Kenda 26'' tires with double-walled rims. I ran the tires softer than usual, and the meaty square edge tread pattern meant that this resulted in slower speeds as well as slightly more comfort and traction —– the slower pace was particularly noticeable on long steady climbs.

This MTB does have the capability of giving a comfortable trail ride. It picks up the pace well and isn't twitchy, even over steppy sections. Where it makes your mouth go dry is on steep rollover drops, which will feel more precipitous than they actually are.

Btwin Rockrider 520 (2016) Ride Quality Capability of giving a comfortable trail ride

French superstore giant Decathlon sells their bicycles at prices that must make other manufacturers get on the backseat. Also by cutting out the middle man and selling directly at Decathlon stores does make the buying experience of Btwin much better. The Btwin Rockrider 520 2016 is a formidable hardtail MTB which can handle the trails safely for you, if you are a first timer on the muddy terrains. The 520 Rockrider will also not budge to being comfortable when used as an occasional commuter inside the city. And such good specs in this competitive price point makes the Btwin Rockrider 520 a front runner in the 2016 MTB range in India.

Prices are subject to change by the brand, without due notice

Found this review useful?

Connect With Our Expert

Customize Your Accessories Pick by speaking to our Bicycle Expert

Enter Valid Email Address
Please enter your 10-digit mobile number
Enter A Message For Our Experts To Help You

Preferred Communication

Transfering To Payment Gateway

Thank You

We've Got Your Message. Our Expert Would Contact You In Sometime. Have A Nice Day.

Get A Sweet Deal

Want a sweet deal on a product? Reach out to us!

Sweet Deal
Talk to Our Experts