Cosmic a brand si growing at a fast pace with constant releases fo new models in the market. With a ever so demanding need for a better Hybrid bicycle, Cosmic has come out with their very own performance oriented Hybrid. We got the oppurtunity to test ride the Cosmic Air 2016 and here is what we thought.
The Cosmic Air comes with an alloy frame that has smooth welds at the key joints, namely near the head tube and seatpost. I must make a special mention of this as usually this level of weld quality is only found on premium, imported bicycles. This frame comes with Cosmic's 'Internal routing system', which means that the gears and brake cables are neatly tucked into the tubing. This again is a first in class for a hybrid at this price point. The frame is tubular in nature and that extends to the forks as well. The overall geometry is not very aggressive as it has been designed keeping in mind city commuters. One gripe against the frame is the weight of the bicycle, you tend to feel that it has a bit of extra weight when you decide to pedal hard and expect an immediate reaction. We rode the 'L' frame and the Test Rider was 6 foot and found it marginally small. The ergonomics and frame geometry suggests that the 'L' is ideal for Riders at from¾ 5'9'to 5'11'(max).
The Air comes with a basic entry-level road focused drive train system that comprises of SHIMANO TZ-51 for front derailleurs and SHIMANO TX-35D as rear derailleurs. These are controlled by Shimano EF-51 Trigger shifters. At this price point it is tough to spec this bicycle with a better drivetrain. The overall shifting quality is average and there are times when you would need to press harder and deeper on the triggers to shift up.
Promax Alloy V Brakes have been used on the Cosmic Air. They do the job well in city conditions and go well with the rest of the bicycle's specs.
The wide handlebars that the Cosmic Air comes with are a huge bonus. It makes the overall ride and handling extremely comfortable. This design of handlebar can be seen on a lot of MTBs.The bicycle steers well and is responsive as it should be. Urban commuters will enjoy the fact that the bicycle does not over steer and is relaxed.¾
The Cosmic Air comes with Kenda 700x35C tires on double walled rims, coupled with the well built frame, all translating to a comfortable ride. You will find that the bicycle traverses through potholes and bad roads quite well for a hybrid.¾
Cosmic bicycles have really pushed their game plan one notch up over the past two years. Their transition from primarily selling kids and teens bicycle, to an entire product line that caters to adults, has been encouraging to say the least. Their latest offering is the Cosmic Air, a no-nonsense hybrid that has what it takes to make an impact in the Indian market. Overall, the Cosmic Air is a bicycle that will make i's owner happy, both on and off the road. With i's good overall capabilities, all at an reasonable price point, the Cosmic Air is certainly a good hybrid bicycle that is ideal for riders starting out with commuting in the city. It is a good offering for those who want something more than a basic hybrid/commuter bicycle.