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Cosmic started with manufacturing entry level MTB and simple city bicycles. The city bicycles have taken the next stop forward with Cosmic coming out with a Hybrid bicycle. We got the oppurtunity to test ride the Cosmic Shuffle 2016 and here is what we thought.
The Cosmic Shuffle 2016 has an alloy frame with a stand-out flat top tube and neatly finished surfaces making this bicycle frame look futuristic and undoubtedly stylish. The curved tube lines and joints accentuate the angles, and the surfaces catch the light beautifully. It looks cool and at the first glance it looks like it could deliver a fast and smooth ride. Nearer the truth is that it is not as light and comfortable as we expected the cycle to be.
The stock saddle is not ergonomically designed but rather is made broader with more cushion, making this bicycle uneasy for those long 2hours+ rides. But this might end up saving you the cost of a gel seat cover, if you are a fan of extra padding on the saddle.
When it comes to the gearing, again at this price range Comsic can offer nothing more than the entry level Shimano Tourney. While on our test ride, this drivetrain needed a deliberate sweep of the thumb to change into a bigger cog with the tourney shifters. There simply isn't enough gearing range for those steep hills and fast open road sections to hit top speeds with ease.
The brake levers were comfortable and confidence inspiring to grab, with the grippers positioned perfectly. Cosmic have stuck with the lightweight Alloy V-brakes to handle the stopping and they worked just fine during sudden stoppages on our test rides. Faster wearing of the brake pad rubber could be inevitable and could happen earlier than expected.
The stock handlebar position is upright and will likely suit many beginner cyclists and those looking for a more casual ride. There is room for some handlebar height adjustment. But the overall shorter length of the handlebar compromised the handling of the bicycle and made out-of-the-saddle climbing and hard cornering feel awkward. Lowering the handlebar height might remedy these issues, but lowering it won't be a comfortable position for beginner cyclists.
Even though the stiffness of the cycle did transfer the rumble of rough roads, much of this was soothed by the decently wide 700x35c tires. The double walled alloy rims were stiff and offered a reliable braking surface. Backed by this good pair of tires, balance and quick turns aren't to be worried while riding.
Quality of riding with regards to comfort is good when it comes to riding the short distances on a daily basis but can be questionable when it comes to those longer 100km weekend rides.
The Cosmic Shuffle's frame cuts and the graphic selection mean that the bicycle has an excellent look, with clean build and colour choices. Definitely a head turner and is a decent buy for a first hybrid bicycle in this price range. Sadly it's performance doesn't quite match it's looks. We would like to thank Just Buy Cycles, Chennai and Cosmic for providing us with this bicycle for the review.