A brand that has gained immense popularity for its wide range of value for money bicycles that are durable, Firefox has become an established brand in the Indian market. We got to review the Firefox Aztec 27.5D, a 21-Speed mid-level MTB designed for women, read on for our thoughts on the bicycle.
Weight: 14.8 kgs
Category: Performance/ Fitness
The Firefox Aztec 27.5D has been made using a hardtail Alloy frame. This makes the bicycle lightweight and durable. The bicycle has a downward sloping top tube, which makes it specifically suited to women riders. The geometry of the frame ensures a comfortable, upright riding position. The quality of the welding is evident from the smooth work on the joints of the frame. A women specific frame design enables easier mounting and dismounting. Furthermore, internal cabling makes for added performance and lesser risks while on a trail.
This bicycle comes equipped with a Suntour XCT Suspension fork with 100mm travel and hydraulic lockout. The suspension works well to absorb shocks felt from rugged terrain and will handle well on intermediate-level trails. The frame has the provision for a water bottle cage to be mounted. It also has provision for a rear pannier rack. This bicycle is available in a single frame size of 15.5”.
The Firefox Aztec 27.5D has been designed to appeal to a wide audience. The bicycle we test rode came in a primary colour of Matte Black, with Matte Yellow and Pink decals and branding in White. The usage of bright colours on a black frame accentuated the appeal of this bicycle while adding just the right amount of ‘visual pop’. Additionally, the internal cabling enhances the overall aesthetics of the bicycle. This bicycle is available in two colour options – Matte Black/Pink/Yellow and Matte Blue/Green. The quality of the paint and paintwork appeared top-notch.
The Firefox Aztec 27.5D is equipped with a Shimano Tourney Front Derailleur and a Shimano Acera Rear Derailleur, shifting is controlled by Shimano Altus trigger shifters. The shifting was crisp and precise, and the shifters were smooth and easy to use. There was no evident lag while shifting, and the shifters required the slightest effort to function.
The Firefox Aztec 27.5D is equipped with Tektro M300 Mechanical Disc brakes. While on the test ride, the braking was efficient and responsive. Feathered braking and abrupt braking felt stable and controlled with adequate power to bring the bicycle to a stop without strain. The brake levers are well placed and require two to three fingers to operate.
The handlebar on the Firefox Aztec 27.5D is a Zoom Alloy 680mm handlebar. Being a slightly wide handlebar enables superior control and maneuverability in crowded riding conditions and control while on trails. Additionally, the positioning and width of the handlebar ensures a comfortable, upright riding position. The handlebar grips on this bicycle were comfortable with adequate grip, even for longer rides.
The Firefox Aztec is equipped with Kenda K1153 27.5” x 1.95” tires. These tires were well treaded and provided good traction on both wet and dry surfaces. The uniform treading made sure that cornering with these tires felt balanced. The wheels have quick releases, which makes it easy to fix punctures/ remove the wheels quickly.
The stock Saddle was comfortable while being wide enough to accommodate one’s sit bones. Additionally, the seat post has a quick release option, making adjusting the height of the saddle easier while on the go. The overall ride quality smooth and comfortable.
At Rs. 31,000 (As on March 28th 2019), the Firefox Aztec 27.5D is an ideal choice for women looking for a well-priced, value for money performance-focused MTB with a women-specific frame that can be used for intermediate-level trail riding.
Prices are subject to change by the brand, without due notice.