Firefox is an Indian performance bicycle brand with a wide range of bicycles and accessories for the bicycle and the rider. The majority of their bicycles and accessories are urban specific and are built for comfort. We got an opportunity to review the newly launched Oval Handlebar Mirror from Firefox and here’s what we think.
Firefox has recently launched an all-new line of cycling accessories, and have revamped the design of most of their older accessories. The Bicycle Handlebar mirror is also one of those accessories that have undergone a face-lift and thankfully, most of the flaws in their previous version have been eliminated.
The handlebar mirror now comes in two different shapes, Oval and Circular, and the oval shaped one is more road traffic oriented, as it offers a wider viewing angle and a longer range. The mirror has a convex curvature that makes it easy to reflect the traffic all around the cyclist, making it a versatile safety accessory. The casing around the mirror is made of a durable ABS/PP plastic, and the mounting strap is made of rubber, so that it can be stretched and fit-ted on handlebars of any width.
The most impressive feature of the mirror’s new design is its easy-mount rubber strap. The strap is made of a durable rubber construct that is fitted to the plastic body of the mirror. This rubber strap makes it possible to easily mount or remove the mirror in a jiffy, and makes it compatible with road bicycle, MTB and even hybrid bicycle handlebars. The mount is also ro-tatable in multiple directions, offering multiple mounting points and angles that can be adjusted as per the rider’s comfort.
The reflective surface of the mirror is intelligently designed with a shatter-proof glass layer, which saves it from most drops, falls, nicks etc. The surface is also clear enough to reflect the vehicles and traffic around the rider. However, care must be taken to ensure that the vehicles are actually closer and bigger than they appear in the mirror, and the rider must also not miss looking at oncoming traffic on the road when looking into the mirror.
A revamped design, sturdy and flexible mount, and rotatable angles makes this mirror a functional safety accessory for the urban commuter and also the long distance riders. Priced at Rs.420 (as on 12th June 2019), it is a cost-effective accessory that enhances the viewing range and safety of the rider.
Prices and Specifications/Components are subject to change by the brand, without due notice.