Firefox is an Indian bicycle manufacturer with a fleet of models for various riding purposes and all kinds of riders. This brand has seen a flux of new releases over the last couple of months. The latest batch of newly released bicycle models has a mix of Hybrids and MTB’s. From this we got the opportunity to test ride the Firefox Bronco 27.5D and here is what we thought.
Weight: 15.6 kgs
The Firefox Bronco 27.5D is built using a strong hardtail Alloy frame. This frame has a slanting top tube which gives extra stand over clearance for the rider. This helps when riding on bumpy trails and roads with lots of up’s and down’s. The tubes are bulky with top and bottom tubes fused near the headset to give strength to the frame for taking hard hitting of the surface.
This is a hardtail MTB and comes with a front suspension fork. The Zoom suspension fork comes with a 80mm travel which was perfect for moderate trails and rough roads.
The bicycle which I test rode came in a full Grey frame with Yellow and Red as secondary colours for the text and graphics. The matte finish paint job was of superior quality giving a smooth finish. The graphic design was simple yet elegant and the bright and dark colour combinations were contrasting and aesthetic.
This hardtail MTB is equipped with Shimano Tourney at the front and Altus at the rear. These gears are entry and mid-level in the Shimano MTB hierarchy and they proved their efficiency during the test ride with smooth gear transmissions. The 21-Speed Shimano Altus EF500 trigger shifters were easy to use and in reach from the handlebar grips.
Tektro’s Aries Mechanical Disc brakes handle the stopping power on the Bronco 27.5D. These brakes were quick to respond on both dry and wet surfaces. These brakes from Tektro are a good bargain as a component for a MTB at this price and make the trail ride safer.
Zoom Alloy 640mm handlebar was wide and perfectly suited for fast trails and urban roads.
The Kenda 27.5” x 2.125” tires in the Firefox Bronco 27.5D are heavily treaded and this helps in rolling over rough surfaces easily. The treads are spread out in a uniform manner and helps get enough traction even on fast turns. The stock Firefox Saddle was shaped perfectly but could have had slightly more cushioning for better comfort.
This hardtail MTB has extra standover clearance thanks to its slanting top tube. The Tourney/Altus 21-Speed derailleurs are smooth in transmission. Tektro’s Aries Mechanical Disc brakes are powerful enough for fast paced rides on trails. The 27.5” Kenda tires are both fast rolling and heavily treaded to provide enough traction on wet and dry surfaces. Priced at Rs.22,200 (as on 8th April 2019) the Firefox Bronco 27.5D is an ideal choice for anyone looking to buy an MTB to be ridden on flat trails and urban roads.
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