When you talk about the Performance Bicycle segment in India, there are only a few brands that come to mind and one of the leading ones in that is Firefox. It has maintained its position as one of the most aspirational Bicycles for kids, and a great offering for adults who want more from their Bicycles. We got the opportunity to test ride the Firefox Gypsy and here is what we thought.
Weight: 14.8 kgs
The Firefox Gypsy is built on a full Alloy frame. This frame is well designed, sturdy and lightweight. The ergonomics on the Gypsy is comfort focused. You will find yourself in a relaxed riding posture, which ensures that you are in an ideal position for balanced riding. The frame has circular tube profiles across the frame sections with smooth welds. This results in optimizing strength at the key joints, while minimizing weight where larger tubing is not required. The stock front suspension forks come with a 40mm travel and is ideal to tackle bumps and speed breakers.
The Firefox Gypsy is a sleek hybrid. The frame design and tube profiles along with smooth welds, translates to the Gypsy being a good looking hybrid. The Bicycle which I test rode came in a Mustard primary colour and Black as the secondary colour for graphics and text. The gloss finish paint job was top notch in quality.
The 21-speed drivetrain on the Gypsy is a combination of a 3-Speed Microshift as the front derailleur, and a 7-Speed Microshift as the rear derailleur. Shifting was good across gears, with hardly any lags felt during the test ride. This gear combination is ideal and expected for the purpose of this Bicycle. The drivetrain is controlled by Microshift TS38 shifters, which were responsive and easy to easy to shift. Unlike Shimano shifters, these Microshift shifters come with 2 thumb shifters and no index shifter.
The Gypsy comes with standard V-brakes. These brakes had decent stopping power and felt balanced to use when even jamming them. The levers were lengthy and had an easy spring action which made it possible to operate using just 2 or 3 fingers. These V-brakes are as good as any basic Mechanical Disc brakes.
The 610mm handlebar is attached to a single screw lean stem. The adjustable quill stem is a useful feature which enables the rider to change the angle of the handlebar to an aggressive or comfortable position. The rubber grips had no perforation and felt hard causing a lot of friction on the palms on longer rides.
The Gypsy rolls on a pair of 700x38c stock tires that are fixed on to double walled Alloy rims. The treading and size of the tires were ideal for city commuting and long rides. The rolling resistance was fast and the tread pattern provided enough traction on wet roads as well. The stock Firefox saddle had enough cushioning to give the rider a soreness free riding experience.
This is a Hybrid Bicycle with a comfortable Alloy frame which is easy to accelerate and to ride on gradual inclines. The rounded tube profile with a gloss finish paint job made the Bicycle look simple yet elegant. The ride quality was enhanced by an impressive Microshift 21-Speed drivetrain and functional V-brakes. Priced at Rs.24,000(as on 7th October 2021), the Firefox Gypsy is an ideal choice for anyone looking to by a Bicycle for fitness rides and daily commutes.
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