Firefox's strength has always been their hardtail MTB range. Known for being performance focused and value for money, the MTBs from Firefox are always considered a great choice for a trail riding. Not just entry-levelMTB's, Firefox also has an impressive line up of high-end bicycles built for the toughest of trails. One such bicycle is the Firefox Maximus D 29er. We got the opportunity to test ride this bicycle and here is what we thought.
The Firefox Maximus D 29er is built on a strong alloy hardtail frame. This frame is built for performance on the trails. The slanted top tube allows for the rider to tuck in their knees during drops so as to balance the bicycle. The tubes are welded smoothly and the alloy material has been used in perfect proportion on parts of the frame, which could experience maximum impact from the surface of the trail.
The SR Suntour XCT front suspension fork made a huge difference in absorbing vibrations of the surface during the test ride. The 100mm travel was sufficient and delivers as promised on rough trails. The hydraulic suspension lockout is a handy feature to go faster on flatter surfaces.
The bicycle I test rode came in a full black frame with white and grey secondary colours. The heaxagonal prints on both the top tube and bottom tube give a refreshing new outlook to the frame. These hexagon prints are inspired from the Firefox Rapide 21s hybrid bicycle in which these prints were first featured. The colour-coded saddle and suspension fork enhance the aesthetics of the Firefox Maximus D 29er. This hardtail MTB also comes in a Grey/Orange colour variant.
Being a performance focused hardtail MTB it is important for the gears to assist in controlling the speed and acceleration for the rider. The Firefox Maximus D 29er comes equipped with Shimano Tourney at the front and Shimano Acera M360 at the rear. The Shimano Tourney as the front derailleur is an entry-level component but the Acera at the rear compensates for it by being super quick in gear transmissions. The 3 x 8 (24 speed) drivetrain gives that extra bit of speed needed for those fast paced trail rides. The Shimano EF500 shifters were easy and comfortable to use.
The Tektro mechanical disc brakes at both the front and back worked well during the test ride. The quick reaction and balanced braking makes cornering and sudden stops safe. From Promax disc brakes in the lower end Firefox MTBs to Tektro in the Maximus is quite the upgrade considering the price of this bicycle. The Shimano brake levers were in close reach and can be used with 2/3 fingers.
The Zoom alloy 660mm flat handlebar is wide enough to give the rider full control of the bicycle during fast drops. The slight 20mm raise makes the riding posture comfortable.
The Kenda 29” x 2.1” MTB tires helped in 2 things: One is the large wheelbase making it easy to roll over rocks on trails and the second is the heavy rubber treads which gave great traction on muddy surfaces. For serious MTB riders looking to race on trails, going tubeless could be a decent upgrade.
The stock saddle on the Firefox Maximus had enough cushioning where it is most needed but an ergonomic design would have made the saddle even more comfortable. The overall ride quality was comfortable on muddy trails.
This hardtail MTB is built for performance and it does deliver. The perfectly engineered frame, reactive disc brakes and high performing front suspension fork makes this a bicycle ready to tackle those tough trails. Priced at Rs.27,500 the Firefox Maximus D 29er is best suited for anyone who is looking for a reasonably priced hardtail MTB for beginner level competitive trail riding.