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 brands with a great offering for adults who want more from their Bicycle. We got the opportunity to test ride the Firefox Meteor 700C and here is what we thought.
Weight: 15 kgs
The Firefox Meteor 700C is built on a full Alloy frame. This frame is well designed, sturdy and lightweight. The ergonomics on the Meteor is the perfect combination of comfort and aggressiveness for a Hybrid. You will find yourself forward bent to an extent, which ensures that you are in an ideal position for balanced riding. The frame has a combination of circular, tapered and flat tube profiles across the frame sections. This results in optimizing strength at the key joints, while minimizing weight where larger tubing is not required.
The stock front suspension fork comes with 50mm travel which is ideal to tackle bumps and speed breakers. The suspension lock-out feature is easy to operate and makes the suspension fork rigid, thus making the ride faster on smooth surfaces.
The Firefox Meteor 700C is a good-looking Hybrid Bicycle. The frame design and eye catchy tube profiles, along with smooth welds, translates to the Meteor being an aesthetic Hybrid. The Bicycle which I test rode came in a full Dark Blue primary colour and Light Blue as the secondary colour graphics and text. The gloss finish paint job was top notch in quality.
The 21-Speed drivetrain on the Meteor is a combination of a 3-speed Microshift M22 as the front derailleur, and a 7-speed Microshift M21 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 at this price point. The drive train is controlled by Microshift TS38 shifters, which were positioned well and are easy to use.
The Meteor comes with JAK branded Mechanical Disc brakes. These brakes were solid in stopping power and felt balanced to use when even jamming them. The levers were also lengthy and had an easy spring action which made it possible to operate using just 2 or 3 fingers.
The 660mm handlebar with a 20mm raise was perfect in length for a comfortable riding posture. 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 Meteor rolls on a pair of 700x35c Compass tires that are attached 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 seems to have got a major upgrade with its performance focused centre slit design, making it ergonomic in design.
This is a Hybrid Bicycle with a comfortable Alloy frame which is easy to accelerate and also to ride on inclines. The aesthetic design with the gloss finish paint job made the Bicycle look premium. The ride quality was enhanced by an impressive Microshift 21-Speed drivetrain, suspension fork with lock-out and also JAK’s Mechanical Disc brakes. Priced at Rs.29,900 (as on 25th June 2021), the Firefox Meteor 700C is an ideal choice for anyone looking to by a Bicycle for fitness, long distance rides and daily commutes.
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