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Firefox’s strength has always been their MTB’s. The good mix of performance, comfort and design, all at an affordable price range has made the MTB series of bicycles from Firefox a big hit. 29er MTBs are the top most in performance MTB’s and one such bicycle is the Firefox Tremor D 29er. We go the opportunity to test ride this MTB and here is what we thought.
Weight - 15.5 kgs
Category – Leisure
The hardtail alloy frame on the Tremor D 29er comes with a triangular top tube and a rounded bottom tube. The top tube is slightly slanting and makes the rider position comfortable. The chunky bottom tube can take in quite a bit of vibration from the surface. The neatly curving bottom tube which is seen disconnected from the top tube makes for equal weight distribution on the frame when riding.
The SR Suntour front suspension fork worked well during the test ride on trails and the 75mm travel was sufficient to tackle the bumps.
The bicycle which I test rode came in a full Red frame with Black and White graphics. The matte finish paint job quality was top notch, which makes the frame look smooth and shiny. This frame’s tubes are designed in a way to look sleek and this enhances the aesthetics of the frame. The full pitch Black suspension forks goes well with the bright Red frame. The quick release on the front wheel, rear wheel, seat post and the centre mounted stand were very useful design features for the rider.
The gearing on the Firefox Tremor D 29er is taken care of by 3-Speed Shimano Tourney at the front and a 7-Speed Shimano Acera at the rear. This mix and match combination of Shimano derailleurs gives good performance and is ideal for quick shifting on inclines and for acceleration. During the test tide the derailleurs worked smoothly with very less noise. The Shimano EF500 21-Speed alloy shifters were easy to operate and at a comfortable hand position.
As in the name of this bicycle, this model of Tremor D 29er comes equipped with Tektro’s Aries Mechanical Disc brakes at the front and rear. The brakes were powerful and balanced during the test ride and made the bicycle ideal for trails and rough urban roads.
The 660mm Zoom handlebar gives the rider full control of the bicycle and the 31mm raise making the posture comfortable.
The Tremor D 29er as the name suggests rolls on a pair of 29” x 2.1” Kenda tires. These tires with the heavy rubber treading give better traction of the surface and faster rolling speeds over rocks and mud on the trails. The double walled alloy rims significantly contribute towards keeping the wheelset stronger and in turn making the wheels withstand a lot of hard hitting. The stock Firefox Saddle was the perfect mix of ergonomics and cushioning, making it comfortable for rough rides.
29ers are meant for rocky trails and this hardtail MTB with 29” tires do roll over the trails fast while being comfortable for the rider. The Tourney/Acera 21-Speed gearing and the Tektro Mechanical Disc brakes make it ideal for moderate trails. The Firefox Tremor D 29er priced at Rs.24,000 (as on 28th February 2019) is an ideal choice for anyone looking to buy a 29er MTB for intermediate trail rides and urban commuting on rough roads.
Prices are subject to change by the brand, without due notice.