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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. We go the opportunity to test ride the Firefox Tremor V 29er and here is what we thought.
The hardtail alloy frame on the Tremor 29 comes with a triangular top tube and a rounded bottom tube. The top tube is slightly slanted and makes the rider position comfortable. The chunky bottom tube can take in quite a bit of vibration from the surface. The neatly curved bottom tube, which is seen disconnected from the top tube makes for equal weight distribution on the frame while 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 blue frame with white and green graphics. The gloss paint job quality was top notch and makes the frame sparkle. This frame’s tubes are designed in a way to look sleek and this enhances the aesthetics of the frame. The white suspension fork is a good contrast in colour to the blue frame. The brand and model names are mentioned in a bold and clear manner.
The gearing on the Firefox Tremor 29 is taken care of by Shimano Tourney at the front and Shimano Acera at the rear. The mix and match combination of Shimano derailleurs gives good performance while keeping the price of the bicycle at check. During the test tide the derailleurs worked smoothly with less noise. The Shimano EF500 shifters were easy to operate and in a comfortable hand position.
The Tremor 29 comes with V brakes at the front and rear. These V brakes weren’t the best for fast trails and cornering. Brakes were a bit sluggish, especially in turns. For the price at which this bicycle comes at it is fair to expect mechanical disc brakes so the brakes are a disappointment.
The 660mm Zoom handlebar gives the rider full control of the bicycle and the 31mm raise makes the riding posture comfortable.
The Tremor 29 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 and also faster rolling speeds over rocks and mud on the trails. The double walled alloy rims significantly contribute towards keeping the wheelset lighter and in turn reducing the overall weight of this bicycle. The ride quality of this bicycle was fast and comfortable on muddy trails.
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. Apart from the average braking performance the gears and suspension work well, making the ride quality smooth. The Firefox Tremor 29 V priced at Rs.21,800 is an ideal choice for anyone looking to buy a 29er MTB for beginner level trail riding.