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 is Firefox. It has maintained its position as one of the top brands with a great offering for adults who want more from their Bicycles. We got the opportunity to test ride the Firefox Velocity 700C and here is what we thought.
Weight: 15 kgs
The Firefox Velocity is built on a full Alloy frame. This frame is well designed, sturdy and lightweight. The ergonomics on the Velocity 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 and tapered 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 Zoom front suspension fork comes with a 65mm travel and 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 flat surfaces.
The Firefox Velocity is sporty looking Hybrid. The frame design with unique and eye catchy tube profiles, along with one of the best paint jobs in the market, translates to the Velocity being a head turner on the roads. The Bicycle which I test rode came in a full Red primary colour and Black as the secondary colour graphics and text. The gloss finish paint job was top notch in quality.
The 24-Speed drivetrain on the Velocity is a combination of a 3-Speed Microshift M22 as the front derailleur, and an 8-Speed Microshift M26 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 front and rear derailleurs can be compared to performance of Shimano’s Tourney/Acera components in terms of performance and build quality. The drivetrain is controlled by Microshift’s TS39 shifters, which were positioned well and easy to use.
The Velocity comes with Tektro 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 Velocity rolls on a pair of 700x38c 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 comes with its performance focused centre slit design, making it ergonomic as well.
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 gloss finish paint job made the bicycle look premium. The ride quality was enhanced by an impressive Microshift 24-Speed drivetrain, Zoom suspension fork with lock-out and also Tektro Mechanical Disc brakes. Priced at Rs.28,900(as on 25th May 2021), the Firefox Velocity 700C is an ideal choice for anyone looking to buy a Bicycle for fitness, long distance rides and daily commutes.
Prices and Specifications/Components are subject to change by the brand, without due notice.