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Format is a Russian brand that is gaining popularity in the Indian market for well performing bicycles at a great price point, that is well suited to cyclists across all age groups. We got to review their entry-level MTB the Format Typhoon, read on for our thoughts.
The Format Typhoon has been made using a Hi-Ten steel frame. While steel does add to the weight of the bicycle, it ensures that the bicycle is durable. The geometry of the frame enables a comfortable upright riding position. The frame houses a mounting option for a single bottle holder. Additionally, it has mounting options for mudguards in the front and rear. The bicycle comes with a side stand. This bicycle is available a single sizing option - 18.5”.
This bicycle comes equipped with an entry-level Hi-Ten front suspension fork. This suspension fork worked well enough to absorb vibrations felt from rugged, bumpy terrains. This bicycle will be ideal for usage on rough urban roads, and flat mud trails or mud roads.
The Format Typhoon is a neatly designed bicycle. The paint finish appeared to be of top quality; additionally minimal branding and decals enhanced the aesthetic appeal, while making this bicycle look sleek and eye-catchy. The bicycle we test rode came in a primary red with black and white decals and branding. This bicycle is available in 4 colour options - Red/Black/White, Black/Blue/Orange, Matt Black/Blue/Green and Black/White/Gray/Red. This is a very impressive range of colour options by Format for an entry-level bicycle.
The Format Typhoon is a 21-Speed bicycle that is equipped with Shimano Tourney front and rear derailleurs, and Shimano ST-EF41 Shifters. This componentry is fairly standard when it comes to entry-level bicycles in this price range. The derailleurs worked smooth, enabling efficient shifting. The shifters are well placed and functioned crisply, enabling quick and responsive transmission.
The Format Typhoon comes equipped with Disc Brakes at the front and rear The brakes worked efficiently, ensuring powerful braking while staying stable. Both Interval braking and abrupt braking felt stable and safe. The Brake Levers were placed well within reach, requiring only two or three fingers to operate. The brake levers required only a light pull to ensure effective braking. These brakes work effectively on both wet and dry surfaces.
The Format Steel flat handlebar on the Format Typhoon ensures a comfortable ‘open-chested’ riding position. The width of the handlebar enables enhanced stability on rugged flat trails and rough surfaces. However, I feel that the handlebar grips could do with a bit more cushioning to provide that extra comfort while handling the bicycle on rugged surfaces.
The Format Typhoon comes equipped with 26” x 1.95” tires that are attached to Format AL6061 rims. The tires are well treaded, providing additional stability and grip when on uneven surfaces. When tested on a smooth surface, the tires were fast rolling with enough traction to provide stability in wet riding conditions and on turns. The wheels do not have a Quick Release option, which could be slightly time consuming when tackling a puncture while on a ride. Though, I would not view this as a significant hindrance given the specs and price point of this bicycle.
The Format SQL saddle on this bicycle was well-cushioned and wide enough to comfortably accommodate one’s sit bones. Additionally, the seat post has a quick release option, making adjusting the height of the saddle easier on the go. The overall ride quality was smooth and satisfactory for an urban-focused leisure MTB.
The Format Typhoon is an ideal bicycle for beginners looking for an MTB to ride primarily on roads, with occasional off-road riding on rugged urban roads or mud paths and flat trails. People looking for a bicycle for fitness rides and commuting on a regular basis can also use this bicycle.
Prices are subject to change by the brand, without due notice.