Hercules has always been at the fore front of manufacturing kids and teenage bicycles. The Roadeo range from Hercules which was introduced a few years ago has completely changed the face of teenage city bicycles. Every year they came up with meaningful upgrades at a competitive price with a large collection. One such bicycle from the 2016 range is the Hercules Roadeo A75 which we have reviewed in detail.
The Hercules Roadeo A75 2016 comes with a full alloy hardtail frame. It has a simple frame geometry which looks strong, thanks to its bulkier top tubes. Even though the frame is made up of complete Alloy, the weight of the Roadeo A75 is surprisingly a bit on the heavier side. But moving to a complete alloy frame on a bicycle meant for teenagers is definitely the right step forward. The threadless steel front suspension has enough travel for bumpy city roads. During the test ride the front suspension worked well and I could feel the fork movement taking away the shocks whenever the bicycle went over a speed breaker or a pothole.
On a bicycle meant for teenagers, the design and colour graphics become much more important. The Hercules Roadeo A75 2016 has got it spot on in this department. The gloss black finish with bright orange and blue tints make the bicycle makes it flashy. The colour coded orange and blue brake and gear cables are an excellent aesthetic idea which also keeps reminding the rider on the usage of the cable depending on the colour. The Roadeo A75 also comes in a grasshopper green colour variant. The front and back plastic mudguards makes it a cool look-alike of a dirt bike. The reflector patch on the mudguards doubles up as a safety feature too.
This Roadeo A75 is powered by a 21 Speed Shimano Tourney at the front and rear. They might be the most entry level gearing component in Shimano and yes there are gear shift lags on the rear derailleurs. But for a city bicycle meant for teenagers who might be using a geared bicycle for the first time, this gearing is ideal. The Shimano Easy-Fire EF-41 thumb shifters are a good upgrade from the grip shifters. They are very quick and responsive with no discomfort to the fingers.
Yet another exciting feature on the Roadeo A75 is the mechanical disc brakes at both the front and rear. This makes for precise braking and making the ride much safer for teenagers while out on the busy city road. The brake levers are long enough and closer to the handlebar making sure there is no need for reaching out too much to engage the brake. The brake levers work smoothly with just 3-fingers on it.
The oversized handlebar is mostly straight with just a slight inward curve.¾ This makes for a slightly aggressive rider posture which helps in riding faster. The grips on this bicycle are of perfect length but could have had more cushioning or padding to it as my palms kept moving away from the grips when I started perspiring.
The 26'' x 1.25'' Nylon MTB tires are perfect for fast city riding with the width small enough to decrease the weight of the tire and increase the roll over speed on the streets. The treads on these tires were thick and well-spaced which keeps it at performing the same way even on wet conditions. A well cushioned saddle, slightly aggressive riding posture and the front suspension all make the ride quality on the Roadeo A75 smooth and fun to with no obvious discomfort to the body.
The Hercules Roadeo A75 2016 will be a guaranteed head turner on the city streets. Zipping through the neighborhood or going to school, the Roadeo A75 does it all in style. It is a good bicycle for any teenager who also wants to experience a bit of off-road cycling with features like the front suspension and disc brakes. All this at a very competitive price (Rs.12,750) and a choice you wonÈt regret.