The Roadeo range of bicycles from Hercules have become a popular name associated with variety and affordability, over the last couple of years. These bicycles are primarily aimed to grab the attention of teenagers, in school. However, this year with the introduction of a wider range of bicycles with more options in sizing, Hercules has expanded its target group for the Roadeo series, extending it to adults as well. We got the opportunity to test ride the Hercules Roadeo Motoroid (2017) and here is what we thought.
The Hercules Roadeo Motoroid has been made using an alloy frame. Alloy makes a frame sturdy, durable and lightweight. When it comes to MTBs, being lightweight is a plus point in terms of handling on trails. The bicycle is the first of its kind to house a Quattro Shock Absorber. The rear suspension did work impressively well to absorb shocks from riding on uneven and bumpy surfaces. The Hercules Roadeo Motoroid comes with a Threadless, Oversized Alloy Suspension Fork, enabling greater downhill capability and control.
The Hercules Roadeo Motoroid has been spectacularly designed, keeping in tone with the expected cool graphics that Roadeo bicycles have become known for, yet, there is an underlying simplicity and classy aesthetic feel that comes to mind when you see the bicycle. The bicycle is available in two color variants - a grey with orange highlights and a matte black with blue highlights.
The Hercules Roadeo Motoroid is a 21-speed MTB and comes equipped with a Shimano TZ-30 front derailleur and a Shimano TZ-35 rear derailleur, whose shifting is controlled by Shimano EF-51 trigger shifters. Given the price point of the bicycle, the gearing components come as a surprise and are a bit of a let down. At this price point, one would expect to see either Atlus or Acera, even if it were in combination with a Tourney front derailleur. When on the test ride, the shifting was found to be precise with no lag in shifting. The transmission was evident with every shift, and overall, the gearing on this bicycle was effective and seamless. However, the bicycle comes with a Shimano C.I Deck, that measures and displays the speed of the bicycle and the distance travelled.
The Hercules Roadeo Motoroid comes equipped with oversized 180mm rotor disc brakes in the front and the rear which are connected to Shimano Easy Fire EF-51 Brake levers. This adds another ‘feather in the hat’ for this bicycle, housing the largest disc brakes ever embedded on a bicycle, in India”. The stoppage power was adequate, and brought the bicycle to a complete stop with little efforts. The braking will work effectively in wet and dry conditions alike.
The XMR Oversized handlebar enables an ‘open-chested’ comfortable riding position. Wide handlebars ensure good control over the bicycle, and superior maneuverability in tight or crowded riding conditions.
The Hercules Roadeo Motoroid comes equipped with 26” x 2.125” nylon MTB tires, that are fit onto Double-Walled XMR alloy rims. The grip offered by the tires, enable the rider to take sharp, close turns safely and with ease.The treading on the tires enable the bicycle to tackle harsh riding surfaces without a hassle.
The soft PU XMR saddle is comfortable, and well equipped to handle commutes and leisure rides.
The Roadeo Motoroid is an alloy framed MTB with an MTB suspension fork and rear suspension. This bicycle is a crossover between an MTB and a motor bike and is ideal for teenagers and young adults looking to ride on rough dirt paths and mountain trails. The bicycle is said to handle downhills on trails with extreme precision. This is a great bicycle for aspiring riders who want to get into challenging mountain riding. Additionally, it houses India's largest disc brakes embedded onto a bicycle, and is equipped with Quattro Shock Absorbers!