The Roadeo series from Hercules is known for its funky designs and specs. The vast range and design options every year increase the choices for the rider. The Roadeo Riot DD which I test rode is a newly launched model and here is what we thought.
The Hercules Roadeo Riot DD comes with a full steel frame. At this price, a steel frame isn’t a surprise. The tubes on this frame are chunky and the bicycle is heavy but the positives are its smooth welds and also the strength of the frame. The geometry of this frame is the perfect mix of aggressiveness and comfort. This frame comes in 17 inch and 18.5 inch sizes and will last a lifetime if maintained properly.
The Riot DD comes with a threadless front suspension fork. The forks worked well during the test ride and were functional over bumps and potholes on our city roads. The fork component however felt loose and shaky which was a bit disappointing.
The Roadeo range has been fully revamped with completely new designs and graphics. Being a newly released model, the Riot has great detailing. The welds on the tubes are smooth and the shapes of the tubes are also sharp. The bicycle which I test rode came in a grey colour with green graphics. The colour coded saddle and the full black suspension forks add to the aesthetics of this bicycle. The metallic colours and sporty fonts used ensure that this bicycle will make heads turn on the streets. The Riot DD also comes in a green/blue colour variant.
The Roadeo Riot DD is powered by a pair of Shimano Tourney derailleurs at both the front and back. These are entry level MTB gearing components and are perfect for harsh urban conditions where one needs to accelerate quickly and also to shift gears constantly. These derailleurs aren’t the fastest or smoothest to operate but at this price these components are what is expected. The Shimano EF41 21 speed trigger shifters were basic and were easy to use. They were also in easy reach of the hands from the handlebar grips.
The Riot comes in 2 variants V brakes and Disc brakes. The model which I test rode came with a pair of mechanical disc brakes. These brakes were reactive and balanced during the test ride. The brakes felt smooth and safe to operate even at high speeds. The integrated Shimano brake levers were of perfect length and required me to use only 3 fingers to engage the brakes.
The bird type XMR oversized handlebars were 600mm wide which gave the rider optimum control of the bicycle at all times. The handlebar grips were too hard with hardly any cushioning which made it uncomfortable.
The Hercules Roadeo Riot rolls on a pair of 26 inch x 2.125 inch Wanda tires. These tires were heavily treaded and easily went over potholes and bumps. Not just bad city roads but these tires can also handle flat trails with ease. The doubled walled alloy rims made the wheel set strong to enough to handle the roughest of urban surfaces.
The soft PU XMR saddle had more than enough cushioning but bulky rounded edges. The overall ride quality of the Riot DD was both balanced and smooth.
With 2 sizes and 2 colour variants the Roadeo Riot DD is no longer a bicycle just for teenagers. With great frame build and a larger frame size an adult can comfortably use this bicycle. Not just city commuting or fitness rides but, this bicycle can also handle flat trails from time to time. If you are someone looking for a bicycle, which can do it, all at an affordable price then the Riot DD is the ideal choice for you.