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The Roadeo range of bicycles from Hercules has 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. 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 Turner V (2017) and here is what we thought.
The Hercules Roadeo Turner V has been made using steel. Bicycles made from steel are sturdy and durable, but tend to be on the heavier side, as is with the Hercules Roadeo Turner V. This bicycle has a full suspension frame, where in the rear suspension works to absorb shocks felt from bumps on the road, from transferring to the saddle. The front suspension functioned reasonably well, when tested. That said, the suspension is suitable only for mild city usage, it cannot be expected to handle trails and hilly off road riding conditions.
The frame is designed with a longer rear side, to accommodate the rear suspension. The Hercules Roadeo Turner V comes with a Threadless Steel Suspension Fork with a Matte Black Finish. It is available in a single frame size.
The Hercules Roadeo Turner V has been designed keeping the preferences of teenagers in mind. The graphics on the frame are sure to attract attention while on the road. This bicycle is available in three color variants - a matte black, an azure blue and teal blue-green. The branding on this bicycle is visible on the frame, but the colors are well distributed making it a good looking bicycle.
The Hercules Roadeo Turner V is a 21-speed MTB and comes equipped with Shimano TZ-40 front and rear derailleurs, whose shifting is controlled by Shimano EF-41 trigger shifters. Given its price point, these gearing components are standard. While on the test ride, the shifting was quite smooth and fairly noiseless, the effect of the transmission, however, wasn’t too impressive when it came to performance. I felt a difference only with a jump of three gears. However, being targeted as an urban commuting and leisure oriented MTB, this will not affect its overall performance by a lot.
The Hercules Roadeo Turner V comes equipped with Power V-Brakes, controlled by Shimano Brake levers. The stoppage power was adequate for city usage. Overall, the brakes are powerful and will work well on dry and wet surfaces, though the latter might call for additional pull.
The XMR, oversized 620mm handlebar is perfect to be able to maneuver the bicycle in traffic, or crowded riding conditions. The length of the handlebar ensures a comfortable ‘open-chested’ position.
The Hercules Roadeo Turner V comes equipped with 26” x 2.125” nylon MTB tires, that are fitted onto XMR alloy rims. The treading on the tires enable the bicycle to tackle harsh riding surfaces without a hassle. Given that not all city roads are well-done, this is easily one of the bicycle’s most impressive features.
The soft PU XMR saddle is comfortable, and well equipped to handle commutes and leisure rides.
If you are in the market for an affordable, recreational MTB that can be used on harsh roads, and flat countryside trails, the Hercules Roadeo Turner V is a top choice. It’s head-turning colorful graphics has made it a popular choice with teenagers for school commutes, and weekend leisure rides.