Hero Cycles Octane range is full of performance focused bicycles for both urban roads and moderate trails. With a lot of new models released in the last few months, Octane now has a huge range of choices to select from. We got the opportunity to test ride the new Hero Octane Bonito 27.5 and here is what we thought.
Weight: 12.9 kgs
The Hero Octane Bonito 27.5 is built on a lightweight 6061 Alloy frame. This frame has thin tubes and smooth welding process which make the frame lightweight. This helps in acceleration and inclines on urban roads. The ground clearance near the bottom bracket is high which make it safe and easy to ride over bumps and speed breakers. The rigid Alloy fork is bladed, which reduces the weight at the front while taking in some amount of vibration of the surface.
The Bonito which I test rode came in a full light Blue frame with Black as the secondary colour for the text and graphics. The matte finish paint job was smooth and neatly done which made the simple colours look classy. The internal cable routing make the frame look neat and less clustered. The ass-saver saddle attached mud flap is not only useful to protect the rider from slush, it also look stylish and compact.
The Hero Octane Bonito is equipped with a smooth shifting 1x9-Speed Shimano Altus M2000 rear derailleur. The lack of front derailleur is not a negative for commutes and fitness rides as the 9 speed range is enough for quick shifts to accelerate and also for inclines. The Shimano Altus M370 9-Speed shifters were easy to shift with a clear and dynamic gear indicator.
The Logan branded Mechanical Disc brakes on the Bonito were powerful and balanced to use during the test ride. These brakes were perfect for quick stops when riding amidst traffic. The Logan brake levers were lengthy and easy to use with just 2/3 fingers.
The flat handlebar was 640mm in length with a 6 degree backsweep which made the posture comfortable for the rider.
As in the name of this bicycle the Bonito rolls on a pair of Chaoyang branded Viper 27.5” x 1.75” tires. These tires were fast rolling on city roads. The surface of the tires was smooth with barely any treading. While these tires are meant for smooth roads, some treads would have helped get additional grip on occasional rough patches. The Hyper-Fit stock Saddle was ergonomically designed for soreness free cycling on commutes and long distance rides.
This is a pure Urban bicycle with a lightweight Alloy frame and a comfortable riding posture. The 1x9-Speed Shimano Altus drivetrain was unique in this category, but shifts seamlessly. The Logan branded Mechanical Disc brakes were powerful and balanced to use. Priced at Rs.21,300(as on 8th August 2019) the Hero Octane Bonito 27.5 is an ideal choice for anyone looking to buy a bicycle for urban commutes and long distance fitness rides on smooth roads.
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