Hero is one of India’s largest bicycle manufactures and a well-known name worldwide. Hero has recently forayed into various sub-brands with different riding purposes. The Sprint Pro series of bicycles are urban MTBs for rough and smooth road riding. We got the opportunity to test ride the Hero Sprint Pro Spark 26T and here is what we thought.
The Hero Sprint Pro Spark 26T is built on a full steel frame. This hardtail frame has a slanting top tube and easy reach to the handlebar. This geometry made the riding posture comfortable and not too aggressive. While the steel frame is heavy and not the easiest to accelerate, the positive is its strength and ability to handle rough patches. For the price of this bicycle, steel instead of alloy was a let down.
The suspension fork on the Spark 26T are an inverted one which is fairly new to the Indian market. The travel on the fork was minimal and not the smoothest. It was just sufficient enough for absorbing vibrations from smaller bumps and speed breakers.
This hardtail urban MTB which I test rode came in a full black frame with yellow as the secondary colour. The design was bold and simple, the Black/Yellow combination was a good contrast. The matte finish paint job was of great quality for the price of this bicycle. The fork, handlebar, grips, rims were all perfectly colour coded and definitely enhanced the aesthetics of this bicycle.
Shimano’s TZ series derailleurs are used at the front and rear as gears on the Spark 26T. These entry-level derailleur components are a recently launched version of the Tourney from Shimano. These 21-Speed derailleurs along with EF-500 shifters worked well during the test ride with smooth shifting and hardly any lags.
The stopping power on the Spark 26T is handled by a Mechanical Disc brake at the front and a SunRun V-Brake at the rear. This disc/V-Brake combination is generally used for cost reduction. Both these brakes felt balanced and safe to use on wet and dry roads. For the price of this bicycle dual disc brakes is what I expected to see.
The steel 660mm handlebar was comfortable and lengthy to provide a open chested riding posture.
The DSI 26” x 2.1” MTB tires were heavily treaded with a uniform tread pattern. These fast-rolling tires provided good traction on fast turns and muddy surfaces during wet and dry conditions. The stock comfort PU saddle on the Spark was not the most ergonomic in design but has enough cushioning to keep the rider sore free.
This bicycle has a comfortable riding posture thanks to its simple frame geometry and wide handlebars. The matte finish paint job and flashy graphics made this bicycle look aesthetic. The smooth gearshifts and the heavily treaded tires contributed towards a comfortable ride over rough and smooth surfaces. At Rs.14,450(as on 22nd November 2018) for the Hero Sprint Pro Spark 26T, steel frame instead of alloy , minimal suspension travel and lack of rear disc brakes were a let-down in performance. This is an ideal bicycle for riding on rough and smooth urban roads.
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