Mach City with its revamped brand image has taken the city bicycle segment by surprise as they constantly find ways to bring an urban stylish image to all their bicycles. Mach City launched their 2018 range of bicycles recently with some few retainers and some new bicycles too. We got the opportunity to test ride the Mach City iBike Hardtail (2018) and here is what we thought.
The Mach City iBike Hardtail made its debut last year. This front suspension city bicycle is built on a steel frame. The frame is stiff and has decent response on flat city roads. The frame geometry is simple and standard giving the rider a comfortable ride posture. HT in the name of this bicycle literally translates to Hard Tail, which is has a front suspension fork. The travel on this suspension fork was very minimal and was just enough to absorb a little bit of vibration off speed breakers and bumps on city roads.
Mach City have always gone with simple designs and graphics. The Hardtail came in a single colour variant last year and it is the case this year as well. The iBike HT (2018), which I test rode came in a full black frame with minimal stickers for branding and model name. The gloss paint job was simple and the all-black frame is definitely a favoured colour for a lot of riders.
Same as last year the iBike HT (2018) comes with a single-speed drivetrain. With a 44T chain wheel, this bicycle is as simple as it can get when it comes to pedalling. This good old, simple, non-complicated single-speed drivetrain was smooth to pedal on city roads but climbing on flyovers is going to need that extra push and pedalling off the saddle.
This city bicycle is equipped with V-Brakes at the front and rear. These Sypo brakes are standard and were ideal for bringing the bicycle to a halt when riding through traffic. Sudden braking isn’t the most reactive but gets the job done. The Sypo brake levers were easy to use and were at a comfortable reach from the handlebars.
The handlebar measures 580mm in length, giving the riders a comfortable riding posture and easy to maneuver through traffic. The handlebar grips were a letdown as it felt a hard and does make it a little uncomfortable on longer rides.
The Mach City iBIke HT rolls on a pair of Acer Golden 26” tires. These tires were treaded well and helped ride through the city especially on rougher patches with ease. The treads were well spread and can handle even flat muddy surfaces easily.
The Mach City Stock foam saddle isn’t the most ergonomic but it is cushioned well to keep the rider free from soreness. The overall ride quality was comfortable on city roads.
There are no significant changes in specs from the 2017 version. This single speed bicycle was simple to ride and the balanced V-Brakes made the ride safer as well. While this bicycle could have come in another lighter colour variant, the gloss black is a common favourite amongst riders. If you are someone looking for a simple city bicycle for commuting the Mach City iBike Hardtail (2018) is a great choice.
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