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Mach City is a popular brand of city bicycles. One of TI Cycles most successful brand name, Mach City is slowly becoming a household name for cycles. From the BSA Mach 22 bicycles to the iBike, this brand has come a long way. The newest addition to the iBike family is the Mach City iBike HT (2017). We got the opportunity to test ride this bicycle and here is what we thought.
The Mach City iBike HT 2017 is built on a full steel frame. This is the same as the iBike rigid. The comfort frame geometry makes sure the body posture of the rider is perfect for a relaxed ride. The good thing about this frame is that, the weight of this steel frame is not felt during the ride. This is very important for a cycle that is meant for all age groups to ride in the city. The fork in the iBike HT 2017 is a suspension threadless fork. The main difference in threaded and threadless is the stiffness. Threadless setups offers a stiffer setup than threaded. Threaded usually also more aesthetically pleasing, but threadless is more practical as it makes the swapping of stems and bars easier. The suspension worked minimally but it did give a little extra comfort while riding over speed breakers.
The design on the iBike HT 2017 is simple and elegant. The welded edges on the frame looked neat. The tubing is neither rounded nor squared. The edges of the tubes were shaped well which enhanced the looks of this bicycle. The HT 2017 which I test rode came in a full black colour. The HT comes in only 1 colour variant. The gloss paint job was perfect. The suspension fork which was also in full black blended perfectly with the bicycle.
The Mach City iBike HT 2017 is a single speed bicycle. The chain, cassette and cranks are the same as the iBike Single speed rigid fork. This bicycle comes with a 44T cotterless chain wheel and 17cm crank. Many older bicycles use wedge-shaped fasteners called "cotters" to hold the cranks onto the bottom bracket axle. These cotters have a nut to hold them in place after they have been driven or pressed in. They can be difficult to remove, especially if they have been in place for a long time. The iBike HT has gone cotterless which means the axle is integrated making it easy to remove and repair in the future. The pedaling was smooth and wasn’t too difficult to accelerate on city streets.
The stopping power on the Mach City iBike HT 2017 is taken care by a pair of V-brakes. These are standard brakes which are found on bicycles at this price. These brakes worked well during the test ride and came to a halt quickly on both wet and dry conditions. The brake levers were alloy and were placed at a comfortable position. I could easily engage them with just three fingers. The steel handlebar on the HT has a slight raise which made sure the riding posture was comfortable.
The Mach City iBike HT 2017 rolls on a pair of 26inch x 1.95inch highly durable nylon tires. These tires are great for the price of this bicycle. The treads were identical to what one would find on entry level MTB’s. These treads helped me ride through bad roads and wet conditions in the city with ease.
The comfortable foam saddle on the HT 2017 is slightly wider than the previous iBike models. This is a good thing as moving on the saddle was safe and comfortable. The material of the saddle was slippery smooth and according to the material of the clothing one wears it could become uncomfortable.
This bicycle remind us of the simplicity of cycling. This non complicated bicycle was easy to pedal around inside the city and is best suited for commuting and fitness rides. With a strong steel frame, heavy treaded tires, riding on bad roads is going to be a fun experience. The inclusion of a front suspension is useful but there was no major change in the ride quality as the suspension travel was very minimal and hard. The Mach City iBike HT 2017 is best suited for anyone looking to buy their first bicycle on a tight budget for riding in the city.