One of TI Cycle's most succesful brands over the years has been Mach City. This is mainly due to the audience that these bicycles cater to, city and commuters. The iBike is the new series from Mach City which looks to simply and change the way city commuting is done.
The Mach City iBike Single Speed is equipped with a traditional steel frame. When aluminium and carbon are taking over the bicycle world, steel always has its unique characteristics. Even though this bicycle frame is on the heavier side, the classic round tubing held together by clean welds makes the riding posture near to perfect. The Mach City iBike Single Speed is available in an additional large size other than the standard size with colour variants such as yellow, white, black and red.
The Mach City iBike Single Speed proves that it is possible to make a simple no nonsense bicycle for the urban rider with the usage of steel. The stock foam saddle does feel comfortable but is far from being ergonomically designed which makes the ride uncomfortable on longer rides.
This Mach City iBike runs on 44T x 18T single speed gear ratio. This gear ratio is considered to be perfect for urban commuting on mostly flatter roads. Elevations on maybe flyovers could quite literally be an uphill task with this single speed gear ratio. The Mach City iBike Single Speed is much better mannered with changes in direction being quick and precise. On the test ride I managed to get through some much smaller gaps in traffic than I was expecting to.
In the Mach City iBike Single Speed's Alloy V-brakes, both the calipers and levers are very flexible which limits their modulation and emergency braking on wet conditions. The steel handlebar shapes in a bit to give a more upright position to the rider. The grips are of low quality and could be the first custom upgrade on this bicycle.
The 26'' x 1.95'' Ranson nylon tires is what makes this bicycle usable not only on city roads but also on flat muddy trails occasionally. The width of these tires give more stability and balance on uneven surfaces. The overall ride quality is a bit bumpy with vibrations easily transmitted from the road to the hands during a ride.
Mach City as a brand has evolved over the last few years and this new look iBike Single Speed does make heads turn, especially with the price tag, the dual size options and vibrant colour variants. The Mach City iBike Single Speed 2015 is a simple urban single speed bicycle which can be put to rough use and could also come in handy on flat muddy trails. We would like to thank The Cycle Store, Chennai for providing us with this bicycle for the review.