One of T.I Cycles most successful brand names, Mach City has grown immensely in terms of popularity with the masses looking for an affordable city bicycle. From the initial line of BSA Mach 22 bicycles to the iBike, this brand has indeed come a long way. The brand has a 2018 range that includes a single speed and 7-Speed iBike, designed specifically for women. We got the opportunity to test the Mach City iBike W 7 Speed, and here is all you need to know about this bicycle.
The Mach City iBike W 7 Speed (2018), has been made using a traditional steel frame. While steel is known to be on the heavier side, the design of this bicycle and the welding on the frame contributes towards reducing the overall weight of this bicycle. The bicycle has a downward sloping top tube which makes it specifically perfect to women riders. The geometry of the frame ensures a comfortable, upright riding position. Additionally, the women specific frame design enables easier mounting and dismounting. This bicycle comes equipped with a rigid fork. Additionally, there is a mounting provision for a single water bottle holder. In an upgrade this year, the bicycle comes equipped with a front basket and front and rear mudguards that are made of good quality metal.
The Mach City iBike W 7-Speed, has been designed keeping simplicity and elegance in mind. The welding on the edges of the frame looked simple and neat. The bicycle we test road had a matte black frame with minimal blue branding and decals. The attached basket and mudguards add to the overall aesthetics of this bicycle. The bicycle is available in a single sizing option of a 17” (medium) frame.
The Mach City iBike is a straightforward 7-Speed bicycle, with a Shimano Tourney rear derailleur. The shifting is controlled by Shimano Revo grip shifters. The gearing componentry used is expected given its price point. The shifters worked satisfactorily to allow for smooth shifting. However, there was a strain on the wrists while downshifting. The bicycle is ideal for city commuting and leisure riding. The bicycle could require extra efforts while using it on elevated areas in the city, like on flyovers or in cities with variable terrains.
The Mach City iBike W 7 Speed comes equipped with alloy V-brakes that offer adequate stopping power for city usage. However, the brakes are not as effective when riding on wet and slippery surfaces and require some extra force to bring the bicycle to a complete stop.
The 580mm handlebar on the iBike W 7 Speed, has an upward curvature (i.e. a bird type steel handlebar) and ensures a comfortable, upright riding position. The width of the handlebar allows for superior control and maneuverability in crowded riding conditions. The handlebar grips were on the harder side, which might affect cyclists using the bicycle on longer duration rides.
The 26'' x 1.95'' Ralson tires that come with the Mach City iBike W 7 Speed are sturdy and could possibly be why this bicycle can be used on simple trails apart from the city. The front wheel is fitted with a quick release, which makes removing and putting the wheel back on much simpler. The thicker width of the tires makes the bicycle more stable and balanced on bumpy surfaces.
This bicycle comes equipped with a comfortable foam saddle that is wide enough to comfortably accommodate one’s sit bones. Additionally, the seat post has a quick release option, making adjusting the height of the saddle easier on the go. The overall ride quality was smooth and favorable, especially considering the bicycle is aimed at city rides.
The major change in this year’s Mach City iBike W 7 Speed has received has to be the addition of a front basket and high-quality metal mudguards. This bicycle is ideal for women looking for a well performing, entry level geared bicycle for city commutes and leisure riding. The pricing adds to the overall appeal of this bicycle.
Prices are subject to change by the brand, without due notice.