Merida’s Crossway series of Hybrid Bicycles are not just for commuting but also for fitness rides on both flat and slightly rough surfaces. We got the opportunity to test ride the Merida Crossway 5V PL (2018). Read on to know how it faired during our test ride.
Weight: 15 kgs
The Merida Crossway Crossway 5V PL (2018) is built on the Race Lite 6061 Aluminium frame. The frame is double butted to provide extra thickness making it both stiff and lightweight. The top tube is inclined and thus makes for a comfortable riding posture. The Techno Forming System helped process the tubes and mould them in a neat way and make them strong.
The SR Suntour NEX front suspension fork comes with a minimal yet smooth 63mm travel. The suspension lockout was easy to use and useful to make the fork rigid for added comfort on flatter roads.
The Crossway 5V PL (2018) that I test rode came in a Matte Anthracite frame colour with White and Black in a few places on the bicycle. The top tube is well designed with a shape which is neither flat nor circular. The superior quality matte finish paint job was shiny and enhanced the colour shade immensely.
The Crossway 5V PL (2018) has an entry-level drivetrain setup, with Shimano Tourney in the front and rear as derailleurs. These derailleurs were smooth in transmission during the test ride and I did not experience any lags. The quick shifts helped in accelerating with ease. The Shimano Revo Shifters (3x7) 21 speed shifters were old school but were easy to use.
The stock V-brakes on this Crossway 5V PL were basic but performed well. During the test ride these brakes were tested with jamming the brakes and also interval braking and they felt safe and balanced.
The Merida Comp handlebar was 660mm in length and had a slight raise from the middle to give a comfortable riding posture.
The Merida Crossway 5V PL (2018) rolls on a pair of Kenda 700x40C tires. These tires were well treaded and at the same time the wheelset was lightweight thanks to its Alexa rims. Even on slightly rough non-tar surfaces these tires rolled over without much difficulty. The Crossway Sport saddle was perfect in shape and also had lined patches on the wide part of the saddle to keep it non-slippery.
This is a comfortable Hybrid Bicycle with a smooth shifting drivetrain and fast rolling 700x40C tires. The ride geometry was the perfect combination of comfort and aggressiveness. With great aesthetics and smooth ride quality this bicycle is built for smooth and rough urban roads. Priced at Rs.23,490(as on 25th April 2019) the Merida Crossway 5V PL (2018) is an ideal choice for anyone looking to buy a Hybrid Bicycle for fitness and commuting purposes.
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