Ninety One’s parent company Alpha Vector are driven by their goal of reconnecting you with the outdoors through a wide range of Bicycles that appeal to the lifestyle and fitness aspiration of India's youth. We got the opportunity to test ride Ninety One’s Invictus 29T MTB and here is what we thought.
Weight: 15.5 kgs
The Ninety One Invictus 29T is built on a performance focused Hardtail frame. This frame definitely stands out when compared to other MTB models in this brand. This frame is built using 6061 Alloy and the first thing which stands out during the ride is how light it is. The weight is equally distributed on the frame which makes it easy to climb inclines and also to lift and carry it up a staircase. The riding posture was comfortable with an endurance focused frame geometry. The Suntour front suspension fork comes with a smooth working 100mm travel and a suspension lock-out feature to help ride faster on flatter terrains.
The Ninety One Invictus 29T is a good looking hardtail MTB. The unique and eye catchy tube profiles, along with bold graphics make the Invictus a head turner on the roads. The internal cable routing on the frame is a great addition to a Bicycle at this price. The Bicycle which I test rode came in a full Grey primary colour with White and Black as the secondary colours for graphics and text. The matte finish paint job was top notch in quality.
The 24-Speed drivetrain on the Invictus 29T is a combination of a 3-speed Shimano Tourney in the front, and an 8-Speed Shimano Acera at the rear, along with a Shimano 8-Speed cassette. Shifting was good across gears, with hardly any lags felt during the test ride. The drive train is controlled by Shimano EF500 Alloy shifters, which were positioned well and easy to use. This gear combination is ideal and this Tourney/Acera is a great value drivetrain at this price.
The Invictus 29T comes with JAK branded Mechanical Disc brakes. These brakes were solid in stopping power and felt balanced to use even when jamming the brakes. The levers were also lengthy and had an easy spring action which made it possible to operate using just 2 or 3 fingers.
The Alloy handlebar on this MTB had a slight raise from the middle which gave the rider a comfortable riding posture.
The Invictus 29T rolls on a pair of 29” x 2.20” DSI tires which are fixed on Double Walled Alloy rims. The treading and size of the tire were ideal for moderate trail riding and on rough urban roads as well. The rolling resistance was fast, and the tread pattern provided enough traction on wet roads as well.
The stock saddle seems looks and feels well cushioned to give the rider sore free and comfortable ride on the roughest of rides.
This is a hardtail MTB built on an Alloy frame which has the perfect combination of strength and weight. The 24-Speed Shimano Tourney/Acera drivetrain is mid-level in hierarchy and provided smooth gear shifting performance. The JAK Mechanical Disc brakes along with 29” x 2.20” DSI tires made this Bicycle roll over the roughest of surfaces and stop quickly and in a balanced manner. Priced at Rs.32,999(as on 12th March 2021) the Ninety One Invictus 29T is an ideal choice for anyone looking to buy an MTB for mid-level trail rides and tackle rough urban roads.
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