Ninety One’s parent company Alpha Vector are driven by their goal of reconnecting you with the outdoors through delightful products that appeal to the lifestyle and fitness aspiration of India's youth. We got the opportunity to test ride the Ninety One Raptor 26T and here is what we thought.
Weight: 16.8 kgs
The Ninety One Raptor 26T is built around a Hardtail Steel frame. While Steel is known to be heavy, this Bicycle had a good distribution of weight which was evident when riding on both flats and inclines. The geometry was standard and comfort focused with a mildly slanting top tube.
We can say this Bicycle is urban focused and not full-fledged trail friendly by the functioning of the suspension fork. The Zoom Masera branded suspension on this Bicycle has a minimal 50mm working travel which is just sufficient for bumps and pot holes.
The Raptor from Ninety One which I test rode came with bright Red as the primary colour with Black and Yellow as the secondary colours for the graphics and text. The Black/Red saddle with a huge 91 text is definitely eye catching. The matte finish paint job was top notch in quality. The Yellow Brake and Gear cables were a nice touch to be colour coordinated.
The Raptor 26T comes equipped with Shimano Tourney at the front and rear as derailleurs. These are entry-level gearing components in Shimano’s MTB hierarchy and they performed to their limits during the test ride. On rough urban roads riding amidst traffic, these derailleurs were ideal for quick and short gear changes. The EZFire Shimano trigger shifters were easy to use and in easy reach from the handlebar grips.
This Urban MTB’s stopping power is handled by a pair of JAK Mechanical Disc brakes at the front and rear. These brakes were powerful, safe and balanced on rough and smooth roads. Both interval and jamming of brakes felt in control when used during the test ride.
The Alloy handlebar on this Bicycle was both comfortable and wide enough to give the rider an open chested riding posture.
The DSI 26" x 2.2" MTB tires on the Ninety One Raptor were heavily treaded to generate a lot of traction on rough surfaces. While the 26” circumference handles the fast rolling resistance and the 2.2” width make sure the bicycle is stable and balanced on muddy and rough roads. The stock saddle had enough cushioning to keep the rider comfortable on bumpy rides.
The Ninety One Raptor 26T is an Urban MTB with bright aesthetic colour and design. The wide tires and Mechanical Disc brakes make sure the Bicycle can handle fast rides on rough surfaces. While the Bicycle comes in a standard Medium frame size, the riding posture was comfortable. Priced at Rs.17,499 (as on 10th February 2021) the Ninety One Raptor 26T is an ideal choice for anyone looking to buy a Bicycle for Leisure rides and commutes on rough and smooth roads.
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