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Ninety One Raptor 26T: ChooseMyBicycle.com Expert Review

Price: 15,999
Vishnu Sharma
Vishnu Sharma Bicycle Expert

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Ninety One Raptor 26T Review

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Ninety One Raptor 26T: ChooseMyBicycle.com Expert Review

Ninety One Raptor 26T Review

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

Usage: Leisure/Fitness

Ninety One Raptor 26T: ChooseMyBicycle.com Expert Review The Ninety One Raptor 26T is a stylish and sporty urban MTB with powerful mechanical disc brakes and heavily treaded tires
Overall Product
Rating
Performance
3.7
Design
3.9
Features
3.8
Value for Money
3.8

Things We Like

  • Comfortable riding posture
  • Flashy design and graphics
  • Heavily treaded 26” x 2.2” MTB tires

Things We Don't Like

  • Handlebar grips could have had more cushioning
Ninety One Raptor 26T Frame

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.

Ninety One Raptor 26T Frame This Bicycle is built on a Hardtail Steel frame and comes in a standard Medium frame size
Ninety One Raptor 26T Design

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.

Ninety One Raptor 26T Design The Raptor comes in 4 colour variants; Green, Black/Orange, Red and Yellow
Ninety One Raptor 26T Gearing

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.

Ninety One Raptor 26T Gearing The Shimano Tourney 21-Speed derailleurs were sufficient for quick gear shifts on short rides
Ninety One Raptor 26T Brakes and Steering

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.

Ninety One Raptor 26T Brakes and Steering JAK Mechanical Disc brakes were safe and balanced to use on rough and smooth urban roads
Ninety One Raptor 26T Wheels and Saddle

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.

Ninety One Raptor 26T Wheels and Saddle The DSI 26” x 2.2” MTB tires were heavily treaded and had good rolling resistance

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.

Prices and Specifications/Components are subject to change by the brand, without due notice.

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