Ninety One is an Indian Bicycle brand and their range includes Electric, MTB, Hybrid and City Bicycles for Men, Women and Children. This fairly new entrant to the Indian Bicycle market has come out with an extensive range with numerous designs and colours. We got the opportunity to test ride the Ninety One Skullrider 26T and here is what we thought.
Weight: 18.9 kgs
The Ninety One Skullrider is built around a Hardtail Hi-Ten 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 slanting top tube.
We can say this Bicycle is urban focused and not a full-fledged trail friendly MTB by the functioning of the suspensions fork. The suspension on this Bicycle has minimal working travel which is sufficient for bumps and pot holes.
The Skullrider 26T from Ninety One which I test rode came with Grey as the primary colour and Green as the secondary colour for the graphics and text. The Black/Green saddle with the 91 is definitely eye catching. The matte finish paint job was top notch in quality. The green brake cables were a nice touch to be colour coordinated.
The Skullrider 26T comes equipped with a Single-Speed drivetrain. The pedalling was easy on flat and rough surfaces. It is a bit of a struggle to pedal on inclines which will require extra effort. A Positive for a Single-Speed drivetrain is that it is easy to maintain.
This Urban MTB’s stopping power is handled by a pair of Purk branded Mechanical Disc brakes at the front and rear. These brakes were powerful, safe and balanced on both rough and smooth roads. Both interval and jamming of brakes felt in control when used during the test ride.
The riser handlebar on this Bicycle was both comfortable and wide enough to give the rider an open-chested riding posture.
The 26” x 3.0” Hartex MTB tires on the Ninety One Skullrider were heavily treaded to generate a lot of traction on rough surfaces. While the 26” circumference handles the fast rolling resistance the massive 3.0” width made sure the Bicycle can roll over any obstacle and is stable and balanced on muddy and rough roads. The stock saddle had enough cushioning to keep the rider comfortable on bumpy rides.
This is an Urban MTB with a quality matte finish and design. The wide 3” tires and Mechanical Disc brakes make sure the Bicycle can handle fast rides on rough surfaces. While the Bicycle comes in a standard frame size, the riding posture was comfortable. Priced at Rs.13,799 (as on 6th April 2021) the Ninety One Skullrider 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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