This frame was capable of taking in vibrations of the surface on rough trails and urban roads.
This travel was smooth in working during the test ride and the mechanical suspension lock-out feature was helpful.
The Shimano Tourney/Acera 21-Speed derailleurs were sufficient for quick and smooth gear shifts.
JAK Mechanical Disc brakes were safe and balanced to use on rough and wet surfaces.
The 29” x 2.1” DSI branded MTB tires were heavily treaded with strong double walled Alloy rims.
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 Snow Leopard 29T and here is what we thought.
Weight: 16 kgs
The Ninety One Snow Leopard 29T is built around a hardtail Alloy frame. The Alloy frame has a conventional frame geometry which was comfortable to ride. This frame was capable of taking in vibrations of the surface on rough trails and urban roads. This lightweight Alloy frame made it easier to accelerate and to ride on inclines.
This MTB comes with a Zoom Masera front suspension forks with an 80mm travel. This travel was smooth in working during the test ride and the mechanical suspension lock-out feature was helpful in making the fork rigid for a smoother riding experience on flat surfaces.
The Snow Leopard 29T from Ninety One which I test rode came with Black as the primary colour with Blue and Grey as the secondary colours for the graphics and text. The matte finish paint job was top notch in quality. The Black saddle with bold ‘91’ and the Snow Leopard symbol on the bottom tube is definitely eye catching. The colour coded saddle and suspension fork enhanced the overall aesthetics of this bicycle
The Ninety One Snow Leopard 29T comes equipped with a Shimano Tourney 3-Speed at the front and Shimano Acera 7-Speed at the rear as derailleurs. These are mid/entry-level gearing components in Shimano’s MTB hierarchy and they performed to their limits during the test ride. On rough urban roads and trails, these derailleurs were ideal for quick and smooth gear changes. The EasyFire 21-Speed Shimano trigger shifters were easy to use and in easy reach from the handlebar grips.
This 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 the Snow Leopard 29T was both comfortable and wide enough with a raise from the middle to give the rider an open chested riding posture.
The 29’’ x 2.1’’ DSI branded MTB tires on this Ninety One Snow Leopard 29T were heavily treaded to generate a lot of traction on rough surfaces. The 29” circumference made it easy to ride over rough trails and potholes on urban roads. The stock saddle was wide and had enough cushioning to keep the rider comfortable on bumpy rides.
This MTB is built on a lightweight Alloy frame with a comfortable riding posture. The Zoom Masera front suspension fork absorbs vibrations of the surface and the suspension lock-out helps ride faster on flat surfaces. The JAK Mechanical Disc brakes were powerful and quick. The matte finish paint job and graphics were aesthetic. Priced at Rs.24,999(as on 9th February 2021), the Ninety One Snow Leopard 29T is an ideal choice for anyone looking to buy a Mountain Bike for trail rides and rough urban roads.
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