Ridley is a Belgian brand of Bicycles with a rich history and also a constant presence in the most coveted Bicycle races including the Tour de France. Ridley ventured into the Indian market few years back and has since rolled out a number of new models every year. We got the opportunity to test ride the Ridley Trailfire 6D (27.5) (2019) and here is what we thought.
Weight: 14.2 kgs
The Ridley Trailfire 6D (27.5) (2019) has a butted hardtail superlight Aluminium frame. The frame geometry was perfect for moderate trails; thanks to its strongly welded tube joints which make it absorb vibrations of the surface to make the ride comfortable. The riding posture has the ideal mix of aggressiveness and comfort for both Urban and Trail rides. For an MTB, the frame does feel lightweight and helps in riding fast on flat single tracks and roads.
The front suspension fork from Suntour the XCE28 comes with a smooth working 80mm travel which made the ride on bumpy trails easier. Inclusion of a lockout would have made it useful for faster rides on flatter surfaces.
The Trailfire 6D which I test rode came in a full Red frame with Black as the secondary colour for graphics and text. The matte finish paint job was done smoothly. The lengthy handlebar and the heavy treads on the tires gave this bicycle all the essential physical MTB characteristics.
The Shimano’s Tourney in the front and Altus at the rear, handle this 24-Speed drivetrain on the Trailfire 6D. The Tourney/Altus combination makes this a mid-level performance drivetrain and was quick and smooth in shifting during the test ride. The 24-Speed combination had enough range to help climb steep trails and also get more power for accelerations. The Shimano EF500 shifters were easy to use with an efficient trigger shifting mechanism.
Tektro’s M280 Mechanical Disc brakes handle the braking performance on the Ridley Trailfire 6D (2019). These brakes were powerful and balanced on rough trails and felt safe to use even when braking abruptly at high speeds. The brake levers required only 2-3 fingers to engage the brakes easily.
The 680mm Zoom handlebar was wide with a slight raise which gives the much needed aggressive posture to keep the bicycle in control while being comfortable as well.
The Trailfire 6D rolls on a pair of 27.5” x 2.1” Kenda Water Spirit tires. This heavily treaded tire can easily handle even a wet and slippery trail with ease.
The Velo MTB saddle was ergonomically designed to keep the rider both comfortable and stable when on fast and bumpy rides.
This is a hardtail MTB which has a strong frame yet lightweight thanks to its frame building tech. The Tourney/Altus 24-Speed drivetrain made the shifting experience fast and responsive. The powerful Tektro Mechanical Disc brakes along with heavily treaded 27.5’’ Kenda Water Spirit tires allowed for a safe trail riding experience. Priced at Rs.31,999 (as on 11th March 2020), the Ridley Trailfire 6D (27.5) (2019) is an ideal MTB for moderate trail rides and leisure urban rides.
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