Roadeo has been an established Bicycle brand for many years now. Their Cycles are mainly targeted at the teenage riders, mainly for commuting and leisure riding in the neighborhood. Over the years Roadeo have developed its Bicycles to be ridden by Adults as well as on rough flat trails. From the 2019 range of Roadeo we got the opportunity to test ride the Hank 26 DD and here is what we thought.
Weight: 17.6 kgs
The Hank series of Bicycles are one of the most popular in the Roadeo series. They have constantly been known for their frame which is strong yet lightweight, even though they are made of Steel. The 2019 Hank 26 DD is also the same with its frame being responsive and can take a lot of hard hitting of bumps and curbs on Urban roads. The frame geometry is conventional MTB like with a slightly slanting top tube. There is also a lot of clearance from the bottom bracket to the ground which makes it safer to ride over bumpy surfaces.
Urban MTB’s are what the Hank can be categorized as they come with a front suspension fork. This suspension fork works with a minimal travel and does the job when riding overs bumps in the city.
The Hank comes in multiple variants, and they all come in different colour options. This Hank 26 DD 2019 which I test rode came in a full Black frame with Blue and White graphics. The gloss paint job was neat and shiny with smoothly welded tube joints. The frame geometry is simple and also gives a comfortable riding posture. The Saddle and Rims are colour coded and make the Bicycle look aesthetic. The handlebar ends on both sides have an in-built Red colour LED light which works by pressing on it. These bar end LED lights are definitely a head turner on the streets.
The Hank 26 DD (2019) comes equipped with Shimano Tourney at the front and rear as derailleurs. These are entry-level gearing components in Shimano’s MTB and Hybrid hierarchy and they performed to their limits during the test ride. On 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 Logan Mechanical Disc brakes at the front and rear. These brakes were powerful, safe and balanced to use when used on rough and smooth roads. Both interval and jamming of brakes felt in control when used during the test ride.
The XMR Alloy 620mm handlebar on this bicycle was both comfortable and wide enough to give the rider an open chested riding posture.
The Wanda 26” x 2.1” MTB tires on the Hank 26 were treaded enough to generate a decent amount of traction of the tarmac. The 26” wheel size is a bit small to tackle rough roads but it does have a fast rolling resistance which is useful for commuting. The soft PU XMR Saddle wasn’t the most ergonomic but it was cushioned enough to keep the rider comfortable.
This Urban MTB has a comfortable riding posture with its simple frame geometry and a wide handlebar. The powerful Mechanical Disc brakes were a good addition for bicycle at this price. The gloss paint job was neat with aesthetic graphics and bar end LED lights. Priced at Rs.13,425 (as on 5th March 2020) the Roadeo Hank 26 DD (2019) is an ideal choice for anyone looking to buy a Bicycle for short commutes and leisure rides on both rough and smooth urban roads.
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