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Roadeo has evolved into a separate brand by itself in the last few years, Roadeo started off as a series name under Hercules and gained a lot of popularity. Roadeo has established its presence in the urban MTB range of bicycles with pocket friendly prices. From the 2018 range of Roadeos, we got the opportunity to test ride the Hank 27.5" SS and here is what we thought.
The Hank series of MTB’s comes in multiple variants, including multi-speed , single-speed, 27.5” tire and 26” tire variants. The Hank 27.5” SS (Single Speed), which I test rode is built around a full steel frame. This steel frame has chunky tubes with a slanting top tube, this makes the frame geometry comfortable and also gives a larger clearance for the rider which is useful when riding over rough surfaces. The frame is heavy and that is felt only when accelerating on slight climbs but the strength of the frame is sure to take in a lot of hard hitting from rough urban roads.
This is an urban hardtail MTB and comes with a front suspension fork. This suspension fork works with a minimal travel and isn’t the smoothest. But it does the job when riding overs bumps in the city.
The Hank 27.5 SS, which I test rode came in a bright neon green as the primary colour with contrasting black and blue graphics. The graph design and stickering are sporty. The matte finish paint job was of decent quality and has a neat and smooth finish to it. The colour coded suspension fork, rims and saddle enhance the aesthetics of this bicycle.
This urban MTB runs on a single-speed drivetrain. Single-speed pedalling is basic, simple and maintenance free, except for basic cleaning. It makes the bicycles free of any clutter from derailleur components and gear cables. Commuting inside the city was simple but while climbing over flyovers some extra effort was required.
The Hank SS 27.5’s stopping power was handled by a pair of C-Star Mechanical Disc Brakes. These brakes were perfectly suited for braking on city streets. For a teenager buying this bicycle these disc brakes are surely a positive add-on. These brakes will keep you balanced even on flat trails.
This bicycle comes with a 600mm wide handlebar with a very slight raise form the middle. This gives good control on flat trails as well as a comfortable riding posture.
This single-speed urban MTB comes with 27.5” x 2.125” Wanda King MTB tires. These tires are treaded heavily and are definitely on par with tires found on entry-level performance focused MTB’s. These tires will keep you rolling safely on both wet and dry conditions.
The XMR PU saddle on this bicycle is wide and also has enough cushioning on the widest parts to keep the rider comfortable. The overall ride quality was comfortable on both flat trails and urban roads.
This hardtail urban MTB, even though a bit heavy is built to be strong and can take in a lot of hard hitting of the surface. The responsive mechanical disc brakes and the heavily treaded tires helps ride fast yet be safe on muddy and wet trails. The single speed drivetrain makes this a simple bicycle to pedal and also requires very minimal effort and cost for maintenance. If you are a teenager or an adult looking for a bicycle to take on the harsh urban roads and occasional flat trails then the Roadeo Hank 27.5” SS (2018) is an ideal choice to consider.
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