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Rockfire Ascend 27.5: ChooseMyBicycle Expert Review

Price: 19,499
Vishnu Sharma
Vishnu Sharma Bicycle Expert

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Rockfire Ascend 27.5 Review


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Rockfire Ascend 27.5: ChooseMyBicycle Expert Review

Rockfire Ascend 27.5 Review

Rockfire is a new brand to enter the Indian market. Rockfire's vision is to empower you in your pursuit of getting better, by providing Bicycles that are designed, engineered and built for high performance. Their line-up of Bicycles includes Hybrids and MTB’s and are focused on delivering a Premium Cycling Experience. We got the opportunity to test ride the Rockfire Ascend 27.5 and here is what we thought.

Weight: 15.4kgs

Usage: Trails/Fitness

Rockfire Ascend 27.5: ChooseMyBicycle Expert Review The Rockfire Ascend 27.5 is a flashy, comfortable and a fast hardtail MTB which can handle moderate trails and rough urban roads.
Overall Product
Value for Money

Things We Like

  • Maxxis Pace Performance MTB tires
  • 80mm front suspension fork with lock-out
  • Powerful Logan Mechanical Disc brakes

Things We Don't Like

  • The handlebar grips would require extra cushioning for added comfort on rough surfaces
Rockfire Ascend 27.5 Frame

The Ascend 27.5 comes with an AL Tech 6061 Aluminium frame. The hardtail frame has a slanting top tube, which provided an aggressive position yet gives the rider optimal control on the trails. Both the top tube and bottom tube aren’t completely circular, they are flat which makes the tubes sleek and keeps the weight in check.

The Rockfire front suspension fork comes with an 80mm travel. During the test ride the suspension worked well on both harsh urban roads and rough trails. The suspension lockout feature was easy to operate and helpful to ride faster on flatter surfaces.

Rockfire Ascend 27.5 Frame The AL Tech 6061 Aluminum frame is optimized for strength-to-weight ratio with sleek tubes resulting in light weight without sacrificing strength
Rockfire Ascend 27.5 Design

When it comes to design, Rockfire is on par with any international brand. The Ascend 27.5 which I test rode came in a full Green matte finish primary colour on the frame with Black as the secondary colour for graphics and text. The internal cable routing made the Bicycle look neat and the colour coordinated rims and suspension made it look aesthetic.

Rockfire Ascend 27.5 Design The Ascend 27.5 comes in a single colour variant; Matte Green with Black graphics
Rockfire Ascend 27.5 Gearing

The gearing on the Ascend 27.5 is handled by Shimano Tourney 3-Speed at the front and Shimano Tourney 7-Speed at the rear. This drivetrain also uses a 7-Speed Shimano freewheel which immensely contributes to the smooth gear operation. These gears shifted smoothly and had enough range for climbs and acceleration. The Shimano EF500 21-Speed gear shifters were easy to use.

Rockfire Ascend 27.5 Gearing The Shimano Tourney 21-Speed gear setup was smooth in shifting
Rockfire Ascend 27.5 Brakes and Steering

The stopping power on the Ascend 27.5 is taken care of by powerful Logan Mechanical Disc brakes at the front and back. These Disc brakes are powerful and balanced which felt safe to engage even at high speeds during the test ride.

The Rockfire stock handlebar is lengthy with a slight rise from the middle. This is a perfect MTB handlebar which means a comfortable and open chested riding posture giving a much better control over the Bicycle during fast paced trail rides and riding through traffic.

Rockfire Ascend 27.5 Brakes and Steering The Logan Mechanical Disc brakes were balanced and safe to engage even at high speeds
Rockfire Ascend 27.5 Wheels and Saddle

The Maxxis Pace MTB tires impressed us during the test ride. The 27.5” x 2.1” tires were heavily treaded with bulky buttons which covered the edges as well. These tires were fast rolling on flatter surfaces and could handle rough patches with ease. The Rockfire Trail Saddle is wide with enough cushioning for soreness free ride.

Rockfire Ascend 27.5 Wheels and Saddle The Maxxis Pace 27.5” x 2.1” tires were heavily treaded and fast rolling across all surfaces

This is a hardtail MTB with a lightweight and strong Alloy frame which is comfortable to ride. Performance focused components like the full Shimano 21-Speed drivetrain and the Logan Mechanical Disc brakes make this Bicycle ready for fast paced rides on rough trails. The 27.5” Maxxis Pace tires were fast rolling and the 80mm suspension fork along with a lockout makes this Bicycle ride efficiently on flat surfaces. Priced at Rs.29,999(as on 8th July 2022) the Rockfire Ascend 27.5 is an ideal choice for anyone looking to buy an MTB for fast paced trail rides and urban fitness rides.

Prices and Specifications/Components are subject to change by the brand, without due notice.

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