Rockfire is a new Bicycle 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 29 and here is what we thought.
The Ascend 29 comes with an AL Tech grade Aluminium frame. The hardtail frame has a slanting top tube, which provided an aggressive riding position yet gives you supreme control on 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 stock front suspension fork comes with a 80mm travel. During the test ride the suspension worked well both on rough trails and harsh urban roads and rough trails. The suspension lockout feature was easy to operate and helpful to ride faster on flatter surfaces.
The Ascend 29 which I test rode came in a full Black gloss finish primary colour on the frame with Celeste Blue as the secondary colour for the graphics and text. The internal cable routing made the Bicycle look neat and the colour coordinated rims and suspension made it look aesthetic.
The gearing on the Ascend 29 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 contributes greatly to the smooth gear operation. The Shimano EF500 21-Speed gear shifters were easy to use and the gears shifted smoothly and had enough range for climbs and acceleration.
The stopping power on the Rockfire Ascend 29 is taken care of by powerful Logan Mechanical Disc brakes at the front and back. These disc brakes are powerful and balanced and 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 much better control over the Bicycle during fast paced trail rides or when riding through traffic.
The Maxxis Pace MTB tires impressed us during the test ride. The 29” 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 a soreness free ride.
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 Mountain Bike ready for fast paced rides on rough trails. The 29” Maxxis Pace tires were fast rolling and the 80mm suspension fork along with a lockout feature makes this Bicycle ride efficiently. Priced at Rs.24,850(as on 13th July 2022) the Rockfire Ascend 29 is an ideal choice for anyone looking to buy an MTB for the roughest of trails and occasional urban rides.
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