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Looking for a hybrid bike in the range of 12-16k


I am looking for a hybrid bike in the range of 12-16k. My weight is 75 kg. I am going to use it mainly for weekend rides within Pune city or around city like sinhghad or purandhar fort. I am avoiding front suspension as I have heard and experienced that it is not good in entry level bikes. Earlier I had Firefox fusion 2.6. It was heavy and its suspension sucks. I had test rides of below cycles:

Firefox Rapide 21s: It is bit heavy (around 16-17kg). The tyres are too slim. I don't think they will hold surfaces of bad roads(as shown in pic) on uphill. Although these roads constitutes 10% of my journey but 15 mins on downslope will for sure puncture the tyres. Even firefox fusion tyre was punctured although it has front suspension along with broad tyres..

Montra Trance Pro 2015: It will also cost me around 16k. It is light. Tyres are bit wider compared to Rapide 21s.

I have heard good things about schwinn sporterra. But I am not sure about its performance on off roads.

I can expand the budget to 19-20k if the bike is really worth. I am open to other brands like Btwin, Schwinn,Schnell, decathlon but have no experience about the quality or value for money. So I need help regarding this.

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Comment by Aaron Court on February 5, 2015 at 12:04am
Before going and spending big bucks or exchanging the frame.
1. Push your seat in the forward direction a bit and see (not to be confused with tilt).
2. Maybe find someone with a shorter stem and ask them as an exchange for a day or two.
Comment by Gurpreet Singh on February 4, 2015 at 10:47pm

Yes I feel bit stretched. The stem is adjustable one. when I checked on merida site, its showing that I have the right one.

Comment by Aaron Court on February 4, 2015 at 10:03pm
According to how your bike is built, with a front sus. the front end or head tube and hence the handle will actually be higher as compared to bike with a rigid fork.
So if you try and put the saddle higher, to the handle bar's level, it will be to high.
Tell me one thing, do you feel a bit stretched out while riding?
If yes, then the bike maybe a bit big.
But, if you currently have an upright setup, but want something a bit more aggressive, then you may have to change the stem only, unless if it is an adjustable one.
Comment by Gurpreet Singh on February 4, 2015 at 9:41pm

I think the bike is bit big for me. The reason behind is that if I raise the seatpost to the level of handle, my heel can't touch the pedal. However the store people told me that it is accurate.

Comment by Aaron Court on February 4, 2015 at 9:27pm
Since I am not too accurate, I would say 48-51cm.
What kind of problem are you finding?
Have you done a proper bike fit?
Comment by Gurpreet Singh on February 4, 2015 at 8:22pm

My inseam length is 78 cm. The hybrid that I bought is 48 cm.

Comment by Aaron Court on February 4, 2015 at 8:12pm
You might have to be a bit more specific, as in, give your inseam leg length (length from your feet to your crotch.
And, is your hybrid's size in centimetres or inches?
Comment by Gurpreet Singh on February 4, 2015 at 7:49pm

Aaron Court: Any idea what should be the right cycle size  for a guy like me whose height is 165 cm.

Comment by Gurpreet Singh on January 29, 2015 at 11:55pm

Finally the search for the bicycle came to an end for me. Got Merida 15v on 15% discount + accesories.

@Aaron Court: As I may not remain active on this site. If anybody confused like me comes here, please advice him/her to get the similar bike on rent and do whatever he wants to do with  the new bike.

Thanks all for their valuable advice.

Comment by Prashant Jadhav on January 23, 2015 at 7:11pm

Hi Gurpreet,

I'm selling my Schwinn Sporterra .

Please have a look and do let me know if interested on +91 9503378286


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