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Btwin is a French bicycle brand that has been selling in India for the past few years. With  more and more people turning to cycling not only as a means to keep fit but commute as well, these cycles have been receiving good reviews. One of the most popular series that Btwin has is the Rockrider series.

First off, the Rockrider series has great value for money. It is a hybrid a series which means that it is a cross between road bicycles and mountain bicycles.  Some of the bikes are not meant for serious off roading, but they can be used on moderate off road trails and regular road cycling.  In short, it is best suited for Indian roads!

The Rockriders come with excellent breaks. From Tektro IO mechanical disc brakes to the Shimano brakes that come in the series 5 bikes, there is definitely no compromise on quality. Just a gentle tug with your fingers is sufficient to stop the cycle. These bikes have aluminum frames and this is an added advantage because it ensures that the bikes are lighter. One of the best features of the bike is the configuration of the SRAM drive train. It is especially good, and generally comes only in higher end bikes, but Btwin has incorporated it in the reasonably price Rockrider bikes. Another advantage of most of the bikes in this series is that the trigger shifters are right next to your thumbs below the handle bar which make it easy to shift gears while giving you enough grip on the handle bar and more fingers on your brakes while the small display gives you precise info about the gear ratios.

One thing to keep in mind when buying a Rockrider is the positioning of the handlebars. When compared to all other cycles, the Rockrider series have handlebars that are little lower than other cycles for a little aggression, which in turn makes you lean forward adding a tad more weight on your wrists, elbows and shoulders than usual. So, you will have to adjust your posture accordingly.

To sum it up, for the price you pay the Rockrider bikes are definitely a good buy. If you are looking to buy a mountain or road bike, the Btwin Rockrider series is a very good option:

  • Rockrider 5.0

The Rockrider 5.0 comes with Shimano gears, 3 at the front and 7 at the rear. That gives the Rockrider 5.0 a total of 21 gear combinations. The break lever is abricated out of aluminium and the response of the breaks is very good. The frame is made of steel, and this makes it more durable and resilient toward heavy impact. For those of you who travel with your bikes, the Rockrider 5.0 comes with a quick release front wheel so it can be easily removed without any tools and transported easily.

Rockrider 5.0

Rockrider 5.0

  • Rockrider 5.1

One of the other bestsellers in this series is the Rockrider 5.1 model. TheV brake system makes breaking powerful and effective. The bike is designed for recreational mountain biking and it is advisable not to use it on very rough mountain terrain. It comes with a high performance steel spring suspension. The bike is designed in such a way that easy adjustments can be made to suit the rider’s comfort. Similar to the 5.0 this model also comes with a quick release front wheel.

Rockrider 5.1

Rockrider 5.1

  • Rockrider 5.3

One of the best selling models in this series has been the Rockrider 5.3. It comes with a 27-speed SRAM X5 chainset. This bike has a suspension system with quill finishing which enhances durability. The frame is built in such a way that the sloping top tube improves handling and rigidity. It comes with disc brakes and is suitable for both novice and regular Mountain bike riders.

Rockrider 5.3

Rockrider 5.3

If you want to buy road and mountain bikes online, do check out www.sports365.in . You can buy cycling equipment right from bikes to accessories from brands like Btwin, Cannondale and Trek . Shop with them and you could also avail some great offers!

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Comment by Mann on January 3, 2013 at 12:25am

Thanks Tarun and Sanam! Just placed the order on sports365. They were quite helpful.

Now waiting for sports365 to deliver it in a good condition. Hope it gets delivered soon. :) 

Comment by Sanam Dasmahapatra on January 2, 2013 at 2:19pm

You can buy the Rockrider 5.0 online for 15% less than the MRP from www.sports365.in .. tarun is right, the bike doesn't come in white .. its grey.

Check out the site .. lots of offers : http://www.sports365.in/Products/Buy-Golf-and-Outdoor-Cycling-Cycle...

Comment by Tarun Amembal on January 2, 2013 at 2:12pm

I don't think you get the 5.1 in white.. I recently purchased 2 RR5.0 from the Decathlon store in Thane.. I visited their store about 3-4 times before finally buying them.. And I positively remember not seeing a white 5.1.. the 5.1 comes in a shade of brown..

5.0, however, comes in a shade of grey and white.. I got them both.. The white one is for females with the cross top tube..

Hope this helps.

Comment by Mann on December 31, 2012 at 1:28pm

hi i am looking for 5.1 white colour. Any idea where can i get it from in Mumbai?

Comment by Sanam Dasmahapatra on December 7, 2012 at 9:57am

you get 5% off so its Rs.9,499/- on www.sports365.in ... + Rs.500/- for shipping. Delivery time is 5-7 days.

Comment by alok k on December 7, 2012 at 12:12am

what is price of Rockrider 5.0..

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