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

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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 paresh kadoo on January 15, 2015 at 4:12pm

Gurpreet, check the link below. Large size schwinn-frointter-sports.

http://olx.in/item/want-to-sell-my-cycle-schwinn-frointter-sports-I...

Comment by paresh kadoo on January 15, 2015 at 4:01pm

Hi! Gurpreet,

If you are getting Schwinn Sporterra for 20K go for it, also since you are from Pune search on OLX and Quicker, you might get a good deal.

Regards,

Paresh

Comment by Aaron Court on January 14, 2015 at 10:34pm
If you are ready to spend that much, then go for it. It has decent specs.
To be sure, you are talking about the decent hardtail RockRider 520 and not about the full sus. RockRider 520 S.
Comment by Gurpreet Singh on January 14, 2015 at 10:14pm

Today i went decathlon store in pune. Their riverside model was ok. But I was attracted to their MTB model RR 520 which is quoted at 34k. This is the the best bike that i have ever seen.

Comment by Aaron Court on January 12, 2015 at 9:56pm
@Dinesh Raval
I don't think you got me. SRAM and Shimano have different models of gears, ranging from cheapest (low quality) to expensive ones (high quality).
Eg.- A low end Shimano Tiagra gears are not going to perform as good as mid range Shimano Alivio, Shimano Alivio is not going to perform as good as the most expensive Shimano XTR.
A cheap SRAM X3 is not going to perform as good as expensive SRAM X9 or SRAM X0.
And there is not such think as a CRANKSHAFT in a bicycle, the only part that is analogous to it is the Bottom-Bracket.
Comment by Dinesh Raval on January 11, 2015 at 10:18pm

well good ..... if shram and shimono is not good ...go for another one which u think u can buy in 20 K bike.

Comment by Aaron Court on January 11, 2015 at 10:13pm

@ Gurpreet.

If you feel you can handle the bad road without the front sus. then go for it. 

Montra Trance is actually a bit heavy, I don't know if you compared the same size or different sizes, the weight difference is going to be quite noticeable while on a long ride (near about 20kms). While Schnell, I say no, not worth it. It might be offering better components, but the frame also has to be good.

If you want to try out Riverside 3, then go ahead and try it. Remember, front sus. is going to make the bike heavy.

@Dinesh Raval. 

Before buying any bike must look its equipment they installed, frankshaft, drive train and gear as well as suspention

Wrong, the components come second, the frame must be given most importance. How the frame can withstand jolts, and how much vibration it can dampen. 

 ...must be from reputed company like sharm or shimono high ends parts ...

SRAM or Shimano or Compagnolo or MicroShift, the cheapest ones are still not going to perform as good as the more expensive ones. 

Comment by Dinesh Raval on January 11, 2015 at 10:08pm

i have 3 bike Trek 3500, rockrider 5.2 and btwin triban 3,  but i love rockrider

Comment by Gurpreet Singh on January 11, 2015 at 10:06pm

Rockrider is a MTB which I am not looking for, however there is another Btwin model i.e. riverside 3 which is hybrid. I can try this one.

Comment by Dinesh Raval on January 11, 2015 at 9:53pm

Before buying any bike must look its equipment they installed, frankshaft, drive train and gear as well as suspention ...must be from reputed company like sharm or shimono high ends parts ...must take the model number  they use in bike and serch on web you will come to know their price and quality .....

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