I would be covering the best bicycle brands in India for the year 2018. With cycling getting popular in India, a lot of good cycles brands have opened up their shops in India.
I would also include our own India brands into the mix too. Although, I would not comment on individual models of cycles offered by these brands. I will surely include links to pages where you can check prices in India as well as their best selling models.
Please do keep in mind that I am not trying to compare the brands. The idea is to just create a massive resource where you can find all the top cycle brands in India in a single list.
I will be listing them in alphabetical order.
So let us begin.
Ever since I created this list, I have got a lot of request about particular brands i.e. which ones to buy for a particular budget. I have hence decided to add this summary section, which will list some good brands in three different budget ranges.
Do note these are some of the brands that I prefer. You can click the links above to browse through the models they offer or read some of the articles on this blog for recommendations.
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Top Cycle Brands in India
1. Atlas Cycles
This brand was established in 1950. If you are someone born in the 1960’s/70’s, this is a brand that you will remember very well. This company was established by Shri Janki Das Kapur to serve the needs of the common man of India. The need for a cost-effective mode of transportation.
Atlas established themselves as the leaders of the bicycle market in India by 1965. They also launched India’s first sports bicycle in 1978. They have come a long way from those days. Even though they have not lost the leadership position in the Indian bicycle market, they still have some models to offer.
Altas Motion & Atlas Ultimate City are some of their top-selling models currently. Altas also sells cycles for kids. They have some good models that kids really love.
2. Avon Cycles
Like Atlas, Avon is also amongst the oldest cycle brands in India. They started off as a cycle saddle and brake manufacturing company in 1948. Avon cycles started manufacturing bicycles in 1951. This company was set up by Pahwa brothers in Punjab. They believe in offering a good quality product at a very affordable price.
Check their latest models and prices – Amazon
This company soon grew into one of the largest cycles manufacturers in India. The earlier designs were very simple and were targeted toward the common man of India. Today, they offer all varieties of cycles with a very modern and stylish look.
3. Bianchi Cycles
Official Website – Bianchi
This is the first International bicycle brand that I am covering in this list so far. Bianchi is an Italian bicycle manufacturer and has a history of over 130 years in this field. They are also among the top international brands. They are known for their performance models.
The frames of Bianchi bikes are crafted in Italy headquarter and are made with the sole purpose of racing. However, they do offer other variants like mountain, road, e-cycles & Fitness bikes too.
You will regularly see their high-end bikes being used by racers in the famous Tour de France.
4. BSA Cycles
BSA is a well know and recognized brand in India. This brand was set up by Murugappa Group in collaboration with Tube Investments from the UK. They also own a lot of other well-known cycles brands in India. Namely Hercules, Ladybird, Montra etc. We will be covering them later in the article below.
BSA have been pioneers in launching some of the first’s in the Indian market. As per their website, they were the first to launch an MTB, Ladies cycle, kids cycle, geared cycle etc in India.
BSA too offers some really good bicycle for kids. This is one of those brands that you will surely find in even the smallest bicycle shop in any city.
5. Btwin Cycles
Btwin is a cycling brand owned by a French company Decathlon. I am sure all the sports enthusiastic crowd would surely know what Decathlon is. If not have a look at their India website (Link provided below the image). Decathlon cycles division was formed in 1976. It was later officially renamed as Btwin in the year 2006.
Check out their latest models – Decathlon
The decathlon company was formed with the objective of making sports equipment more affordable for everyone across the globe. Their cycling brand Btwin has the same objective. They make great quality bikes at affordable prices. If you are looking for some value for money you pay, go for these bikes.
6. Cannondale Cycles
Official Website – Cannondale
Cannondale brand is owned by Canadian firm Dorel Industries. They are known globally for their innovative bicycle designs. They produce and sell a wide range of performance bicycles across the globe.
Initially, all their bicycles were handcrafted in the USA. However, now bicycles are manufactured at facilities in China and Taiwan.
They design their bicycle frames and other key components together as a system. This helps in driving better performance out of their cycles. They mainly work with aluminium and carbon fibre frames.
They also invented the cutting edge bottom bracket technology. This technology is now widely accepted in the cycling industry as it greatly helps the pedalling efficiency of the rider.
7. Dahon Bicycles
Official Website – Dahon
Dahon cycles are the leaders in manufacturing of folding bicycles world over. The company was founded by Hon brothers in the year 1982. They were the first in the world to launch a folding bicycle that you could carry to work on a train or a city metro.
You can buy these cycle online in India on Flipkart
It is really easy to fold and unfold the bikes too. Have a look at the video below:
The amount of research that company put into their products can be gauged easily by the amount of patent they hold – Over a whopping 220.
Folding bicycles are yet to become popular in India. But going by the traffic trends in major cities like Mumbai, Banglore, Chennai etc, I would not be surprised to see an increased demand for these bicycles in years to come.
8. Firefox Bikes
Firefox is one of the rare independent Indian brands that was able to carve a name for themselves in the premium bicycle market (Montra is another brand that come to mind in this segment). They were so successful that Hero cycles later acquired them in the year 2015.
They have products in almost all categories like kids, ladies, city, off-road MTBs, Performance as well as BMX cycles. I could not find their products listed on Amazon or Flipkart at the time of writing this post. However, you can buy Firefox cycles on their own website.
9. Ghost Bikes
Official Website – Ghost Bikes
One of the few companies in the world that was formed by cycling enthusiasts. The company was formed in 1993 in North Bavaria. They offer a range of mountain bikes, road bikes, trekking bikes, e-bikes and urban models. They are also committed to sponsoring some of the best Mountain biking teams and riders.
Unfortunately, I could not find a lot of models available on sale online in India. A few models were available for sale on Flipkart – Click Here to find out more about them.
Official Website – Giant Bicycles
If you want to buy a bicycle that the pros prefer, go for a Giant. They are the ultimate example of performance cycling. Giant is a Taiwanese company. They claim to be the world’s largest manufacturer of bicycles by revenue. They have manufacturing facilities in Taiwan, China & Netherlands.
Check out Giant Bicycles here – Flipkart
They also make bicycles for other major brands around the world like Trek, Scott & Colnago.
However, not all their models are available in India. Flipkart & Amazon hardly stocks a couple of products. However, we did find a few good options on Choosemybicycle online store. You might also be able to buy some good models in the top bicycle shops in your cities.
11. Hercules Cycles
Hercules is also from the stable of TI cycles India. The first Hercules cycle was made in the year 1951. Hercules was also the first brand to introduce mountain bicycles in India. Even now, their MTBs are amongst the best selling in the country.
The first cycle that I owned was of this same brand 🙂 – So this brand will always have a special connection with me. These models still do feature as some of the top-selling bicycles in India.
Lately, their sub-brand Hercules Roadeo has been very popular with the teenagers. Being one of India best selling cycle brand, their products are easily available online as well as in your local bicycle shops.
The advantage of buying such a popular brand is that you get them serviced easily.
12. Hero Cycles
Like Hercules, Hero is also one of the top-selling brands in India. Their earlier range of “Hero Ranger” cycles was a rage in India a decade or two back.
The more modern series (Which sells better lately) is the “Hero Sprint” series. These bicycles have in features in our list of best bicycles under Rs. 10000. The “Hero Urban” range of bicycles by them have been launched as commuter/city bicycles.
Hero as a brand is known for selling a budget bicycle with acceptable quality at a really good price. You can check some of their best selling Geared cycles by Hero with disc brakes in our other article.
The biggest advantage of buying brands like Hero and Hercules is that you have a lot of options to choose from. You will surely find a bicycle to you liking in their vast range of options.
13. Kross Cycles
To begin with, the Kross cycles that you get in India has nothing to do with Kross brand of bicycles from Poland. The Kross cycles that you buy in India, is a sub-brand of the Hero group.
Unlike the polish brand, this particular brand focuses more on affordability. The brand is meant for beginner or casual rides and not seasoned riders.
Check more options from Kross on Amazon
Since this brand also belongs to the Hero group of companies, you will be able to easily locate a dealer in your locality. Also, servicing the same will not be an issue.
14. LadyBird Cycles
LadyBird was the first Indian bicycle brand to focus and make product solely designed for girls & women. I also think it was the first brand to use a bright and attractive colour cycle frames to break the monotony of dark coloured bicycles.
With the introduction of more brands designing products specifically for women, LadyBird cycles seems to have lost some of its premium customer bases. However, this brand still remains strong in the budget bicycle category.
You can check out the best bicycles for Ladies using the link provided.
15. Lapierre Bikes
Lapierre is a French cycling brand which has now become famous worldwide. Their bike quality is amongst the leading in the world. They have a partnership with the French cycling team FDJ. Jr., which uses their bicycle in some the toughest international races in the world.
As you would have guessed, this is not a product that you can buy on a regular budget. These bikes are expensive but the quality of the bicycles is second to none. One of their model, Shaper 100, was recently featured in my list of best bicycles in India under 30000.
16. Mach City Bikes
Mach city is a brand owned by BSA cycles (TI Cycles group). They have become very popular in India mainly due to its Mach City iBike. There are a lot of variations available in the model (colour as well as gears).
You can read a detailed review and comparison with Btwin’s MyBike in the link that I provided above.
If you are looking to buy hybrid bicycles in India, MachCity iBike would be one of the top budget choices.
17. Merida Bicycles
The brand Merida was established in the year 1972. The three syllabus of the brand “Me-Ri-Da” translates to “beautifully designed, high quality”. Merida literally uses this motto in each of the bicycle models.
Merida bikes are designed and manufactured in Taiwan and imported to over 77 countries around the world.
18. Mongoose Cycles
If you are looking to BMX bicycles, Mongoose would be the brand of your choice. They have a wide variety of BMX bicycles. Their bicycles are known for high quality and reliability. You can perform a range of stunts on these bicycles.
You can watch the video below for some of the stunts that can be performed on BMX bikes. The video showcases Yusuf Shaikh (India Flatland BMX Gold Medalist)
19. Montra Bikes
Montra can be termed as an Indian brand that is taking on some of the International brands in terms of quality and pricing.
They can be categorized as a mid-segment brand. The quality of their bicycles is much better compared to the entry level bikes. Although, not as good as the leading international brands like Trek or Giant.
Also Read – Best Montra Bicycles in India
However, if you look at how they are priced, I will term most fo their models as good value for money. You will find a lot of their models getting featured in my list of best bicycles in India.
You can Buy them online on – Amazon
20. Raleigh Cycles
Raleigh Bicycle company is one of the oldest bicycle brands in the world. A lot of later roadster bicycles sold in India were inspired by their earlier design.
You can read details about these models and their reviews here -> Raleigh Bicycles India
The company started off as a small shop in 1885. The company was established only in 1889. By as early as 1913, Raleigh became the largest bicycle manufacturer in the world.
Raleigh no more the leading company. However, as a brand, it is still known for its high-quality products. Some of their current best selling models include the Raleigh Moonraker, Proceed and the Terrain.
21. Ridley Bicycles
Ridley Bikes was launched by Jochim Aerts in Belgium. Even though it has a very short history, it has already become of the go-to names for racing bicycles in Belgium. They have now started offering some limited entry-level models in emerging markets like India.
22. Roadeo Bikes
Hercules Roadeo is a brand in itself. I still remember my first bike which was a Roadeo. They now have over 12 models to suit different requirements of the entry level customers.
Roadeo bicycles are very popular amongst the teens in India.
23. Trek Bicycles
Anyone who is into cycling and follows international news/cycling blog would have surely heard about Trek bicycles. Even though they are expensive (For most average Indians), they are the ultimate machine that any cyclist would love to own.
Trek was founded in the year 1975 and are based out of Wisconsin, USA. Most of their bicycles are still made in the United States.
24. Roulik Bicycles:
Roulik is an India bicycle manufacturer. They are based out of Kerala. They are known for the electric bikes, however, lately, they have also ventured into regular bicycles. Roulik Inzio is their best performing and known electric bicycle model.
Use the link above to read a detailed review of their e-bike as well as other electric bike products available in India.
25. Cosmic Cycles:
Another good Indian manufacturer. I really like their bicycle models. They are well priced and are selling really well online.
26. Schnell Cycles:
Schnell is an India brand. However, there is hardly much information available about them on the internet. A lot of people mistake them to be a German brand. However, that is simply not the truth.
I have written a detailed article about them – You can read the same here – Best Schnell Bikes
This marks an end to my post on the best bicycle brands in India. I am sure I would have missed at least a couple of good brands. If you can think of any, do post their detail in the comments below. I will surely include them in my further revisions of this blog post.
Also, do let me know how brands of bicycles have you used so far? Which is your favourite brand or which one are you planning to buy next? I look forward to your comments.
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