Cycle Buying Guide: Best Bicycles in India

Welcome to BicycleXP. When I started cycling a few years back, there were a lot of issues that troubled me, But the main question I struggled with was, how to choose the right Cycle in India? So I decided to put together this Cycle Buying Guide for Beginners in India. The article will cover all the basics that you need to know. The things you should consider and how much should you spend on your first bicycle.

Warning – This is a fairly long post. If you are just looking for a quick recommendation on a good bicycle that you can buy online, I suggest you go for this Model by Montra. This bicycle is available for both Men as well as Women. I recommend you also check out user reviews and price on Flipkart too, before buying online.

Cycle Buying Guide:


Which is the Best Bicycle in India? Which One Should I buy?

Sorry to break your heart. However, there is no single right answer to this question. There is not one bicycle that will suit the requirements of all the beginners in India. It all depends on your needs and objectives.

I would first suggest you get a piece of paper and write down answers to the question in the section below.

Once you do that, you will have a good clarity on the type of bicycle you need buy. This may even help you narrow down your choices to two/three bicycles. You can finally buy one of them.


Sure, What factors to consider before buying a bicycle?

  • Your needs and usage as a Cyclist:

This is the most important factor while deciding what type of bicycle you need. So spend some time jotting down what your objectives are. Mainly the usage can be divided into four major categories as below:

I will also suggest a bicycle type that is most suited for that requirement. The article will also discuss types of bicycles in details later.

  1. Exercise or Casual rides near your home to remain fit – Ideally, buy a Hybrid bicycle.
  2. Commuting to Work, School or College – Hybrid Cycles, These bikes are lighter compared to MTBs and more comfortable compared to Road Bicycles.
  3. Long distance rides (Endurance or Race) -Road Bikes
  4. Off Roading / Riding on Trails etc – Mountain Bikes or MTBs


  • The height of the Cyclist – How to decide bicycle frame size?

Your height and the inseam length (Leg length), will help you decide the right bicycle size for you (Frame size). Choosing the right cycle frame size will not only help you ride more efficiently but will also reduce chances of injury. You can use this guide to narrow the right bicycle frame for you.

Most eCommerce sites will show the ideal rider height on the product info page. You will just have to look a bit carefully to find that information. I would strongly suggest you verify this information before you buy the cycle online.

Still confused? Go over to your local bicycle shop. Try out a few bicycles.

It does not matter if they do not have the exact same model that you are looking for. This will help you get a better idea of the frame size that will suit you. You can come back and place the order online. You might even get a better deal at the local shop.


  • Riding conditions

Go have a closer look at the general areas/roads you will be riding your bicycle on. How good or bad are they? Generally, these are the things you should keep an eye on:

  1. Are there any steep climbs or declines. Do you stay in a hilly area? Or are there too many bridges along the road you to plan to commute on? – If yes, you should consider a bicycle with gears.
  2. Are there too many small potholes (That you won’t be able to navigate?) is there a patch of road which is not laid down correctly? – Buy bicycle with front suspension (Only if you think the going will be really bad)


  • Budget

We now come to the most tricky part of the selection process. How much money will I be spending?: )

The fact is that the best quality bicycles will cost you a lot of money (In the range of few lakh rupees). However, I also do believe that you can buy good bicycles cheap (If you set your expectations right)

A lot of people think that they should buy the cheapest bicycle now and later upgrade to a better bicycle if they decide to continue cycling. I would suggest you do the other way round. Get a good bicycle now, if you decide not to bicycle after a few months, you can sell it off and get some of your money back, This is a better strategy because:

  1. If you invest a good amount of money in something, you tend to take it more seriously.
  2. Good bicycle = Better quality ride. Chances of you enjoying and continuing with cycling increases
  3. Good bicycles are easy to sell (Compared to a cheap one) – This is just for a backup plan 🙂
  • What does a higher budget get you?
    • Comfort – Better saddles, which give you a comfortable ride.
    • Braking performance – Disc brakes by default don’t mean better braking. A lot of expensive bikes don’t use disc brakes (mainly to save weight) but perform at par with discs.
    • Tyres – Better quality tyres means less rolling resistance and better grip.
    • Frame – Higher budget gets you lighter frames that are designed for performance. Better quality materials like Aluminium alloy,  Carbon fibre etc
    • Other Components – A lot of other better quality components like suspensions.
    • Low/No Maintenance – Good bicycle requires really low maintenance from you. If you treat them well, they will serve you great for years.


Types of Bicycles – Which one to Select?

1. Mountain Bikes or MTBs

Mountain bikes are defined by the thick tyres that they have. These bicycles are built to be ridden over rough surfaces, mountain trails, offroad paths etc. Generally, these cycles would have a flat handlebar and at least a front suspension to negate the rough terrain.

Mountain Bike Buying Guide India

These bicycles look really macho and are fun to ride. Mostly, if you ask any teen, he/she might prefer an MTB over a Hybrid.

Pros – These bicycles are sturdy and can take you over almost any surface. The grip is better due to a larger tyre width.

Cons – MTBs are heavier to a comparable road cycle. These bicycles require a lot more effort when ridden on roads. Slower compared to other types of cycles on road.


2. Road Bicycles

These cycles are defined more by the super slick tyres that these bicycles use. The other defining factor is the drop handlebars. These bicycles are built to ridden over smooth, well-paved roads. The frame of the bicycle is designed for speed and efficiency. Most leading brands would have products that are aerodynamically perfect.

How to choose a Road Bicycle

There are variations of road bicycles, which are designed for more comfort and meant for touring. The bicycle let you travel long distances at a greater speed.

Pros – These bicycles are super light and are designed for speed.

Cons – Not everyone finds its bent over riding position comfortable. Not suitable for bad roads.


3. Hybrid Cycles

There are crossovers of mountain & road bikes. These cycles try to capture best of both worlds, MTBs and Road Cycles. These bikes have padded, more comfortable saddles and straight handlebars like the MTBs but have slightly thinner tyres.

Also, ReadBest Hybrid Cycles in India.

Select best bicycle to commute India

There are multiple variations available in Hybrid bicycles. The most common ones are the comfort bikes, which have raise handlebars. This helps the rider remain in an upright position while riding them.

Pros – They are an ideal bike for beginners. Can be ridden over multiple different terrains.

Cons – Specialised bikes perform better compared to them on a specific terrain.



So, Which are the Best Bicycles in India?

I reviewed the specifications of 100’s of bicycles available in India. Spend numerous hours to come up with this list of best bicycles for Adults & Kids in India 2018.

Since this is a very generic list, I have included bicycles from various categories. However, I am soon planning to come up with a detailed list of bicycles for specific requirements.


This is how the comparison table is structured:

  • The first two bicycles are specifically meant for women.
  • The next three are hybrid bicycles. These can be used on roads to commute (For work, grocery etc).
  • After that, we have 3 MTBs. These bicycles can be used on hard-trails to offload.
  • Last two cycles are built for speed. If this is your first bicycle in a while, I would not suggest you choose amongst these.


These bicycles are then further classified as further: 

  • Beginners (Super Cheap) – Go for these bicycles if you want a cost-effective yet quality riding experience. These are good bicycles for someone who is taking up cycling now. Start with these bikes and then upgrade to an expensive one later as your interest & cycling radius grows.
  • Regular Use (Budget Bikes) – These cycles are best suited for people who regularly use their bicycles. These people also have some experience in maintaining their cycles or doing minor fixes to them. They would use their bicycles for a short trip to work every day or a frequent weekend gateway to a suitable place where they can enjoy their rides.
  • Semi-Pros (Good Bicycles) –  These users would have a bicycle at two in the garage. They can easily service their bicycle on their own. These users also frequently do 30+ km rides (Along with their regular usage)


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Quick Tip – Buying cycles online

Always check the frame size on the product page before you place your order. It will clearly help you decide if it is the right bicycle for your height.

If the frame does not match your height, search for the same model on Flipkart/Amazon (You might find the frame size listed as separate product)

These cycles are shipped in a semi assembled state. You should get the tools need to assemble it in the package. You assemble it on your own (You will need some patience if it is your first time doing it 🙂 ) or get it assembled by a local cycle shop.  However, I will suggest you take this up as a weekend project.

It is not only fun to assemble the bike on your own but you will also learn a lot about your bicycle this way.


Review of Top Bicycles:


1. Mach City iBike W:

One of the few really good beginner bicycles available in India for Women. The quality of the build is really good. A steal for the price you are paying.

This is a fixie (Non geared) bicycle. This cycle is also available in Black on Flipkart.

Mach City iBike W - Best Bicycle in India

Check live price – Flipkart

Key Features of the Cycle:

  • As said above, this cycle does not come with any gears. It is good in a way. This makes the bike a bit lighter
  • The frame of the bicycle is made out of lightweight steel
  • There are no shock absorbers (Rigid suspension)
  • Stand nylon 26-inch tyres

Who should buy this cycle:

  • As the name suggests, this bicycle is meant for women.
  • Good bicycle for someone who wants to take up cycling to keep fit.
  • It is very comfortable to ride this cycle. The bicycle can
  • You can use this cycle to commute short distances.


2. Montra Trance W:

Montra is known for their good looking bicycles. This particular model is not far behind.  The black and purple coloured bike looks really good.

There is a couple major difference between the two ladies cycles that I have featured. The first being that this is a geared cycle. The second is the build quality. This bicycle frame is made up of aluminium alloy.

This bicycle has a flatter handlebar. This makes it perfect bike for a daily commute or a long ride over the weekend.

Montra Trance Women - Cycle Buying Guide India

Check live price – Amazon

Key Features of this cycle are:

  • The bicycle frame is made out of aluminium alloy (Lighter compared to steel frames)
  • The product comes with 21 gears. The cycle uses Shimano front & rear derailleurs (3×7 speed gears)
  • It uses V brakes on both front and rear tyres.
  • The cycles also have a front suspension to give you added comfort on rough roads.

Who should buy this cycle:

  • Women with a bit experience riding bikes.
  • You can easily ride it fast during your weekend trips.
  • You can commute to work/college on daily basis with ease.



3. Mach City iBike:

This is a counterpart to the first cycle I covered. This model is also called iBike but its built for adult men. It is available in three colours on Flipkart (Blue, Red & Grey).

This is a perfect bicycle for beginners in India. It is not very expensive (Click on the link below the picture for current price online).  You can go for a ride in your nearby parks or jogging tracks. You can also commute to nearby places. The ride quality of the bike is really good. Especially if you think of the price of the cycle.

Mach city iBike Adult Men - Top 10 cycles in India

Check live price – Amazon


Key features of this bicycle are:

  • Equipped with 21 gears (Shimano). The shifting mechanism used in easy fire thumb shifters.
  • The frame is made out of lightweight steel.
  • Both, front and rear tyres, come with wire brakes.
  • Both the front tyre as well as seat have a quick release system

Ideal for:

  • Good cost effective cycle for first-time buyers
  • You can use it for casual rides as well as short commuting.

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4. Montra Trance Pro:

This is one of my personal favourites. This bicycle performance as well as some of the expensive foreign brands. However, it is not as expensive. This bicycle is multipurpose. You can really ride it hard at high speeds or you can use to manoeuvre yourself on the busy roads.


Montra Trance Pro - how to choose the right Cycle in India

Check live price – Flipkart | Amazon

Bicycle Specifications:

  • The frame of the cycle is made up of lightweight aluminium alloy.
  • The tyre size is 29 inches
  • It comes with a rigid suspension. This ensures you require less effort to ride it for a longer distance. However, if the roads are bad, this can cause inconvenience to you.
  • The weight of the bike is 13 Kgs
  • Tyre – Montra 700 x 35c

This bicycle is suitable for:

  • A perfect bicycle that you can use your daily office commute. You can also use it on your leisure trips over the weekend. Recommended bike for someone who uses a bicycle on a regular basis.



5. Giant Escape 2:

This is the foreign brand in the list so far. If you have enough money and a passion for bicycling. This is the brand and product you should be buying with your eyes closed. Giant bicycle brand is the largest producer of bicycles across the world. They also manufacture bikes for all globally renowned cycle brands.


Giant Escape 2 - Bicycle Buying Guide IndiaCheck live price – Flipkart

Technical Features of the bike:

  • The frame is light. Made up of aluminium alloy.
  • Tyres are 28 inches in size.
  • Comes equipped with 24 gears with thumb shifters (Shimano)
  • Giant has built this bike for speed. It does not have any disc brakes or suspensions to add weight to the bike.
  • Tyre used is S X3 – 700×32 (The tyre has puncture protection)
  • The overall weight of the cycle is 12.37 Kgs

This cycle is suitable for:

Cycling enthusiasts. Someone who has been riding regularly for a few years now. I say this because of two reasons. First, this bicycle is expensive. If you are investing your money into something, you should have the passion to enjoy the same. Second. you need some experience to enjoy the ride quality.


6. Hercules Roadeo A375:

This is an entry level mountain bike by Hercules. Hercules is known for their MTBs and has a wide range of options in this particular category. Roadeo is considered amongst the best selling bicycle range in India. The bicycle looks really sporty and fun. The black and yellow colour combination really make it stand out.

Hercules Roadeo A375 - Best beginner bicycle in India

Check live price – Flipkart | Amazon

Technical specifications of the bike:

  • This cycle is equipped with 21 gears (Shimano) with comfortable thumb shifters.
  • Both front and rear tyres have disc brakes.
  • 25-inch tyres
  • The frame is made out of aluminium alloy

Who should buy this:

A beginner who is looking to get fit. Mountain bikes are great for exercising in the morning/evening. The ride quality is great. Even if you are cycling after a while, you will find this bicycle easy to use. You can even take it for a quick off-road ride too.



7. Montra Helicon Disc:

This bicycle not only looks like a beast but performs like one too. The ride quality is great. The tyres really grip hard to the road. You can use it on off-road trails or in the city. It will handle any type of surface with easy.

Montra Helicon Disc

Check live price –  Amazon

Bicycle Specifications:

  • The wheel size of the cycle is 27.5×1 Inch
  • The frame is made out of aluminium alloy
  • Comes with 21 speed Shimano gears
  • Both the wheels have disc brakes. However, it does not come with any suspensions (Suspensions actually make MTBs harder to ride – I personally prefer a bike with no suspensions)



8. Merida Big Seven:

This is the second foreign brand in my list of best bicycles in India. It is a Taiwanese company. The company has been making bicycles for over 40 years now. The company is known for its quality and designs.

This is more product which you can buy with your eyes closed if you have the budget.


Merida BIG SEVEN India

Check live price – Flipkart | Amazon

Bicycle specifications:

  • Aluminium alloy frame. This helps keep the weight of the MTB down. This cycle weighs around 14 Kgs
  • Comes with 27 Shimano gear system.
  • The wheel size is 26 inches.
  • The cycle has wire brakes on the front wheel. While the rear wheel uses a disc brake.
  • The bicycle also has front suspensions


The last two bicycles in our list of top 10 cycles in India are proper road bikes (You may call them race bikes). I would not recommend any beginner to buy them for two main reasons.

  1. These bicycles are built for speed and not comfort. So if someone is not used to riding these bikes, will find it difficult to use it for a long time.
  2. If you are not careful (or knowledgeable) enough about posture while riding, you can easily hurt your back while riding them over a period of time.


9. Montra Unplugged:

If you love a nice breezy ride on the road, this is the bicycle for you. It is lightweight and handles the road really well. However, if the road condition is really bad, you will face issues with this cycle. You can easily clock 10+ kilometre rides on this bicycle.

The bicycle also looks really good with blue decals on the black body frame.


Montra Unplugged

Check live price – Amazon

Key specifications:

  • 6061 aluminium frame.
  • Comes with a 7 speed Shimano gear system (RD-A070 &   FD-A070) with easy shifters
  • It comes equipped with a double wall alloy wheel rim
  • The cycle has a Promax drop handlebar

This bicycle is ideal for:

An experienced cycling enthusiast. Someone who uses a bicycle on a regular basis for long distance within a city. Say if you bicycle to your office every day (Over 6 to 10 Kms) this bicycle is good for you. The only limitation is that the roads you ride on should not be really bad.



10. Cannondale Caad8 Claris:

This bicycle will surely quench your thirst for “need for speed”.  The cycle is nicely designed. You can easily use this bicycle for your intercity tours. The bicycle is super light and the rolling resistance compared to the Montra Unplugged above is next to nothing.


Cannondale cadd8 claris - best bicycle in india for adults

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Technical Specifications:

  • The bicycle comes with 18 gears (Shimano) with easy fire thumb shifters.
  • The cycle is fitted with Schwalbe tyres – Model Lugano
  • The frame of the bicycle is made out of 6061 aluminium alloy
  • The handlebar is Cannondale C4 Compact, again made using 6061 alloy

This bicycle is ideal for:

A pro rider. Someone who takes part in cycling tours on a regular basis.


Looking to Buy Bicycle for Kids – Refer our guides:

Best Cycles for Kids  |   Tricycle for 2-Year-Old |  Bicycles for Girls


Comparison: Top 10 Cycles for Adults in India 2018


I have also compiled the list of bikes I shared above in the table below.


Bicycle ModelTypeSuitable ForFlipkartAmazon

Mach City iBike W

Womens' CycleBeginners

Click Here

Click Here

Montra Trance W

Women's Bicycle

Regular Use

Not Available

Click Here

Mach City iBike

Hybrid City Bike


Click Here

Click Here

Montra Trance Pro

Hybrid City Bike

Regular Use

Click Here

Click Here

Giant Escape 2

Hybrid City Bike

Semi Pros

Click Here

Click Here(Older Model)

Hercules Roadeo A375

MTB/Hardtrail Cycle


Click Here

Click Here

Montra Helicon Disc

Mountain Bicycle

Regular Use

Not Available

Click Here


MTB/Hardtrail Cycle

Semi Pros

Click Here

Not Available

Montra Unplugged

Road Cycle

Regular Use

Not Available

Click Here

Cannondale Caad8 Claris

Road Cycle

Semi Pros

Click Here

Not Available



How to assemble a bicycle bought online?

Even though the assembly remains similar, no two cycles models are the same. Even if they are from the same brand. Your package should contain tools to fix the parts as well as a manual which will guide you through the process (Most bicycles come with this pamphlet)

However, if you are totally new to this. You can watch the video below by Hero Cycles. This will help you get some idea of how the assembly should be done.


I hope this cycle buying guide on the choosing the best bicycles for Adults in India, was detailed enough to help you select the right one for yourself. If you still have any questions, write to me in the comments section below. I will try my best to answer them.

Also, what do you think of this list of the Top 10 cycles in India? Are there any specific cycles that you think should have made to this list in 2018?


  • V.Ranjitj

    Rajith here. I am using a.hybrid montra L size now. I am confortable with it am thinking of.upgrading to a.road bike. My height is 172 cms and inseam is 75 cms. As per the guide on the websites I should be usinh a frame size 54. But at the local dealer I am told to use a 48.or 49 frame.
    I am a bit confused as i am.looking to purchasing a good secondhand road bike.
    Would.appreciate ur comments.


    i am currently using mah city, I want a new one. It should be
    1 I am 180 cm it suits my height
    2 I will use for fitness and rough long cycling and traffic ride
    3 under moderate cost
    4 should last long tires.
    5 I love non-gear and may be geared
    Maintenance isn’t to mention because I love it.
    Pls suggest me under my requirements under 10k will be much better

  • Bhavik Shah


    I have purchase bicycle Vivid 21 gear (27 x 5) from local vendor in Ahmedabad for my son.he is now 14 years 4.2″Height But on Second day when ride the Vivid bicycle their Gear box break and local vendor change Gear box with 850 Rs. then again 4 to 5 days their chain chakkar break and lots of difficulty by changing the gear then again local vendor change the whole 7 Chakkar of Chain and said company will change the same so you should not paid any amount. then after 10 to 15 days gear problem start and when he ride lots of noise in cycle and theirside stand will destroy so i will welding the same. when i will saw all this thing to the vendor he said cycle is OK but your son has not riding properly. he said i will try to sell your cycle to other person by 8000-8500R.i have purchase Vivid Cycle for Rs.13500/-

    now what should i do??????

    • bicycleXP

      Hi Bhavik,

      If you can afford it, I suggest you sell the bike and get a better quality bike from the ones suggested on my guides here on bXP.

  • Poorna

    Hi, I am thinking of buying the Montra Blues 1.2 (2018) I would need it to be good for my office commute about 6kms and once a month 80Km ride. Is it a good bike? or should i look in to other options? Thanks!

  • Aslamkhan

    Can u guide me ?

    My age is 35. And I have never ride a cycle in my life. It is very difficult for me to have a expensive ride in city to go somewhere.

    So, please let me know which cycle shall I buy for myself to learn ?

    My height is 5′ 3″ and weight is 80 Kg.

    Please can u suggest me ?

  • Dweepan


    Thank you for this wonderful write up and sharing your expertise. Greatly helpful.

    I’ve only cycled on-a-need basis on and off. Now planning to get one to commute to office (2 km one way) and for some exercise (may be 5km daily) on decent roads.

    I also wish to do some longer rides during weekends (say 10-20 km). One item in the wish list is to ride Bangalore to Mysore (~160km) after a few months.

    I’m 5.5 – 5.6′ tall weighing around 72kg. And 44 years old

    What cycle would you suggest to buy?

    Thanks much

  • Chaitanya

    hi bicycle xp, I want to buy hybrid bicycle at 20k..can u suggest a good one in rigid suspension model…I am struck in between Montra Trance pro and Montra helicon and kross ig700c. Can u suggest one or any better than this three. Also say your opinion on kross ig700c…can you please asap reply as I am in hurry to buy

  • Saif

    Hello Expert,

    Appreciate your efforts as your page is very informative & helpful.

    My requirement is 5-10 Km a day for fitness & regular use. Can you advice me on Iron Horse Phoenix 1.1 (27.5 T) Mountain Cycle, How is the performance & review for this cycle?

    Best regards,

      • Rahul

        Hai, expert

        Suggest good bicycle model to buy, my aims to workout, loose some over weight. 26age, 176cm. Fairly over weighted. Prefer me a better suggestion that suitable for the journey of workout!!

  • Vilas Ail

    Thanks for providing detailed information.It did provide a good guide for first timer like me.I wanted a bike for daily office commute around 12 KM’s and weekend rides.
    I am confused between Montra blues 1.2D and Firefox hybrid bikes.
    You have suggested Montra blues in your blogs but just wanted to know which one is best between Montra blues 1.2D and firefox volante /momentum

    • bicycleXP

      Hi Vilas,

      Both are very comparable bikes. If you are not sure, I suggest trying them out in a bike store near you. If you get a great deal offline, go for it. Else, you can anyways buy them online.


  • Tapas


    First off all I would like to appreciate your efforts to maintain this blog, your blog is very informative & helpful, thanks for providing detailed information.

    I am totally new to cycling, I am planning to purchase my first cycle, My Height is 5.7 and weight is 93. I want the cycle to have good speed, and some off-roading capability (as having rock roads), I would like to have disk brake and gears but I am too much confused as someone is saying gears and disc brakes in not good in budget cycles and all, and someone is saying gears are good to have.

    I don’t know much about cycling but your blog helps me out a much to understand the basics of cycling. My budget is very tight that is around 13-14k, I have shortlisted a few bikes after reading almost all the available articles on the internet, can you please guide me which one I should prefer.

    In Budget :

    Mach City Munich 21Sp

    Stretching the Budget :
    FitTrip Snyper 29″ City 21 Speed

    Montra Madrock 26T 21

    Montra Downtown Medium

    Thanks 🙂

  • Dnyaneshwar Bawane

    Hello Expert,

    I am planning a trip roughly which is 500km for on and off road drive.for this trip i need a bicycle for ehich i am planning to take Hercules Roadeo A375 /Hercules Roadeo is it fine or should i go for any other bicycle.
    Also i am beginner last time i drove bicycle 8 years back.

    please suggest regarding it.

  • Prakash R

    Hi BicycleXP,

    I am looking for a bicycle that can help me commute to office on a regular basis (~ 10 Kms one way) . I love to have something for comfort, based out of Bangalore hence traffic is amazingly bad and budget should be around 15,000.

    Please let me know your inputs.

    Prakash R

  • Boobathi

    Hi Team,

    Thanks for awesome list
    I have a plan of buying cycle to commute to office and occasional weekend ride may be up to 20-30 km.
    I have selected two items.
    Montra Helicon
    Montra Downtown

    Which one will be best for me? or suggest some other option too.
    Thanks in advance.

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