When you are out in the market for a bicycle, you have to consider how much of a hole you are willing to let it burn in your pocket. Fret not for the world’s largest manufacturer of bicycles, Giant Bicycles has launched the most economic MTB from a global brand in the Indian market yet. The Giant Rincon LTD, 2016
Deriving from its older brother, the Rincon LTD (LTD stands for Limited) holds the same frame design, structure and integrity that the Giant Rincon Disc’s pedigree holds. The components however are more beginner friendly.
The 6061 Giant proprietary Aluxx frame has been coated with a detailed black and pearl mix paint job with orange highlight decals just like the more featured Rincon Disc.
Since this isn’t about the Rincon Disc that already enjoys the high school sweetheart status, let us talk about what the Rincon LTD has to offer. The bicycle is what the Giant Revel 3 was to the Indian market last year, a beginner’s multi terrain bicycle that a lot of new riders preferred for its affordability, product refinement, component selection and the ride comfort it offered but available at a much affordable price tag. About Rs. 2000/- cheaper.
Taking into consideration the components used on the Rincon LTD it is also an easy to own bicycle. It has the good old standard 26″ wheels. Spare tyres, tubes and maintenance of which are easily available across any bicycle store. Speaking of tubes, the tubes have a Schrader valve which allows you to fill air anywhere a motorcycle or a car’s tyres can get air at. The Rincon LTD has Giant’s Gravel rolling tyres and a sufficient front suspension manufactured in-house by Giant to keep its control abilities high across the varied terrains one might want to start riding on.
The braking is taken care of by linear pull braking system with Tektro brake pads. One of the most compelling factors that influence a new buyer is the appearance of the bicycle and the black and orange theme makes that aspect effortless on the buyer. Aspects like the Giant branded tyres, saddle and seat post add to the bicycle’s blended appearance and colour factor. Another eye catching feature is the Dalmatian patterned Giant branding on the handle bar grip.
Drivetrain set up includes a 42T Prowheel 3 Speed Crankwheel and a 7 speed Shimano freewheel at the rear, both shifting duties taken care of by Shimano derailleurs, the new Shimano Tourney at the rear.
The components aside, what really makes this bicycle pocket friendly is the fact that at its price of Rs. 24,500/- the kick stand and a bell are already included and fitted on the bicycle, which in most other close competitors from global brands are accessories that come at an additional cost.
Crank gives the Giant Rincon LTD 2016 an AHT (Average Head Turning) Factor of 8 out of 10.