Words & Riding: Vineet Sharma | Photography: Vaibhav Nijhowne
Freerider Mountain Bike Magazine Rating: 5/5 | Also Featured in ISSUE 8 – March 2012
UpLand bikes were recently introduced in India and we tested their entry level cross country bike M5015. We were surprised with the quality of the bike and the components provided in a reasonable price tag of 26,000 INR.
Without any doubt this is one the best budget mountain bike we have ever tested which stands out in riding quality and components.
The Frame: UpLand 6061 aluminum frame is simple but has a sleek chain stay and seat stay. The gussets are placed where they should be and the cables are routed under the top tube which keeps them out of the way. The styling, graphics and quality of the frame is A class.
Components:The components installed on this bike are usually found on much expensive bikes. Truvativ Stylo Stem and Handle bars, lock on grips and seat post. Shimano Alivio group drive, Avid Juicy Three hydraulic disc brakes with 160mm rotors. Sun DS2 XC rims and 26X2.3 Geax Gato tyres make the bike more appealing in that price tag. The fork is a Rock Shox Dart 2 with lockout and preload settings, but we are not complaining about it.
FRAME: Alloy 6061-T6 DB | FORK: Rock Shox DART2 W/TurnKey | HEADSET: FSA Orbit ZS-3 Internal | HANDLEBAR: Truvativ STYLO SL STEM: Truvativ STYLO RACE | SEATPOST: Truvativ STYLO RACE | DERAILLEURS: Shimano ALIVIO | SHIFTERS: Shimano ALIVIO | BRAKES: Avid Juicy Three W/160mm rotors | CRANKSET: Shimano ALIVIO | PRICE: 26,000 INR
CONCLUSION: The first ride experience was brilliant. The M5015 offers excellent trail taming capability, neutral handling and great components in that price tag. These features are mostly found on bikes which are twice as expensive. This is by far the best deal for the riders looking for a bike with good components and which is light on the pocket at the same time.