Gone is the age of steam. We’re now in the era of hydrogen bombs and electricity. With the advent of new technologies, people also realized the need to preserve the old ones. Yes, in this world of revolutionized automobile engines, I’m talking about the need to preserve the eco-friendly bicycles. Not only does the bicycles preserve the environment but also is a mode of workout for many. Bicycle market has been prevailing in the Indian markets since last few decades. With many people switching to bicycles back again, here we are today with a list of 12 Popular Bicycle Brands in India. The practice of cycling has again managed to seek a lot of popularity among Indian citizens. Consequently, a lot of bicycle brands have come up and are taking their shot in the Indian markets.
12 Popular Bicycle Brands in India
1. Atlas Cycles
The first bicycle brand on our list is Atlas Cycles. This brand came into existence in the year 1950. For the kids who were born in 1960’s/1970’s, these cycles were every kid’s dream. This company was started by Shri Janki Das Kapoor with an aim to meet the demands of the common Indian people and provide them with a cost-effective mode of transportation. Atlas managed to establish themselves as the market leaders in India by the year 1965. They were the first company to launch a sports bicycle in India in the year 1978. Currently, Atlas Motion and Atlas Ultimate City are the most sold models launched by the company.
2. Avon Cycles
The next cycle brand on our list is Avon Cycles. Just like Atlas, Avon Cycles is also one of the oldest cycle brands in India started by Pahwa brothers from Punjab. They started their journey as a cycle saddle and brake manufacturing unit in the year 1941. They launched the first bicycle in the year 1951. The company is pretty clear: the idea is to deliver a good quality product at a very affordable price.
3. BSA Cycles
BSA is a renowned cycle brand in India. This brand was established by Murugappa Group in collaboration with Tube Investments, UK with an aim to provide the Indian buyers with the latest technology and gigs from the bicycle industry. This brand also has some other famous companies under their hood like Hercules, Montra, Ladybird etc. over the years, the company has excelled in launching some of the first’s in Indian markets. As per the claims made on their website, BSA Cycles were the first they were the first to launch an MTB, Ladies cycle, kids cycle, geared cycle etc in India. Isn’t that amazing?
4. Btwin Cycles
Btwin is a subsidiary cycling brand owned by renowned French sports gear manufacturer Decathlon. Btwin- Decathlon’s cycling division was set up in the year 1976. Though, the Decathlon’s cycling Division was officially renamed- “Btwin” in the year 2006. Decathlon was formed with an objective to provide every consumer with affordable sports gear. Believe me, they make quality bikes at a very affordable price! So, if you’re looking for value for money bikes I’ll suggest opting for Btwin cycles.
5. Firefox Bikes
The next brand on our list of 12 Popular Bicycle Brands in India is Firefox Bikes. Firefox is a sole independent Indian brand that has managed to gain a lot of attention in the premium bicycle market. Later, in the year 2015, they were acquired by the Hero Cycles. Firefox offers products in almost all the categories. From kids, ladies, city to off-road MTBs, they have something to offer for everyone.
6. Hercules Cycles
I’m sure everyone is familiar with the next brand on our list: Hercules Cycles. Hercules Cycles belong to the house of TI cycles in India. Hercules cycles introduced their first ever product in the year 1951. According to some resources, it is said that Hercules Cycle was the first brand to launch mountain bicycles in India and these MTBs are amongst the top-selling bicycles till the date.
Also, the other thing that makes them so special is the fact that the first every bicycle I ever owned was also from the house of Hercules Cycle. So, that makes them really special for me. Recently, Hercules launched their sub-brand Roadeo, which has also done quite well among the teenagers.
7. Hero Cycles
Hero Cycles is quite famous- a brand in India that needs no introduction. Like Hercules Cycles, Hero Cycles is also among the top selling-bicycle brands in India. This is evident from the success of their “Hero Ranger” series- a bicycle revolution a decade or two back. The new modern-day series launched by Hero is “Hero Sprint“. They have easily managed to grab a spot in the list of top selling bicycles under Rs. 10000 in India. Hero Cycles has also launched a “Hero Urban” range series that comprises of commuter/city bicycles. Hero Cycles is seen as a budget-friendly brand that delivers quality products at a really good price.
The best thing about choosing models from top-selling brands like Hero and Hercules is that they have a large variety of models to choose from and service process becomes easy due to the availability of nearby resources.
8. Kross Cycles
Kross Cycles, the next brand on our list is known for delivering quality products at affordable prices. This Indian brand is a sub-brand of the Hero group. If you’re a beginner or casual rider looking for budget options, I’ll suggest going for Kross Cycles but if you’re a seasoned rider then this is not the safest choice. The servicing of these bikes is never a tedious task and as this brand is a subsidiary of Hero group then I’m sure there won’t be any brand assurance issues.
9. LadyBird Cycles
The next brand on our list of 12 Popular Bicycle Brands in India is LadyBird Cycles. This was the first Indian brand to come up with a product that was solely designed and targeted the girls and women bicycle market. This brand also comes from the house of BSA cycles. They are also known for making the use of bright-colored frames in their products, thus breaking the monotony of dark-colored bicycles. This brand has done fairly well since their launch and is a strong market player in the budget bicycle category.
10. Mach City Bikes
Mach City Bikes is another brand under the banner of BSA Cycles. The Mach City group has managed to gain a lot of attention in the limited time in India. All thanks to its revolutionary product Mach City iBike. This model comes in the market with a lot of colors as well as gear variation options available. So, if you’re looking for a hybrid bicycle in India, without any doubt I’ll suggest going for Mach City iBike.
11. Montra Bikes
Montra Bikes is another big name on our list of 12 Popular Bicycle Brands in India. Montra Bikes is an Indian Brand that is known for delivering quality products at par with the International brands at affordable prices. Montra Bikes is considered as a mid-segment brand but deliver better products than most of the entry level bikes. If you’re looking for a good value for money option then without any hesitation, I’ll show thumbs up to Montra Bikes.
12. Roulik Bicycles:
The last brand on our list of 12 Popular Bicycle Brands in India is Roulik Bicycles. Roulik Bicycles is a Kerala based Indian bicycle manufacturer and is majorly known for delivering electric bikes. Lately, they have also shown interests and ventured into the regular bicycle market. Currently, Roulik Inzio is the best performing and top-selling electric bicycle model launched by Roulik bicycle group.
This brings me to the end of my list of 12 Popular Bicycle Brands in India. I’m aware that I would have missed at least a couple of good brands on the list. so, you can add about them in the comments section below. Also, do let us know about the brands you’ve used so far and what are your opinions about the same?
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