My main idea was to buy a touring bike. After reading lot of reviews I decided to go for Cannondale Quick 5. But then was little hesitant. Then I looked at Kruze. Cosmetically it looked beautiful. Online search for reviews yielded nothing. It looked a decent road bike for a very reasonable price. Then I started analysing the bike, though am not technically sound. Another added factor was that Kruze was made by an Indian company. All my cycles before had been from Indian companies, either “Hero” or “BSA”. Finally I decided to take the plunge and bought it mid-October 2010.
Bangalore – Chennai
Flat and neat roads. No speedbreakers, no potholes, no gravel filled roads. A distance of 350kms. This was my first major ride a week after purchase. I was able to cruise down the road at a very good speed. No puncture, no gear slip, no chain slip.
Bangalore – Anchetti – Denkanikottai – Bangalore
The second major ride, through the mountains. This was second test for Kruze. Steep climb up the mountains through hairpin bends. Good roads, bad roads, some places no roads, gravel filled roads, muddy patches, speed breakers, potholes. A distance of about 210kms. No puncture, no gear slip, no chain slip. No damage to frame. No difficulty in climbing up steep mountains and gave confidence that Ooty climb was possible.
Tour of Nilgiris
The third major ride that I have done on Kruze. This time it was not a testing ground. There was no option but the cycle had to wade through bad roads and climb upto Ooty. While I thought it was only Ooty to be climbed then came the forest area after entering Karnataka through Kerala towards Gonikappa on Day 7. Not once did my cycle say “I give up”. Withstood everything and all the pressure I was putting on also.
In 8 days of tour there was just one puncture. Minor adjustment to the rear derailluer. Brake was perfect. Infact since friends asked me so on a down hill I braked and made the cycle stand without moving any inch further.
In my opinion on Kruze after completing about 2000kms in 2months
Brakes are perfect.
Gear shifting is smooth.
No chain slipping
The taping on handlebar needs some change
The cycle is perfect fit for guys of height 5ft6inches
The liner between tube and rim needs to be worked upon. The tape being weak caused 2 punctures to my tube.
What would be good to have
Manual with technical details
Manual explaining how to fix bike issues