For years, I have been riding bikes knowing that they are the most economical and cost-efficient way of travelling, and not to mention the most fun! Recently, I’ve discovered that travelling and going out on long rides with a group takes that to a whole new level, giving cycling a fun, social twist. But before I share the story of our ride, let me lay out the technical specs of the Hoptown Tilt 500.
Frame was made of 6061 T6 Aluminum which is lightweight, dynamic and sturdy. The fork is stronger because it’s made of a Hi-ten Steel. Hoptown Tilt 500 is equipped with Shimano SIS 7-speed derailleur and a Shimano Revo-Shift gear shifter which is accurate an ergonomic. Distance Traveled per turn of the crank using the lower gear is 2.96m while using the highest gear is 5.90m. V-brake and caliper is made of steel that guarantees effective and progressive braking. Handle bar width is 560mm, a 60mm semi-raised handlebar provides good steering and improves bike handling. A fixed stem in aluminum with quick-release lock for greater stiffness compared to a height-adjustable stem. A 540mm distance from saddle to handlebar, 480mm to 700mm bottom bracket to saddle distance. Hoptown Tilt 500 also has a semi-integrated headset. A foam padded comfort saddle made without seams to prevent water from seeping in in a wet weather. seatpost is 31.6mm diameter. A 20 inch black anodised single wall rim. A fold-up pedals limit bulk when bike is folded. Other safety and comfort feature of the bike are the mudguards with stays, a dual chain guard. The front of the bike can be fitted with an additional VIOO clip light.
Now let’s get to the part where I unfold my adventure with the Hoptown! Last October, I joined an epic group ride mounted by the Tiklop Society of the Philippines (TSP). Some of them came from Luneta Park but our starting point was in Paranaque. I rode a total of 38 kilometers from Paranaque to Kawit, Cavite to visit the Aguinaldo Shrine. Then from the Shrine back to Decathlon Alabang. For this ride, my main goal was to test out the efficiency, comfort, and ride quality of the Hoptown. But of course, to also have a great time!
The overall experience was stable yet exhilarating due to the bike’s build quality and frame design. What I’ve noticed is because of the riser handlebar and the form-fitting saddle, I was in a very comfortable 90 degree riding position for most of the ride.
The most surprising part of the ride perhaps, were the climbing portions, because while all the other riders were out of their saddles, I was still comfortably sat-on, in the easiest gear. Because of the versatile Shimano 1 by 7 gearing set-up of the bike, I was never short of a gear, even on the flats.
The biggest factor of the bike’s overall comfort would be the bike’s puncture resistant tires. The 20×1.75 B’TWIN Puncture Resist tires offered the grip, stability, and confidence I needed in order to get the corners right and ride down the descents with ease.
The experience was overall a rollercoaster of fun and excitement, especially because of the riders I rode with, and of course, the bike I was riding. I would like to extend a special mention of thanks to the Members of TSP (Tiklop Society of the Philippines) for letting me tag along on their ride, and the great conversations we had along the way.
For more details, you can visit the Hoptown 500 Page here or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!