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Rockrider 520 review: Why Is it a Better Budget Bike?

It wasn’t the first time VeloCrushIndia decided to review a bike for Decathlon Thane. This time, we got our hands on the stunning Rockrider 520 review. On first look, the bike seemed quite like the RR 500. However, on further evaluation, we found out that, the bikes are a world apart. One served as an entry level bike while the other is one level up. Moreover, you could even use it for some basic mountain biking. Read on to find out more.

After the Rockrider 520 review, why do we think it is a steal?

There is no way any renowned brand would sell their bike at a price of 29K. With features such as double hydraulic disc brakes, forks with lockout feature, 27-speed SHIMANO Acera gears and Tektro disc brakes the price of Rockrider 520 is a steal. In case if you are thinking of purchasing a bike with all the features from a well-known brand, then you better be prepared to shell out a bomb. However, Decathlon’s Rockrider 520 review can make all your dreams come true. Read on to find out how.

We got the bike home and took her for a number of spins across South Mumbai. The first thing we noticed was the bike weight. In spite of the brochure reading a decent 13.4 kg, the bike seemed to be much heavier than that.


During the Rockrider 520 review, we found out that the bike offered a nice raised position as we sat on the covered saddle. Moreover, the tyres were great in performance. We felt they were better than the usual Kenda tyres that come on the bike. The tyres certainly offered better handling on the tarmac as well as loam soil.


What happened as we rode further?

As we rode further, the Rockrider 520 review kept rolling with a good grip on the tarmac. It did not matter if it rained or was hot. The performance was consistent as it even rolled exceptionally well on small rocks and roots. When climbs came, the 13.4kg bike did pull us down. On the other hand, the downhill was bliss and so was cornering.


What we think was the best part about the bike?

As we enjoyed riding the Rockrider 520 review for over a month, we covered quite a lot of distance over different routes across the city. We even handed over the bike to our specialist – Kailas Patil 3rd Indian RAAM Qualifier who rode the bike for a couple of days and handed us with some amazing findings. The route involved a variety of obstacles in the form of gravel, potholes and not to forget traffic.


What was so fascinating about this bike?

During the Rockrider 520 review we even checked the preload adjuster and a lockout suspension that made the experience fun and thrilling. We could instantly lock our fork with hand and get the desired hardness/softness.Our own Abhishek Tarfe had a blast maneuvering the Rockrider 520 review through moving traffic.

These are his findings.  If you are riding within the city, make sure you set the suspension somewhere between hard and medium.  Riding as fast as you want or as slow, cutting through traffic or over potholes is very exciting.


At high speeds when you brake and turn, the bike is steady. The suspension can take a nasty amount of stress and the brakes conceal all your power.

What complemented and assisted in maintaining speed and maneuvering through traffic was the trigger shifting. The brand new Rockrider 520 offered a free flowing shifting without any glitches in stressful conditions while climbing as well as in traffic.


What do we think of the bike overall?

 The Rockrider 520 review bike can take any amount of beating and does not matter how you treat it. The bike looks fantastic and you are sure to be pleased with the performance as well as the price. Moreover, B’Twin provides a lifetime warranty on the frame, stem and handlebars. Keeping the weight aside, the bike can compete with quite a few branded bikes without any doubt.

As far as the weight does not bother you, the bike is a steal and a must have for your random adventures and outings on any kind of terrain. In case you loving jumping over potholes, pavements and other small structures, or are just completely careless, this bike is meant for you.

Editor: Arthi Basak

Picture Courtesy: Siddesh Mapuskar

The Rockrider 520 review would not have been possible without Decathlon Thane. We thank them for letting us borrow the bike.

Written By

Abhishek Tarfe is a Certified Bike Mechanic from Park Tool School. He enjoys teaching people how to cycle and loves going on multi-day tours. Besides, he loves dogs and coffee. Follow his madness on Instagram



  1. Ashutosh Bajpai

    January 18, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Hi Abhishek… Please suggest me a bicycle under 15000/- INR..

    Thanks in advance 🙂

  2. rathankar

    June 29, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    I have this cycle , an amazing cycle and u will never know how much cycling u had done in a trip. no knee pain or back pain and u will always feel refreshing
    maximum speed i reach will be 25kmph on a plain road and minimum speed is atleast 12kmph on an uphill and speed on a downhill will reach almost 40kmph

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