Last weekend, a friend told me about a local bicycle shop(Metro Cycles) selling a Carbon Cycle of Hamilton brand. This brand is sort of known in India but only for cheap bicycles. Later I figured out that Hamilton Bicycles is an in-house brand of Metro Cycles.
So, I went to have a look at the bicycle out of curiosity. It sure is a carbon frame, but I couldn't get more information about it as the dealer as well as the website are sparse on details. I have been wondering how come they came up with one-off carbon model and who designed it and where.
This is the product page on their website: http://hamiltoncycles.in/Product.aspx?pId=10270
My notes on the first look at the bike:
- Carbon Quality Unknown.
- Endurance Geometry.
- Shimano groupset: nondescript, 8 speed.
- Saddle torn.
- Handlebar bad. The grip is torn.
- Brakes seem to be really bad. The rear brake has horrible stopping power.
- JHT wheels?
- Size not specified
- Carbon chipped.
- Horribly maintained
And they quoted ₹95000/-(~$1350) for this stupid thing. Surely, I can get a Carbon bike with Tiagra groupset for a little more.
Surely never buying this bike nor even recommending it to anybody but it has me wondering how to judge the frame quality. I have always relied on online reviews for known brands but when it comes to brands like these, I have no idea where to start. I faced a similar lack of information when I was looking for Java bikes, and thus let it go.