City-chic Mango Bikes are custom-made for urban cycling

Date: 2015-10-08
The colourful single-speed Mango Bike is the model of choice for cyclists keen to commute to the office or coast around the UAE in style. So, when Explorer were invited to test ride one we didn't hesitate. Mango Bikes, like their brand, stand out in both looks and functionality.

Parked inside Explorer's office, its bright 'Bumblebee' yellow and black design is a great fit with us. We're an active bunch of worker bees who like to explore the country on two wheels. The bike's sleek, stylish exterior and hardworking persona was another appeal. Effortless free styling Mango Bike recently featured on the BBC's 'Be Your Own Boss' and has been voted a leading 'urban bike'. Our smart suited staff (in sales & marketing) took the bike for a spin and agreed it was the perfect commuter bike with a fantastic on-road performance and sharp steering abilities. Technically speaking, the bike comes equipped with a clever rear flip-flop hub, meaning you can choose to freewheel or opt for a fixed-gear set up simply by taking the wheel out and turning it around.

The bikes are delivered to customers in this standard freewheel position, but it is great to have the no-gears option if you prefer to coast along the coast - Jumeirah Beach Road anyone? The free-style option allows you to relax and bike about in comfort. Wherever you are, you can stop pedalling and really enjoy the views while the wheels are in motion. Alternatively, the fixed gear set up gives you plenty of pedal power to make it to work on time! Overall, this alternating hub is easy to operate and on skinny racing tyres, Explorer's test riders felt they could cycle everywhere, effortlessly and quickly. The bikes are more suited in the UAE for 'on-road' action rather than the 'off-road', and remember to be careful out there.

Winning design
Since launching, the single-speed Mango Bike has been a huge hit, not only winning design awards but also smashing the lights out when it comes to quality and performance. An excellent choice for cyclists of all ages and abilities across the emirates, they are available in three frame sizes and in a multitude of amazing colours. Most importantly, their low-maintenance design - a lightweight frame and simple, fuss-free components - mean there is very little that can go wrong mechanically with them. Left outside exposed to extreme heat, or riding on below-par surfaces would be the undoing on other less sophisticated, models.

Custom built
Built to last, the Mango Bike can be customised for a really individual look. Thanks to thousands of colour combinations, there is an extensive range of stand-out designs to think about. If you look online (mangobikes.me), bikes can be tailor made with the frame, saddle, grips, rims, tyres, chain and pedals available in nine different colours. There's even an artful online tool to help you create your dream bike. When it comes to style, substance and value for money this bike is an overriding success. Road testers and cycle experts around the world agree it's a well designed with a neat saddle, durable seat clamps, reliable cables, hardy pivot brakes and tough tyres. Add to this its stylish looks, low maintenance and high performance, this is one bike worth its weight in good quality components.

Cool cost for UAE customers
For interested UAE customers, Mango Bikes are offering Explorer readers a special price of Dhs.1,900 reduced from Dhs.2,300. To take advantage of this great offer, simply use the discount code 'Explorer' found at mangobikes.me, or call the store on 055 610 1841 to place your order. Bikes are delivered to customers in Dubai for free or can be dispatched elsewhere in the UAE for an additional Dhs.150. For further information on cycling in the UAE generally, Explorer's wide range of guides and activity books offer great advice, as does http://www.askexplorer.com.

By Lisa Crowther

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