As posted in the BikesZone Cycling
My name is Shyam and i am new to this thread. My research for a cycle started about 8-9 months back. At that time , i went through many forums including Bikezone to help me decide on a cycle. However for some reason it confused me even more. I started with a budget of 15k but soon realised it wouldn't meet my needs which were a very light bike that i can carry into my home on the 3rd floor, a single speed (i don't prefer gears) and a ultra smooth ride, bullet proof reliability/service.
My choice of SS limited the options available. I also didn't want to buy an imported and overpriced bike (Trek, Cannondale, Bianchi etc) and then struggle to get parts if it would break down. I wanted a world class bike however with easy and reliable access to parts
Somewhere in one of these forums, i came across a weird name Scolarian bikes. There was no review or matter on Scolarian anywhere except that the Scolarian guys had done a demo of the bike at BOTS. I went to their site and saw 4 bike models, all single speed. Voila, one of my options was met Their bikes weighed around 10 kgs so my other option was also met But the biggest challenge was to check the reliability as no one had bought a scolarian. I spoke to the Scolarian guys who are a bunch of VIT alumnis who do design work. They were very enthusiastic and helpful and offered to send me a bike free of cost to use and return it if i didn't like it. If i liked it i can pay. The only hitch, the bike costed 28K . So, here was my dilemma, should i pay this much for an Indian bike.
I went to BOTS bangalore to see a Scolarian if they stocked it. They didn't and all they had was purefix. Though i rode the prefix, for some reason, i was fixated on the Scolarian. When i asked BOTS , they weren't pushing Scolarian much and they said Purefix was better since it was a better brand and well known. However i wanted to give the scolarian guys a chance, its an Indian company after all. Lets encourage Design and make in India
I live in Madurai. I got back home, called Scolarian and asked for some customer references. I got 2 customer contacts and spoke to them . Both were incredibly happy with their bikes and recommended it 200% . I made up my mind and transferred 28K to Scolarian and got 2 brakes (one brake free). The cycle came in 2 days well wrapped.It looked even better in person.
Since then it has been about 6 months and i have ridden more than 3000kms. I started at about 10 kms per day and am currently at an average of 40kms per day and i ride about 80-100kms on weekends. The only thing that bothered me was flat tyres and once i broke the presta tube valve. When i told Scolarian that i broke the valve and wanted to order 2 more tubes they sent me 2 Kenda tubes free of cost.
Iam waiting for them to design an SS mountain bike which i would like to buy next. I have easily hit 30-40km per hour on the bike and it just flies. I think scolarian can compete with any of the imported brads like Trek/Cannondale and i sincerely hope they sell better in order to compete with the cycling gorillas.
This is a post to help out people who are looking for a new bike."
As posted on Scolarian's Facebook Page
"I thought a lot before buying from Scolarian. Now I don't regret my decision. Fixie-Yes you can give it a try, particularly if you r young please go for it Scolarian- yes 100% as far I researched their bikes are better than a foreign brand and was cheaper too. Service- I learned a lesson from these guys as to how I should treat my customers. My daughter is more happy than me, because after buying fixie I am going with for bicycle rides. To be honest I always wanted to ride a Royal Enfield bullet. Now with fixie I am equally happy and excited. I enjoy a lot riding in traffic. Many times I just show off by lifting my bicycle (9.5 kilos only), driving among autos, two wheelers and cars. Now I Have started customising my fixie. Go for it guys, you won't regret."
* Last Names have been omitted to protect privacy of our customers.