Bicycle review: Cheetah ladies Orange (2014)

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Not many are the bicycle that actually catch the eye of people that get passed by them, but Cheetah ladies Orange fits in this category, despite its simple recipe of using a lot of white, and a hint of orange through the tires employed. Basically, the “less is more” principle works its best here, and a simple stroll down the park alley can confirm it.

So, with aesthetics sorted out, will get on to the technical details that make this subject an interesting product. For instance, it features a steel frame, with rather nice finishing touches, even if there are little flaws in various points. Being a women-specific city bike, the down tube has a significant sloping angle in order to make it easier to mount/dismount while using fashion items such as skirts, while the fork is in its turn made out of steel, with simple dropouts at its end.

Controlling this “feline” proves to be an easy task, the geometry being agile. Also, the rider’s position is comfortable, the configuration favouring an upright position, and the handlebar has a big positive rise which means you don’t have to stretch your arms too far out. Navigating between cars can be done without fear of collision, as the handlebar is somewhat narrow, and the advantage of such bikes, generated by the use of road bike standards in terms of wheels, is that you can reach a high rolling speed without big effort.

Playing a key part in the visual symphony of the bike, the wheels also prove to be theftproof, even if this means they’re a bit unpractical. They are kept in place each by a pair of nuts instead of the quick release mechanism, so you’ll have to carry with you a wrench for unmounting the wheel when you have a flat tire. On the other hand, so will the potential thief, therefore it’s a good system for bike safety. Featuring a 1×7 drivetrain, the Orange includes enough gears for getting around through the city, even if it relies on a Shimano Altus rear-derailleur, which doesn’t stun neither in terms of shifting speed, nor precision. Its only good part is that it’s there. Maybe the manufacturers could have got it better in regard of the shifter, as the GripShift lever takes up about half the space reserved for the bar grips, which means you’ll find your hand, at all times, positioned half above the shifter, and half above the grip.

Cheetah Orange is also available in the single-speed version, but some may prefer this version, as the derailleur allows you to choose between more gears, thus adapting to the road conditions. The crankset also features a guard that stops your pants from touching the chain, a good initiative especially if you plan on reaching your destination in a presentable manner. And concluding the component line-up, you’ll have a pair of ProMax brakes at your disposal, that you wouldn’t call exactly powerful, but, when actuated in the same time, they manage to stop your rig.

Conclusion

Cheetah offers yet again a simple bike (the singlespeed version would be the one named minimalist), with a catchy design, for a bargain price of 389 euros. It’s not the lightest of them all, tipping the scale at 13,4 kilograms, but its purpose, we think, is to embody the bare minimum in terms of functionality, a thing which it fully achieves, with the extra mention that it looks gorgeous!

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