The mention of Proton T-Bolt does not create awe. Instead, sneering remarks would follow. Unlike mentioning other "big" names that I need not mention here. I bought one T-Bolt simply because it was a decent bike that could squeeze into my tight budget.
T-Bolt originated from EPX TerraShark by EPX Australia. The original Terrashark offers higher specs, of course at higher price tag. I am not going to dwell into the history of Proton taking a nosedive into selling bicycle simply because I don't know the facts...Don't wanna be making up stories and getting sued for sedition and defamation. We don't want that, do we?
My intention is to try to convey that T-Bolt is still a decent, fun to ride bike. It can even take moderate beating...With some upgrading, it can take you to another height. You don't have to burn a big hole in your pocket especially when your pocket is not that big (like mine...)
When I took delivery, I too, didn't have much expectation. It was just a bike that could allow me to continue cycling after my HT rig, was passed to my wife.
But after a few spin, the prejudice began to mellow. This ugly green ogre can deliver more than I thought it could do...Of course not the full extend of a FR or DH bike. Even I myself, am not a freerider or downhiller. But this green ogre is dragging me to do more...
To get more out of it, some parts were changed (see, I don't use the term upgrade). So, this is what it is all about...the transformation of the green ogre. Again, economoney was a big constraint, so I had to be thrifty.
...When it was first brought home. Stock bike and parts. This is the so called "upgrade" version. Spec differs from it predecessor. Main plus is the LX07 FD and RD, coupled with Deore RapidFire Plus shifter. Note all the light reflectors intact.
Didn't look much different...So, what happened?