The moment I swung my leg over the Phoenix, the comfort aspect became evident. The long single padded seat is very comfortable and I didn’t face much problem during the entire testing duration. With the help of the single down tube chassis, telescopic forks at the front, series spring rear suspension and the TVS tyres, the handling of the Phoenix is excellent for its class. Its low seating height and upright riding posture makes it very comfortable to ride in city traffic. My ride from my workplace to home is around 70kms which consists of heavy traffic zones, highways and also some nice ghat sections and honestly, the Phoenix has all the character to comfortably enjoy these roads. However, ride the Phoenix for more than a few hours on the highway, and the lack of that fifth gear will make itself felt in the vibrations above 70kmph.
The commuter seating posture also puts zero weight on the rider’s wrists and feet (unlike the Stunner/Ignitor twins) so long stints on the highway will leave the rider with an aching posterior. It tends to bounce around at highway speeds, but that is perfectly acceptable because of the sublime ride quality that the Phoenix offers on a bumpy tarmac or broken roads. Even with my weight and no suspension adjustment, it took everything into its stride and made sure it wasn’t transferred to me. Braking on the Phoenix is excellent thanks to the 240mm petal disc at the front and 130mm drum brakes at the rear. I wish the front disc had a little more progression though as it will offer much more confidence to riders who are undoubtedly going to be using a front disc brake for the first time. There is no denying its stopping power, though.