Ascend Zion

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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Ascend Zion. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

10 reasons to buy

  • A reviewer considers the Zion "better equipped" than costlier options from other brands.
  • Buyers commend the bike's low weight, performance, and value for money.
  • A hydraulic lockout on the front forks improves pedaling efficiency on smooth surfaces and uphill.
  • An expert says the microSHIFT drivetrain shifts well, and the 2x chainset is superior to the 3x typically seen at this price.
  • A tester praises the comfortable upright riding position.
  • A reviewer considers the Zion good value for commuting and light off-road riding.
  • A few users say assembly is easy, appreciating the instructions and assembly video online.
  • A tester notes that the tires are fast-rolling and suit riding on various surfaces.
  • One expert says the mechanical disc brakes are reliable.
  • Compared to 26" and 27.5" wheels often found on this type of bike, the Zion's 29" wheels make it easier to roll over small obstacles and maintain momentum.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Ascend only offers the Zion in one color.
  • An expert finds the budget fork, quick handling, and upright geometry ill-suited to aggressive off-road riding.
  • A tester believes novices would be better served by the simplicity of a 1x drivetrain and single shift lever.
  • In one reviewer's opinion, the Zion is more of a ‘hybrid commuter that can handle light off-road terrain’ than an actual mountain bike.
  • A tester says serious technical sections overwhelm the coil-sprung fork.

Bottom line

The Zion is a budget hardtail with 29" tires, 2x9-speed gearing, and an unbranded 100mm suspension fork. Ascend markets the Zion as ready for aggressive off-roading. In reality, it's a hybrid commuter that can tackle rough pavement and light off-road terrain, and it offers good value for this purpose. However, those hoping to tackle serious mountain trails should look for a bike with geometry that’s better suited to the challenges of proper mountain biking.

Expert Reviews

74/100 based on 1 rated expert review
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Review: Ascend Zion Hardtail Mountain Bike

The Ascend Zion is a good first mountain bike for young riders ready to graduate to big wheels and for adults who want a capable bike they can ride on bike paths, gravel roads, and for light-duty trail riding. It’s not the best choice for riders who see themselves getting deeper into the sport of mountain biking.

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User Ratings

80/100 based on 9 ratings
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