Montra is an Indian Bicycle manufacturer under the T.I Cycles group. This performance Bicycle brand has Hybrid, MTB and Electric Bicycles in various designs and models. The 2021 range has various MTB models and we got the opportunity to test ride the Montra Backbeat 29 (2021) and here is what we thought.
The Montra Backbeat 29 (2021) has a 6061 Hardtail Alloy frame. The frame has a conventional geometry with a downward sloping top tube. The top and bottom tubes are fused at the front, making a solid front area of the frame that can easily handle a lot of hard hitting and vibrations on trails and other rough/rugged surfaces. The riding geometry was comfortable and ideal for flat trail rides as well as rides on urban roads.
This Hardtail MTB comes with a Zoom branded Suspension Fork with a 80mm travel. Additionally, the fork has a mechanical lockout, which is handy. Activating the lockout makes the suspension rigid, thereby making the ride smoother and easier especially when the need to accelerate on flatter roads arises.
The Bicycle that was test ridden came in a primary colour of Black on the frame, with decals and graphics in a secondary colour of bright Neon Yellow. The colours used are contrasting, and the matte finish paint job was smooth and premium in quality.
The Montra Backbeat 29 (2021) comes equipped with a Shimano Tourney TZ front derailleur and a standard Shimano Tourney rear derailleur. While the drivetrain componentry is entry-level, the shifting was smooth and is ideal for quick shifts on flat trails and urban roads. There was no evident lag in the gear transmission when on the test ride. The Shimano 21-Speed trigger shifters were easy to shift with clear numbered gear indicators.
The Backbeat 29 (2021) comes equipped with Logan Mechanical Disc brakes. The braking power offered was sufficient to bring the Bicycle to a stable halt on both flat trails and urban roads. The standard brake levers are well placed, and are easy to operate requiring only 2-3 fingers to engage.
The Alloy handlebar was wide enough to ensure optimum control on fast turns while being stable. Additionally, the width of the handlebar ensures an ‘open-chested’ comfortable riding posture.
The Montra Backbeat 29 (2021) rolls on a pair of Maxxis Ardent 29” x 2.40” MTB tires. The tires were heavily treaded with a uniform tread pattern, ensuring stability and safety while on uneven rugged surfaces. The massive 2.40” width is the highest there has been on Montra MTB’s and this upgrade made this Bicycle roll over rocky surfaces with ease. The double walled Alloy rims were strong enough to handle a fair bit of hard hitting from the surface.
The XMR Saddle has been ergonomically designed to ensure that the rider is comfortable and sore free on bumpy rides.
The Montra Backbeat 29 (2021) is a Hardtail MTB that comes equipped with an Alloy frame and a Zoom front suspension fork with a lockout option for smoother riding on both flat and even surfaces. The Logan Mechanical Disc brakes were powerful and the 29"" x 2.40” Maxxis tires are heavily treaded and offer great grip. Priced at Rs.27,230(as on 15th April 2022) the Montra Backbeat 29 (2021) is an ideal choice for anyone looking to buy an affordable and capable MTB for regular usage on rough city roads, as well as for the occasional off-roading on rugged paths and mild trails.
Prices and Specifications/Components are subject to change by the brand, without due notice.
6061 Aluminium Alloy
Zoom 389-MLO with 80mm travel and Lock-out
Shimano Tourney TZ500/Microshift M20 3-Speed
Shimano Tourney TY500/Microshift M21L 7-Speed
Logan Mechanical Disc Brakes
Shimano ST-EF500/Microshift TS38 3x7-Speed
Maxxis Ardent 29" x 2.40"
XMR Double Wall Alloy
XMR Steel 680mm with 30mm rise
XMR Trail Saddle with High Density Foam
Front Suspension with Lockout