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Montra has a successful series for every bicycle category. For MTB’s Montra has the Rock series. This hardtail MTB range of bicycles comes in various models with different specifications. Every year they came out with changes to these models in terms of components and design. We got the opportunity to test ride the Montra Rock 1.1D (2017) and here is what we thought.
The Montra Rock 1.1D (2017) is built on a 6061 alloy hardtail frame. This 6061 alloy frame has a higher tensile strength with tapered single butted tubes. The top tube has a smaller diameter on the top when compared to the bottom; this obtains a higher resistance in this area of the frame, a higher rigidity and a better stability of the bicycle. The frame geometry was aggressive and helped be in control on trails.
The Rock 1.1D (2017) comes with a SR Suntour M3030 front suspension forks. During the test ride this suspension fork performed well to tackle all the bumps. The 75mm travel sure did work to its limit. This suspension fork also comes with a preload adjuster.
The Rock series has always been known for its striking graphics. The Rock 1.1D (2017) is no different from its predecessors when it comes to head turning designs. The model which I test rode came in a full black frame with orange and grey graphics. The placement of names and logo are top notch with unique fonts for each of them. The yellow coloured Montra brand name adds a nice contrast to the black frame. The matte finish paint job definitely uplifts the aesthetics of this bicycle. The Rock 1.1D comes only in this 1 colour variant.
The Rock 1.1 D (2017) is powered by Shimano Altus derailleurs at both the front and rear. Altus is an entry-level MTB component but it isn’t the most basic in the Shimano hierarchy. It is one step above Shimano Tourney. During the test ride I shifted up at both the front and rear together with a few pedals in between each shift and this worked well without any lag or glitches. The Shimano ST-EF500 24-speed shifters were easy to use and responded quickly as well.
Being a hardtail MTB the Rock 1.1D requires a reliable braking system. As the name suggests this bicycle does come with mechanical disc brakes. The C-Star BX-350 disc brakes comes with 160mm rotors which reacted well and felt balanced during the test ride. The ST-EF500 brake levers were easy to use and required only 3 fingers to engage.
The XMR MTB handlebar was straight and wide which gave optimum control for the rider on faster trails. The 620mm wide handlebar made sure it was easy to tuck and ride while going downhill.
The tires are probably the best part of this hardtail MTB. The Kenda Komodo 27.5 x 2.1 inch MTB tires has big and heavy buttons as threads that were spread out well all over the tires. The heavily treaded tires made sure rugged trails are rolled over with ease and did not cause unnecessary skidding while braking hard.
The Montra trail saddle had just the right amount of padding but could have been wider. The overall ride quality was both comfortable and balanced.
Trail riding requires not just a strong frame but functioning components as well. This hardtail MTB is quite the all-rounder spec wise and performed well in all aspects during the test ride. The sense of control that the rider can experience on this bicycle is perfect and makes one ride through trails faster while being balanced. Priced at Rs.23,900 the Montra Rock 1.1D is perfect for anyone looking to buy an hardtail MTB for those challenging trails.