Montra is an Indian performance Bicycle brand with all types of Bicycles for all kinds of riders. The 2019 range of bicycles from Montra have seen the Rock MTB range get new designs. We got the opportunity to test ride the Montra Rock 3.1 29” (2019) and here is what we thought.
Weight: 15.9 kgs
The Montra Rock 3.1 29” (2019) is built around a Hardtail 6061 Alloy frame. The top tube is slanting from the front to the seat tube. This gives extra standover clearance for the rider, which is helpful when riding over bumpy trails. The seat stays are shaped in a way which helps absorb vibrations of the surface and thus making it comfortable for the rider. The heaviness of this bicycle is its strength as it can take hard hitting of the surface.
The Suntour XCT front suspension fork has a 100mm travel which works well on flat trails with occasional bumps. The Hydraulic Suspension lockout was useful in making the fork rigid and thus go faster on flat roads.
This Hardtail MTB which I test rode came in a full Carbon Black primary colour on the frame with Neon Orange graphics. The matte finish paint job enhanced the colours. The graphics are simple and elegant with minimal work. The slanting top tube, thin tubes and heavy treads all make this bicycle look like a rugged MTB. The internal cable routing for the gears made the frame look neat.
The Rock 3.1 29” (2019) comes equipped with Shimano Altus at the front and rear as derailleurs. These derailleurs worked well during the test ride with no lags experienced. The 24-Speed drivetrain has the range for sudden steep climbs as we as to go all out on high gears. The Shimano Altus trigger shifters were easy to use and is comfortable to reach from the handlebar grips.
The Shimano Hydraulic Disc brakes handle the stopping power on the Rock 3.1 29” (2019). These are performance focussed Hydraulic Disc brakes which are powerful enough to keep the bicycle in control on both flat and slippery rough trails. Both jamming of the brakes and interval braking felt safe even at high speeds.
The Alloy 680 mm handlebar on this hardtail MTB is impressive in length. This width enables superior control and manoeuvrability of the bicycle when riding fast on flat trails. The handlebar grips were comfortable but it did lack some cushioning on bumpy trails.
As in the name of this bicycle, this Rock 3.1 29” (2019) rolls on a pair of 29” x 2.1” Kenda tires. These tires had bulky treads which were evenly spaced out including the corners. These treads helped the cycle roll over bumpy trails easily.
The XMR Trail Saddle has the perfect length, width and cushioning to keep the rider sore free and bumpy trails.
This Hardtail MTB is fitted with a 100mm front suspension fork and a useful front suspension lockout. The 24-Speed gears give a good range for climbing hills as well as acceleration. The heavily treaded tires help maintain good traction on rough surfaces and the Shimano Hydraulic Disc brakes helped make the ride safer. Priced at Rs.33,225 (as on 8th January 2019) the Montra Rock 3.1 29” (2019) is an ideal choice for anyone looking to buy an MTB for riding on the rough trails.
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