Montra is one of the top bicycle brands in India and they have been consistent in launching a new range every year with repeat models and new releases as well. From the 2019 range we got the opportunity to test ride the Montra Trance D (2019) and here is what we thought.
Weight: 15.2 kgs
The Montra Trance D is built around a strong Aluminium Alloy frame. The frame strength can be felt when riding, thanks to its top and bottom tubes. Even though it is a little heavy while pedalling, it can withstand the harshest of urban roads. The riding posture was comfortable with a slanting top tube. The bulged seat tube which has been there for a few years now does help a little in absorbing vibration of the surface making it easy on the back.
The Trance D comes with a Zoom front suspension fork. The 60mm travel is 10mm more than last year but that wasn’t a drastic difference in the travel. This fork is ideal for rough urban roads.
The Montra Trance D which I test rode came in a full Black frame with Grey and Neon Yellow as the secondary colours for design and graphics. The matte finish paint job was of great quality which made the bicycle look premium. The disconnected top/bottom tubes made the bicycle look a little taller and the bulged seat tube looked unique.
The Montra Trance D (2019) is equipped with Shimano Tourney derailleurs at both the front and rear. These entry-level derailleurs were just enough for commutes and longer rides as well. 21-Speed Shimano EF500 trigger shifters operate these derailleurs. Shimano Tourney’s are the most basic gearing components and for the price of this bicycle an Altus rear derailleur could have been an ideal upgrade.
2018 saw the addition of Mechanical Disc brakes to the Trance for the first time. From C-Star, Montra have switched to Logan branded Mechanical Disc brakes for this 2019 Trance D. These brakes were powerful and balanced to use on both wet and dry roads.
The XMR handlebar was wide and with a slight raise from the middle which made for a perfect riding posture. The grips on the handlebar didn’t have a palm support and might require gloves for long distance rides.
The 700x35C hybrid tires gave great rolling assistance on flat tarmacs and had a good tread pattern for safe riding on bad roads. The double walled Alloy rims are capable of taking the weight of the rider plus some luggage in case of touring without affecting its balance and strength. The XMR saddle is designed for comfort. It is wide and well cushioned to keep the rider soreness free on the saddle for long hours.
This Hybrid bicycle has a strong Alloy frame with a comfortable riding posture. The Logan Mechanical Disc brakes were powerful and balanced to use. The matte finish paint job and the Black/Neon Yellow combination was aesthetic. Having a 21” XL frame size was useful for 6 feet+ riders. Priced at Rs.21,518 (as on 31st July 2019) the Montra Trance D is an ideal choice for anyone looking to buy a bicycle for commuting, fitness and occasional long distance rides.
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