Montra's flag ship model Trance is constantly getting new impovements and is making its mark in the Hybrid bicycle segment. We got the oppurtunity to test ride the Trance Pro from Montra and here is what we thought.
At the heart of this no-nonsense hybrid bicycle is a solid, stiff, 6061 aluminium frame with a chunky but even welding. The top and down tubes both evenly shape in as they run back towards the seat tube. There is loads of clearance between the wheels and the frame for mud or mudguards, not to mention even slightly bigger tires should you want to carry luggage or go for a short tour. Despite the subtlety of its frame, the Montra Trance Pro is brimming with versatility.
In equipping the Trance Pro, Montra has gone with the Shimano Tourney groupset with 7 speed thumb shifters. As always, Shimano Tourney is an entry level road component which is restrictive in performance but nothing to complain about other than the extra effort you might have to put on the shifters to change the gearing in the front. If the Montra Trance Pro is your first hybrid bicycle, down the line you might feel the Shimano Tourney gearing groupset might be restricting your speed and performance.¾
The Trance Pro is equipped with a simple Alloy V-brake like any other hybrid bicycle in this price range. The braking transition from the levers to the calipers is good, giving the rider a sense of control over the movement of the bicycle. While taking a closer look during the test ride, it was evident that the braking component move around a bit more than it should, which opens up the possibility of the brakes shoes touching the frame even on the slightest of bends in the wheels.
The Zoom Alloy Handlebar on the Trance Pro is measured at 25.4 x 580mm. Montra has got the handlebar length completely wrong in the Trance Pro. It is way shorter than any other standard hybrid bicycle handlebar. The test ride was on a Medium framed bicycle and the handlebar on that would have been way smaller even if it was on a small framed bicycle. The first recommended upgrade on the Trance Pro should be the Handlebar.
The in house Montra 700x35C tires on the Trance Pro were impressive. They are of the right circumference and the thread patterns are designed well enough to handle the city roads with ease. The XMR double walled alloy Rims add to the durability of this wheelset. The ride was a bit bumpy on the rough city road where we test rode the Trance Pro. The 6061 Alloy frame does take away most of the rattles before it transitions to the handlebar.
A cycling experience can go from good to worse by just getting just one component wrong. Unfortunately the handlebar on the Trance Pro is a let down, but thankfully it is not a an expensive upgrade to make. The Montra Trance Pro is a considerable choice for anyone looking to buy their first hybrid bicycle in this price range. We would like to thank The Cycle Store, Chennai for providing us with this bicycle for the review.