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A road bicycle is always considrered an expensive affair and hence mostly is an upgrade option for cyclists. To make road bicyles affordable Montra have come out with the Unplugged 1.1 with an economical price tag. We got the oppurtunity to test ride this bicycle and here is what we thought.
The Unplugged 1.1 uses 6061 Road Geo alloy tubing with a smoothly ovalised down-tube and tapered stays that make for elegant lines. Teamed with the neatly coordinated aluminium fork and sleek finish, the Unplugged 1.1 looks much more expensive than it is. It is not the lightest frame around, but at this price bracket there is little competition that can better it. This bicycle has a slightly longer head-tube to lift the riding position, and extended rear stays that stretch out the wheelbase for better stability. The top-tube isn't as short as some other comfort road bicycles, so it suits riders who don't require a particularly small reach. There is one bottle rack mount at the down tube. It is hard to put a price on comfort, but the Montra race saddle is one of the least expensive saddles we have tested that we would wholeheartedly recommend. Its hollow rails keep it pretty light and are supple enough for comfort without being too flexible.
The Montra Unplugged 1.1 2015 is equipped with the Shimano Tourney group set which has been developed to give entry level road bicycles a boost. It fully incorporates advanced Shimano functions including front and rear index shifting, wide-range gearing and hub-dynamo capabilities. The only complaint which was evident during the test ride is that the button to upshift is up by the thumb which is perfect for riding with the hands up on the hoods of the shifter. But while down in the drops one can just barely reach it with the thumb. The whole point of having drop bars is to ride in the drop. Other than this minor setback, the Tourney's trusted performance sets the appealing standard for entry-level road bicycle components.
The Promax 452 caliper brakes on the Unplugged had great control, linear feel and was great looking as well. The Shimano tourney brake levers compliment the brakes well and work together without any hassle to make the ride safe.
The Promax HB-3038 dropdown handlebars on this bicycle are of perfect length and width making the ride position aerodynamic and comfortable for the rider. A notable appreciation is the stock bar tape which is wrapped right up to the center of the handlebar making all ride-able hand positions to be covered with tape cushioning.
The Kenda Koncept 700c tires is of good quality and performance at a budget price. It is ideal for training, light touring and general riding. Kenda is known as a budget brand, and the Koncept tire does a fairly good job for the price of the bicycle. The NECO pedals on this bicycle were wide enough for comfortable foot placement but a lighter alloy pedal would be a decent upgrade in the future. In total, this bicycle will give you a pain free and enjoyable ride every time you get on it.
The Montra Unplugged 1.1 2015 has a great value mix of components on a lightweight, good quality frame that makes for an enjoyable ride. This bicycle will see you through long rides for the fun of it and is the perfect choice for anyone looking to get their first road bicycle on a constrained budget. We cannot stress enough about the amazing price tag of this bicycle and the positives of what we get in return. We really do think it will be love at first ride with the Unplugged. We thank The Cycle Store, Chennai for providing us with the bicycle for this review.