Over the last few years, Montra has become one of the most popular and sought-after brand in the Indian Cycling Industry. I often get asked if they are worth the hype. Hence I decided to compile this detailed review of Montra bicycles. I will also put together a list of best Montra cycles in India. This list will be across all three cycle categories namely hybrid, road & MTBs.
If you running short on time and just looking for recommendations directly, you can go for the models below:
Road Bike – There are only two bikes that Montra offers, Montra Celtic is much better compared to Unplugged
Read on for go through the details of all the models offered by Montra and their pro & cons.
About Brand Montra. Is Montra an Indian Brand?
The brand name Montra is owned by TI cycles, which is a Murugappa group company based in Chennai. TI cycles also own other successful cycle brands like BSA, Hercules, Ladybird etc. At the time of writing this review, Montra does not have a dedicated wiki page to it.
So, yes, Montra is definitely an Indian bicycle brand.
Montra was amongst the first Indian premium performance bicycle brands. The brand also boasts of having designed, manufactured and sold the first carbon frame bicycle (By an Indian brand). The quality of their bicycles has consistently increased over ever since they launched.
Montra is an ideal brand for someone who wishes to upgrade from their basic bicycle, however, does not have enough funds to own an expensive foreign brand.
I will now list down the best bicycle models by Montra in each of the categories mentioned below.
Best Hybrid Bicycles by Montra:
I will start off with the category that most commuters should consider. A good hybrid bicycle can help you exercise as well as with your daily commute to the office, college or school.
Hybrid cycles have slicker tyres compared to the MTBs and have a more comfortable frame compared to road bikes.
1. Montra Blues
Variants Available (All three variants are available in 2018 & 2017 models)
Montra Blues 1.2
Montra Blues is one of the best hybrid bicycles that you can buy in India. They have a lot of variants available at different price points. They also keep launching new models of each of those variants every year.
However, apart from a few components and some minor frame design changes, mostly the product remains the same. So if you do get an older model at a really good price, do opt for the same.
If there is not much difference in the current price then you can opt for the latest model. This will also help you get a better resale value if you decide to upgrade your bike couple of years later.
Uses the same 6061 aluminium alloy frame as the Blues above
Comes equipped with a rigid steel fork
Uses Shimano Altus for the rear and the front derailleur (RD-M310 & FD-M310 respectively)
The wheel is fitted with double walled alloy rims and Kenda 700x35C tyres
Apart from the changes in the looks and minor changes on the pedal, brakes & grips etc, both models are almost the same. There is hardly much difference between the new and old Timba.
I will suggest you go with one that you like the most or if you get a really good deal on the old model.
3. Montra Trance
Variations Available: All of them will have new and old models
Montra Trance Women
Montra Trance is one the best selling models. Also, as expected from a popular model, there are a lot of variations available for the same. Montra also has a bicycle for women. This I feel, is one the best bicycles for ladies in India.
This is the last hybrid bicycle by Montra on this list of mine. A bicycle with a rigid fork, this is the most economical model of the lot.
Check out the current offers on this bicycle – Amazon
If you are a bit flexible about the brand you wish to buy, you can also refer to my guide on the best hybrid bicycles in India for more options.
The bicycle is equipped with alloy frame and rigid steel fork
It has Shimano Altus as the front derailleur. However, this model is cheaper as it uses Shimano Tourney (7 speed RD-TY300) as the rear derailleur
Top Montra Mountain Bikes (MTBs):
I will now list down the MTBs offered by Montra in India. MTBs have thicker tyres and stronger frame to help you tackle difficult terrains. Mountain bicycle is ideal for people who love a bit of offroading, exploring new dirt trails etc.
MTBs are also very popular amongst younger folks. School and college kids love riding their mountain bikes.
1. Montra MadRock
Montra MadRock 29T
This is a popular MTB by Montra as it is also the most affordable one in the entire range. The MadRock is available in three different tyre sizes, the regular 26T, 27.5T & 29T
This is a hardtail MTB made with lightweight 6062 aluminium alloy frame
It uses a zoom suspension fork on the front
Both the front and the back derailleurs use Shimano Tourney. This is an entry level Shimano derailleur
The rims on the bike are made using double walled alloy.
It uses Wanda P1197, 27.5X1.95 MTB tyres
2. Montra Rock
Montra Rock 4.1 (29T & 27.5T)
Rock 3.1 (27.5T)
Rock 2.1 (29T & 27.5T)
Montra Rock 1.1 (27.5T & 26T)
& finally Rock 1.0 (27.5T & 26T)
As I had called out earlier, often the best selling model has the most number of variations available for sale in the market. The same can be said about Montra Rock. This bike has the best specifications amongst all the MTBs sold by Montra.
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Key Features of Montra Rock 4.1:
Uses a hardtail MTB frame made using 6061 aluminium alloy
The front suspension uses Suntour 100 mm fork with hydraulic lockout
The front derailleur on the bike is Shimano Altus 3 speed, while the rear derailleur used is Shimano Acera 8 speed
Equipped with Shimano Altus gear shifters
Double walled alloy rims with Kenda K1010, 29X2.1 MTB tyres
Uses mechanical disc brakes
3. Montra BackBeat
Continuing on with my list of best Montra cycles in India, BackBeat is the third and the final MTB on this list.
BackBeat is priced in between the Rock and the MadRock.
Montra does not have a wide variety of option in this segment. However, the two models available are good enough for beginners.
1. Montra Celtic
The Montra Celtic is definitely the better bike amongst the two road bikes that Montra has on sale in India.
Montra Celtic 2.1 (New & Old)
Check available options and latest price in India – Amazon
Lightweight 6061 aluminium alloy frame
Uses Shimano Claris as both rear and front derailleur (8×2 gears) and Shimano Claris ST 2400 shifters
The crank used on the bike is Shimano Tourney, FC-A070, 50/34T. You can upgrade this later if needed
2. Montra Unplugged
I think this is the most affordable road bicycle that a beginner can start off with (There are much cheaper options available. However, I am talking about a quality bike that a beginner can use)
Check the colours and user reviews of both models – Amazon
This brings me to an end to my review on the best Montra cycles in India. As I have said earlier, Montra Blues 1.2, Rock 4.1 and Montra Celtic are the best bicycles that they have to offer in each of their individual categories.
I would also like to give a special mention to Montra Trance Pro, which is also my personal favourite.
Which one did you like? Have you ridden Montra bicycle? How has been your experience with the brand so far?
Do let me know your thoughts in the comments below.