Montra 2.2 Disc
By: Vineet Sharma
Also featured in Issue #18 | Nov 2013
Montra bikes, which has been developing high quality bicycles in India is a sub brand of T.I cycles India. Montra has also taken an initiative to develop performance carbon bikes IN INDIA! Amongst their inventory they recently developed an entry level mountain bike which might give a hard time to competitive brands like Firefox, Suncross and the entry level models offered by Trek Bikes in India.
We checked the Made in India Montra Rock 2.2 Disc which is expected to be launched this month. The bike which made its debut in the 9th MTB Himalaya this year was tested through demanding trails and this is what we have to say; “a great job done by Montra”.
This hard tail XC bike features a matt finish alloy frame with nice curves, forged dropouts and great graphics which surprised us and our test rider Devender Thakur who tortured the bike during the race. We also compared the frame with the prototype Montra frames which had much cleaner lines compared to the Rock 2.2. But they had no plans to feature those in the production bike.
While we are reviewing the frame, but we will not hide the components featured on the Montra Rock 2.2. RST Blaze 100mm fork with lockout and preload adjustments, a 21 speed Shimano Acera drivetrain which is hated by most people. To make it better it was not adjusted properly. The Jagwire cables with matching colors also make the bike appealing.
As mentioned earlier, this is an entry level mountain bike, so it comes with Shimano mechanical disc brakes which are fine for normal use, but if you plan to ride hard you might want to upgrade to hydraulic disc brakes and a better headset too, as the one this bike seemed a bit unreliable for long term and aggressive riding.
The 31.8 handlebar and stem and Schwalbe Rapid Rob tires are a welcome point on this bike and this package is expected to be priced at around INR 26 to 27,000.
Riding: Though we are not sure about the weight, but Montra Rock 2.2 is not a light weight category bike which might be a snag if you are about to hit a steep and long climb sections. Though the RST Blaze fork with a lockout was a bonus and it helped our rider to ascend little faster. Getting on the technical trail was just like any other entry level bike we have checked before. The Shimano Acera did not fail to rattle all the way and the headset did give up eventually. There was no flex in the frame, but the crankset spoiled the overall riding experience on technical sections. But the frame is not designed for aggressive riding. But few upgrades with your riding style can make it do wonders on trails.
Overall, Montra Rock 2.2 Disc is a decent package for an entry level mountain bike which is Made in India and can be made better with superior drivetrain like Shimano Deore or Sram X-5 or above with 8 or 9 speed. The price being offered is attractive and the bike can be a good deal for those of you getting into the sport.