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Old 12th November 2015, 12:21   #2896
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Guys, upgraded from a Rockrider 5.0 to a Scott Aspect 950. I got it yesterday and rode for a good 10 kms. It is a head turner for sure and the ride quality is also top notch.
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Guys how are Montra bikes? Looking at the 650B HD priced at 45k. Would get some discount too. Overall components seem to be at par with higher priced bikes like Shimano Hydraulic brakes and Shimano Deore shifters and derailleurs and a SR suntour fork.

So going by component quality and this being an Indian brand TI cycles, have anyone had an experience with these? Anything else with similar components in a similar price category you guys would recommend?


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Guys, upgraded from a Rockrider 5.0 to a Scott Aspect 950. I got it yesterday and rode for a good 10 kms. It is a head turner for sure and the ride quality is also top notch.
Here is a picture.
Note the internal cable routing.
What is the price of the above cycle? and how do you rate its quality? I found Scott cycles to be heavier than Trek cycles. I checked the Aspect 650 and 670.

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Guys how are Montra bikes? Looking at the 650B HD priced at 45k. Would get some discount too. Overall components seem to be at par with higher priced bikes like Shimano Hydraulic brakes and Shimano Deore shifters and derailleurs and a SR suntour fork.

So going by component quality and this being an Indian brand TI cycles, have anyone had an experience with these? Anything else with similar components in a similar price category you guys would recommend?
I have a 2012 Montra Rock - I. Rode it for 9k kms, in the 3 years I've had it.

I've bought a Bianchi Via Nirone 7 since, and I admit- the Montra Rock-I was a decent MTB. At ~20k in 2012, I got what I paid for.

In your case, I'd say; firstly, I doubt if you will get the bike itself. The Celtic and Unplugged were announced in late 2014; and I'm yet to see one, and believe me, I'm a regular at the local Track and Trail store.

If you refer to the website, the current status for the Celtic is: (HITTING STORES SHORTLY).

So is the case for the 650B. Hitting the stores shortly. Sigh.

The website says, and I quote: This Bicycle will take on any terrain and is a Mountain Bikers dreams.

Figure in the hilarious description, the lack of commitment, attention to detail and the lacklustre attitude is evident. I'd say, look elsewhere.

If you're spending so much, do also consider 'brand value'. If I were you, I'd seal the deal on a Cannondale Trail or BB.

Hope that helps!

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Guys, upgraded from a Rockrider 5.0 to a Scott Aspect 950. I got it yesterday and rode for a good 10 kms. It is a head turner for sure and the ride quality is also top notch.
Here is a picture.
Note the internal cable routing.
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Wow, she looks hot. Where did you buy this from and in what size? What was the total cost of ownership.
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Okay Guys!!
I have read through almost the entire thread here..and it has just lft me more confused.

So here are the facts of the case:
1. Im 39 years old, physically fit, able to run 3 kms under 20 mins flat.
2. have done a cycling trip 1500 kms in 11 days, with the longest trip of 190 kms on the first day, in 12 hrs.
3. the two facts above are to convey that pulling the cycle weight isnt a problem while deciding which bike.
4. roads to office are ok as they are inside a military station. roads in city are also ok.

And here are the requirements:
1. Im searching for a bike to commute to the office( abt 7 kms one way) everyday and long trips (40-50 Kms) on the weekends, on normal city roads with some amount of hilly terrain thrown in on the long runs.
2. Price range should be upto 20k.
3. Want a sturdy bike to last me for 3-5 yrs, and shouldnt leave me stranded on the road during long trips.
4. might plan a manali trip on the bike in near future.

All xperts kindly advise. i lik the firefox and trek range, feel good abt hercules too. did my cycling trip on a hercules though but dont remmber the model. had a lot of problems with it. shoot away guys.
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Okay Guys!!
I have read through almost the entire thread here..and it has just lft me more confused.

All xperts kindly advise. i lik the firefox and trek range, feel good abt hercules too. did my cycling trip on a hercules though but dont remmber the model. had a lot of problems with it. shoot away guys.
For the budget in question, it is the Montra Blues that comes to mind.

And yeah, you may want to install rim lining, so as to make the tires more puncture resistant.
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Had a fall today on my way home. Me and bike both are doing fine.

Nothing serious but I bruised the skin on the knee. This is going to be painful tomorrow morning.

The best part is I don't remember how I fell down!! All I remember is slowing down to stop at a traffic light. No one in vicinity as all the vehicles near me had raced thru on Amber.. And bam just fell down at almost zero speed.
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For the budget in question, it is the Montra Blues that comes to mind.

And yeah, you may want to install rim lining, so as to make the tires more puncture resistant.

Thanks a lot. Will take a look immediately. will let all know bt the decision once i go back home after two weeks.
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Had a fall today on my way home. Me and bike both are doing fine.

Nothing serious but I bruised the skin on the knee. This is going to be painful tomorrow morning.

The best part is I don't remember how I fell down!! All I remember is slowing down to stop at a traffic light. No one in vicinity as all the vehicles near me had raced thru on Amber.. And bam just fell down at almost zero speed.
Happy to hear that you are okay.

The next day after the fall is the most painful. I still remember how hard it was the day after I had a fall from the bike. It was difficult for me to even stand up properly.Here is my post on the accident

Winter has started here in Sweden, lot of black ice on the road lately. Have to be careful. Been busy with work, so cycling has taken a back step.
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Falling of your bicycle can be a very painful affair. In all my years of riding I have only had two serious falls. Both happened during our years in Kansas City. First time was my own fault. I was going down a hill and basically lost it at the bottom of the hill where there was a bend in the road. Summersaulted into the bushes, landed very badly on my shoulder. Ended up in the Emergency room where they concluded I had given myself a shoulder separation. Very painful, looks very odd. My bike was fine.

Second time was on Main Street in Kansas City on Sunday early morning. I was waiting at a red traffic light. Next thing I remember was waking up in an ambulance on my way to the Emergency department. No idea what happened, but I believe I got whacked of my bike by the mirror of a big pick up truck or so. Bit of a concussion and a huge cash in my skull that took some 10-12 stitches to fix. Bike was fine.

Both times I had to fly to Stockholm on a business trip the next trip. When asking the doctors whether I could travel they told me, of course you can travel, it will be very stupid, but sure you can travel.

What they were most surprised about is was the fact I wasn't wearing a helmet. All the doctors and nurses kept asking me if I had been wearing a helmet and they all went OMG when I said no, I'm Dutch, we don't wear helmets when we go for a spin on our bicycle. Both times it took some 4-5 hours before I got discharged from the ER and in both cases they gave me a stack of brochures on wearing cycle helmets. And in both cases there was a hefty bill. I seem to recall the second incident including the ambulance cost well over $4000,--, luckily all paid for by the insurance company.

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I said no, I'm Dutch, we don't wear helmets when we go for a spin on our bicycle.
I always wear my helmet even if the ride is only a kilometer long. Most of the Swedes here wear helmet, especially the older folks.
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What is the price of the above cycle? and how do you rate its quality? I found Scott cycles to be heavier than Trek cycles. I checked the Aspect 650 and 670.
I did not check any Trek bike. I had to decide between the Merida Big Nine 40MD and Scott Aspect 950. Both rode fabulously and were bang for the buck. In the end, chose the Scott because of the VFM factor! Maybe looks did play a part.
The quality is top notch and it is a head turner for sure. I ride with a group of 40 people and most of them were impressed by it. I got this for 33K.


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Wow, she looks hot. Where did you buy this from and in what size? What was the total cost of ownership.
Thanks!
I got this from The Bike Shop in Yusuf Sarai market, New Delhi. The size is L and suits me just fine. I am 6'2.
This baby set me back by INR 33K. This money was saved for my Polo's alloy wheels. Ending up with entirely different set of wheels
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Guys, upgraded from a Rockrider 5.0 to a Scott Aspect 950. I got it yesterday and rode for a good 10 kms. It is a head turner for sure and the ride quality is also top notch.
Here is a picture.
Note the internal cable routing.
Funny nick bro - but beautiful bike. Pretty neat! Now ride it hard this weekend!

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Guys how are Montra bikes? Looking at the 650B HD priced at 45k. Would get some discount too. Overall components seem to be at par with higher priced bikes like Shimano Hydraulic brakes and Shimano Deore shifters and derailleurs and a SR suntour fork.

So going by component quality and this being an Indian brand TI cycles, have anyone had an experience with these? Anything else with similar components in a similar price category you guys would recommend?




What is the price of the above cycle? and how do you rate its quality? I found Scott cycles to be heavier than Trek cycles. I checked the Aspect 650 and 670.
Montra = good VFM. Except you buy the piece in front of you and forget about other stuff like Fintail said. Like many indian brands, they're lazy in dotting the Is and crossing the Ts! If the piece is good - buy it.

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Okay Guys!!
I have read through almost the entire thread here..and it has just lft me more confused.

So here are the facts of the case:
1. Im 39 years old, physically fit, able to run 3 kms under 20 mins flat.
2. have done a cycling trip 1500 kms in 11 days, with the longest trip of 190 kms on the first day, in 12 hrs.
3. the two facts above are to convey that pulling the cycle weight isnt a problem while deciding which bike.
4. roads to office are ok as they are inside a military station. roads in city are also ok.

And here are the requirements:
1. Im searching for a bike to commute to the office( abt 7 kms one way) everyday and long trips (40-50 Kms) on the weekends, on normal city roads with some amount of hilly terrain thrown in on the long runs.
2. Price range should be upto 20k.
3. Want a sturdy bike to last me for 3-5 yrs, and shouldnt leave me stranded on the road during long trips.
4. might plan a manali trip on the bike in near future.

All xperts kindly advise. i lik the firefox and trek range, feel good abt hercules too. did my cycling trip on a hercules though but dont remmber the model. had a lot of problems with it. shoot away guys.
Any firefox/montra/RR300 is good enough. Check this link out for the set: http://www.bikeszone.com/forum/viewt...hp?f=3&t=17412 (RR340 is now discontinued)

You basically want a decent MTB - RR would be good if you can Order online. Else buy from the nearest Firefox/montra dealer. Not much to worry -just make sure the particular piece you buy was well stored and not mishandled.

two more brands that are a bit on the heavier side but are otherwise decent VFM are SunCross http://suncrossbikes.com/bike_detail...d=2&skip_brand (Surge)
and LaSovereign.

Surge looks interesting (I've not it seen in person yet but many friends ride older Suncross' bikes) - it has mechanical lock out of the front fork, that should be super useful in long rolling climbs.

Reg sizing - http://freerider.in/drupal/General/Cycling-Gyan#FitQn can help. Check kumar2007's posts from the earlier pages as well.
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Funny nick bro - but beautiful bike. Pretty neat! Now ride it hard this weekend!



Montra = good VFM. Except you buy the piece in front of you and forget about other stuff like Fintail said. Like many indian brands, they're lazy in dotting the Is and crossing the Ts! If the piece is good - buy it.


Any firefox/montra/RR300 is good enough. Check this link out for the set: http://www.bikeszone.com/forum/viewt...hp?f=3&t=17412 (RR340 is now discontinued)

You basically want a decent MTB - RR would be good if you can Order online. Else buy from the nearest Firefox/montra dealer. Not much to worry -just make sure the particular piece you buy was well stored and not mishandled.

two more brands that are a bit on the heavier side but are otherwise decent VFM are SunCross http://suncrossbikes.com/bike_detail...d=2&skip_brand (Surge)
and LaSovereign.

Surge looks interesting (I've not it seen in person yet but many friends ride older Suncross' bikes) - it has mechanical lock out of the front fork, that should be super useful in long rolling climbs.

Reg sizing - http://freerider.in/drupal/General/Cycling-Gyan#FitQn can help. Check kumar2007's posts from the earlier pages as well.

Thanks a lot for the advice. I guess things are getting a lot clearer now. Though with Paddu's post, I have fallen for the Scott too. Any advice on how the 950 would fit into my scheme of things??
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Thanks a lot for the advice. I guess things are getting a lot clearer now. Though with Paddu's post, I have fallen for the Scott too. Any advice on how the 950 would fit into my scheme of things??
It works just as fine (check whether the fork is a lockout). The more you spend, the lighter, the better finished, the smoother to ride (easier gear shifts, lighter wheels etc) it is - but after 30-50k budget the experience increments are smaller, but the price increments are exponential

Why don't you take a few test rides, or borrow someone's bike for a couple of days to make up your mind.
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