This is a post with photos that was originally written by Montague folding bikes, called “Why Choose a Folding Bike?” We’ve added more information, along with some modifications, that is also from the Montague website.
Congratulations on deciding to buy a new folding bicycle. While this is an exciting time, it will also seem overwhelming at times. You have an incredible range of options to choose from. There are many models from different manufacturers such as Brompton, Tern, Dahon and of course Montague. Each folding bike comes with different size wheels ranging from 16-inches, 20-inches, to 700c, such as the ones on the Montague folding bikes.
Plus, unlike other folding bikes, it will offer more stability, performance and comfort because of it’s larger wheels.
Who is Montague folding bikes?
Montague folding bikes is a cutting edge bicycle manufacturer, headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
This Corporation designs and produces bicycles that incorporates Folding Integrated Technology (F.I.T.). This revolutionary system is one of the next-generation trends in the bicycle industry.
History of Montague
It all started in 1987
David Montague formed the Montague Corporation in 1987, while in graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Montague Bikes is a company that manufactures full-size, high performance bicycles that fold.
These space saving bicycles provide the benefit of folding. But sacrifice nothing when it comes to performance.
The “BiFrame” is the fist bicycle designed by Montague. It’s called this because of it’s patented Concentrus system.
The “BiFrame unites the two parts of the frame with concentric seat tubes, one nested inside the other.
Since then, Montague Corporation has been a huge success. They’ve won numerous awards along the way, including Popular Mechanic’s Design & Engineering Award.
Montague was chosen as the Official Mountain Bike of the Olympic Games in Atlanta, in 1996
In 1996, the BMW/Montague Mountain bike was chosen as the Official Mountain Bike of the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. These bikes were featured in the closing ceremonies of the 1996 Olympics and used by athletes for transportation to and from the Olympic venues. Montague bicycles are also distributed through high-end consumer catalogs such as Sharper Image, Neiman Marcus, Hammacher Schlemmer and National Geographic.
In 1997, Montague won a two-year grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
In 1997, Montague won a two-year grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), who recognized the importance of the folding technology, to work with the United States Marines in developing the Tactical Electric No Signature (TENS) Mountain bike.
For this project Montague developed a new folding design, enabling the bike to fold faster for Paratrooper exit from military aircraft while also increasing its load bearing capacity. This gave rise to the Paratrooper, Montague’s non-electric Military Mountain Bike.
Launched a consumer line of bikes, the X-Series, based on the original Military Bike design in 1999
In 1999 Montague launched a consumer line of bikes, the X-Series, based on the original Military Bike design. Due to the success of the X-Series and the publicity surrounding the DARPA development, there was an overwhelming demand for the original Military Bike. Montague decided to manufacture and launch the Paratrooper for professional and civilian use.
Partnered with General Motors to design and manufacture the HUMMER Tactical Mountain Bike in 2002
In 2002 Montague partnered with General Motors to design and manufacture the HUMMER Tactical Mountain Bike, a version of the Montague’s popular military bike that folds to fit in the back of the Hummer H2. This partnership demonstrates how Montague is spearheading a new and innovative approach.
Released a new line of rugged mountain bikes based on the X-Series platform in 2007
In 2007 Montague released a new line of rugged mountain bikes based on the X-Series platform. SwissBikes feature more aggressive rider positioning and focus on performance mountain biking. The SwissBike XO is the lightest, most technologically advanced bike in Montague’s lineup. The SwissBikes are a great compliment to the already diverse Montague lineup.
In 2010 Montague debuts a new frame design and with it, and entirely new line of full sized, 700c folding bikes
In 2010 Montague debuts a new frame design and with it, an entirely new line of full size, 700c folding bikes. These bikes are designed for pavement oriented riders. The new frame design features more elegant lines and a redesigned folding mechanism that allows for a faster, easier fold. With the addition of these models, Montague is able to offer a bike for every style of riding.
The Octagon steering system was released as and after-market component in 2011
In 2011 Montague released the Octagon steering system as an after-market component. Already a popular component on some of their road bikes and responding to consumer demand, Montague made Octagon available through local bike shops. Octagon allows the rider to adjust their handlebar height by up to four inches using the already familiar quick release system. More information is available at octagoncycles.com.
Custom line of framesets debuts in 2013
In 2013 Montague debuts the Custom line of framesets, making their award winning folding bike frame available individually for the first time. Riders can now build a Montague from the frame up with their components of choice, and Road, Single Speed, and Mountain frames are made available to accommodate custom builds for any riding style.
Launched the first official Park&Pedal program in 2015
In 2015 Montague launched the first official Park&Pedal program in the US in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Department of Transportation. The program encourages would be car commuters to park outside the city and bike the rest of their way to their destination by providing free parking on commuting routes and near bike paths.
Debuts completely re-designed folding bike line with the new DirectConnect folding system
In 2016 Montague debuts a completely re-designed folding bike line with the new DirectConnect folding system, the Eurobike Award winning RackStand, and updated specs, paint, and decals. 27.5″ wheel folding mountain bikes are available for the first time as well as disc brake equipped pavement models and a belt drive offering. The improved folding system removes the quick release from the top tube, makes folding easier, and provides stronger clamping.
In 2017 Montague released the Rackstand as an after-market component
In 2017 Montague released the Rackstand as an after-market component. Already a popular component on some of their bikes and responding to consumer demand, Montague made Rackstand compatible with non Montague Bikes. It is being distributed by Quality Bicycle Products and available through local bike shops. The Rackstand allows the rider to use the rack as a luggage carrier, mudguard, kickstand and work stand. More information is available at rackstandcycles.com
Who are the founders of Montague Bikes?
Harry Montague, a Washington, D.C. architect and inventor, developed the original design for the Montague line of high-performance folding bikes as a result of more than ten years of research and development.
Being 6’2″ tall and someone who enjoys keeping fit even when traveling, Harry discovered that there wasn’t a bike on the market that would keep up with his active lifestyle.
Harry realized what he needed was a folding bicycle. He tried the various small-wheeled folding bikes on the market but they were not sturdy enough for his size and they were inefficient in getting him where he needed to be in a timely manner. He looked for a folding bike with standard 26 inch wheels but there was no such product on the market.
As Harry was an architect and inventor, he immediately began designing a high quality bicycle that would suit his size; a bike he could take with him on his travels. Harry invented a full-size high-performance folding bicycle that accommodated both his height as well as his mobile lifestyle. For a number of years, Harry built and sold these custom-made bicycles out of his garage for people in the Washington D.C. area.
David Montague, Harry’s son, being a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) alumnus and holding a degree in Aerospace Engineering, joined his father in June of 1987 to form a partnership for the design and manufacture of the most innovative folding bicycles in the world.
The company was incorporated in Massachusetts in 1988.
For over 20 years, both David and Harry continued to work together on perfecting the folding design of Montague bicycles. The Montagues have been awarded numerous patents and awards for their fine and innovative work, and David continues to innovate as the current President of Montague Corp.
What are the benefits of Montague folding bikes?
Home storage is easy when you own a Montague
Imagine being able to store a folding bicycle in your home or apartment. With a Montague folding bike you can. Now you can eliminate two of your biggest concerns which is portability and storage.
You might be lucky enough to have a large garage or shed to store your bicycle.
But for those who don’t, you can now store your bikes in even the smallest of apartments.
Folding bikes can be placed in a closet or corner, out of way.
Car trunk storage is no problem with a Montague
Transporting a bicycle on top of a car is extremely risky. Thief’s can steal it while you’re parked. A monstrous downpour can occur, causing the components on your bicycle to get ruined.
Then there’s the problem of making sure it’s properly secured to the bicycle rack attached to your vehicle.
A folding bike eliminates all these problems. You can put it in the trunk of your car, where it’s always secure and protected from the elements.
Then in case of an emergency or while going on adventures, you’ll always have a bicycle with you.
A Montague lets you connect the last mile
Going the remaining distance from point A to point B is known as the “last mile.”
This “last mile” is the most challenging to commuters.
There’s bumper to bumper traffic to deal with. Or the train that stops several blocks from your office or home.
A folding bike will bridge that transportation gap and connect the last mile.
Park you car, or bring your bike on the train. Then unfold your bike and ride the last few miles to work, or from the station to your home.
Travel with your Montague bike
A folding bicycle allows you to turn any holiday or weekend getaway into an adventure.
Your folding bike will easily pack into your car. Or can be brought as a piece of luggage onto a plane.
It will allow you to explore a new destination while traveling. And when you arrive at your hotel room or Airbnb, it won’t take up much room.
Don’t let your montague get stolen or damaged
A bike locked up outside is guaranteed to get stolen. Thieves are very creative and efficient with their methods.
It doesn’t matter how expensive or strong your lock is. Any thief can eventually penetrate it, given enough time.
With a folding bike you won’t come back to a sad looking bike frame locked to a sign post with half the components stripped.
By getting a folding bicycle, you’ll be ruining a bike thief’s day.
Plus, your folding bicycle won’t be exposed to harsh weather. Something that will quickly corrode and rust key parts. Your bikes components will last longer, saving you tons of money on maintenance.
Take your Montague anywhere
When you’re out on your bike and plans change, it can be challenging to adapt. A torrential rain storm might dampen your hopes for a bike commute home, or running into a friend may lead you to head up town for a drink.
When you have a Montague folding bike, you can always take a different mode of transit, stay dry on the bus or train, and even toss your bike in the trunk of an Uber. Even if your friend doesn’t have a rack on their car, they can take you and your bike across town.
Find a folding bike for every riding style
Whether you’re looking for a super compact small wheel bike or a high performance machine to take you over rough terrain, there are folding bikes for every riding style. You won’t be limited in your adventures by choosing convenience and portability.
While companies such as Brompton, Dahon, and Tern focus on small wheel folding bikes, Montague offers full-size folders with 700c, 26″ or 27.5″ wheels. Even gravel and mountain bikes can fold in seconds so you can get to the trail-head with ease.
Folding bikes can truly fit into your lifestyle and make cycling easier and more accessible. Whether you need a bike for leisurely rides on your local paths or a busy urban commute, the option to fold is a welcome perk that you’ll soon find to be a necessity.
What types of folding bikes does Montague offer?
Are there any accessories available for Montague Bikes?
Montague’s soft-sided bicycle carrying case, made of 420 Denier nylon, provides great protection at an affordable price. The carrying case features an inner pocket for the front wheel, a direct mount shoulder strap, two side handles, double-layered nylon bottom and the heaviest YKK zipper available.
These pedals fold up against the crank arm to reduce the width of the folded bike. While not intended for high performance mountain riding, they do serve a purpose for those with tight space constraints.
RackStand is a new concept in bicycle rack technology. It is a luggage carrier, mudguard, kickstand, and work stand all in one. When paired with a Montague folding bike, it also acts as a stand for the bike while folded, making it even easier to store your bike.
A patent pending design allows the flip of a lever to rotate RackStand under the rear wheel. When in the lowered position, RackStand acts as a kickstand to hold the bike or a work stand to make easy drivetrain adjustments.
Matching front fender included.
COMPATIBILITY: RackStand is only compatible with Montague bikes from 2012 to present that have a quick release rear axle. In addition, Montague bikes from 2012-2015 require a replacement frame collar. If you are unsure if RackStand will work with your bike, please Montague at 800-736-5348 before ordering.
Replacement Frame Collar
This frame collar provides a mounting point for the RackStand latch on Montague bikes from 2012 to 2015. It takes the place of the existing frame collar and allows RackStand to be mounted on bikes from this era.
Note: RackStand is only compatible with bikes that use a quick release rear wheel.
Station Wheels™ can be added to any RackStand equipped Montague folding bike to allow the bike to roll while in the folded position. They are ideal for transporting your bike through the train station or to the bus stop.
They install in seconds and once they’re in place the bike can be quickly folded and rolled away.
**A RackStand rear rack must be installed on your Montague bike to use Station Wheels.
Montague folding Bikes in the news
“Previously primarily known for their usage by paratroopers in the U.S. military, Montague’s folding bikes are perfect for using with the Park & Ride program. They fold up quickly (under 20 seconds for all models) and compactly without tools, so stashing them in an office or small apartment, taking them on a bus or a train, or tossing into a car trunk is a snap. They also have full-sized wheels, so they can be used on a much wider variety of terrain than most folding bikes.”
Boating Mag Review
“The mystique begins with the carbon belt drive, an 11-speed internal gear system cranked by a toothed belt, not a greasy, pant leg-eating chain. Shifting was buttery smooth and reliable and there was none of that, awful grinding when skipping a gear or two. Click, click, click and you were three gears higher or lower than a millisecond before.
And as we cranked the pedals we noted immediately the lack of “grind” that transmits through the pedals of a chain drive bike. Further, as we jounced down curbs or over potholes, there was no slap or clank or chain sag, inherent with a temperamental derailleur. The drive was so rare, even the bike shop employees drooled over it and lined up for a test drive through their parking lot. If I could, I’d buy the bike just for that.”
Cycling Weekly Review
“If you want a bike that folds, but still rolls on 700c wheels (the same size as a standard road or hybrid bike) – then this could be an option to suit you. The Montague Boston was designed by a 6 ft 2 US architect, who simply didn’t want to make do with small wheels.
The folding mechanism here is controlled by a quick release, and our test bike had an aluminium frame and steel fork. We had a single speed version, but Montague does offer versions with up to eight hub gears. The bike has a claimed weight of 10.8kg.”
Momentum Mag Review
“Montague, an industry high-hitter in full size folding bike technology, offers bikes with full-size wheels, standard components, and familiar geometry that still fold in seconds for the car trunk or train.
The Allston is equipped with 700c wheels, a Gates carbon belt drive and a Shimano Alfine 11 speed internal gear hub. Shimano hydraulic disc brakes are also paired with Montague’s RackStand, a rear cargo rack with built in mud guard that rotates under the rear wheel to double as a kickstand and stand for the folded bike.”
Sports Illustrated Review
“These aren’t the typical folding bikes with the circus wheels. These are bicycles made for athletes with standard size wheels and all the bells and whistles you could want that conveniently fold up and can be stored in your apartment or trunk of your car.
Whether you’re an avid cyclist or rely on your bike to get you around town, the convenience of always having your bike with you is invaluable. Even more vital, though, is how that bike performs. With an emphasis on performance before the convenience of folding, Montague Bikes is revolutionizing the folding bicycle for all cyclists.”
Cruising World Review
“Looking for a way to get around in port while cruising? The Montague Allston is a folding bike designed from the ground up for sailors. Some of our favorite features include the rustproof and greasefree belt drive instead of a chain; a sealed internal gear hub; and lightweight aluminum construction. The Allston is quick and simple to fold up and weighs just 30 pounds.”
Bicycling Magazine Review
“The bike kept up with taxis and felt comfortable on multi-hour rides. Thanks to 700c wheels, the Boston rode like a conventional flat-bar road bike, and it’s wide tires provided ample traction and some comfort over cracked streets. The bike is agile, but stable.
To Collapse the Boston, remove the front wheel, open a quick-release on the frame, and swing the two halves together, securing them with a hook-and-loop strap. Despite its standard wheels, the model is lighter than the others we tested.”
Robb Report Review
“This bike lives up to the hype. It features Montague’s patented folding system, and with a flip of the quick-release lever, it can fit into the trunk of your car or closet in 20 seconds.
Montague’s top-of-the-line folding bike, killing it in the convenience department and still ideal for race day, technical cross country, and fast single-track mountain rides.”
TIME Magazine Review
“Few bicycle companies need to measure the size of an aircraft door when designing a new model. But Montague Corp., based in Cambridge, Mass., did exactly that when the Pentagon said it needed a lightweight, foldable bike that special-operations forces could carry as they jumped out of airplanes into enemy territory.
Montague came up with the Paratrooper, which has a hardened aluminum frame and wheels and beefy pedals. It weighs only 29 lbs and can fold in less than a minute to a manageable size.”
The Guardian Review
“Off-roaders are resigned to loading their bikes on to the back of a car before heading off to the hills in search of challenging terrain. Now the Montague adds a new dimension to escaping into the wild. Its patented folding design was developed by the US military to allow soldiers to strap the bike to their chest before parachuting deep behind enemy lines.
It’s incredibly simple to unfold – a single sturdy pin controls the hinge – and it has 27 gears, mechanical disc brakes and full front shocks to help you make mincemeat of hostile territory. It also zips neatly into a bag which then fits into the boot, so weekend warriors don’t have to worry about getting their car dirty on the way home.”
Popular Mechanics Review
“The Montague Paratrooper Pro bike is built like a tank, folds like a Swiss Army knife, and weighs less than body armor.
It handled fantastically whether climbing hills (the 27 gears came in handy), jumping ditches, coasting down steep slopes, or grinding through thick mud. Casually riding the Paratrooper Pro on the boardwalk was another story: It’s a simple attention grabber—and it works. It performs on pavement, too, especially when its suspension lock is engaged and the shock-absorbing front fork stays steady.
At first glance you might not think this 26-inch frame could fold into a 36 x 28 x 12–inch bundle. And it takes less than half a minute and just two lever flips—one for the first fold and one to remove the front tire.”
Bike Radar Review
“The Montague Urban has full-size 700C wheels, and can fold without any breaks in the frame’s tubing. It does this by swivelling around the seat tube, and doesn’t require the handlebars to fold down either.
Bonus features include a RackStand that is a luggage carrier, rear mudguard, kickstand and workstand all in one. Oh, and 21-speed Shimano gearing is very welcome.
A great bet for those wanting to store their bike indoors, or pop it in a car boot.”
Bicycling Magazine Review
“Once I started riding the bike, I quickly understood that the Montague Boston folding bike had more going for it than just storage economics. It’s fun, too. On bike paths, around town, and up and down hills, it proved to be a snappy and responsive ride. It’s a bike I’d ride, even if I wasn’t short on space.
Breaking down the bike takes no more than 30 seconds, and in its compact state, it’s easy to carry or stow in the back of a car (in addition to closet).”
The Independent Review
“If laughably titchy wheels and nerdy styling put you off folders, take a look at this rugged offering from Montague. Long revered in the US, the award-winning bikes have been deployed in Iraq, where their sturdy build and portability make them a marine’s best friend.
Landing on our shores later this month, the [Montague] is a fully fledged mountain bike that happens to fold in half.”