Hit the dirt trails with the Montague Paratrooper, a folding mountain bike that eats up rocks and ruts for breakfast. Its rock solid frame can handle the nastiest of riding, and the unique folding design means you can pack it in your trunk when you're done. It's the ultimate folding bike for anyone looking for adventure in the mountains.
The Montague Paratrooper features a sturdy frame design that gives you a great ride, yet folds down in just 20 seconds. Matched with a suspension fork and disc brakes, this folding mountain bike can stand up to the nastiest of riding conditions.
Features of the Montague Paratrooper
The Montague Paratrooper is great for the mountain biker who wants it all. This folding mountain bike is just as capable as any standard mountain bike, but with the portability of a folding bike, expanding your potential for off road adventures. If you're looking for the ultimate get-away machine, the Montague Paratrooper is your bike.
So if you want adventures in the woods but you're also looking for the convenience of a folding bike, the Montague Paratrooper is the bike for you. It's a fully loaded folding mountain bike, ready for steep climbs and wicked descents. And after a day of single track, just fold up the Montague Paratrooper and load it into the trunk of your car, or hop on a bus to your next adventure.
|COLOR||Matte Cammy Green|
|FRAME||Custom drawn 7005 Series Aluminum Tubing with FIT System. Front and rear Triangle.|
|FORK||SR Suntour. Suspension XCT V2. 80mm travel. Alloy one piece lower. Disc Compatible.|
|RIMS||Jalco. Alloy, 32 hole. Double Wall. CNC Sidewall.|
|TIRES||Kenda. Knobby. Front and Rear Specific. 26 inches x 1.95 inches.|
|HUBSET||Formula Disc. Black, Alloy. Sealed front & rear with CLIX front quick release.|
|SPOKES||14g Stainless. Black.|
|SADDLE||Mountain with Center Gap Comfort Technology.|
|SEATPOST||Kalloy, 27.2 X 300mm Alloy.|
|HANDLEBARS||Kalloy. Alloy. 7 degree backsweep. 31.8 Barbore.|
|STEM||Kalloy, Alloy Direct Connect. 105mm with 7 degree rise.|
|SHIFTERS||Sram X-5 Trigger Shifter.|
|FRONT DERAILLEUR||Shimano Top Pull.|
|REAR DERAILLEUR||Shimano Deore.|
|CRANKSET||SR Suntour XCC. 42/32/22. Alloy 170mm crank arm. Matte Black.|
|BRAKESET||Promax. Front & rear mechanical disc w/ pad adjustment. Alloy Levers.|
|PEDALS||Platform pedal with alloy cage.|
|BOTTOM BRACKET||Sealed Cartridge|
|FRAME SIZES||18 inches, 20 inches|
|STAND OVER HEIGHTS||30 inches, 31 inches|
|FOLDED SIZE||36 inches x 28 inches x 12 inches|
|WEIGHT LIMIT||250 lbs|
When I headed out on my first ride on the Montague Paratrooper I was unsure what to expect. I had seen a few of Montague's older videos of guys in camouflage riding the folding mountain bike through rivers and dirt trails and what not but that didn't really give me a good impression of what it's like.
I'm not much of a mountain biker. I don't do downhill trails, dirt jumps, or anything too extreme. I do hit the occasional dirt road or run across a street full of pot holes though and I figured that the front suspension and sturdy frame design of the Paratrooper bike would lend itself to this sort of riding. On my very first ride I got a chance to try out each of these situations, plus I could take it on a ride through the NYC Subway system and test the folded size of the bike.
I took the opportunity to fold my Montague Paratrooper several times before taking it out on the first ride. Compared to some other folding bicycle designs it doesn't fold up as small and it doesn't really stand up when folded. Then again, those small folding bicycles don't ride nearly as nice as the Paratrooper. Having large wheels is a positive and negative characteristic at the same time. On the one hand you have the positive characteristics of a smooth ride and nice handling and on the other hand you have the negative of not being as small when folded. If you have a bit more space for storage and you want to feel like you're riding a regular bicycle while riding your folding bike then you would prefer the Paratrooper.
The first think I noticed when I jumped on the Paratrooper folding bicycle was just how sturdy the frame felt. It was very stable when pedaling hard and tracked straight and true when flying down some of the hills around New York City. The disc brakes brought me to a satisfyingly quick stop each and every time I needed to slow my progress through the city streets. I love disc brakes by the way, they automatically push any bike that has them up a few notches in my mind.
Part of what makes the Montague Paratrooper such a stable bicycle is the super sturdy frame design. Unlike most folding bicycles which put a hinge right in the middle of the main tube the Paratrooper design swivels the frame around the seat post. This distributes the stress of your weight and pedaling force over a much larger area and prevents the frame from flexing each time you press on the pedals. Whenever the frame flexes you lose power and waste energy. The inflexibility of a bicycle frame is what makes it feel sturdy and confident - the less flex the better.
When folded up the Paratrooper bike does fit into some much smaller spaces than it's nonfolding mountain bike cousins. For example, the Paratrooper bike can fit into the trunk of your car whereas a normal bicycle would have to go on a bike rack. The same applies for a boat, an RV, a plane, or any other short-on-space type situation.
All in all I'd say the Paratrooper bikes - and Montague mountain bikes in general - have the best ride quality of any folding bicycle. They don't fold up super small but when folded they're already half the size of regular bikes. That makes all the difference for convenient storage and transport.
If you value ride quality over the size of the fold then you'll prefer the Montague Paratrooper over some of the other more compact folding bicycles.
One of the most physically impressive bikes in our shop is the beastly Montague Paratrooper. A 24-speed mountain bike complete with full-sized 26-inch wheels and 80mm shocks, this bike regularly surprises customers with its ability to fold in half to a package small enough to chuck in a car trunk. I think it is the unique frame, which is centered on a single massive aluminum tube rather than a full-length top tube/down tube setup, that catches customer's eyes. The Paratrooper was designed with military use inmind, and it shows--this fatigue-green monster is built like a tank, and looks like it could take a serious beating. Though clearly intended for use on dirt tracks, I took the bike out into the urban jungle to get a feel for what it can do.
Perhaps the most important thing I noticed about the Paratrooper is what I didn't notice--its ability to fold. Whereas almost all of the Dahon and Tern bikes that make up the majority of our stock feature small wheels and strange frames by conventional bike standards, the Montague's feel is exactly what I might expect from any standard mountain bike. Its folding mechanism is based around a central hinge located just underneath the seat post. A quick-release lever and safety catch on top of the main tube allows the bulk of the frame and front fork to rotate freely around the rear triangle. Popping off the quick release front wheel and attaching it to the handlebars using the integrated velcro dongle reduces the entire footprint to just slightly larger than one wheel. At 29 pounds, it is not terribly heavy for a mountain bike, so I found myself darting around NYC at a decent clip with minimal effort, and even hoisted it up on my shoulder to carry it up flights of stairs in apartment buildings.
Though my ride through Manhattan and Queens did not offer much by way of big drops to test the bike's shocks, I did jump a lot of curbs and potholes. The Paratrooper took it all in stride, smoothly absorbing my landings and keeping me upright through my more ungainly moments.It also handled nimbly for such a stout frame, and the stopping power of the Promax disc brakes saved me from some overly close encounters in the hectic New York traffic.Bigger shocks, more gears
For riders looking for even more spec'd out folding mountain bikes, the Paratrooper's big cousin, the Paratrooper Pro, features a 9-speed cassette for a total of 27 speeds and slightly larger 100mm shocks. Montague also manufactures a pair of high performance mountain bikes built around the same basic geometry as the Paratrooper line. The SwissBike x70 sports 30 speeds and Shimano Deore components, while the top-of-the-line x90 is kitted out with an adjustable 85-105mm suspension fork, extra wide tires, hydraulic disc brakes, Sram X components, and weighs in at a svelte 27 pounds to boot.
These Montagues are designed to tackle singletracks and back-country roads without sacrificing portability, and they fulfill this role exceptionally well. However, their other potential uses should not be overlooked. I have seen many city commuters roll out of our shop on a Paratrooper after becoming enamored of its design aesthetic and athletic feel. One customer who was concerned that he would never be able to find a folding bike for daily use that could support his 250+ pound bulk ended up selecting the Paratrooper Pro, feeling that it was the only bike that could take the load. Given their adeptness at shredding gnarly back-roads, an appeal that extends to both mountain and city bikers, and their ability to fold without sacrificing wheel size, the Paratroopers and SwissBikes are extremely versatile rides to be reckoned with.
Whether you are a weekend warrior or a full-time mountain junkie, head over to the Montague section of our website and get your ideal folding mountain bike today!About the Author
Miles Schneider is a folding and electric bike specialist at NYCeWheels in New York City, plays the electric violin, and loves dogs.