The Montague Paratrooper is arguably the best folding bike you can buy for your RV, Boat, or even the trunk of your car. What makes it so good? First, the folding joint is superior to other bikes as it does not use a hinge welded into the frame - rather the center post of the seat is the hinge. This is much stronger than other bikes. Secondly, high quality components are used; including disk brakes, Shimano/SRAM deraileurs, and other high quality components.
The Paratrooper is also a full size bike, with 26 inch tires - not like those wimpy fold up bikes with small 20 inch wheels. And finally, the frame is strong. This bike is intended to be used by the military for soldiers parachuting out of aircraft with the bike strapped to their chest. If a bike can take that kind of punishment, it should hold up to anything I can dish out. These bikes are designed to be rugged.
strong folding post - along centerline of seat tube.
Characteristics of the Montague Paratrooper:
- Color: cammy green
- Frame:Custom drawn 7005 Series Aluminum 18" or 20"
- Folded size: 36" x 28" x 12"
- Tires: 26"
- Front suspension: SR Suntour XCT V4 Suspension, disc mount, 80mm travel
- Gearing: Shimano 24-Speed
- Shifters: Shimano Rapidfire Plus Trigger Shifter
- Brakes: disc
- MSRP: $899
|The bicycle assembles in literally 30 seconds, and can be assembled without tools. However, over time, you may need to tighten the seat clamp, which can loosen.
Essentially the assembly steps are to:
- open the frame - clamp it down
- insert the front tire - again clamping it down
- Insert (or raise) the seat post - and clamp it down
- Open the pedals.
The folding pedals, kick stand, and bag were options that I purchased at the time I bought the bicycle. I also changed the seat out for a "fat butt" seat with gel padding, and a longer neck and handle bars for better comfort. This is a mountain bike afterall, so I feel more comfortable sitting slightly more erect.
When you assemble the bike be sure you put sufficient tension on the cam-locks so the bike does not fold up on you when you are riding it. Pay particular attention to the frame clamp - as the clamp must be depressed for proper alignment when opening the bike.
If you visit the Montague website, you will see videos of troops jumping out of aircraft with these bikes strapped to their chest. Once they deploy their parachute and land, they are able to become highly mobile. I am not sure how many units the military buys (if any), but the intended use is testomony to how well these bikes are built.
Montague's Paratrooper Website
Montague's other Bicycles
You can also get the Paratrooper in a "Pro" version with more gears, as well as different colors (flat black, etc).
Montague also makes slightly less expensive bikes having a similar folding mechanism. they can be up to $200 less - and typically have fewer gears, less expensive shifters, brakes, and so on.
I've had this bike for 5 years now, and it has held up well. My bike only has a disc brake on the front, with the typical calipers on the rear. It appears that the newer ones have disc brakes on the rear as well.
I used this bike first with my boat and it easily stored in a spare berth.
Now that I have a RV and no longer have a boat, we are using the bikes with our motorhome. They are a lot easier to carry than having to use a bumper hitch bike rack. When folded up, I can get this bike - along with my wife's Montague folding bike (non-paratrooper model) in the storage compartment in the RV. I don't think you could go wrong with a bicycle like this, and it has held up well.