Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Bikes: Montague (broken), B-one
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Actually, I used a Montague CX folder on a RTW trip in 2005. I took it in a large bag, a box or suitcase would have been impractical - I didn't always return from where I left.
It performed quite reasonably while it lasted, very little frame flex but it was quite a heavy bicycle. It took me well over an hour to pack it or to reassemble it. I ended up only using it a few times, when I planned to use it for several days in a row as I needed to take off both wheels, the steerer and the luggage racks (I used a Tubus Logo in the back, fixed to a Colorado seatpost binder and a Carradice Limpet system for the front).
I did use it for a 4 week tour in Tasmania.
I had a lot of problems with spokes breaking on the rear wheel - even though I had it replaced by a supposedly better one.
Unfortunately the bicycle sustained quite a bit of damage. First the large chainring got bent (I guess due to a 5 ft drop out off an overfilled luggage compartment of a bus somewhere in Argentina). I only noticed it later, fortunately I could still use both other chainrings, I ultimately had it replaced. Worst of all, when I got home I noticed the derailer hanger on the frame got bent during transportation
I've been looking for alternatives since then (lurking on several forums,...). Peregrine Bicycle Works bikes looked quite attractive to me (20inch wheels, rohloff available), but they would have needed well over a year to build one. It looks like Montague might have been the most appropriate choice after all, maybe this time with a packing harnass or something like it. I'll need to check out Bike Friday as well (Moulton looks mighty expensive to me - I'm Belgian btw., not British).
A last possibility would be a custom folder design, but it seems quite hard to find a builder who could realise that dream for a reasonable sum.