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    Can I buy a 26" or 700C folding frame anywhere?

    I'd quite like a Montague-eque folding bicycle, but the base model is pretty rubbish and the better version is sufficiently expensive that I'd be better off buying the cheap model and upgrading it. Can anyone recommend a potential source for a 26" or 700c folding frame? Or should I just buy used off eBay?

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    Richey Breakaway comes apart,
    Dahon pays Tom a fee to build bikes using his method,
    Downtube has a collar to lock over 2 flared tube ends, then pulling the seat-post ..
    in his design 2 frame sections , clamps around the seatpost twice,
    once the toptube ,second one in the seattube

    S&S spline connectors can be fitted in many frames ..
    Travelers check is an S&S fitted Cross check Surly..
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    dahon jack.

    I've seen the montague frame being sold off of ebay, brand new from china, if you want to try that.
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    I'd be *very* interested in finding a Montague frame - either the 700c or 26" version, I'm not picky. If you could perhaps provide a link to a seller?

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    I don't think they sell their frames alone. All the road models have the same frame design (as do all the mountain bikes) so if you want to use your own components its no problem, you could purchase one of the less expensive ones. Check them out at http://www.montaguebikes.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spasticteapot View Post
    I'd quite like a Montague-eque folding bicycle, but the base model is pretty rubbish and the better version is sufficiently expensive that I'd be better off buying the cheap model and upgrading it. Can anyone recommend a potential source for a 26" or 700c folding frame? Or should I just buy used off eBay?
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    Buy used and go from there.

    I bought a Rolling Rock Promo bike (Dahon Mariner 26) from a thrift store for ~$40, the derailleurs were basically garbage, along with crank and bottom bracket. Currently the bike is getting built up as a city bike with a Shimano IGH 8, single speed crank, dyno hub, fenders, etc. I will have under $400 in the bike when I get done.

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    IF Urban 700c by Pacific Cycles, a "true" full size folding bike (no tools required, and you dont need to take the wheels off)

    Available in the UK from March it rolls instead of having to carry it

    Prototype:

    www.folding-bikes.com
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    I bought a Montigue 26" frame on ebay from a company that wanted to convert them for electric bikes. I then built up the bike with great parts (SA igh), Kinisis fork, etc. Makes for a great urban assault bike.

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    Surly has a frame that while it does not fold, it unscrews into two parts. It is a regular size frame.

    http://surlybikes.com/frames/travelers_check_frame/
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    Dahon expresso is a folder with 26" wheels. I like mine a lot, I added some SKS fenders, a rear rack and changed the handle bars to trekking bars, it's great for the train trips I take during the year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
    Buy used and go from there.

    I bought a Rolling Rock Promo bike (Dahon Mariner 26) from a thrift store for ~$40, the derailleurs were basically garbage, along with crank and bottom bracket. Currently the bike is getting built up as a city bike with a Shimano IGH 8, single speed crank, dyno hub, fenders, etc. I will have under $400 in the bike when I get done.

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    Yes, the used market is one sure way to go. Unfortunately, it is not a very reliable way of finding a bike-or part(s) of one-when you want it. It could be a matter of careful searching & patience to locate the one(s) you like to have.

    Quote Originally Posted by gear View Post
    I bought a Montigue 26" frame on ebay from a company that wanted to convert them for electric bikes. I then built up the bike with great parts (SA igh), Kinisis fork, etc. Makes for a great urban assault bike.
    Or going to an alternative sources to score the bike or it's parts. Again it is a matter of patience and searching it out.

    Quote Originally Posted by irwin7638 View Post
    Dahon expresso is a folder with 26" wheels. I like mine a lot, I added some SKS fenders, a rear rack and changed the handle bars to trekking bars, it's great for the train trips I take during the year.

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    The most reliable way to go. First, buying a basic complete bike and changing and upgrading to whatever you want it to be. I did this approach with my Dahon Boardwalk S1 and my Brompton CE3. When I donated the Dahon, I simply took back most of the nice components and accessories I placed on it over the years before it left the house for the last time. So having it your way can be easy if you are aware of what you desire and see the bike for it's parts, rather than simply a complete preplanned model. Because if you keep it long enough plus add to it and upgrade along the way, that what bikes are to me-the sum of it's parts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spasticteapot View Post
    I'd be *very* interested in finding a Montague frame - either the 700c or 26" version
    I'm pretty sure you can't get just a Montague frame, but the thing is, if you do buy a bike from them, they're super easy to customize yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gear View Post
    I bought a Montigue 26" frame on ebay from a company that wanted to convert them for electric bikes. I then built up the bike with great parts (SA igh), Kinisis fork, etc. Makes for a great urban assault bike.
    Any pics of this urban assault Monty? I will be done with my 1st gen Montague paratrooper very soon. Its going to be a lightweight singlespeed with riggid fork, quick release pedals, XTR V-brakes.

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    My 26" folding Dahon Cadenza rides like a normal bike and takes normal accessories (rack, fenders etc).

    The eccentric bottom bracket offers lots of transmission options. I have the 8spd Alfine version but it also comes as 3x8 or singlespeed.

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    If anyone is still interested in 26"Dahon or Montague frames from a UK supplier:
    https://sslrelay.com/s75353868.onean...dex.shopscript
    Follow product overview, then either Dahon spares for the 26" frames(and others)
    or Montague bikes for bikes and frames.
    The Dahon frames start at 75 UK pounds, the Montague are a rather more eye-watering 299 UK pounds.

    I've bought four of the 26" frames to date with no problems.
    I've no connection with the company except as a satisfied customer!

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    If the above link doesn't work try:
    http://www.dahonspares.co.uk/html/dahon_spares.html
    then use the dropdown menu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CabezaShok View Post
    Any pics of this urban assault Monty? I will be done with my 1st gen Montague paratrooper very soon. Its going to be a lightweight singlespeed with riggid fork, quick release pedals, XTR V-brakes.
    urban bag.jpgurban lghts.jpg[ATTACH]urban bag.jpg[/ATTACH]
    This is the urban assault machine. One shot with lights and one with the trunk bag.

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    Outlaw black just like mine! Just curious, did you weigh it? As you know, singlespeed/riggid fork combo is going to be a lot lighter than a factory Montague. Im Trying to keep my monty light as possible...it'll be easier on my achin' back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CabezaShok View Post
    Outlaw black just like mine! Just curious, did you weigh it? As you know, singlespeed/riggid fork combo is going to be a lot lighter than a factory Montague. Im Trying to keep my monty light as possible...it'll be easier on my achin' back.
    I think of it as "Amsterdam" black, appropriate color for an urban bike. I don't know the weight, it's not as light as my roadies (17 & 18 lbs) obviously but it's pretty light for a mountain bike and the tires are good at rolling resistance. I am using a SA 8 speed hub. When I have done city rides with big groups, I finish with the road bike riders, not mountain bike riders. I know you've chosen to go single speed and I think that's fine for you, but I take this bike to cities with lots of hills so I needed gears. The gearing on this bike is spot on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gear View Post
    I am using a SA 8 speed hub. When I have done city rides with big groups, I finish with the road bike riders, not mountain bike riders. I know you've chosen to go single speed and I think that's fine for you, but I take this bike to cities with lots of hills so I needed gears. The gearing on this bike is spot on.
    Wow nice choice!, yours is the 1st Monty ive seen converted to Alfine 8 speed internal geared hub. When i can afford it id also like to convert my Monty Paratrooper to AF 8speed hub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CabezaShok View Post
    Wow nice choice!, yours is the 1st Monty ive seen converted to Alfine 8 speed internal geared hub. When i can afford it id also like to convert my Monty Paratrooper to AF 8speed hub.
    Actually its a Sturmey Archer 8 speed hub, I would go with the new Alfine 11 speed hub if I were doing it over, more speeds and lighter, also the 11 speed uses oil for lubrication.

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    Fuji did a folding bike a while back during the mtn bike craze, and I think some were done as promo bikes for one company or another. I imagine those could be pretty inexpensive at this point... if you can find one. Found one in a pawn shop, but at $120, was too rich for me at the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gear View Post
    I bought a Montigue 26" frame on ebay from a company that wanted to convert them for electric bikes. I then built up the bike with great parts (SA igh), Kinisis fork, etc. Makes for a great urban assault bike.
    How much? Where can I order one?

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