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Old 02-01-11, 10:53 PM   #1
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26' Folding Mountain Bike Need Your Opinion.

So, I'm a college student on a tight budget looking to buy a bike that I can ride around campus about 60% of the time, and on trails about 40% of the time. I'm looking at the foldable bike because I want the bike to be able to fit in my car when I take it to campus or trails.

This bike http://www.2ksilver.com/catalog/prod...roducts_id=101 looks really attractive to me.

It has the benefit of being a foldable bike and having the suspension and having the 26' wheels. Its overall a pretty cool looking bike. I haven't been able to find much info on this bike, so based on what you see what's your guys' opinion on a bike like this?

Do you think it would be a better idea spending an extra $100 (which is out of my price range, but I can compromise) for a bike like this one http://www.buzzillions.com/reviews/c...ale-f9-reviews, which I rode and can say that it was really nice, but did not have the super convenient foldable option.

Which do you think would be the better option for me?
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Old 02-01-11, 11:26 PM   #2
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Montague Folding Mountain Bikes
http://www.montaguebikes.com/folding-mountain-bikes/

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Old 02-02-11, 01:39 AM   #3
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Ritchey break away knock down was licenced by Dahon, they come apart ..
a bike that goes in your dorm room when you are not riding it is a good idea.
best way to prevent theft. non exposure..

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Old 02-02-11, 01:53 AM   #4
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You will be VERY frustrated with the performance of the folding bike you linked. It seems to be loaded with cheap components. That makes the bike heavy, difficult to shift once you get mud on your chain and, as time goes by, it will age ugly.

I suggest a hard tail mountain bike that doesn't fold or a Montague. Good luck on your final decision.
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If I were you, I'd totally go with a Montague.
If you want disc brakes, go with the Paratrooper, if V-brakes are all you need, get the X50 (although I think it's disc compatible, so you could always add your own later).
I seriously can't tell the difference between my Montague and a non-folding bike. And it's so easy to fold.
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Old 02-02-11, 06:40 PM   #6
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Bummer, I was really tempted on buying that bike. But knowing that its a bike of wall-mart quality just completely turns me off from it.

Those montague bikes look nice and all, but I'm on a super budget. Looking for something like $300-$400.

And I live in So. Cal. LA/Orange county region. Can't really find any good deals on craigslist right now though, but it does look like used bikes would be my best option right now.
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Old 02-02-11, 07:02 PM   #7
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A normal bike with quick release wheels will fit in a trunk very quickly. Toyota Corolla no problem, possibly two bikes, with a heavy blanket to protect from scratches. It depends on how mechanical you are and the shape or size of the trunk or back seat. With practice it's easy, then you can get a better bike for your money.
If you don't mind using a wrench any bike can have the wheels off in a minute.

What car? Back seat or trunk?
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Old 02-02-11, 07:33 PM   #8
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Its a 99 4 door Toyota Camry. And that's a good point about the wrenching off the wheels, thanks for the tip. But they also sell these trunk mounts at wall-mart for about 30-50bucks and so I just might opt for that one if I can find a cheap used bike.

I just found this Trek 820 for $150 on craigslist http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/2194131673.html. what do you guys think about it? This is my first time both using craigslist and buying a mountain bike, but it seems like a pretty legit deal right?
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Its a 99 4 door Toyota Camry. And that's a good point about the wrenching off the wheels, thanks for the tip. But they also sell these trunk mounts at wall-mart for about 30-50bucks and so I just might opt for that one if I can find a cheap used bike.

I just found this Trek 820 for $150 on craigslist http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/2194131673.html. what do you guys think about it? This is my first time both using craigslist and buying a mountain bike, but it seems like a pretty legit deal right?
I found an old moving blanket (quited and thick) It's big enough to put on the trunk floor and flop over the bike, then the wheels go on top. I think your Camry trunk will be perfect.

The bike you linked to is very small, how tall are you?

You need to determine what size bike frame you need. I'm 5'-11" I have a 18" compact frame MTB and a 20" horizontal top tube frame. That number is the measurement from the middle of the axle the pedals rotate on, to the middle or top, or other part of the top tube. Different manufacturers measure slightly differently but they all start at the middle of the pedal axle (Bottom Bracket or BB in bike slang). That bike looks like maybe in the 14" or 13" size. I could never ride it.
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The bike you linked to is very small, how tall are you?

You need to determine what size bike frame you need. I'm 5'-11" I have a 18" compact frame MTB and a 20" horizontal top tube frame. That number is the measurement from the middle of the axle the pedals rotate on, to the middle or top, or other part of the top tube. Different manufacturers measure slightly differently but they all start at the middle of the pedal axle (Bottom Bracket or BB in bike slang). That bike looks like maybe in the 14" or 13" size. I could never ride it.
I'm also in the 5'11 range with moderately long limbs. What's a good way to tell if the bike is generally a good "fit" for me?
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best to go to a bike shop. getting a frame that fits is important if you want to enjoy cycling.

don't get that folding bike you posted. like they said, cheap, heavy components that will break down on you. if you still think you want to get a 26" folder, get a montague or a dahon.
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With the new information provided, used mountain bike with quick release front hub + moving blanket + Camry = Success.

Find out your size, link the bikes here. People will help you but the final decision will be yours. Do not fool yourself: Take in consideration overall looks of the bike. You will ride more often a bike that you like.
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K, Thanks a lot for the help guys. Glad to be apart of these forums! I guess I'll forget about the folder for now and will just look for a quality mountain bike for my budget.
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I live in LA and i see Montagues in Craigslist every week. Keep in mind Hummers, Paratroopers, Swiss bikes ALL use the same Montague frame. Get a used one and spend the extra cash on upgrades, which you will certainly end up doing anyway, unless you buy a new Swiss bike (it has decent components i believe)
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Montague bike uses 100% standard components so you can upgrade ANY components unlike most small wheeled folders. My hummer weighs 17 lbs BTW.
And I had no problem riding singletracks with hummer too.
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Off topic, but I always thought it was interesting how Montagues seem to be quite abundant in various locations (LA like an above poster mentioned, and I at least saw some for sale when I was in Taiwan). However, I don't think I've seen a single one in person (being ridden or at a store) in Cambridge (where I live and where they are from) Once in a while they do pop up on craigslist though (and it looks like only one store stocks it in the metro area).
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K, Thanks a lot for the help guys. Glad to be apart of these forums! I guess I'll forget about the folder for now and will just look for a quality mountain bike for my budget.
I managed to snag a Montague Paratrooper yesterday for $400 (with hardcase), if you wait around and keep checking craigslist you're bound to find something worthwhile.
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