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Join Date: Jul 2006
Bikes: Fuji Supreme; Kona Wo; Nashbar road frame custom build; Schwinn Varsity; Nishiki International; Schwinn Premis, Falcon Merckx
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Build a Montague mountain bike into a tourer?
Disclaimer: I usually end up building new bikes for myself from 70's and 80's steel frames because no one ever makes what I REALLY want and I'm finding that folding bikes are no exception. And besides, building your own bike is fun.
I'm super frustrated that I can't just buy a Montague Paratrooper frame. I really want to build a pair of folding touring bikes for me and the wife and I think the Paratrooper would make a great platform but I just don't want any of the components they have.
The plan would be to redo the entire bike with the SRAM Apex group including disk brakes and road bars -- pretty much speced out just like a Salsa Vaya:
If I can't my hands on a Montague what other frames might work for this?
The physical limitation is I'm 6-3, 230 which puts me at the absolute upper limit, if not over, for most folding frames. I'm also fairly cheap. Couplers seem prohibitively expensive. And I really want both 26 inch wheels and disk brakes.
The Paratrooper looks like it was just made for this kind of thing. Or am I just plain wrong?