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Montague MT-1000 Bi-Frame Folding Bike

Old 12-07-15, 08:03 AM
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Montague MT-1000 Bi-Frame Folding Bike

This bike was donated to our all-volunteer charity. We will sell it to help pay our expenses. Again this year we will hit the 2500+ bikes given away to the needy. Check out our web site rcommunitybikes.net.

We recently received this Montague MT-1000 folding bike. Montague was kind enough to send us the latch mechanism. Thanks Montague! It's an early model The wheels may not be original since the fork has a 90mm wheel in 100mm dropouts. We have no idea of value. I'm posting here and in the folding bikes section. Any help with evaluation would be appreciated.

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Old 12-07-15, 08:50 AM
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That's a tough one. I remember sitting through a Montague demonstration in the 90s and watching how this bike worked. The Montague rep presented the bike first as a credible trail rider and then emphasized the stow and go convenience.

i remember leaving being impressed with the folding design but never bought into it being a worthy mountain bike.

All that said, I'd market it on the convenience of a casual cyclist being able to put this in the back seat of his Corolla and not needing a bike rack. You'll want to be able to demonstrate this fist hand. Probably low to mid 100s.
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I redid an original Schwinn Montague in response #5 to this thread: https://www.bikeforums.net/folding-bi...-montague.html

My impression of the original Schwinn Montague is a lot of low-rent parts. No surprise there, as Schwinn probably had a price point in mind and didn't want to exceed it. A lot of money tied up in frame production and not much left for the rest of the bike.

I spent quite a bit of time upgrading to better components. Yours looks like it started life with better components than mine.

Folding bikes are a tougher sell in the US than in Europe, for ex., where living spaces are much smaller and tight walk-ups don't encourage owning a "regular" (i.e., non-folding) bike. I agree with plonz above about current pricing.
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+1 to above. I see these for sale occasionally, never for very much money. $100, maybe less. They're just too much of a compromise for most people. It has to be heavier and worse to ride than a regular bicycle, and few need the folding aspect of it.

Besides, with the full-size 26" wheels I wonder if it would even take up much less room than a normal bike with both wheels removed. Which is probably about the same amount of hassle.
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