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Old 11-08-18, 09:56 PM
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Is it too big for me?

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In India, we don't get all the models of bikes available. I would have liked the Tern Node D7i, (24") unfortunately I have to settle for second option - Montague Paratrooper Pro (26") aans while I love the bike, I'm wondering if I have bit off more than I can chew :\ ?
I am an active 55 year old, 5'2" inches!! I've had a Bmx for years that I have not used in a while and feels small, but the Pro feels large and unwieldy... Should I return it?
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Old 11-09-18, 03:14 AM
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Yes. If it is too big, it may be a safety issue as well. Are Dahons available in India? That could be an alternative to Tern.
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Paratrooper comes in 3 frame sizes. 16" should work for you. The larger ones rather not.
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I have the Montague Paratrooper Pro 16 inch - feels way too big. Yes Dahon is in India. But like with all these brands, the agents only keep select models. I have been looking for months now...
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I have the Montague Paratrooper Pro 16 inch - feels way too big. Yes Dahon is in India. But like with all these brands, the agents only keep select models. I have been looking for months now...
If it doesn't feel right you won't ride it. Return it and find something that gives you confidence.
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Most bikes, are manufactured in China. I just found out recently, that there is a weird thing going on the 11th of November each year. On that day, they have a massive sale. Kinda like Black Friday in the US. Perhaps you can look at sites like Aliexpress (AliBaba) and find some good deals on folding bikes. I don't know about the customs in India though... Could be the import duties that make this a not a good deal. Famous chinese bike brands are Java, Sava?, Fnhon, Crius, heck even some Dahon's are from China. The one I like is Anemos.
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It could be that you got used to BMX type bikes and a full-size bike suddenly feels awkward. Getting on and off the bikes e.g. may be different for you. In the end, though, as has been said, you need to be comfortable with the bike. If it does not feel good after several days of riding you should presumably indeed look for something else

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Most bikes, are manufactured in China. I just found out recently, that there is a weird thing going on the 11th of November each year. On that day, they have a massive sale. Kinda like Black Friday in the US. Perhaps you can look at sites like Aliexpress (AliBaba) and find some good deals on folding bikes. I don't know about the customs in India though... Could be the import duties that make this a not a good deal. Famous chinese bike brands are Java, Sava?, Fnhon, Crius, heck even some Dahon's are from China. The one I like is Anemos.
Thanx. I did try all the aliexpress options. Customs and delivery goes to 125% of bike mrp!
The 11.11.11 thingy is that the portal between worlds now are thinner and more breachable than on regular days. 2018 adds up to 11
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It could be that you got used to BMX type bikes and a full-size bike suddenly feels awkward. Getting on and off the bikes e.g. may be different for you. In the end, though, as has been said, you need to be comfortable with the bike. If it does not feel good after several days of riding you should presumably indeed look for something else
Thanx. True that. I've been on a test ride andtook the bike out this morning and it feels brilliant! !!!
Not too big, a trifle bulky though.
I think I may have to move the seat forward a bit. And yes, on and off will need getting use to...kkeep bumping my leg on the carrier.
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Not possibele to return the bike :(

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If it doesn't feel right you won't ride it. Return it and find something that gives you confidence.
However, I have since come to terms with that...In India something like the Monty PP being returned is most improbable.
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Folding bikes are generally made in one size , because the production tooling costs
to make multiple sizes of jigs and fixtures , and get all the hinges and such aligned ,
would be not cost effective.. especially at lower selling price targets..
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However, I have since come to terms with that...In India something like the Monty PP being returned is most improbable.
Ok, but in your first post you asked if you should return it. Glad you are getting more comfortable.
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This bike is cool though.
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Thanx. I did try all the aliexpress options. Customs and delivery goes to 125% of bike mrp!
The 11.11.11 thingy is that the portal between worlds now are thinner and more breachable than on regular days. 2018 adds up to 11
Just WOW!! 125%. Maybe India wants you to buy local.

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If your Montague Pro has disk brakes, you could build/buy a set of 24" wheels to swap into that frame.. that would be beneficial for reduced standover height as well as making it more responsive .. could be a fun option to have available..

I've owned a Paratrooper for years.. nice bike!
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