Montague is a brand built on the idea that bikes that fold—not "folding bikes"—
can perform every bit as well as their counterparts with traditional diamond-
shaped frames. But, upon seeing the Montague Boston, I wasn't worried about the
company's philosophy, I just saw a singlespeed perfectly suited to life in a
cramped city apartment already full of bikes. And, just as I'd hoped, my bike
folded up and fit neatly in the closet, between the extra paper towel rolls
and ironing board.
Once I started riding the bike, I quickly understood that the Boston had more
going for it than just storage economics. It's fun, too. On bike paths, around
town, and up and down hills, it proved to be a snappy and responsive ride.
It's a bike I'd ride, even if I wasn't short on space.
Montague built the Boston frame with 7005 aluminum, and uses a hinge at the
seat post that was inspired by full-suspension mountain bikes. The company
claims the tube-within-a-tube hinge design strengthens the frame, and it's
no exaggeration. The bike has proved more than study enough.
The hinge opens and closes with a CLIX quick-release, which is a one-sided
QR with no cap to unscrew on the other side. This time-saving QR is also used
on the front wheel to further aide a quick assembly and disassembly. Breaking
down the bike takes no more than 30 seconds, and in its compact state, it's
easy to carry or stow in the back of a car (in addition to closet).