Montague Navigator Folding Bike Review

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Review of the Montague Navigator Folding Bike


Colin: Hey everyone. I'm Colin here at etrailer.com.Today, we're going to take a look at the Montague Navigator Folding Bike. Now, this is a road-style bike, which also has the added benefit of being good for any light off road use. Now, there's a good amount of benefits to having this folding-style bike. A few might be you're not going to have to invest in a hitch plus a hitch-mounted bike rack to get your bike in your car, or even a roof rack plus a roof bike rack. And it's also helpful for people who might live in an apartment where they're limited on space and they might not be able to get that full-sized bike in their apartment.

It's just going to compact it a lot, make it very easy to store.The Navigator is a great commuter bike, so if you live in a highly-populated area and it's just easier to bike around, whether you got to go to work or other activities like that. And the fold-up aspect means it's going to be convenient for if you need to fold it up and store it by your desk while at work, then you don't have to worry about chaining it up outside of your workplace.What makes the Navigator unique is that, while it is a commuter, road bike type and it's got the thinner tires when compared to other mountain bikes, the tires are a lot wider and knobbier when compared to other road bikes. If you got the occasional gravel path or bike trail that you want to go down, it's going to be able to handle that very well.Now, if you're not too familiar with folding bikes, you may be a bit hesitant to ride it. I can honestly say, at first, I was as well. One of the things I thought about was what if the latch comes undone while I'm riding and it folds in on itself and then I fall over One of the things Montague put in their bike that really put my mind to ease was going to be their direct connect system down here at the bottom and their patented click system as well.

It's going to be two different things. The direct connect is just a clamp holding the frame together, while their click system, right here with the lever, when we pull that off, it does a really great job of providing a lot of tension, keeping the clamp together. But even at this point, we can't fold our bike in on itself. You actually have to push up on the clamp right there, and then you can fold it up.The frame of our bike is going to be constructed out of aluminum. It's going to be very durable, yet lightweight.

It's going to have a nice midnight blue color to it, as well as a five-layer, anti-corrosion finish. Now, one of the things Montague did a great job of is that, with most road bikes, you want to eliminate as much weight as possible to make it easier to ride around and to carry. Now, instead of having the thick top tube right here, like they do on their Paratroopers, they actually had a split tube design, which took out the center right there, taking away some weight.Now, one of the things that makes Montague folding bikes superior to other folding bikes is that their hinge point where the bike folds is integrated into the C-post tube right here. Now, if you think about it, that's going to be able to hold your weight a lot better. When you're sitting on the bike, the weight is coming down, straight through the C-post tube, so it's going to help distribute your weight throughout the triangle tubing down here a lot better.On top, we're going to have a really nice wide set of handlebars, so when you're riding along, your hands aren't going to get too sore from kind of being down.

We're also going to have the Shimano Sora trigger system. It's going to make for nice and easy transitions when you're trying to shift up or down. And you can see we get to also access our breaks very easy. You can also adjust the angle on your handlebars if you would be more comfortable with it more tilted up towards you or even tilted away. You just take the included tool and loosen up that Allen bolt right there, and then you can tilt it whichever way you desire, and then tighten it back up. Don't forget to do that.One thing that Montague includes on a lot of their bikes is their rack stand, which is integrated into the rear axle. Now, this stand can be used for a couple of different things. When it's up in this position, you can use it as a storage rack. You can put your water bottles on there. You can put a bag on there and strap it down. Now, something to keep in mind is that, if you have stuff on it, you're not going to be able to use it as a stand for the bike.The Navigator's going to have a nine by three gearshift setup. So, in the back here, we're going to have nine speeds, while on the front, we have three. We're also going to be equipped with a Shimano Altus derailer in the front, as well as the Shimano Sora in the back. Now, those derailers are going to make for nice and easy transitions for when you're shifting. With the rack stand up, I can actually show you guys the derailers at work. We'll just start pedaling. We'll start here in the back. You can see very little delay when you're going up or down. Now, it's important to have those nice and easy transitions, so that if you're ever going up a hill or something like that and you need to downshift, you can get that done very quick. Here in the front's going to be the same thing. Get up to third gear if we need to. Go back down very easy, just like that.The bike's also going to include two fenders. That first one here at the front just goes right over the back of our front wheel. It's going to help prevent a lot of rock and other debris being thrown up on you while you're riding. The rear fender's actually going to be integrated onto the rack stand, and again, it's just going to prevent a lot of rock and debris being thrown up to people behind you.We're going to be equipped with a set of mechanical disc brakes on our navigator. It's just going to be a good upgrade from those rim pad brakes. This is going to work with well with giving you more braking power, and it's also not going to compromise your braking power in any wet conditions. And it's also going to come equipped with reflectors. We're going to have one on the front of the handlebars right here, another one on the back that's integrated onto the rack stand, one on both tires, and two on each pedal.Now, when it comes to folding up the bike, it's a pretty simple process. You want to start by putting the rack stand down, like so. Now, we're going to come up to the front wheel and remove it. It's also got the patented click system, meaning that when we undo the clamp right there, we still can't get the wheel off. We're going to have to pull in on that circle, and then push the axle through just slightly so we can get the forks off. Then, we'll just undo the latch on our direct connect system. Push in on your direct connect, then we can start to fold it up. It's easy if you just flip it around, bring it to yourself. You want to make sure the handlebars are angled in.Each bike is going to come with a hook and loop strap. What we're going to do is tear it all the way off, wrap it around our back wheel, and come back. Once you put that together, it's going to make sure that the bike does not fold out on us while it's in storage. Now, we'll just grab our front wheel, set it against the front right here. An easy way to grab it is to reach your hand through the spokes of you front tire, and you can pick it up like that.Thank you all for watching. That's going to do it for our look at the Montague Navigator Folding Bike.


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