New bike to test ride

Here’s a preview of my next “assignment”:

I believe one of you owns this type of bike. Stay tuned for my first impression of this mystery bike.


  1. James Slemboski

    V-Brake on the rear and a disc up front? No thanks.

  2. Moe (Post author)

    What’s wrong with that setup? I go mountain biking with a Single Speed 29er with a BB5 disc on the front and a V brake on the rear with no issues or complaints. In fact, adding a front disc in the front improved my bike’s braking power by over 50%.

  3. Ghost Rider

    Dude, that’s the “bicycle mullet”…and there’s nothing wrong with that setup. Most of the braking power is at the front wheel anyway, and these setups are often lighter than a double disc arrangement.

  4. Mike Myers

    I’ve seen plenty of bikes with that brake combination.

  5. Ghost Rider

    I’m really looking forward to your thoughts about the CLIX skewer system. It’s described as “foolproof”, but I want to hear something besides their marketing hyperbole.

  6. Dman

    Foolproof QR??? Really…I’m in for your thoughts also. Three weeks ago I took my commuter out for a test ride and ended up going to the ER because the front wheel suddenly came off and I landed on my face. Go here if you want to read the whole story:

  7. Ghost Rider

    Dman…so what actually happened? Did you forget to tighten the QR? A standard QR is pretty foolproof, if you ask me…as long as it is tightened properly.

    By the way, that little nub on the driveside seatstay is to hang your chain on when you remove the rear wheel. It used to be “standard” on lots of steel bikes (just the way brazed-on chainstay protector mounts were way back when).

  8. Chris

    Looks like a Montague folding MTB

  9. Dman

    The QR was tight. The last thing I did before leaving the apartment was check all three QR’s. Rode around for 20 minutes with no problems, it never felt loose or wobbled or anything. Then it came out of the dropouts when I picked up the front end at a speed bump; it got lodged in the brakes and between the downtube and left crank arm. I landed on my hands and face, bit deep into my bottom lip, had to go to the ER to get a stitch in the lip. It sucked. I had to true the wheel afterwards too.

    The wheel even has a “safety washer” on it. It still fell out. And the QR was so tight I couldn’t get the wheel back on w/o loosening it WAY up. I still haven’t figured out why it came out.

    What really pissed me off, after all the stuff I’ve done on bikes (ridden dirt jumps, half pipes, box jumps, wall rides, jumped up and down stairs, over hand rails, etc) and a freakin’ speed bump sends me to the ER. Lame.

  10. James Slemboski

    @ Moe, GhostRider, Mike, et al: Consistency, that’s what is wrong with it. I know the bike wouldn’t fold too well with two discs, but I’m all for consistency. Besides, I ride a lot in the winter and don’t like frozen cables.

  11. Ghost Rider

    James, those are mechanical discs…with a cable. If cables are going to freeze in wintertime, don’t you think those would be affected too?

    Dman…weird about that QR. Could you describe how you do your QR tightening/ pre-ride check?

  12. Dman

    I open the QR, then close it back. If it doesn’t take considerable force to close it, I open it, and tighten it some, then try again. I basically get it as tight as I can and still close it.

    I’m going to have a heck of a time trying to get that wheel off if I get a flat…

  13. Dman

    Oh yeah…just got back from picking up lunch. The plan was to ride to the bike shop, which is only a block away, to buy a lock. Then ride down the street to Subway and pick up and sandwich, then back to work. But, on my way to the LBS the bike quit shifting. The rear shift cable housing had exploded right at the shifter. I guess I shouldn’t be suprised since it’s probably over 15 years old…

    So, I left the bike at the shop, told them to replace ALL the cables and housings on the bike. I’ve got two 40+mph descents on my ride home, one with a stop sign at the bottom. Last thing I need is the brake cable housings to go out and leave me brakeless!

  14. Ghost Rider

    Ok. I was trying to rule out the “wingnut” tightening technique, but you’re experienced enough with bikes not to do THAT!

    Here’s a weird question: what about your axle locknuts? Could they be on backward (serrated side facing the hub rather than the fork ends)?

    In any case, we’re all looking forward to reading about this intriguing (if a bit porky, weight-wise) “mystery bike”…

  15. Dman

    You know, I’m not sure about the axle lock nuts. I know they’re on correct now though. After the wreck I bought a regular bolt on axle and tried to put it in, but the thread pattern was just slightly different than the stock axle, so the “cones” wouldn’t fit, so I put the stock axle back in.

    Good thought tho…

  16. Michael

    I have a Swiss Bike as well as a Montague MX. One with a regular QR and the other with the Clix system. I would like to hear what RL has to say about it first before I chime in but I have had no problems with either system.

    Dman, that sucks! I hope you find what caused the problem. There is nothing worse than getting back on the bike not knowing if it might happen again.

  17. Michael

    Sorry, I meant Moe’s report not RL’s.

  18. Moe (Post author)

    Hey Michael, I saw that you owned this bike on I’m also interested on what you have to say about the bike. How long is your commute? Is it hilly or flat? I rode it to work this morning, I need to do some minor adjustments but the bike felt great.

  19. RL Policar


    That’s an odd argument about disc brakes. There are many riders that have their bikes set up like that.

  20. Michael

    Hey Moe, my commute is 9.0 miles round trip and living in Houston the route is very flat. My biggest challenge is the roads I take require hopping a few curbs and its really nice to know that this bike can handle it. My other challenge is to arrive at work without getting overheated and the only way to do that is to have a bike you find comfortable at slowers speeds without having to make you work so hard. My only complaint would be about the components. Both of my folders came with very entry level parts and so I’ve had to make a few substutions such as the cranks, pedals and one rear derailleur. I had a lighter set of rims and changed the stem to fit me better but I have had no issues with the sturdiness or comfort of the bike at all. I have really enjoyed it.

  21. Moe (Post author)

    Hey Michael,

    Yeah, the components are kind low end, they work fine, but durability is my concern. I do think that this bike would be a good candidate for a Single Speed conversion, since you have a flat commute I would look into it. The bike would lose some needed weight and the simplicity of a single speed will make it more reliable.

  22. Michael

    Excellent suggestion! I have thought about it but haven’t made the switch. i have always wanted a single speed and now that the Montague is a backup I can justify medeling with it. I’ll let you know if/when I get started.

  23. paul evans

    I own a paratrooper ,it is probably about the 50th bike I’ve owned in my life (58 years old) I have begun a new love of cycling because of it.Love the hard tail with v-brakes and amazed by the stopping power of mechanical disc on front.The Clix QR system is great , better than any of the old style skewers i’ve had.About to start two tours soon, one to the Otago trail in NZ and the other a 3 month tour of Japan all on my lightweight Paratrooper ,will keep you posted.

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