Montague Paratrooper Mountain Bike 2011 Review

Montague Paratrooper Mountain Bike 2011I've owned many mountain bikes over the years and the GT I owned many years ago was my favorite until now! Now I have to say the Montague paratrooper is a cut above even my beloved GT. What makes the paratrooper so great is not only does it have a lot of features that are found on


Color: Cammy Green Frame
Custom drawn 7005 Series Aluminum with FIT System.Power Angle geometry. Replaceable derailleur hanger and disc mount.
Fork SR Suntour Suspension XCT V2, disc mount, 80mm travel, Alloy one piece lower.
Rims Jalco. Alloy, 32 hole. Double Wall. CNC Sidewall.
Tires Kenda. Knobby. Front and Rear Specific. 26 x 1.95.
Hubset Formula, Black , Alloy sealed front & rear with CLIX™ front quick release
Spokes 14G Stainless
Saddle Mountain with "Center Gap" Comfort Technology
Seatpost Kalloy, 27.2 x 300mm, Alloy
Handlebars Kalloy, Alloy, 7 degree backsweep, 31.8 Barbore, 580 mm length.
Stem Kalloy, Alloy Direct Connect, 31.8 Barbore.
Shifters SRAM X-5 Trigger Shifter.
Front Derailleur Shimano Top Pull.
Rear Derailleur SRAM X-5
Crankset SR Suntour. 42/32/22. Alloy 170mm crank arm. Matte Black
Speeds 24 Speeds
Brakeset Promax.
Front & rear mechanical disc w/ pad adjustment. Alloy Levers.
Pedals Platform pedal with alloy cage.
Water Bottle 1 set down tube bosses Sizes 18", 20"
Standover Heights 30", 31"
Folded Size 36" x 28" x 12"

Montague Paratrooper Mountain Bike 2011heavy duty bikes, but it folds up and weighs only 29LB! That's right folks no more trailers, racks, or taking up your whole car or truck to travel with your bike... with just a click of the center CLIX quick-release your bike folds up to a very manageable size.







Montague Paratrooper Mountain Bike 2011Some of my initial concerns were, would it come apart when you're traveling down the road or would it be able to hold up to heavy banging around? I'm sure this is what a lot of people first think of when they see the paratrooper. But you can rest assured that this bike is built to withstand anything a normal mountain bike can handle and more. Besides, it was made for the army and from what I know they are easy on nothing!






Montague Paratrooper Mountain Bike 2011The design of the bike started out as a joint effort between the DOD (department of defense) and DARPA which stands for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. They set out to design a bike for the US paratroopers and other divisions of the military so that troops could have a way of travel that was silent and faster than on foot, and could be air dropped into just about anywhere. So the Paratrooper was born!

Montague Paratrooper Mountain Bike 2011This model is the 2011 version which has many new improvements such as the CLIX system that allows you to do away with the common quick releases that had to be spun to tighten them down, which many people don't like and find difficult to use. The CLIX system has a lever that is oval shaped at the base and when pushed down to lock it will take up the slack thereby eliminating any need to spin the quick release Montague Paratrooper Mountain Bike 2011each time to get it tight. This saves a lot of messing around with your bike when it's time to go and allows the Paratrooper to be deployed much faster!







Montague Paratrooper Mountain Bike 2011The features of this bike don't stop there. You will find double-walled rims – if you're not familiar with them, they are basically a rim with another rim inside it doubling your resistance to bending or warping under heavy loads and these rims are often seen in dirt jumping bikes!


Montague Paratrooper Mountain Bike 2011Next are the crank arms. I noticed these right off, they are nearly twice as thick as my GT crank arms making them, yes you guessed it, twice as strong. Next you get a very good quality shock, SR Suntour Suspension XCT V2, and a disc mounted brake system configured with two at the front and one at the back. This is another update over older models which had no rear disk brake.

Montague Paratrooper Mountain Bike 2011On the Paratrooper model you're getting Kenda tires which, for the average person, are a very nice 26" tire for everyday use and ideal for all conditions. You may want a flatter tire if you do more city riding or a big fatty if you do a lot of trail riding.



Montague Paratrooper Mountain Bike 2011I was very happy to see shifters I like come standard on the Paratrooper (Trigger Shifters). This is something to watch out for when buying a new bike – I've always had trouble with the grip shifts because the part of the hand between the forefinger and thumb is where I rest my hand when biking. With the grip shifts I would often shift the bike if I put weight on them, which is a pain when trigger shifters are so much better and nearly the same price in most cases!

The thing that takes a little getting used to is the one bar in the frame. Most bikes have two bars in the center but to enable the paratrooper to fold they have done away with the bottom bar. This design doesn't take anything away from the bike as far as performance goes and if you look into mountain bikes you will soon see this frame is very similar to many full suspension frames but with no rear shock. They've made the bike this way so it pivots under the seat to allow for folding.

This bike is loaded with quick releases – seat, front wheel, rear wheel, and the center main quick release for the folding feature. This is good in a way, making the bike very easy to service and repair in the field but for an urban commuter it can be a nightmare. If you ever had to lock your bike up you know what I'm talking about, you need to lock everything that has a quick release or people will steal it and yes even your seat. But with the Paratrooper it is very easy to lock it all down, because the bike folds up making all the parts that need to be locked down, easy to do so because they are all lined up with each other when the bike is folded.

The disk brakes on this bike are far better for stopping than any other braking system I have used and I have used them all over the years. They have also gone with cable disk brakes over the hydraulic ones which is good, no need to purge them all the time and if you were to get a hole in the hydraulic ones the fluid would all leak out (like car brakes) and you would have no brakes. But with the cable, if they are cut (which is hard to do) you just drop in a new one for 99 cents and you're good to go and it's a lot easier to carry a small cable than hydraulic fluid and a new hose!

Your gearing for the Paratrooper is a standard 24 gear system, with three sprockets in the front and 8 in the back giving you enough gearing to tackle everything from highway driving to long climbs.

The frame itself is made of aluminum and has been coated with cammy green ( one of my favorite colors) .This paint system has been applied with 5 coats to ensure maximum resistance to wear, salt, water, and chemical damage. This makes sure your bike will last even if it's used hard and abused!

There is one down side to this bike which I feel is not a really big deal, but it needs to be pointed out. You need to use a seat post rack if you want one on this bike. This design doesn't have fitting for the standard pantry setup most bikes have. So if you want to fit pantries to this bike you need to use a trailer or a third wheel type pantry holder to do so.

I recently had to get a new bike and I looked at parts, price, color, durability, you name it I checked it out and compared it to the Paratrooper. For the price, the Paratrooper came out on top every time and the fact that it can fold up and fit into any car trunk really sealed the deal for me!

As far as survival goes this bike is tops! You don't need gas (which you will not find in most cases as this is the first to run out), it's far faster than walking, the paratrooper folds up and can be stowed anywhere including the back of a truck (in case you run out of gas, beats the hell out of walking) and can be ready to ride in seconds even if it's folded up and stored! So for me it was a no brainer - all the features this bike has and its price, you have to go far to beat it. Another interesting tidbit of info is I researched this bike for over a year before I bought it, and out of the countless review, articles and info I've found I have never seen one negative review or remark and the consensus for all I have read is that people love Montague bikes and now I count myself among that same happy group!

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