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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Montague Boston. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
10 reasons to buy
- The full-size 700c wheels on Montague bikes is what makes them stand out against other folding bikes, leaving riders satisfied with the increased speed and bump-resistance.
- The wider 28C tires fulfill the need for extra grip and tougher resistance in the wet and on uneven surfaces.
- When strapped up, owners described the Boston as steady and easy to carry by the provided handle.
- A common remark about the Boston is that it does not feel like riding a folding bike. Riders reported that it was stable and did not flex.
- It’s widely agreed that the Boston is highly suitable for those with limited storage space in the house, apartment, car, boat or truck.
- The quality of componentry has been described as dependable and of decent quality, with minimal sacrifice for ride quality. Reviewers painted the Boston as a durable rig.
- Compared to some other folders, the Boston uses standard if somewhat upright, commuter geometry.
- Both the singlespeed and 8-speed (internal hub) versions offered riders low maintenance. Users of the geared option recounted its lack of fuss and smooth operation.
- By most accounts, it folds quickly and easily.
- Users spruiked the ability to adjust the headset and handlebar height without the use of tools.
4 reasons not to buy
- For some commuters, the Boston was too big for crowded trains. The need to remove and reattach the front wheel was considered cumbersome.
- Braking ability is represented as adequate but not great. Some owners felt the need to swap-out the brake pads.
- Compared to smaller-wheel folding bikes, the Boston struck some riders as heavy and difficult to carry. While a carry-bag is available, users felt it was expensive.
- One expert described the quality of the bike as decent but not high, due to the increased cost incurred by the Boston’s foldability.
Expert Reviews76/100 based on 3 expert reviews
Montague Boston Folding Bike
Montague takes a fresh approach to folding bikes, with a design which may not be super-compact but has benefits in rideability.
Updated: Montague Boston
If parking space at either end of your commute is limited, or you want to do a mixed commute with a fairly long ride, then this is certainly a machine to look at. Don’t think of it as a folding bike, more a full-size machine with a small footprint.
The Boston feels like a fixie. It’s stable and reliable, while being sharp and responsive.
In the Fold
Thanks to 700c wheels, the Boston rode like a conventional flat-bar road bike, and its wide tires provided ample traction and some comfort over cracked streets.
Review: Montague Boston 8 Folding Bike
…on a day-to-day basis, there’s just not enough “fold” to justify this bike design’s existence, in my opinion.