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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Montague Paratrooper. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
14 reasons to buy
- One of the draws of the Paratrooper is that it’s a full-size bike, unlike most other folders.
- Owners said that the Paratrooper handles well and is responsive, stiff and smooth.
- Riders were pleased that this bike handles offroad trails as well as curbs and bumps.
- The larger 27.5 wheels on Highline and Elite models were appreciated for their faster rolling.
- Many owners found assembly to be quick and easy.
- Shifting was described as comfortable and smooth, if sometimes noisy.
- The Paratrooper felt solid, sturdy and indiscernible from a non-folding bike, even at speed.
- A lot of commuters thought this bike was fast and easy to fold and deploy.
- Comments revealed that the Paratrooper packs away well for travel and use in cars, trucks, boats, small apartments and planes.
- The high quality components (including a Shimano Deore XT drivetrain) impressed on the Elite model.
- Some owners felt this bike was a good weight for a full-size bike.
- Riders prized the easily adjustable front shock, which features a lock-out.
- The aluminum frame was often described as ‘high-quality’.
- For some owners, the portability of the paratrooper reduced chances of theft.
10 reasons not to buy
- Some owners experienced flaking of the paintwork where the bike folded.
- The stock grips were considered sub-standard by numerous reviewers.
- In instances where packaging and / or parts arrived damaged or scratched, customers were upset by the manufacturer’s policy, that shifts full responsibility to the carrier.
- Some buyers received an older model from a previous year (and returned it).
- A large number of reports mentioned the front fender’s poor design, resulting in its collapse.
- The position of the handlebars was too low for some, who installed a riser.
- Lower-end components on lower-end models were resented, with one bike mechanic saying this is to be expected, as one pays extra for the folding technology.
- A bike mechanic and Paratrooper owner acknowledged the need to tune everything out-of-the-box.
- The supplied tires struck some as unsuitable for cornering on rough trails.
- A number of users felt the pedals were cheap.