Welcome to our review of the Montague Boston 8, a full-sized (700cc) folding bike by Montague. Firstly I’m going to kick this review off by stating that it is widely recognized by all cyclists that generally the larger a bikes wheels – the easier life is on the road. As most folding bikes function using small 20″ wheels, they struggle for speed and are not the most efficient by any means. However, Montague has made a name for themselves by producing full-size road bikes that fold away. There aren’t many folding bikes around that are bigger than the Montague Boston 8 speed bicycle. This bike is clearly aimed at those who want the functionality of a full-size road bike, but also the capacity to fold it away so it is easily transported when not on the road.
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There are various features of the Montague Boston 8 that stand out, however the frame is clearly the most pivotal one. It is the same size as any regular road bike, crafted out of high quality aluminium that is extremely well made. This folding bike folds down rapidly by using a quick release switch. Clearly, due to the size of the wheels, the Boston 8 is never going to be as small as a typical folding bike.
It does however reduce in size quite significantly and so, given its full size, it is a brilliant hybrid in our eyes. We tested the folding mechanism and found we could get it fully packed up and ready to carry away in less than 20 seconds. This is by no means the quickest bike to fold down, however it outperforms many other folding bikes on the market.
The Montague Boston 8 is a truly elegant ride, not only does it look the part. It is extremely comfortable, most folding bikes struggle here, but you really don’t notice the difference with this exquisite bike. The frame itself doesn’t vibrate too much and remains stiff at all times. While riding the bike you will find that your posture is also extremely comfortable to endure over large distances.
One additional bonus that the bike offers is the capacity to alter the riding position rapidly, something that not every bike has, we found this extremely useful when we got it out of the box. The bike has 8 different gears so the bike will fly on both flats and climb hills with relative ease too, helped along by the thinner tires that come as stock.
Folded Size:Â 35.9″ x 27.9″ x 11.9″
Speeds / Gears:Â 8
Wheel Size:Â Various
Max Rider Weight:Â 250lbs (125kg)
Best Available Price: $995
Overall we found that the Montague Boston 8 is a brilliant bike for the money, it is a perfect hybrid between a full size road bike and a typical 20″ folding bike. You will be hard pushed to find a folding bike model that outperforms this one by any considerable margin. Check out our other Montague folding bike reviews.
Â Full size wheels – extremely fast
Â Lightweight folding bike at 23.9lbs
Â A comfortable ride
Â 8 gears for traversing hills with ease
Â CLIX locking mechanism
No rear utility rack for storage
Â A large bike when folded away – quite bulky