We've long admired Montague for their tough, but elegant, full size folding bikes -- built around a concept that makes them just as suitable for military paratroopers, as it does recreational riders. Now, in a move to target urban riders, they've announced the Boston. A new single speed folding bike with 700c (roughly 26") wheels.
Instead of an often problematic, multi-spocketed derailleur, they've opted for an easy-to-maintain hub, which Montague say allows riders to switch between fixed or freewheel depending on their preference. More pix and specs after the fold.
Like all of Montague's other folders, including their Swiss Bike series, the Boston doesn't use any hinges or compromised frame cuts to fold. A quick release pin allows the bikes frame to pivot around the seat post. Montague claim you can do it in 20 seconds. Thereby providing more reasons why commuters and city riders might take a liking to the Boston, as it is easy to stow in apartments and offices.
It also compacts to a smallish package for public transit. But having to remove the front wheel doesn't make it as convenient as other folders, like the Bike Friday Tikit or classic Brompton. Then again, the ability to confidently ride city streets without having smaller wheels sucked into potholes, or jumping kerbs with greater impunity might compensate somewhat. As does the fact that it uses standard sized components, so your local bike shop can help with parts and maintenance.
The crankset is a 2x16-tooth Suntour, and comes with an integrated chain guard for keeping pants and skirt hems free of gunge.
Following its debut at the recent Interbike trade show, the three sizes of 7005 series aluminum alloy frame for the Boston (17", 19" & 21") will become available in January 2010 for about $700 USD.
:: Montague Boston, via media release.