Montague Bikes (United States) - Press Release: Owning an electric bike in the city can be challenging, where locking such a valuable investment on the street is not an option, and space indoors is limited. This all changes with the introduction of the Montague M-E1. Montague Bikes, America's leading maker of full-size folding bikes, has broken the mold with the M-E1, a performance trekking e-bike that folds in seconds with a single quick release. The patent-pending design allows the full-size 700c mid-drive e-bike to be stored in closets and car trunks, keeping it safe from theft and out of the elements. Finally, an e-bike exists to fit today's on-the-go lifestyle; ideal for multi-modal commuting and travel, and for storage at home or in the office.
“We set out to build an e-bike for the urban environment – for riders that have been deterred from owning an e-bike due to space constraints, concerns about security, and a lack of portability with the current designs,” said David Montague, President and founder of Montague Bikes. “The urban mobility market is growing quickly in today's crowded cities, and commuters are looking for options. Riders need an e-bike that can deliver top-tier performance and stow in the closet, train, or car trunk. The foldable M-E1 is the solution.”
Montague's patent-pending frame design makes folding and transporting the bike quick and effortless. The weight of the bike is supported by the double-leg kickstand during folding, so riders don't need to lift or support the bike in any way. Once folded, the bike can be rolled for transport by holding the handlebar and simply tilting the bike onto the wheels. Ideal for crossing a train platform and entering an elevator or apartment building, the fold-and-roll design makes the M-E1 the most portable e-bike on the market. For more compact storage, the handlebars fold with an additional quick release, creating a 38" x 38" x 13" package that can be stowed in tight spaces.
The Montague M-E1 comes equipped with a Shimano STEPS E6100 mid-drive motor, the newest premium e-bike system from the world leader in bicycle components. The compact, lightweight, and powerful 250W motor ensures riders will arrive at their destination feeling fresh and invigorated, while a 36V / 418Wh lithium battery pack provides up to 80 kilometers of pedal assist on a single charge. The system is paired with a Shimano Deore drivetrain for reliable shifting, and an SR Suntour NEX suspension fork for a smooth ride over potholes and city streets. Shimano Deore hydraulic disc brakes offer superb stopping power in all conditions.
The custom drawn aluminum frame features an integrated rear rack to provide secure cargo capacity with a sleek and seamless design. E-bike specific Schwalbe Energizer Plus tires provide maximum durability, low rolling resistance, and superior grip. Mud guards and built-in Herrmans LED front and rear lights ensure riders will be visible in all weather. The Montague M-E1 retails for $3599.00.
The Montague M-E1 is introduced as part of the company's complete line of high performance folding bikes which includes 700c road/urban models and 26"/27.5" wheel mountain models.