REVIEW: Montague Crosstown 700c Folding Bike

The Crosstown is a brilliant hybrid between a road bike and a folding bike with all the perks of a road bike; speed, that is perfect for practical commuting. It’s an easy to use folding bike offering 7-speeds, 700c tires, and the CLIX™ Wheel Release System.

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It is essential to state that the Crosstown is one of the Montague entry-level folding bicycles. However, this does not mean that the bike doesn’t perform as well as the more expensive models. My initial thoughts were that the silver and black paint stood out for me.

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There are only 7-speeds, but these are perfectly adapted for most road conditions and urban commuting.

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The Velcro straps is to bind the front tire when folded.

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The 700c wheels are alloy, with Formula hubs and a CLIX™ skewer for quick release of the wheels. The bike comes with CST semi-slick tires, 28mm in width.

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It also features a new invention called the Octagon, a stem that is height-adjustable with just a simple click of a button. This allows the rider to have the handlebars at whatever height feels comfortable.

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Using Montague’s CLIX™ Wheel Release System, the Crosstown is a 700c bike that folds with a couple of easy clicks. Combining a lightweight aluminum frame, 7 speeds, and performance gel saddle this urban folding bike provides the ride experience of a full size bike with the convenience of a folding bike.

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Performance Gel comfort saddle provides a great and comfortable riding experience.

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This bike folds over 50% of the actual size, and the front tire goes away which is attached towards the bike using a Velcro straps.

Overall, the Montague Crosstown is pretty excellent and well designed bike. The parts are reliable; the speed is great; while being very comfortable and weigh about 12 kilograms. If you’ve never tried using foldable bikes, then this one will really change your perception of foldable bikes. There’s a reason the US Army Rangers use Montague.

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To learn more about Montague bikes, please visit Van’s Urban Bicycle Co.

Tested, words and photos by Shidi of Pedal Malaya


 

 

 


 

REVIEW: Knog Blinder ROAD 440 & 250

Available in black, pewter, ruby and silver, the latest Knog Blinder ROAD lights provides a better option to light the way, packing 440 and 250 lumens into its small and lightweight frame for over 1200 meters of visibility that mounts neatly onto the bars and even your helmet.

R0003669 (1200x795)The Blinder ROAD 400 is Knog’s second brightest light, behind the Blinder ARC 640, and attempts to bridge the gap between a light with which to be seen and a light to see by. Despite it’s relatively small size, the Blinder ROAD’s output boosts out plenty of light and it does so via two LUMILEDS LEDs.

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The Blinder ROAD is powered by a rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery with run times ranging from one hour on dual beam high mode to nine hours in eco flashing mode.

Blinder ROAD 250 – 1 hour on High Mode, 6 hours on Eco Flash
Blinder ROAD 400 – 1 hour on High Mode, 9 hours on Eco Flash

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The lighting functionality is delivered thanks to two LUMILEDS LEDs that offer a narrow or wide beam angle respectively and can be used independently or together, with high, medium and low brightness settings.

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The light is controlled by two buttons at the top of the light: the right to control brightness, the left to skip through modes. There are also two flashing settings, which makes for 11 modes in total.

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When you’ve exceeded the light’s run time, an integrated, weather-resistant USB plug handles recharge duties.

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Blinder ROAD 400 – 105 grams
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Blinder ROAD 250 – 75 grams

Both Knog Blinder Road lights comes complete with a helmet mount kit, two removable silicone straps for 22-28mm bars and 29-35mm bars and a USB extension cord.

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ROAD 400 on High Mode
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ROAD 250 on High Mode

Looks similar but I assure you that ROAD 400 is much more brighter.

If you’re looking for a simple, good-looking light to stick on your bike, the new Blinder ROAD is certainly one to consider. It’s well-constructed, versatile light for riders who generally ride within city limits. So far, the Blinder ROAD is my favorite front light as it has both focus and wide beam angles, and ROAD 250 in black is definitely will be my personal choice and within my budget.

To learn more about Knog products, please visit Van’s Urban Bicycle Co.

Tested, words and photos by Shidi of Pedal Malaya

REVIEW: Knog Blinder ARC 640 & 220

As with most Knog products, the Blinder ARC series are creatively named, coupled with a fully waterproof casing, USB charge port and a great design aesthetic.

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Blinder ARC 640 in Red color
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Blinder ARC 220 in Pewter color

The Blinder ARC 220 generates 220 lumens while Blinder ARC 640 generates 640 lumens for about 1200+ meters of visibility. It has 4 light mode (high, medium, low and flash) and Blinder ARC 220 has runtimes about 1.3 hours for high mode and 11 hours for eco flash mode, and Blinder ARC 640 has runtimes about 1.7 hours for high mode and 15 hours for eco flash mode. The ARC series is made to see-by light, as well as safety light.

R0003666 (1200x795)Similar to all Blinder series, the 100% waterproof Blinder ARC has USB tab to allows for a cable-free charge and an extended cable is included for those tough to reach USB ports.

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Found some reviews on the net about ARC 640 that the mount isn’t secure enough to keep it pointing in the right direction, which is major flaw for me. So I tested them and ended with zero problems. Maybe they’re using the wrong strap as you will get 2 size of straps for different bar width. You can still use foam tape (included) for bars less than 25mm of diameters.

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ARC 640 – High Mode
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ARC 220 – High Mode

My only issue with the Blinder ARC series is the runtime is quite short for the high mode which is 80 minutes for ARC 220 and 100 minutes for ARC 640. But even low mode is good enough to lights up your path and be seen my others road users. So I have to use these lights wisely.

R0003661 (1200x795)The Blinder ARC 220 comes with 4 colors of your choice (black, pewter, ruby and silver) which is the same as Blinder ARC 640, and weigh about 100 grams for ARC 220 and 150 grams for ARC 640. The new Blinder ARC series is highly recommended for commuting and trail riding.

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Blinder ARC 640 with 2 sizes removable mount straps, USB extension cord, helmet mount kit and foam tape.
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Blinder ARC 220 with foam tape for bars less than 25mm diameters.

So which one to choose? I guess its depend on your budget and environment at your area. The Blinder ARC 640 surely the highest range of all models but its definitely not cheap. I suggest ARC 640 for trail riding and ARC 220 for road riding.

To learn more about Knog products, please visit Van’s Urban Bicycle Co.

Tested, words and photos by Shidi of Pedal Malaya

REVIEW: Tyrell FSX, Performance Foldable Mini-Velo

R0003583 (1200x795)When talk about folding bike, I imagined foldable frame, small wheels and limited components upgrade options. But not this bad boy right here, where it can run full road bike setup!!

R0003585 (1200x795)I am riding Tyrell FSX, an award winning Japanese mini-velo and folding bike brand, loaned by Van’s Urban Bicycle Co. The FSX is upgraded version of the FX model, which with high-end groupset and full carbon folding fork. This is definitely a great bike for someone looking for faster and lighter that could also fold.

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The FSX is equipped with a full SRAM Force, which is a great road groupset with the unique SRAM’s DoubleTap shifter mechanism. It’s also available with Shimano Ultegra road groupset if you prefer Shimano.

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The FSX will comes with Tyrell AM10 wheelset but it’s been upgraded with Control Tech carbon/alloy wheels, which gives more lower rolling resistance and smooth turning of the wheels.

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It comes with a Tyrell’s full carbon monocoque foldable front fork for increased steering precision and stability.

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Tyrell bikes are painted by Kadowaki Coating in Japan.

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The FSX is constructed with #7005 double butted aluminum which is lightweight, stiff frame weighing 8.6kg.

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The “X” top tube is a signature of the FSX thus result to the characteristic stiffness of Tyrell bikes.

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The FSX has internal cable routing for a cleaner look without messy cables running along the frame, which further showcases the beautiful frame.

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Its 11-speed rear cassette with SRAM’s Exact Actuation system gives you a good gear ratio to tackle all roads, slopes and hills.

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Similar to the FX, the FSX is just simply folding the front and rear wheels, with locking mechanism. But you have to find the right gear first for easier fold (I always use inner chainring and middle gear) to avoid damaging the chain.

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The FSX is great for road riding and suitable for people who like speed and fast hill climbing bike that could also fold. This bike belongs on the road where the it lives up to its full potential. If there ever would be a bike that makes you love hill climbing, this would be one of them.

To learn more about Tyrell products, please visit Van’s Urban Bicycle Co.

Tested, words and photos by Shidi of Pedal Malaya

 

REVIEW: Nutcase Street Helmet

Nutcase was founded by Michael Morrow, who was formerly a Nike Creative Director, creating a “fun” helmet out of his old, black bicycle helmet languishing in his Portland garage. Long story short, on November 18, 2000, Nutcase was born.

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“People are not going to wear helmets any less in the future, so somebody has to make them more exciting to wear. That ‘somebody’ is Nutcase!” said Morrow

 

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I got a chance to test a 3rd Gen Nutcase Street, a multi-purpose, 360° reflectivity, skate-style helmet. Personally, I never thought I would wearing a skate-style helmet for cycling. I mean most of them make your head looked like a mushroom. But not Nutcase Street helmet. After riding with it, I found it very comfortable and suitable for cycling.

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I’m wearing Shark Skin Matte color, which is obviously grey with matte finish, and size Small (52cm-56cm). The size was perfect for my head with adjustable spin dial that will gives you a snug, comfortable fit.

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The fact that this helmet has the words “I love my brain” written on the back really sums it up. It’s certified safety for cycling standards by CPSC, a U.S. safety standard. The Street helmet received the best helmet in accident protection” by Stiftung Warentest of the 18 they tested.

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You will also get this wristband that says “I love my brain”.

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11 strategically placed vents plus interior air channels move air around your head (2 front intake vents, 7 top-mounted exhaust vents, 2 back exhaust vents).

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Fully padded interior with two extra sets of foam pads for a perfect fit.

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No pinch Fidlock® magnetic buckle and a soft chinstrap makes one handed operation easy and means no pinching of your neck.

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I really dig details like this!

R0003439 (1200x795)ABS shell with EPS inner foam lining meets CPSC certifications.

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The helmet comes with a helmet fit guide with Punch Out Squirrel, a wristband, 2 sets of foam pads and a detachable sun & rain visor.

It’s weighs about 840 grams and yes it’s a quite heavier compare to typical cycling helmet which probably weighed 65% less but but it does not affect your cycling experience especially commuting. So, if you’re not trying to beat the land speed record and definitely love your brain, this is for you.

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A lot designs available to fits your personality. To learn more about Nutcase products, please visit Van’s Urban Bicycle Co.

Tested, words and photos by Shidi of Pedal Malaya