REVIEW: 2016 Montague URBAN 700c Folding

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Couple months ago I was riding a Crosstown around the city. Just 3 days before Ramadhan, I took another brilliant hybrid, 2016 Montague Urban during KL Car Free Morning for a test ride.

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So this review will highlight the differences between Urban and Crosstown. Obviously you can notice the different names but why Montague make them for the similar purposes?

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According to their site, the Urban is “Utility & Versatility” and the Crosstown is “Comfort & Versatility”. I felt both are comfortable but the Urban are more versatile for a variety of terrain and road surfaces due to 35mm thick tires make it ideal for commuting over rough roads and potholes.

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The Urban and the Crosstown look similar but have some different features. One of those features that make the Urban more stand out is the RackStand. The RackStand is brilliant addition to the Urban as its can function as luggage carrier, mudguard, kickstand, and work stand all in one.

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New for 2016 is the DirectConnect folding system, which removes the quick release from the top tube, provides an easier folding experience and larger clamping surface between the two halves of the frame. A flip of the quick release lever and your bike folds to a compact size.

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The Urban have wayyy more speeds, with 21-speeds drivetrain provides more than enough gearing for hilly roads and city riding.

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Overall, I personally recommended the 2016 Montague Urban for anyone who thinking about commute to anywhere, especially when KTM Komuter announced that they officially allowing bikes on train. So you can bike to work now! And yeah, there are nothing wrong if you want to buy this for leisure rides, grocery shopping, etc. This bike is very versatile!

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

Review and photos by Shidi of Pedal Malaya.

First Look: Knog Oi Bike Bell Has Arrived!

IMG_9580Oi what do we have here?! I am so stoked that Knog Malaysia received a sample box of Knog Oi Bike Bell and I managed to borrow 2 for review. Knog’s Oi Bike Bell proves a massive success on their Kickstarter campaign, receiving more than 50 times its goal target!

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Noted that this is just samples and It might have few changes for their final product, soon available in September/October 2016 at Knog retailers nationwide. However, Kickstarter’s backers should get their hand on this award winning bike bell in July 2016, according to their Kickstarter’s campaign.

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It’s available in two sizes; one for up to 31.8mm (Large) and one for 22.2mm (Small) bars. There’s no need to remove your handlebar grips or brakes, thanks to the Oi’s single bolt split-clamp attachment.

Easy on. No need to remove grips or cables.
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The Oi will be available in 5 different styles which are Brushed Aluminium, Black, Brass, Copper & Titanium, and built-in cable management system so your cable can look more neater.

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So, how was the sound? Knog claims the sound is ‘like an angel playing a glockenspiel’ (you can hear it here). However, the large Oi bell sound louder compare to the small size and luckily I’m using a 31.8mm bar. I would definitely buy it when it comes out in September 2016.

Having a bike bell is really a great idea. Of course I can yell out loud but it is nice to have a bell when approaching pedestrians and other cyclists from behind, allowing you to alert them in a less shocking way.

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Large Oi comes with hex key, extra springs, a rubber tape and a manual.
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Small Oi comes with hex key, extra springs and a manual.

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To learn more about Knog Oi Bike Bell, head to Van’s Urban Bicycle Co.

Review and photos by Shidi of Pedal Malaya