REVIEW: Montague Navigator Foldable Commuter Bike

The Navigator by Montague Bikes, a brand from Massachusetts, USA, is a full size bike with 700c wheel size that also folds! Its simply can be described as a bicycles that sacrifice nothing in performance and still provide the folding benefit for space saving convenience.

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Took this city navigator out and about in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan. Its a very comfortable ride with a relaxing reach to the handlebar, great for commuting or weekend riding at the park. You can’t go wrong with 27 speeds and 700c wheels for a commuter bike. Sometimes I forgot this bike was a folder!

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The Navigator also make a perfect bike for your bike-to-work plan, where you can ride from your house to nearest train station, because they allowing a folded bike on a train. But not at peak hours, so plan your trip wisely.

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The Navigator frame is designed around a patented folding system. This design eliminates the need to break the frame in order to fold the bike. Not only does this make folding easier but it makes this bike the strongest folding bike on the market.

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Its come with SR Suntour crankset with 48T, 38T and 28T chainrings. I used 38T all the time because of less hills in Port Dickson and I’m just chilling.

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The Shimano Sora 9 Speed is just perfect for the purpose of this bike.

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The first thing I want to upgrade is the saddle. Not because its not comfy enough but we human has different sit bones width.

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The Octagon offers all the benefits of an angle adjustable stem without shortening “reach” when raised. This unique design allows for handlebar height to be changed while preserving the way the bike handles and rides. Also, with the octagonal shape of the post, steering remains engaged while raising or lowering the stem.

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My other issue with the bike is you have to take out the front wheel in order to fold it. However, it come with CLIX™ quick release for the front and rear wheels, making it easier to do.

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Formula hub, Alloy sealed with CLIX™ quick release.

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For your information, I didn’t ride on these rocks. Impossible!

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The patented folding system is unique to Montague bikes and makes them the strongest folding bikes on the market. Put them inside Perodua Kelisa (backseat) and Honda City (boot) and it fits perfectly!

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My favorite part of the bike is the clever integration of CLIX™ technology, allows for the Navigator to be folded in under 20 seconds without the use of tools. A flip of the CLIX quick release lever on the top tube and the bike folds to a compact size. If you forget to re-tighten the quick release after unfolding, a secondary lock prevents the frame from folding. Genius!

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The Bikefun’s Crank Buddy with Kickstand, a brand from Taiwan, made a stand for Montague Bikes when folding, in order to protect the bike, especially the chainring. Its function like a camera tripod, so the bike can stand on it own when folded.

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Now, if you want a practical, fast, space saving, car/train-friendly commuter bike, full size bike, this is the one for you. The Navigator actually come with a rear rack and fenders. I also highly recommend you to buy the Crank Buddy as well. Thanks to VUBC for giving me credence to review their products. If you’re wondering, I’m 5’9″ (175cm) and riding size 19″ (available in 17″, 19″ and 21″).

To buy or learn more about the Montague’s Navigator and Bikefun’s Crank Buddy, head on over to Van’s Urban Bicycle Co.

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– Tested, words and photos by Shidi of Pedal Malaya.

Brompton UK

Handmade in England: Built to last

The Brompton was conceived as a product that increases people’s independence and freedom, and this concept is still at the heart of everything we do; so we make bikes that our customers can rely on wherever and whenever they use them.

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Interested in a Brompton, please call Van’s Urban Bicycle for more information at 03-7866 0311 or email us at vansurbanbicycle@gmail.com

 

 

Launch of TYRELL in Malaysia

8 Dec 2012, TYRELL bicycle was launched in Van’s Urban Bicycle Co. Founder, Masahito Hirose attended the launch and gave an introduction of TYRELL to the media and guests.

There’s 2 models – FX is a New Style Folding bicycle and CSi a minivelo. These are the new design of bicycle with 20″ wheel and light weight bicycle.

FX model is a newly folding designed front fork that can be stored in a compact size. 8.9kg lightweight and high rigidity, outstanding driving performance that should be able to feel. Frame made of 7046 aluminum # newest material, proportion and elegance beautiful silhouette will change the concept of folding bikes.

Come and view the TYRELL bicycle @ Van’s Urban Bicycle Co at A-12-LG1, 3 Two Square Jalan 19/1 Petaling Jaya. Contact us at 603-7932 1311

VUBC Join Veemer Motor X Aids Ride 25km

Sunday, 30 Sept @ 7am – Van’s Urban Bicycle Co with the Racun team joined the Veemer Motor in support of Aids Foundation to raise fund and organize a charity ride @ the showroom, Old Klang Road.

There’s four hundred cyclists from MTB, Roadbikes and folding bikes supported the cause and believed everyone had a great fun ride yesterday morning. With the support of other sponsors like GH SpeedBikes, Thule, Tern and Baikbike.com, Veemer Motor also invited Miss World Malaysia 2012 joined the ride with the rest of the cyclists.