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Enter for a Chance to Win a Montague Crosstown Folding Bike!


Montague Bikes is organizing a bike giveaway for one brand new Montague Crosstown folding bike. The only thing you have to do to enter is like our official Facebook page and answer the following: If you receive a Montague Crosstown, what would you use it for? How would you utilize the bike’s folding feature?

Easy right? Click through to ENTER THE CONTEST HERE. Follow the steps, and it will only take a minute to make yourself eligible to win.

The Crosstown is a full size folding bike with 700c wheels and all standard components. Unlike small wheel folders, the Crosstown offers the performance and ride quality of a traditional road bike, and it’s lightweight build and comfortable set up makes it perfect for commuting, bike paths, and around town rides.

It offers portability and an elegant style for a ride that’s sure to attract attention.
You can read the full specifications here.

The contest ends September 2nd when one participant will be selected to receive a brand new Crosstown in their choice of frame size: 17″, 19″ or 21″.

Good Luck!

Montague Crosstown Folding bike

The new 2014 Crosstown is a one of a kind pavement bike that is perfect for practical commuting.

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  1. Rainier Pangan
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    For the past few years, I use my car going to the office but it takes a lot of time before I arrive due to heavy traffic as same as when I commute. I told my wife it is better if I have a bike so that I can arrived to the office easily and also good exercise. If I receive Montague Crosstown, of course Ill use it as my transportation everyday and also in weekend, going to the park with my family and enjoy biking.

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Outside Providence: A Road Ride on the Montague FIT

The near perfect weather we had in New England over the weekend was begging us to get out and ride our bikes. I found myself in Providence on Saturday visiting a friend, so he took me on one of his favorite rides along the Providence river and down to the harbor in Bristol, RI.


We were on a multi-use path for most of the ride which managed to go for miles with very few road crossings. The lack of traffic was a welcome change from my normal rides around Boston.



It’s a relatively flat 30 mile round trip, so we pushed the pace to get a solid workout in. We stopped for a few minutes in Bristol to admire the view of the harbor, and refuel with a chocolate bar.

IMG_3499We were treated to some great views along the way.


We finished the evening with a hearty meal at Red Fez (recommended if you’re in Providence). After an evening spent with old friends, I turned in early. I had a mountain bike trip planned for the very next day. Luckily, Montague’s folding design allows my road bike and mountain bike to both fit in my car with ease.


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  1. emoe
    Posted July 22, 2014 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    nice with the drop bars – that needs to be an option (maybe it doesn’t fit in the bag) – how do you get one configured like that?

  2. Posted July 22, 2014 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Hey emoe,

    It is a wider folded size with the drop bars, but it still fits nicely in my car trunk. We sell all of our complete bikes with flat bars to provide the smallest folded size possible. A drop bar setup would have to be an aftermarket change, or you could start with one of our FIT frames and do a custom build. That’s what this bike is, all aftermarket parts.

  3. David Pittman
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    Hi, I struggle to get my Paratrooper Pro into my car. I have been looking around at Car Bike Racks (like the Saris Bones) but the wide top bar on the Para is a challenge. I’d appreciate and tips/feedback from anyone who has overcome the problem.

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Understanding the Tour de France: A Beginner’s Guide

It’s that time of year again. We’re a full 11 stages into one of the longest, most difficult, and certainly well known bicycle races in the world, the Tour de France. For many, this may be the only time of year there is an opportunity to watch professional cycling. Unless you attend live, or go out of your way to subscribe to certain cable stations or online streaming services, the Tour may be the only bike race you see all year. Even casual or non-cyclists seem to get into the spirit of racing this time of year. If you’re not an avid cycling fan, you may need a little guidance to understand the nuances of the race.


Stage Winners vs. the Overall Winner

The Tour de France is a stage race, meaning it takes place over the course of several days with a start and finish each day. Each day’s route is called a stage. The Tour is 21 stages over the course of 23 days, so the riders get only 2 rest days over the 3 week period. In addition to the overall winner, each stage has a winner as well. Winning even one stage in the Tour de France is extremely prestigious, and is something riders often aspire to do their entire career. The overall winner of the Tour is the rider with the lowest combined time over all the stages. Although rare, it is possible to win the Tour de France without winning a single stage.

Cycling is a Team Sport

With one person on the bike, and one person standing on the podium at the end of the day, many people don’t realize that cycling is a team sport. Teams generally have one overall contender that they believe has the best chance of winning the Tour. For the most part, the rest of the team is doing everything they can to put that rider in the best position to win. It’s simple physics that you use less energy while riding in the slipstream of another rider. If an overall contender drops off the back of the peloton (the main group of riders) from a crash or mechanical problem, his teammates will wait and lead him back to the group. The teams of the overall contenders are often seen at the front of the peloton, pushing the pace. This is often a strategy to keep their contender safe. At the back is a lot of bumping and fighting for position, and if a crash occurs in the peloton, you want to be in front of it, not behind.

The Specialties of Racers

Not all teams enter the Tour de France expecting to have a rider as the overall winner. Some teams are built to win stages. Cyclists are specialists, and almost all have skills and physical traits that make them good at certain styles of racing.

Climbers excel on steep mountains. They’ve developed those muscles needed for long climbs, and generally have a slim, lightweight physique. The Tour will most certainly pass through both the Pyrenees and the Alps. Many of these stages finish on the top of mountain peaks, and this is where the climbers shine.


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Sprinters are capable of rapid accelerations and putting out an immense amount of power over a fairly short period of time. You will see sprint finishes on relatively flat stages, as mountainous ones tend to break up the group and leave the sprinters toward the back. During a sprint finish, it is the job of a sprinter’s team to provide a “lead out”. In other words, keep him at the front of the group until the last few hundred meters where he can finally give 100% to the finish.


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Time trial specialists are capable of maintaining a high speed over a very long distance. They usually work well on their own, without the help of a team. The Tour will have a few time trial stages where the riders start individually and ride the course alone to get their time. A good time trialist can gain a lot of time in the overall standings on a day like this. Time trial specialists are also quite capable of winning a stage on a breakaway. Early in the race, a rider or a group of riders may choose to break away from the peloton and see if they can win the race on their own. They are often caught since they don’t have their teams there to share the work load (but at least they got some TV time for their sponsors). They are on occasion able to stay away from the group the entire stage and win. Excellent time trial skills are a must in this scenario.


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The Domestique is a lesser known and less glamorous role on the team. These are the riders that work exclusively for the benefit of the team. They are responsible for protecting their team leader, often doing the hard work at the front with little chance of victory for themselves. They also bring up food and water from the team car, assist their leader back to the peloton after a crash or mechanical, and set the pace for leadouts. If a team car is not nearby when a team leader has a mechanical, it’s not uncommon for a domestique to hand their bike over to allow their leader to continue without losing time. While “domestique” translates to “servant” in French, it is not a job to be taken lightly. No rider has ever won a grand tour without a great team around him, and a victory for an individual is considered a victory for the team.


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The Jerseys

At the end of each stage, in addition to acknowledging the stage winner, four special jerseys are awarded. They are handed off from rider to rider depending who is leading the following competitions:

all-jerseys-vertical1. Maillot jaune – the Yellow Jersey. This is the most important and prestigious jersey awarded in the Tour de France, as it goes to the overall leader of the race. The rider with the lowest combined time on all the stages to that point in the race wears yellow. The rider presented with the yellow jersey after the final stage of the Tour is the overall winner.

2. Maillot à pois rouges – the Polka Dot Jersey. Also known as the King of the Mountains Jersey. Throughout a mountain stage there will be several climbs. The first riders to the top of each climb receive points. The number of points and number of riders eligible for points is determined by the difficulty of the climb. A category 4 climb (the easiest) gives just 1 point to the first rider over the top, while a category 1 provides 10 to the first rider and points to the next 5 riders. If the finish to a stage is on a mountain top, the available points are doubled.

3.Maillot vert – the Green Jersey. Also known as the Sprinters Jersey, the green is awarded to the leader of the points classification. Points are awarded for finishing a stage in a high position, and for winning intermediate sprints. Riders can earn points by being the first to cross various “checkpoints” throughout a stage. These intermediate sprints can add excitement to a long flat stage.

4. Maillot blanc – the White Jersey. The white jersey is awarded to the best young rider. The rider under 25 with the best overall time is given this jersey. If the fastest rider under 25 also wins another jersey, they will wear the more prestigious award, and the white jersey will go to the second fastest under 25.

The Route

This year’s Tour de France has a total distance of 2,276 miles. Single stages can be up to 150 miles long. The route does vary from year to year, but there are particularly famous mountains and climbs that are almost always included. In 1954, a tradition of starting the Tour outside of France began with the first stage departing from Amsterdam. This year, it started with 3 stages in the UK before heading to France. It is not uncommon for the race to also pass through parts of Belgium or Italy on the way through the mountains.

The final stage of the Tour de France always ends in Paris on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. The overall winner is generally decided before this stage, and it would be considered bad racing etiquette to attack the overall leader on this stage. The team of the overall leader will enjoy a glass of champagne during the ride into Paris, but as the peloton approaches the finish, the racing intensifies. As a sprinter, winning the final stage on the Champs-Élysées is a great honor, so there is still an intense finish as the riders pass the Arc de Triomphe.

Enjoy watching the second half of the 2014 Tour de France. Perhaps it will make you a fan of cycling, and you’ll soon be racing yourself. Have any questions? Feel free to post them in the comment section and we can give you the answers!

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  1. Mia Riley
    Posted July 17, 2014 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    How many cyclist attend the Tour every year? Does the number of cyclists change every year? How many people are in a team? I love your blog post by the way. You described the whole thing in an easy way, so people with no knowledge shouldn’t have any trouble following you. Learned something new today. Thanks for that :)

  2. Posted July 17, 2014 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    Hey Mia,
    Thanks for the kind words. The Tour de France starts with 22 teams with 9 riders on each team; a total of 198. I’m not sure all of them have ever finished a Tour, as some riders invariably drop out due to injury or exhaustion. This year, one of the best sprinters in the world, Mark Cavendish crashed on stage 1 and broke his collarbone. Last year’s defending champion, Chris Froome crashed 3 times over stages 4 and 5, fractured his wrist and was forced to quit. Another race favorite, Alberto Contador crashed on stage 10, broke his tibia, and has also quit. Those are just 3 of perhaps 10 or 12 riders that have already abandoned. It’s been a crazy Tour so far!

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Watch Out for the Unexpected: Bike Safety

The general tips for bike safety are well known among bike commuters, but there are often dangerous scenarios that arise even when you follow the rules of the road.  Unfortunately, some drivers don’t know the laws regarding bikes, they do unexpected things, or simply don’t see you. It’s important to be aware of these scenarios so you can be on the lookout for danger.


While the law requires anyone exiting a car to check for traffic from behind before opening their door, this doesn’t always happen. Riding too close to parked cars can end in a door putting an abrupt stop to your bike ride. Try to avoid a false sense of security that can come with riding in a bike lane. Often times the entirety of the bike lane is in the door zone of parked cars. Ride on the outside edge, or take the lane when necessary to avoid the door zone.


The Right Hook

This is another dangerous situation that can arise even when you follow the rules of the road. You’re riding along minding your own business, and a car passes you only to immediately make a right turn in front of you. The driver assumes you couldn’t be going fast since your on a bicycle, and doesn’t realize they don’t have enough space to turn in front of you. Bonus: sometimes they don’t use a blinker!


You want to keep an eye on anyone who passes you. If there’s an intersection ahead, check for a blinker when a car comes up next to you. Don’t be afraid to take the lane on the approach to an intersection either. This will stop cars from overtaking you and cutting you off. You have every right to use the full lane to ensure your safety. A handlebar or helmet mounted mirror can also help to spot passing cars ahead of time.

The Left Cross

If a car coming from the opposite direction doesn’t see you and makes a left turn, they can block your path or even turn directly into you. I’ve had this happen to me, and there’s little time to react when you’re traveling at top speed. A headlight can do wonders for visibility in this situation if it’s dark, or even a rainy day. Bright colors and reflectors can help as well. Visibility is key.


When coming to an intersection where drivers may turn left in front of you, it’s a good idea to slow down. Try to make eye contact with the oncoming drivers as they will immediately recognize your presence on the road. It’s worth it to lose a few seconds in order to avoid being hit.

The Rear End

While it’s actually not very common, the rear end collision is a common fear of cyclists. You would have no idea it’s coming. While it’s rather unlikely, it is important to be aware of cars coming up behind you. Always ride with a rear light if it’s dark or rainy,and rear reflectors or reflective strips on your bag or jacket can help as well. Try to choose wider streets for your route when possible. That way there is plenty of room for a car to pass even if they don’t see you. A rear view mirror can also help to spot cars coming up behind you, and allow you time to move over if need be.


Be sure to ride safe!

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Montague Bikes at the Beach: Cape Cod

Recently, a group of friends and I headed down to North Truro on Cape Cod to spend the weekend there. Of course we brought our Montague bikes along. If you’re not familiar with the Cape, it is the Easternmost portion of Massachusetts which extends into the Atlantic Ocean. The narrow strip of land is lined with beautiful beaches on both sides.


We folded our Montague bikes, put them in the car trunk and hit the road (yes, two of them fit in there!). Luckily we didn’t hit any traffic and reached the condo we rented in about 1.5 hours. You’ll know this is an impressive time from Boston to the outer-Cape if you’ve ever dealt with the weekend traffic in this area.


After unpacking we took the bikes out of the trunk and rode them about 10 miles to Provincetown, which is located at the very end of the Cape.


We grabbed dinner at a fabulous restaurant there and visited the area bars. After sipping a few cocktails by the ocean (not too many since we had to ride our bikes), we hopped on our Montagues and headed back to prepare for the next days beach adventure.

We took a long bike ride in the morning, but once we made it to the beach it was all relaxing. In the afternoon we stopped at the sand dunes to take some pictures. They were immense! Quite a sight to see.



On Sunday we did some sightseeing. We rode our bikes to the Wood End Lighthouse which was beautiful. It was just so much fun riding the bike along the ocean and Ptown is such a cute town. We also went to see the Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum.


On our drive back we decided to stop at The Beachcomber in Wellfleet, MA. It was packed, so while waiting we sat down at the bar. We had such a good time that we ended up ordering our dinner there so we could continue to hang out with our new friends. Everyone there, staff and customers alike, were so nice and happy.

Our drive back wasn’t as smooth as the drive down… TRAFFIC! I wished we had rode our bikes all the way. It probably would have taken us the same amount of time!

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  1. Karen Smith
    Posted July 17, 2014 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    I love Ptown, especially in the summer!! I just ordered an X50 from you guys and can’t wait to try it out and do the same as you did. A little afraid of the traffic though :)

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Filming the Montague Crosstown

We recently went out to film a new video for the Montague Crosstown, a 7-speed 700c folding bike that’s perfect for bike paths, commutes, and around town riding. Take a look at the latest edit, as well as some photos from our day of shooting.

 A few behind the scenes shots:


The Crosstown fits in the trunk with plenty of room to spare. Basketball anyone?


The Boston 8 (also ridden in the video) below the Leonard P. Zakim Memorial Bridge, one of the most recognizable landmarks in Boston.


In between takes, got to get that helmet strap dialed in.


Our friend Alisa came to help with the photo shoot too.


Our day ended with us relaxing along the Charles River (burritos we’re about to eat not pictured).

Be sure to check out the other videos on the Montague Bikes Youtube channel at

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Folding Gravel Bike: Disc Brakes and Drop Bar Levers

After installing the headset and fork, and preparing the wheelset, I’m now going to install the disc brakes. I have a set of Hayes CX Pro mechanical brakes and 160mm rotors. Most disc brakes are made to install on post mount frames with bolt holes 74mm from center to center, with the option to go on IS (International Standard) 51mm tabs using a bracket. This bracket is necessary with Montague frames.


The bracket bolts onto the inside of the tabs on the dropout, providing a platform for the caliper to bolt onto.


Bolt the caliper on, but don’t tighten the screws all the way. Once the wheel is installed with the rotor, you’ll need to adjust the position of the caliper.


Next, the rotor needs to be bolted to the wheel’s hub. Most use a standard 6 bolt pattern, with the only common exception being Shimano’s Centerlock rotor. Just be sure your hub and rotor match. Rotors are usually directional, so there should be an arrow to indicating the direction they rotate.


This bike is getting drop bars with integrated shift/brake levers, specifically a SRAM Force groupset.


On go the bars, a pair of 3T Ergonova Pro drops. Be sure the tighten down the stem bolts to the specified torque. If you don’t have one, a torque wrench is a pretty useful tool to have in your arsenal.


Here it is, the SRAM Force integrated shift / brake lever. It should come with the shift cable pre-installed.


In order to tighten the clamp onto the handlebar and properly deal with the cable housing, roll back the rubber hood from the lever. Slide the lever’s metal clamp onto the bars from the end. The bolt front and center will tighten it down with a clockwise turn.


The front of the lever is where you’ll thread the brake cable through. Push down the lever and you’ll see the opening.


The cable will come out on top right next to the existing shift cable. Thread the cable through your housing, and be sure to use a ferrule on the end. It should easily slide into the slot on the back of the shifter.


On a Montague bike, proper cable routing around the seat tube is important to ensure there is no added strain when the bike is folded. Here is a handy diagram:


Once you have the cables routed and hooked to the brake calipers we put on the frame earlier, you’ll need to adjust the position of the calipers and the tension on the cable. I’ll refer you to a previous post on this blog for adjusting mechanical disc brakes.

Next time, the crankset, cassette, and front and rear derailleurs are going to be installed. Keep an eye out for the next installment… here’s a little sneak peak:


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  1. anastasios
    Posted June 20, 2014 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    could you install hydraulic brakes on the fit frame? would there be a problem? maybe with the rear cable routing? thank you in advance

  2. Posted June 23, 2014 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Hey Anastasios,
    You could use hydraulic brakes on one of our FIT frames. The only thing you would need to do is get some hydraulic housing guides that can clip into the cable stops. Problem Solvers makes a product like this. Since the frame has stops for cables, a continuous hose can’t pass through there.

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Tour of the Americas: Ecuador

After our adventures in Colombia, we crossed into Ecuador via the small village of Tulcan. Needing an inexpensive place to stay for the evening, we ended up in a hotel which charged us per 12 hours – instead of per 24. You can already imagine which kind of hotel this was…

From here we found our way to Otavalo market, a highly recommended market to visit on Saturdays. Here you can find practically everything from food and produce, to textiles, clothing, and even animals. This was really a fun experience and a great way to meet the locals. The market itself was gigantic and there appeared to be more people selling things than people buying. It was mostly the indigenous people of the region that ran the market, so you could see part of their culture on display there.



Afterwards we headed toward to capital city of Quito.


We were lucky to arrive in Quito on a Sunday. Every Sunday Quito has a day free of cars. One of the biggest roads through the city center is blocked to cars, and bikes can take to the streets! This was the perfect opportunity for us to enjoy the city by bike. Alex needed a quick repair on his brake due to wear and tear (we’ve put a lot of miles on our Montagues in the last 8 months of travel). Luckily we quickly found a bike mechanic and in 15 minutes we were ready to explore the city!


We rode all through the colonial center, and we enjoyed the parks of the city. We climbed the basilica towers, we visited some churches, and we dined on the delicious street foods available all over the city. The streets were full of bikes and of people. It was Sunday, so everyone seemed to be out enjoying time with their families.







At 4 pm we arrived to the hotel, we left the bikes and took a ride on the nearby cable car. It takes you up to 4000 meters, and we were able to catch the last bit of sunlight and see from a distance the beautiful scene that is Quito at night.

quite at night

The next leg of our journey took us into the Amazons to get our first experience with the legendary jungle.  We made it to Quilotoa lake, which formed in the crater of a volcano. This was one of the most beautiful natural sites we’ve seen on our trip.


Leaving the lake we went toward the beach, and after 10 hours we arrived very tired. After a restful sleep, we took a ferry to a nearby island to see the famed blue foot boobies! We hiked for 3 hours on the island and were able to see 5 kinds of birds, blue foot boobies, red foot boobies, tropical birds, fragatas and nazca!


For a better view of the nearby mountains, we took a ride on el Nariz del Diablo (the nose of the devil).  It is a train that climbs through the mountains by zigzagging across the inclines. The train has changed a bit in recent years so you can no longer sit on top of the cars (you could until not long ago). We stayed inside while enjoying beautiful views, but the windows were wide open to experience the fresh mountain air.


After making our way back down the mountain and returning to the Land Cruiser, we were ready to leave Ecuador and enter Perú, but not before taking a wrong turn to find fallen rocks blocking the road.


Notice our Montague bikes on top? When we need to keep them safe, we can easily stow them folded inside. We’ll certainly take them out for many rides in Perú. Expect another update soon!

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Folding Gravel Bike Build: Part 2

The next step in building the 700c folding gravel bike. Starting with a Montague FIT Custom folding frame, I’ve installed the headset and fork (read about that here). Now I’m going to prepare the wheelset. For this build, I’m using Whisky Parts Co. carbon rims laced to SRAM X9 disc compatible hubs.


Mmmm… carbon.

With new rims, the first step is to install rim tape to protect your tubes from those spokes holes. While rubber and plastic rim strips are available, I like good old fashioned cloth tape. It’s a few grams heavier, but it doesn’t dry out and crack or end up with any sharp edges.


Velox – Made in France

Start by locating the valve hole on the rim, this is where you’ll start. Line up the hole in the strip making sure to center it in the rim. Work your way around the entire wheel while pressing the cloth’s adhesive backing firmly down.


When you make it all the way around, you should have an inch or so extra. Cut the excess so the two ends butt against one another.


Before pressing it down into place.

For tires, I wanted something that would be good off road, but also fast rolling on hard surfaces. The Challenge Chicane 33c was my choice. The shallow tread in the center and the knobbies on the outside of the tire are perfect for this application. And who doesn’t love gumwalls?


You know the drill. One side of the tire on the rim, add a little air to your tube, slip it in, and work the other side of the tire on with your thumbs. Be sure to line up the tire labels with the valve stem for a real pro look.


Rinse and repeat.


Sneak preview:


Next time I’ll show you the installation of the Hayes CX Pro disc brakes, and perhaps some drive train bits. Stay tuned.

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Folding Gravel Bike Build: Part 1

The gravel bike. A 700c road style frame with fast rolling knobbies that can take you just about anywhere; dirt roads, gravel roads, singletrack, you name it. When you want to follow those fire roads and escape into the wilderness, the gravel bike is the choice for your adventure ride. The Montague FIT Custom is a great folding road bike frame, but it comes equipped with disc brake mounts on the front and rear, so it also makes for an excellent folding gravel bike.

IMG_1801This build is custom from the ground up, no stock parts from the Montague FIT, so I can show you every detail as I put the bike together. Let’s take a look at a parts list to start:

Montague FIT Custom frame
FIT Carbon Fork with disc mount
Whisky Parts Co Wheelset
Whisky Parts Co No. 7 carbon clincher rims
SRAM X9 Disc compatible hubs w/ 10-Speed cassette  body
Hayes CX Pro disc brakes w/ Hayes 160mm rotors
Challenge Chicane 33c tires
SRAM S950 Crankset 50-34
Truvativ/SRAM Team GXP bottom bracket
SRAM Force Double Tap shift/brake levers
SRAM Force 10-Speed Rear Derailleur
SRAM Force 10-Speed Front Derailleur
SRAM PG-1050 10 speed 11-28 Cassette
SRAM PC-1091R 10 speed Chain
Cane Creek 110 Headset
3T Ergonova Pro Dropbars
3T Arx II Team Stem
SRAM Bar Tape – Tacky
Fizik Arione Versus Saddle
Crank Brothers Egg Beater 3 Pedals

The first step for me was to install the headset, and get the fork properly installed in the frame.



The lower most part of the headset assembly is called the Crown Race. It’s press fit around the bottom of the fork’s steerer tube and rests just above the fork crown. This provides the surface for the lower headset bearings to rotate against.


Installing a crown race is simple, but you will need a tool (luckily it’s also a simple tool). Slide the Race down around the steerer tube until it gets to the wider section at the bottom. Once it reaches this spot it will take substantial force to press it on. A crown race tool is really just a pipe with a slightly wider diameter than the steerer tube itself. It slides around the steerer as well, and allows you to hit the crown race down. It’s not recommended that you hit it with the fork ends on the ground, so hold the fork under the crown with one hand while you do it. A few hard strikes with the tool should push the Race down flat against the top of the fork crown.

Most bike tool manufacturers make specialty crown race tools with fittings for the bottom to accommodate different size crown races. These prevent damaging the crown race. Here is a crown race tool (slide hammer) made by Bringheli. As you can see, there isn’t much to it.

IMG_2647Next, the headset cups where the bearings actually rest, need to be installed in the frame. These are also press fit, and require a specialized tool for installation, the headset press:


You’ll be installing the cups one at a time, starting with the lower. Begin by adding a thin layer of grease to the flange of the cup.


Remove the bottom plate of the headset press, and insert the press through the head tube of the frame. Slide the bottom plate back on with the lower headset cup in place above it. Turning the handles on the top clockwise will tighten down the press and force the cup into the head tube of the frame.


Repeat the process with the top cup, and you’re ready to install the fork. Once the fork and bearings are in place, there are two pieces to the headset that go on top, the wedge and the upper race. The wedge ensures that when the headset is tightened down, the steerer tube can’t move at all side to side. The upper race acts as a cap to the sealed system, and like the lower race, provides a surface for bearing to rotate against.

I’m not ready to cut the fork’s steerer tube to length quite yet, but I still clamped on the stem in order to hold everything in place.




With the fork now turning smoothly in the frame now, it’s time to move on to another component set. Stay tuned to see what’s next!

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  1. DennyOz
    Posted June 5, 2014 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    Nice pile of parts there. I see you have 33c tires, could you fit anything larger on that frame?

  2. Christopher
    Posted June 6, 2014 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    That’s going to be one sweet bike when you’re done. How do the drop bars work out when you fold it? I have mustache bars on my Montague and they work great by just threading through the rear wheel when it folds. Awesome bikes – I ride my everywhere! And I take it everywhere too.

  3. Posted June 6, 2014 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Hey DennyOz,
    You could fit a slightly larger tire on the front with that fork, probably a 35c, but the clearance on the back is tight. The chainstays have room, but the brake bridge is pretty close to these 33c tires. Luckily, lots of CX tires are available in 33.

  4. Posted June 6, 2014 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    The drop bars do make the folded size a bit wider, but I can still fit it in my car trunk! For longer travel, you could undo the stem bolts, and packing it up is still a lot easier than dealing with S&S couplers.

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