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MTB in Wompatuck State Park

“Wompy”, we love you!

Wompy_Map_2011Last weekend we took a mountain bike excursion in Wompatuck State Park. It was so much fun, I needed to share it with all of you. The park is just a 35 minute drive from downtown Boston, in Hingham, MA. I have the privilege to live two minutes away from this park and yes, you can be jealous!  The park has an area of about 3,500 acres with the majority of it located in Hingham, MA. It also extends into the neighboring towns of Cohasset, Norwell and Scituate.

The park has many things to offer, including 262 campsites which are open from April to October. The most important part to me is the trails. There are 12 miles of paved bicycle routes, and many, many more miles of single track mountain bike trails, double track, and dirt fire roads.

The nice thing about Wompatuck is that you can find trails to accommodate both beginner and advanced riders. There’s a wide variety of terrain for every level of riding.

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Most of the mountain biking used to be done on the right side of Union Street where most of the park’s unbroken woodland is. But over the last couple of years people have been creating a new network of single track trails on the left side of the park as well. The trails are growing!

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`Wompy’ as how the locals call it, is an amazing place to ride. It is a nice and large wooded area with very clearly marked trails. You really need to try hard to get lost :). The park has fast and swoopy tracks as well as long distance trial sections. Some areas will have you riding over rocks, hopping logs, and dodging trees, while others less technical fast rolling sections.

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Taking a look at some of these photos, you can see why I had such a great weekend! If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend Wompatuck for a day of riding. Even if road biking is more your thing, the paved trails offer some very peaceful and scenic routes through the park.

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For more info:

http://www.friendsofwompatuck.org/biking.htm

http://trails.mtbr.com/cat/united-states-trails/trails-massachusetts/trail/wompatuck-state-park/

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Montague Bikes: How to Spot a Counterfeit

With every great idea comes imitators. Some say imitation is the highest form of flattery, but if you’re looking for a high quality folding bike, only a genuine Montague will do. Unfortunately, there are some counterfeit Montague bikes on the market today; bikes that use our patented designs but are not made with our strict adherence to quality standards, safety, and manufacturing tolerances. A counterfeit Montague likely comes from an unknown factory with no customer support to back you up, and no warranty to speak of.

Take a look at the following differences between a genuine Montague Bike and a copy:

Names
Any bike using our design but not the official Montague name is a copy. We’ve seen everything from “Montbike” to “Ranger” to “MontaQUE” and “HAMMER” appear on frames using our design. Be sure the bike you’re looking at uses the Montague logo and has a model name that matches our current bike line. While our paint colors sometime vary in different markets, our model names remain the same. You can find the current models at www.montaguebikes.com/folding-bike

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IMPORTANT: Any new bike using the Hummer brand name is a copy. Montague did work with General Motors to produce Hummer branded bikes between 2002 and 2007. Since that time Montague has produced NO Hummer branded bicycles.

HUMMER = FAKE
RANGER = FAKE
MONTBIKE = FAKE

Rear Dropout Shape
The rear dropouts on counterfeits are usually noticeably different than the ones used on a genuine Montague. They may not all look like the counterfeit below, but any deviation from the genuine dropout shown indicates a fake. NOTE: The Montague Boston and Boston 8 do have different dropouts to accommodate the single speed and internal gear hub setups.

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Top Tube Size
All Montague mountain bikes use a top tube that is the same width and height (they do vary in length depending on frame size), while many counterfeit frames use a different size top tube. Most are noticeably smaller, but we have seen taller flatter tubes used on counterfeits.

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Frame Quick Release
The frame quick release is an integral part of our folding system. The QR is designed for use in our bikes with a specialized end nut which slides into what we call the QR box under the top tube, and clamps the frame. Many counterfeit bikes do not utilize an end nut like this and use a much cheaper quick release.

frame-qr-comparison2The lever on one of these quick releases is also different:

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Threaded Seat Tube Update
In 2012, Montague made a change to the design of the seat tube cluster. To allow folding, two concentric seat tubes are used. Before 2012, threaded lock nuts were used to secure the frames together. The new system changed these lock nuts to a threadless system. The tube is no longer threaded and a clamp is used instead. Any new bikes using a threaded locknut system are counterfeit.

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Mag Wheels
We’ve seen several counterfeit Montague bikes with a lot of strange parts on them. One common example is plastic “mag” wheels. Montague has never sold a bike with this style of wheels. A bike available with mag wheels is most definitely a copy.

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Decals
A genuine Montague bike will always have a US Patent sticker on the seat tube of the frame, just above the front derailleur. If this is missing, appears different from the image below, or does not display patent #5,975,551 it is likely a counterfeit.

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The “Montague Military Technology” decal found on our Paratrooper and Paratrooper Pro is often imitated incorrectly. On the fake below, notice the different font, and the word “Montbike” substituted for Montague.

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Source
Every MONTAGUE, HUMMER and PARATROOPER branded bike for sale on the Alibaba.com website is fake.

The website “paratrooper-bicycle.com” steals all official Montague photos, but the entire site sells counterfeits.  The bicycles displayed in the images are real Montagues, but the products they ship are cheap copies/counterfeits.

In short, all bikes shown on these websites are fake counterfeits:
alibaba.com
aliexpress.com
hummer-bicycle.com
paratrooper-bicycle.com
dhgate.com
globalsources.com
cnyccy.en.made-in-china.com

Examples

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Note the suspension fork is installed BACKWARDS. Little attention to detail is given when counterfeits are made. They are often not safe to ride.

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In addition, all offical Montague accessories are shown on the www.montaguebikes.com website.  All other accessories are counterfeit and likely low quality.

Note
These are by no means the only differences between a genuine Montague folding bike and a counterfeit, but this post can be used as a guide to identifying fakes. Behind our production models are years of research, development, and product testing. With a counterfeit comes none of these. If you ever have a question or need help determining if the bike you plan to buy is genuine, feel free to contact us. We have a team of customer support specialists at Montague USA to help with any questions.

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Montague Folding Bikes Helping to Serve a Mission

While our first folding bikes were created to help people to commute more easily, our current design was developed for the US Military. Our bikes helped USMC Paratroopers serve their mission, and to this day many other organizations use Montague bikes to serve their mission of helping people. The versatility of a full size folding mountain bike helps medics, police, search & rescue, and other emergency response teams do their jobs faster and more efficiently.

Here are some examples of Montague folding bikes that have been customized for use by an EMT (left) and St. John Ambulance Company (right).

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Below are Police and Search and Rescue bikes from the UK. Often times bicycles allow emergency workers to reach their destination faster when cars are unable to reach the scene.

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Team Rubicon is a great example of an organization that assists in emergency situations all over the world and uses Montague bikes to further their mission. The organization which was initially founded by US Marines Jake Wood and William McNulty to help with the Haiti earthquake in 2010, seeks to unite the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.

Currently Team Rubicon uses bikes in deployments where teams cannot easily access disaster sites by any other means of transport. Often times roads are blocked to automobile traffic, and floods or wildfires can prevent normal routes of travel from being used. A mountain bike and trailer of supplies like the one below can allow for help to previously unreachable locations, while the folding feature makes them easy to transport. You can even donate to Team Rubican yourself to help them build their fleet of Montague bikes and help serve their mission. Click here to see more.

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Team Rubicon Bike Kit with Montague Paratrooper folding bike

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