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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.

mag-wheels

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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Operation Injured Soldiers Fishing Tournament – Bike Giveaway

Montague bikes have a strong history with the military. Our current frame design was developed under a grant from DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in order to provide the United States Marine Corps with a folding mountain bike that could fit through airplane doors. Thus, the Montague Paratrooper was born.

A few weeks ago, Operation Injured Soldiers (OIS) held a fishing tournament on the Great Lakes for returned veterans. In addition to prizes for the top fish, a raffle was held for a donated Montague Paratrooper. Bill Schrader, owner of Personalized Marine in Detroit, MI and retailer of Montague bikes was on hand to coordinate the raffle and present the prize. Bill is retired from 33 years of service in the U.S. Army Military Police & U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue.

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Operation Injured Soldiers (OIS) has helped thousands of soldiers who continue to struggle with a variety of physical and psychological/emotional issues as they face re-entry into society. OIS offers many programs to our returning veterans, one of which is a fishing program. This program gives injured soldiers free chartered great lakes fishing. Guided by captain and crew, these men and women feel the support of fellow veterans, who are bound by the shared experience of war, injury and the difficulties of re-entry into everyday life. On the water their struggle is forgotten, the burden is lifted and the simple pleasure and excitement of reeling in that musky, salmon, sturgeon or walleye is all that matters. This year, overcast skies and winds stirring up 4 ft. rollers on Lake St. Clair made this day of musky fishing quite challenging. Many vets were first time boaters and Dramamine was in short supply. Regardless, 16 charter boats filled with veterans and active duty soldiers were relentless in their search for the elusive monster musky. At the end of the day, top honors went to a Vietnam Air Force veteran who hooked a 49 inch musky!

The fishing wrapped up mid afternoon with all military personnel, charter captains and crew coming back to the Detroit Yacht Club to share stories, celebrate victories, enjoy dinner and participate in the much anticipated free Montague Bike raffle. As the excitement built, the Montague Paratrooper bike was won by a veteran who served in Iraq.

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Bill Schrader (left) presenting the Montague Paratrooper to the raffle winner.

We are very happy to partner with Operation Injured Soldiers to help veterans who have sacrificed so much to protect the country we call home. Please take the time to look at the OIS web site and see what OIS does for veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. www.injuredsoldiers.org.

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