Chuck Ankeny, the owner of Freedom Folding Bikes, the Montague dealer in Boulder, CO built up his own Paratrooper with a full Shimano XT drivetrain, RockShox Reba fork, Magura MT5 hydraulic disc brakes and a Brooks Cambium saddle. He then added Blackburn Outpost bikepacking bags and fork mounted cargo cages for off body load bearing.
This is the ultimate adventure bike, perfect for exploring back country wilderness, off-road touring, and camping. The best part? Just like all of our stock bikes, it folds in seconds for the car trunk or train so you can get to the trail hassle-free.
27.5″ wheel are equipped with super wide 2.4″ tires to roll over just about anything.
The cockpit is set up for comfort and convenience. Ergon grips provide multiple hand positions, a phone mount allows for navigation and quick access for those Instagram shots, and a Lezyne Stuff Caddy allows easy access to anything you want to toss in there.
While some rigid forks have eyelets for mounting racks and cages on the side, it takes a bit of ingenuity to use these Blackburn Outpost Cages on a suspension fork . Here they’re bolted to hose clamps which securely attach them to the fork lowers.
Nice wide bars with Magura hydraulics and a remote fork lockout!
Keep an eye out for more pics of this all-terrain folding bike in action when Chuck takes it to the Sedona MTB festival later this month. If you’re in Boulder, stop in for a visit at Freedom Folding Bikes.