(18 customer reviews)

The Montague M-E1 is the world’s first full-size performance foldable e-bike. A revolutionary new e-bike designed for both urban riding and trekking, the M-E1 is equipped with a Shimano Steps E6100 mid-drive motor and a Deore drivetrain, and folds in seconds with a single quick release.

With full size 700c wheels, front suspension, and standard components, the M-E1 offers the same ride quality as a non-folding e-bike, but can be stored in the closet, train, or car trunk, keeping it safe from theft and out of the elements. Once folded, the bike can be rolled for easy transport.

LOCAL PICKUP: The M-E1 can be purchased online for pickup from your local bike shop. Your bike will be waiting for you fully assembled and ready to ride. Choose the “Local Pickup” option during checkout and we’ll contact you to determine the most convenient shop for pickup. If there’s not a Montague dealer nearby, we can work with any bike shop!



Step-through design and adjustable
saddle height allows for one frame size
to fit riders from 5’4″ – 6’4″.

The Essentials

• Speeds: 10
• Wheel Size: 700c
• Motor: 250 W
• Battery: 418 Wh
• Folded Size: 38″x38″x13″

Great For

• Effortless commuting
• Weekend getaways
• Gravel trekking
• Apartment storage


The Montague M-E1 comes equipped with a Shimano STEPS E6100 mid-drive motor, the newest premium e-bike system from the world leader in bicycle components. The compact, lightweight, and powerful system ensures you will arrive at your destination feeling fresh and invigorated.

  • 250W Shimano E6100 mid-drive motor
  • 2.88 kg Reduced weight drive unit
  • 36V / 418Wh Lithium Battery Pack
  • 60 Nm maximum torque
This polished, folding electric bike comes pretty darn close to perfection.

This folding bike with a step-through frame is the most comfortable folding ebike I’ve ridden. It’s hard not to feel impressed when you hop on the M-E1’s saddle. There’s no part of it that feels rickety, unlike some other folding bikes I’ve tested.


Overall, the ride quality and build quality are excellent, making it easily one of the most comfortable folding bikes we’ve yet ridden.

The power kicks in gently and predictably, and there’s plenty of it to get you rolling. The M-E1 flattened every hill we threw at it with aplomb.

Electric Bike Action

A full sized folding electric bike with premium parts all around. The Shimano STePS E6100 drive unit is an efficient, quiet, lightweight, and narrow to keep the bike compact when folded. 

Industry-leading folding design allows the bike to become very compact and stay folded without rattling or coming undone. 

Most folding ebikes aren’t as comfortable as this one!


With a patent-pending frame design, the M-E1 is a performance trekking e-bike that folds in seconds with a single quick release. The fold-and-roll design of the full size 700c wheeled ME-1 makes it ideal for multi-modal commuting.

The folding e-bike offers the same ride quality as a non-folding e-bike, but with the added benefits of easier storage.

Bike Europe


When folded, the M-E1 can be effortlessly rolled for easy transport. Roll it into the elevator, up to the office, or into your apartment. Take it in the train, bus, or car trunk for a multi-modal commute.


Traditional e-bikes are not ideal for the city, where riders don’t want to lock their valuable investment on the street and space is limited indoors. The M-E1 can be stored safely and securely in a closet.


The M-E1 does not sacrifice ride quality to offer the most convenient e-bike on the market. Full size 700c wheels and industry standard components deliver the high performance riders demand.

Easy Folding

A single quick release allows the frame to fold.
The weight of the bike is supported by the kickstand,
so you don’t need to lift or balance the bike while folding.
A second QR folds the handlebars for an even more compact size.

Paratrooper Elite 27.5" Wheel

Easy Folding

A single quick release allows the frame to fold. The weight of the bike is supported by the kickstand, so you don’t need to lift or balance the bike while folding. A second QR folds the handlebars for an even more compact size.

Why a Folding Bike?

Folding bikes fit your lifestyle. Having the ability to fold your bike into a compact package in seconds allows you to store it easily in the home or office, and travel anywhere with your bike. It can fit in the car trunk, on the bus or train, and is perfect for your next trip.

Why Montague?

We set out to create the highest performance folding bikes in the word. All Montague bikes use full-size wheels, standard components, and a patented folding design for optimal rigidity. Our focus has always been on perfecting ride quality, handling, and comfort.

Fully Equipped

The M-E1 comes equipped with front
and rear lights, full-coverage fenders,
and an integrated rear cargo rack.

Paratrooper Elite 27.5" Wheel

Fully Equipped

The M-E1 comes equipped with front and rear lights, full-coverage fenders, and an integrated rear cargo rack.

3 Pedal Assist Modes

The handlebar mounted display acts as a cycle computer and control unit for the drive system. The LED display provides battery levels and ride data while allowing you to switch between Eco, Normal, and High power assist modes on the fly. An additional walk assist mode makes pushing your bike effortless, even uphill.

Customize and Update with E-Tube

The Shimano E-Tube Project software for PC and iOs/Android allows you to update your drive system’s firmware, customize settings, and get useful information by connecting with your bike through an easy to navigate portal . The E-Tube Ride app turns your smart phone into a cycle computer with route mapping and real-time display of ride data .



Color Matte Black / Royal Blue
Frame Custom drawn 6061 series aluminum with patented folding system and integrated rear rack
Fork SR Suntour NEX Suspension
Drive Unit Shimano STEPS E6100 – 250 watt
Battery Shimano STEPS – 418 Wh
Tires Schwalbe Energizer Plus 700c x 47mm
Shifters Shimano Deore 10-speed
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore 10-speed
Brakes Shimano Deore hydraulic disc brakes
Cranks Shimano STEPS FC-E6100
Chainring Shimano STEPS SM-CRE61 – 44 tooth
Cassette Shimano 10-speed 11-32 tooth
Chain Shimano STEPS 10-speed
Pedals VP Folding Pedals
Lights Herrmans LED front and rear lights
Accessories Full coverage mud guards
Folded Size 38″ x 38″ x 13″
Weight 54 lbs (approximate)
Specifications subject to change without notice.
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5 Year Warranty

The M-E1 folding frame is covered by a 5 year warranty, so you can ride with peace of mind. Shimano provides a 2 year warranty for all STEPS motor components.
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30 Day Return Policy

A bike purchased directly from Montague comes with a 30 day satisfaction guarantee. If for any reason you’re unsatisfied with your bike in those 30 days, it can be returned for a full refund minus shipping costs.

18 reviews for M-E1

  1. Stephen Ford

    I’ve been a Montague fan for many years. I had an MX that I rode for 10 years. Great bikes. This is my first ebike. I absolutely love it. The ride is so smooth. It basically amplifies the force that I push on the pedals with – and it is so quick! I switched out the seat to a more comfortable one, but otherwise everything else has been perfect. I would definitely recommend it.

  2. f1000biker

    Hey Montague – thanks to you guys for making this great bike. I’ve been riding it everywhere for the last few weeks, and it is incredible. YOur support staff – I’ve spoke with Jonathan and Liza, are great – and helped me understand a few things with the motor system. Keep it up!

  3. Sean

    Not much to say — this bike does it all! fast, comfortable, and can fold. happy with it. five stars!

  4. Van Lifer Jules

    Got the me-1 to go in our converted Ford Transit. I wanted an ebike in order to ride the the areas we visit but could absolutely not leave it out on a bike rack. We end up parking in some pretty random locations when traveling and it would not be safe out there. Space is super limited in the van so a folder was the only option. This one fits well enough toward the back without getting in the way of our sleeping quarters or kitchenette. The pedal assist not jerky at all like I’ve felt on cheaper e-bikes, so you get used to it and sort of forget you’re getting the assist sometimes. It’s just feels like effortless normal bike riding. Even up some pretty steep hills it’s been great. 5/5

  5. SweetLue

    I’ve been reading about these bikes for a while, and was planning on getting one of the regular Montagues. Then I heard about the new electric bike, and it definitely sounded perfect for me. I’m 65 years old, and my legs aren’t quite up to riding long distances any more. So I got the new electric one, and it is a real hoot. If you’ve never ridden an electric bie, it is so nice. I haven’t ridden a lot of them, but this is really a game changer for me. Went almost 20 miles yesterday, and I am not a strong rider by any means. Great bike!

  6. Alex

    So far so good! My first electric bike, and very much worth it so far. The ability to fold it up and wheel it around is what finally made me pull the trigger on an ebike. I bring it into work every day, wheel it right into the building and on the elevator. Find myself wanting to ride to lunch or around town on weekends too, which I never did with a normal bike. Loving my ME1!

  7. BillWill

    SO glad invested in this over a cheaper-made e-bike. super easy to fold. goes faster than i’d ever need. very stable, and fun to ride. already recommended to several friends and coworkers

  8. Alexa M.

    Got this bike to get out of the house during the pandemic. Was expecting more exercise – this bike makes you feel like you’re barely pushing at all but still an absolute blast to ride, been getting out of the house and exploring so much more since I got it. Helps that I’m able to fold it up & stow it away at home too. A real game changer!

  9. BevBev99

    I bought this bike for my husband for Christmas. Unfortunately it was late in arriving at our bike shop, so I couldn’t put it under the tree. But it arrived (finally) last week, and he really loves it. Now wer’e thinking I should get one too (I’m going to need to dip into our piggy bank!) so I can keep up with him. A very nice experience all around.

  10. Miles J

    Awesome bike! I’ve bought several Montagues before and this one folds in a totally new way. Used to the old way but was able to get the hang of this in minutes and it’s even more convenient. I’ve been riding it into work every day and keeping it right under my desk. Range is good too. Was a bit worried because it’s heavier than any bike I’ve owned before, but the electric boost is powerful enough to make the bike feel super light when riding. Overall definitely a worthwhile purchase, has really changed my morning commute for the better. Thanks!

  11. Emmitt

    Only been riding my ME1 for about 3 weeks but I’m impressed so far. Other folding e-bikes I looked at were cheap straight from China with no name motors and mostly small wheels. Getting one from a trusted brand and having a Shimano system is by far worth the higher price tag in my book. I had some questions on settings with the STEPS motor and was able to get a quick response from Shimano customer support. That bodes well for any support in the future.

    Very smooth riding and it fits in the back of my VW without issue. I haven’t had a chance to fully test the range but I haven’t noticed it go below 50% battery even after riding 20+ miles (I usually charge after every ride). Shimano claims something like 70 miles on a charge for this system which I’m sure is “best case scenario” but it seems plausible given my experience. For anyone looking to add panniers, I’m using the Ortlieb Back-Roller Classic, which uses their QL2.1 mounting system. It works great with the built rack on this bike. And I have to mention that the lights are super bright! I will update with another review after I’ve had the bike longer.

  12. Thrasher07

    Great bike. I’d highly recommend it. Got mine yesterday, and the quality of the build is really impressive. Nice fit and finish to it all . I like the internal cable routing – so they fold right with the frame. Fits in my Toyota Camry trunk. Charging is easy. The Shimano motor is quiet, and does a nice job going up hills. If you’re thinking about this bike, check out the video I saw on EBR: https://electricbikereview.com/montague/m-e1/ .. I saw that video and was sold

  13. KenG65

    Liking the ride. One thing I was skeptical about is the folding hinge, since it’s different from the design on Montague’s other bikes, but I don’t feel any flex even if I stand and really try to torque on it side to side. The low step frame is appreciated on a bike like this too. It’s definitely made with comfort in mind – handlebars are high enough that you’re sitting up, it’s easy to get on and off, the shocks help with bumps. The low step makes it work for me and my wife who has used it a few times even though she’s shorter than me. Happy with the purchase.

  14. Gary S.

    I’ve been a Montague rider for years (as one of my many bikes). I have several bikes from different brands (custom built road bike, Specialized full suspension, a steel CX bike, etc) but for folding they seem to have the best frame design and can offer something that actually rides like the bikes I’m used to. I got an early Paratrooper model back in 2005, later upgraded to a Navigator when they came out with the new bikes around 2015/2016, and now that they have a folding e-bike I had to nab one. It’s a pretty nifty design. Unlike their other bikes the front wheel stays on during folding so it’s VERY easy to fold. Shimano is Shimano so no surprise that they built an e-bike system that performs well. It might be a bit underpowered for some people (I have a friend with a 1000 watt ebike with a throttle), but if you want something that will still give you the experience of riding a bike but provides some nice assistance, a 250w mid-drive is enough. It feels like I’m a stronger cyclist than I am, but I don’t lose the feeling of BEING a cyclist.

  15. Thomas

    Found this bike on an e-bike review website, never had an e-bike before but after doing some research this one seemed to be the best all around. Got it about a week ago and REALLY loving it! Way more comfortable than I was expected, very fast as well and really easy to ride (and to fold). Don’t fold it every day since I ride the full distance to work here in Austin but when I want to take it somewhere (on a road trip/future vacations in the car) it’s easy to fold. Pretty amazing that you can just take it anywhere like that. Love this bike! Looking forward to getting one for my son as well.

  16. Rob, Ashburn Bicycle Repair

    Everything works perfectly. This bike rides incredibly well and that STEPs system (in my opinion) is the most intuitive/responsive/quiet of the other eBikes I sell/service by Bosch, Bafang, and a number of other proprietary systems.

    I was surprised on how solid the M-E1 felt, it felt more solid than several non-folding eBikes I’ve ridden. Terrific bike!

  17. Rick M

    I made the purchase for my father and it was totally worth it and the customer service has been so helpful. My father is a whole new man on this bike he really enjoys his rides and goes really far and zips around like he was 20 years younger.

  18. Robert452

    Finally got my replacement bike. The first one my bike shop showed me looked like it had been run over by a truck. The bike is awesome, but I can’t give them a 5 star because it took FOREVER to get one.

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