(24 customer reviews)

The classic folding mountain bike from Montague, the Paratrooper is tough, rugged, and ready for anything. Its patented folding design was developed under a grant from DARPA to allow airborne soldiers to drop out of airplanes and into combat.

The Paratrooper offers 24 speeds, front suspension, mechanical disc brakes, and the RackStand for hauling gear. Tackle any terrain, carry your gear, and fold to stash in your trunk.



Frame Sizes

• Medium – 18″: For riders 5’3″ – 5’10”
Standover height is 28.13″
• Large – 20″: For riders 5’11” – 6’4″
Standover height is 29.13″

The Essentials

• Speeds: 24
• Wheel Size: 26″
• Folded Size: 36″x28″x12″
• Approx Weight: 32lbs

Great For

• Rough trails
• Hauling Gear
• Bike Camping
• Recon missions
Montague Paratrooper Folding Bike Open

Disc Brakes

The Paratrooper is equipped with mechanical
disc brakes. They offer quicker response, more
stopping power, and better performance in
wet weather than rim brakes.


Montague Paratrooper Disc Brake

Disc Brakes

The Paratrooper is equipped with mechanical disc brakes. They offer quicker response, more stopping power, and better performance in wet weather than rim brakes.

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 world. All Montague bikes use full-size wheels, standard components, and a folding design that doesn’t break any of the frame’s tubing. Our focus has always been on perfecting ride quality, handling, and comfort.

Suspension Fork

An SR Suntour suspension fork allows the
Paratrooper to glide over the obstacles,
roots, and rocks of off-road trails.

Montague Paratrooper Suspension Fork

Suspension Fork

An SR Suntour suspension fork allows the Paratrooper to glide over the obstacles, roots, and rocks of off-road trails.
“Few bicycle companies need to measure the size of an aircraft door when designing a new model. But Montague Corp., based in Cambridge, Mass., did exactly that when the Pentagon said it needed a lightweight, foldable bike that special-operations forces could carry as they jumped out of airplanes into enemy territory.

US forces found the bikes ideal for moving quietly and without using scarce fuel. Word spread throughout the world’s tightly knit military community.”

Time Magazine

“the Montague adds a new dimension to escaping into the wild. Its patented folding design was developed by the US military to allow soldiers to strap the bike to their chest before parachuting deep behind enemy lines.

It’s incredibly simple to unfold – a single sturdy pin controls the hinge – and it has 27 gears, mechanical disc brakes and full front shocks to help you make mincemeat of hostile territory. It also zips neatly into a bag which then fits into the boot, so weekend warriors don’t have to worry about getting their car dirty on the way home.”

The Guardian

“Montague Tactical Military Mountain Bikes are full size mountain bikes (MB) that provide an inexpensive alternative to walking; have enhanced off-body load bearing capabilities; a high level of maneuverability and can compact to a portable size in less than 30 seconds.

Currently, they are deployed in the US, Middle East and Europe and are ideal for patrolling, security, rapid response and jumping.”

Military Technology Magazine


The Paratrooper is equipped with RackStand,
a traditional cargo rack, kickstand,
workstand, and folded bike stand all in one.

Montague Paratrooper RackStand Closeup


The Paratrooper is equipped with RackStand, a traditional cargo rack, kickstand, workstand, and folded bike stand all in one.


Color Matte Cammy Green
Frame Custom drawn 6061 Series Aluminum with DirectConnect System.  Replaceable derailleur hanger and disc mount
Fork SR Suntour XCT suspension. 80mm travel. Alloy one piece lower. Disc Compatible
Rims 26″ Alloy, 32 hole. Double Wall.  Black
Tires Kenda Kinetics. 26″ x 2.10″
Hubset Formula. Black. Alloy. Disc Compatible. Sealed front & rear quick release
Spokes 14 Gauge Stainless
Saddle Aero Mountain
Seatpost 30.0 X 300mm Alloy with Montague logo
Handlebars Kalloy. Alloy. 7 degree backsweep. 31.8 Barbore. 580mm length
Stem Kalloy. Alloy Threadless. 105mm. 7 degree rise
Shifters Shimano RAPIDFIRE Plus Trigger Shifter
Front Derailleur Shimano Top Swing Dual Pull
Rear Derailleur Shimano Alivio
Crankset SR Suntour XCC. 42/32/22. Alloy 170mm crank arm. Matte Black
Rear Cogs 11-30T
Speeds 24 Speeds
Brakeset Mechanical disc w/ pad adjustment. Alloy Levers
Pedals Platform pedal with steel cage
Bottom Bracket Sealed Cartridge
Other RackStand rear rack with fenders (Not sold with front fender in some international markets)
Frame Sizes 18″, 20″
Folded Size 36″ x 28″ x 12″
Approx Weight 32 lbs.
MSRP $1195.00
Specifications and prices subject to change without notice. Bike specifications and prices for your country may differ. We do our best to ensure that the listed specifications accurately reflect the parts found on our folding bikes. Even so, we may have to change the component specifications from time to time. We do our best to make sure that all component substitutions are of equal performance and cosmetics as those listed . Also our international distributors often ask us to modify components to better suit their local markets. Please contact your local distributor for information about bikes in your area.
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Lifetime Warranty

We are so confident in our folding frame design that we offer a lifetime warranty so you can feel confident too. Frames and non-suspension forks are covered for the life of the bike’s original owner.
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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.

24 reviews for Paratrooper

  1. Graniteman

    Great bike! It folds super fast and is very sturdy. It handles all the rocks and mud on the trails and then I can throw it in the back of my Jeep and head home.

  2. DavidB

    It works well, and even my 13 year old son thinks its “cool”. Very happy.

  3. BobbyKS

    I”m on my second paratrooper. I had to leave my first one overseas. Folds up great, and I took it on lots of trains through Europe, but the airlines still make it a pain to fly with it – they can charge $100 for one leg, so I sold and got a new one back in the states.

  4. Shawn Briggs

    I also ordered a black Montague storage bag with the bike, but was told you are out of supply on them and should get more in 2 months. I need this bag for storage so please send as soon as supply is replenished. Nice bike!

  5. Matt

    I have a Paratrooper that i bought back in 2012 with the older style frame locking mechanism. My friends were sketpical about me riding some of the hard Arizona desert trails with a folding bike but this bike is a BEAST. It takes a beating and keeps going. I believe this bike can handle just about any trail. I would recommend a few customizations such as wider bars and an upgraded seat, but that really is more user specific. I love my partrooper. It is one BAD ASS hardtail bike!!

  6. Art

    A very good friend of mine bought me a Montague paratrooper in 2014 since then I drove 4000 Kilometers (2500 mile), and is excellent bike never change nothing only brake pads twice, 60% i drove of-road in mountains and i never had a flat tire on it, i relay love my paratrooper i take with my almost everywhere

  7. Barry N.

    Very happy after owning this nearly a year. It’s a sturdy, well-made bike that is fun to ride. I’m a larger guy and was concerned about a folding bike handling my weight. After speaking with a tech person at Montague I took his advice and switched out the wheels. It worked great and I’m close to meeting my lower weight goals and switching back to the original wheels.

  8. I. Parker

    Amazing bike! Performs fantastic as a mountain bike although my friends doubted it would. It has very little flex in the frame and stands up to anything I try. Folding it is a piece of cake! Go for it!

  9. Timothy Rumbinas

    The Paratrooper has a remarkable frame — it truly rides with all the finesse of a non-folding bike. The only complaint I can find is that the components are entry-level. While I have owned mine, I have gradually upgraded every component from the wheels up. Not only is the bike of much higher spec than shipped from the factory, it is also significantly lighter. I have run it off-road equipped with an excellent Marzocchi suspension fork, and it has comfortable cross-country geometry. On occasion, I’ve swapped out the suspension fork for a rigid aluminum unit, and mounted road-oriented tires. In this configuration, it makes a competent flat-bar road bike capable of serious gravel touring and 60-70 mile days. The swap only takes about 20 minutes. I would gladly rate the frame at five stars, but I feel an otherwise outstanding machine is betrayed by it’s moderate-quality groupset. However, if you purchase one with the knowledge that you can upgrade as you go along, this could be the only bike that you’ll need for a very long time. It is one of the few folding bicycles that I’ve used (three at this point) that is not compromised by its folding mechanism.

  10. Caro D.

    I’m thrilled with my Paratrooper! It’s rugged frame makes it a great choice for the toughest trails. The small frame worked best for me being 5’2″. The brakes needed adjusting out of the box and I added more ergonomic grips for my personal taste but over all a top-notch bike.


    Hello. Greetings.
    I received my 2016 Paratrooper yesterday. Very simple to do the minor assembly required to make the bike roadworthy.
    My search for a folding bike started a long time age. All that I could hope to buy in India are the 20″ wheeled Bromptons, Dahons some others of that same category. Then I saw this bike for sale in one of the webpages. But the price displayed at that webpage prevented me from going for this. Two weeks back I saw one for a discounted price in one of the webpages and ordered the large framed 20″ one. I had no other option. It was the only frame size available. My height is 5’8″ and my inseam is 33.5″. I ignored the Montague recommended size of 18″ and went for the Large 20″.
    Here are my initial impressions.
    Fit. Wow! The bike fits like a glove! It feels as if it is custom built for me. I will, nevertheless require minor changes in the handle and seat positions as I ride longer.
    The folding system is great. After having ridden all the foldies that I could lay my hands on, I had some apprehensions regarding the rigidity of the frame. Who said this is a folding bike? This feels as solid as a non folding MTB. Period. However, this is not a foldie in the strict sense. Despite the claims for the fast folding and unfolding made by the Manufacturer, it takes time and some attention to fold and unfold the bike. No big business for me. I wanted a bike that I could fold and take with me in public transport IF I FELT SO. I don’t have the need to fold and unfold the bike every day at least two times. What I wanted was a bike that is solid yet can be folded for easier transport. Once again I have to say that this is solid. A battle tank on two wheels. And if it is good enough for US Paratroopers to drop it from the air, ride in rough trails, carry 500 pounds of total weight, then it is 10 times good enough for my requirements. I have enough time to spare to fold and unfold this bike.
    Looks. Beautiful!! Period. The cammy green of the frame rocks. And the black on all other parts complements the color of the frame.
    Components. Once again, if this is good enough for the US Paratrooper, then it is 10 times good enough for my requirements. No complaints.
    I will post my long ride reviews later.
    Thank you team Montague for this bike.

  12. david. S.

    In the past month I have put in over 60 miles on my new paratrooper. The only problem I have is once in a while my shorts hit the frame release catch. So far no problems.

  13. William Eckhardt

    I love it! bought for the folding because we have a 16ft. airstream trailer and no place for a bike rack, folding bikes. So they are perfect for us there but wait there is more. The paratrooper is so much fun to ride it is truly a very nice mountain bike.

  14. Armand

    In fact, the paratrooper that I own deserves a four or five star rating. But for now I give it a three star rating. The Achilles heel of the bicycle is in fact the part that has to do with folding. I use the bicycle every working day and have to fold and unfold the bicycle twice during five working days. The quick release has now become loose after a year after so many clicks in it and now I can’t even fold the bike anymore. The dealer has ordered a new one from the parent company.
    But the rear-wheel click system is also not flawless. If the clamp is clicked open and you clamp it again, you must carefully check whether the rack of the luggage rack is correctly positioned on the screw. Otherwise, it will become looser when you lower the luggage rack. which results in the wheel getting off when you park the bike on the rack.
    The front wheel clamp does not always remain in the same position when you remove the wheel. So once in a while you have to fix the wheel with the right screw to find the right tension.
    Is it therefore a bad bike? No, it is a fantastic bike that I have enjoyed immensely for a year.
    But I hope that after repair the bike will be and remain hassle free. Then I’ll be back for a five star review.
    This review has been translated by Google, so it may be a bit weird English here and there, I apologize

  15. Mel

    I’m 64 years old now… I purchased my par trooper used ….it was a brand new bike for a hundred bucks ..been the best bicycle I’ve ever bought… strong rugged gets me down the road… I change the tires put fenders on it.. I ordered a rear rack for it the other day it should be here in a few days… it rides better than any bike I’ve ever ridden… it rides on amtrak …rides on the back of pickup trucks.. I take this bike everywhere ….I have been looking at other bicycles to ride across the United States on next year but I think I’m just going to do it on my mountain bike… just set it up a little bit more and gear it up to 33 .
    I don’t know what else to say other than it’s a” great bicycle”.

  16. Ftw

    Nice to see, nice to drive as well…

  17. C S Qua

    I recently bought my second Paratrooper (a second hand 2017 model), after having bought my first used Paratrooper PRO (2016 model) 2 years ago. This Paratrooper allowed me to upgrade to 27.5 inch wheels, and together with a new FOX 32 fork, new hydraulic brakes, Thompson Elite seatpost the performance is one notch higher. The presence and dual functions of the rackstand on a foldable 27.5 inch MTB just made head turns. I was able to shed 1kg from the original weight of the bike and this confers a huge difference in terms of performance and handling. Very happy with it. If you are thinking of custom upgrades, this is the bike to go

  18. Brian C

    This is my second Paratrooper MTB. I first had the 18″ frame Paratrooper that I purchased back in 2013. I wanted to upgrade to the 20″ frame as I am 6′ tall.
    I actually wasn’t pushed or excited to upgrade from the 18″ frame bike, as I had made a few upgrades that I loved and really worked well for me. Also the extra 2″ on the frame wasn’t that big of a deal to me. I had a friend that needed a bike, and during the pandemic couldn’t find anything anywhere. He lived in an apartment, had a small car and he is also shorter than I am. This bike worked perfectly for him as it met most of his requirements. I sold him the 18″ and I bought the 20″. I plan to add the same upgrades to this bike as I had on my 18″ Paratrooper.

    Overall it’s a solid, well made bike. Love the new bike carrier/stand and integral mudflaps. I plan on adding a shock suspension seat post, longer handle bars with a bit more of an up-sweep and larger palm swell pads with side vertical grips. Also adding a bottle holder to the frame. It has everything else that I need (for now) :-). My son was ticked at me for selling the other bike and not just upgrading and giving him the 18″, as he loves it too. He helped put together the new one and took it on its first ride. Now I just have to keep him off of it 🙂
    The biggest pain in getting the 20″ Paratrooper was having to wait 5 weeks to get my new one to arrive after I sold my 18″ model.

  19. David Jackemeyer

    Getting into MTB’ing on my ’94 Giant Sedona was increasingly painful in ’14, so I bought the (2015) Paratrooper (from PortaPedal in Tempe AZ) because it was comparable to other sub-$1k, 30 lb, intro component bikes. (I agree w/ Timothy Rumbinas that besides the Deore rear derailleur, the components are cheapies). Plus it folded and fit nicely into the trunk of my ’85 Prelude (and later into the back of my ’98 Cherokee). Also had dreams of flying it as checked luggage, but airlines do not permit this w/o $50+ charge each flight. Basically I *beat on* this frame and it doesn’t give an inch, though I’m a lightweight 175 lbs. Surprisingly the heavy XCT Suntour fork hasn’t yet broken (but it’s pretty loose!). Typically I hover around the top 10-25% on STRAVA and enjoy out-maneuvering others on the trails of Papago, Hawes, and S. Mountain w/ these “little” 26″ wheels (2.4 widths, rubs on rear). Upgrading the bike is becoming more difficult due to 27.5-29″ popularity, and even the PortaPedal guys scoff at my not upgrading the frame, so I’ve learned to maintain/replace/upgrade components on my own. 🙁 lonely, except when I show up at Bike Saviours 🙂 Community!
    Recommended first upgrades after awhile of riding: wider bar, sticky pedals for flats, a lighter spring fork like XCR, and lighter 14-gauge spoke wheel-set (& naturally, find a well-fit seat!)
    Noteable Problems/issues over the years: can’t quickly bike-lock to a standard rack; can’t quickly load onto an old-fashioned bike hauler (due to fat, oblong “top tube” frame design); unable to mount most child carriers on back, though I’m looking into installing w/ a rear-over-the-wheel rack (which mine did not come w/ in ’15).

  20. Pete

    Purchased new, my Paratrooper is coming up to ten years old. I reckon by now I might have found something not to like about this amazing bike but I haven’t. I live on Dartmoor in England’s West Country, a National Park rich in cycle trails and hilly country roads and do around 4,000 miles a year in all weathers, in my outdoor gymnasium. I am still on the original rims, rear cassette and front mech. This despite having experienced two major prangs, one of which swallowed my front wheel just about whole and saw me airborne without a parachute. The only change I have made is to switch the tyres for Schwalbe Marathon Plus, for a more responsive, faster trail ride. Other than that, I’ve been happy with the original set-up from day one. I even sold my road bike as it was woefully underused. So, buy a Trooper, save on other bikes! I still enjoy those inquisitive looks from other riders, most of whom assume I’m riding electric, until I show them the ingenious workings. Yes, I’m very happy with my Montague and look forward to writing another review in ten years time, when I’ll be 83. Happy cycling!

  21. Geo

    I have an early 20″ Paratrooper, at least 10 maybe 15 YO. I love the bike, perfect for inside your boat or car. I have a folding kayak also, guess folding’s in the blood!

    The componentry has held up well, most use has been weekly as a commuter, and bikepacking rail trails. My only complaint, and some of this is me of course, but it can be a slow bike at 32 lbs when compared to lighter set ups, and friends that are too fit! After Covid, and perhaps a bit of a dream, is I hope to complete an Iceland / Faroes trip and then hand it over to my granddaughter. Thanks to Montague for creating such a good product and I should also say for holding the bike to an affordable price, as a new base model is comparable to what I paid years ago!

  22. Victor Kioulaphides

    The genius of Montague bikes lies in the frame; everything else can easily be upgraded at will with standard, after-market components. So far I have simplified the drivetrain to 1×8 (32T narrow-wide RaceFace chainring, 12-42T Shimano cassette) and have moved gradually to wider bars. My next upgrades will be to an air-shock fork, even wider bars and a correspondingly shorter stem. I have used this bike on the rough-and-tumble rock gardens of NE Pennsylvania for years and have enjoyed every minute of every ride.

  23. Mark McGrath

    I bought this bike when I was overseas in 2011 or so (it never made it home through shipping it vanished). I loved it so much I am now in 2021 debating about buying it again as I travel for work and miss getting out exercising. I think the price is a bit steep, but honestly where else are you going to get a bike like this and have something as rugged? I am not sure if hardtails are the best for offroad biking, which is probably a drawback for some, but its a hell of a bike in 2011 that I am saving up for one again.

  24. Mel Plaisted

    Its me again…65 years old now, been spending all my RETIREMENT time on my early version paratrooper bike, I ride this bicycle everywhere! Its now set up with front and rear racks, front and rear bags, fenders, lights, solar panel,…its a stock bicycle except for the front rack ( 4100 series..67.00 universal fits any bike out there ) and fender modifications for me and the rain, I have over 7000 miles on this bike riding on and off road, just got back from 250 mile 7 day ride over white pass in Washington state at 4500 ft. In 115 degree heat fully loaded ( apx 220 lbs ), in 7000 miles i have broken 1 rear spoke and 1 rear break cable ! There your answer to its quality of construction, i am on my 4th set of tires, I have over 7000 miles on my chain,derailers, shifters and it works like a new bike, what can I say….I rode 1200 + miler in Southern California last winter…370 miles on Oregon coast…its on amtrak, throw it in busses..on bus racks..public transportation everywhere,…it runs and runs and rides and rides. its not the bike for everybody but it for sure the bike for me…GREAT JOB IN BULDING A STRONG BIKE! from Lake Mayfield Wa….RIDE HARD ,LIVE LONG AND LOVR LIFE ! to the next outdoor music festival!🥳🚵‍♂️😎

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