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Montague M-E1 Review

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By
Robb Dorr,
Co-founder
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40 mi

RANGE

18 mph

TOP SPEED

3.5 hrs

CHARGE TIME

54 lbs

WEIGHT

Mid-drive

MOTOR TYPE

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Montague M-E1 Review: Takeaway

Could this be the best folding e-bike ever invented? Competing with many hybrid bikes like those made by Giant, Specialized, and Trek, the Montague M-E1 makes a strong case for itself.

With 700c wheels, a good suspension fork, and hybrid bike proportions, this bike competes well even against non-folding hybrid electric bikes. Of course, the fact that it folds down to little more than the size of its wheels makes it one of the best city e-bikes on the market bar none.

Ideal for...

Multimodal commuting
Family rides for a day on the trail
Gravel trekking
Apartment / shared housing storage
RV/Leisure use

E-Bike Overview

The Montague M-E1 is the world’s first full-sized folding e-bike. With full-sized, 700c wheels and a frame that even a bigger guy or gal won’t get scrunched up riding, this electric bike lets you ride on a 25-mile journey in full comfort. 

It comes packed with all the good stuff you expect from a hybrid e-bike. A mid-drive, Shimano STEPS E6100 motor chucks out up to 60 Newton meters of torque. This is powered by a 418 Watt-hour in-tube battery and controlled with a neat little LCD controller that wouldn’t be missed on a standard hybrid. 

The pedal drivetrain won’t compete with a full-blown eMTB but has 10 speeds and good ratios from 11-32t on the rear cassette. And the brakes are solid Shimano Deore hydraulic discs. 

Unfolded, this is a very good performance hybrid electric bike that’ll handle a gravel trekking route or a 40-mile road ride perfectly comfortably. Folded, it’ll sit in a car trunk or apartment closet neatly and out of the way.

Reasons to Buy

Perhaps the neatest element of the Montague M-E1 is that rolls on front and back wheels in parallel when folded. If you’re commuting into New York City every day by train, forget the subway, as the M-E1 will roll through the station concourse with ease. Many other folding e-bikes need you to lift them, so the wheeling gets around the issue of trying to look composed while carrying the equivalent of a five-year-old child on one arm. 

The Montague M-E1 is a good pick for those who want a fully equipped commuter or hybrid bike but lack the storage space for one. Whatever your need for a folding electric bike, the Montague M-E1 will fit comfortably in your car’s trunk or a small closet.

Things to Consider

Montague suggests you could enjoy a long day ride on this e-bike, but this isn’t quite the case. While the 40-mile range is long compared to folding e-bike standards, it’s certainly not a 70-mile epic adventure. Even so, this is far and away the most rideable folding electric bike on the market.

Specs & Components

Motor
250 WShimano STEPS E-6100
Battery
Shimano STEPS 418 Wh
Controller
LCD
Wheels/tires
700c/47mm Schwalbe
Gears
10 speed, Shimano Deore 11-32t cassette
Brakes
Shimano Deore hydraulic
Fork
Suntour NEX
Accessories
Rack, fenders, and lights as standard

The specs above come from the manufacturer and may vary from what you’ve experienced. Notice something that needs correcting? Let us know.

Ratings

Power
5/5
5

A 250 Watt Shimano STEPS E-6100 mid-drive motor delivers up to 60 Nm of torque. This will make mincemeat of San Francisco’s hills, and with the battery, you can climb quite a few of them on your ride. Its 47mm tires are quite wide as road bikes go with minimal rolling resistance. Much of the power you and the motor send to the road will come out as forward motion.

Limited to 18 mph, the M-E1 won’t exactly scream along the road. But with an average riding speed of around 12 mph on the flat, this largely means you can safely sprint as needed.

Range
5/5
5

Some folding e-bikes can do similar 40-mile distances, but you won’t be as comfortable after 20 miles as you will be on the Montague M-E1. Your chief complaints will come from your legs. Even on an electric bike in pedal assist mode, you may need a hot bath after 20 miles.

Comfort
5/5
5

This is the most comfortable folding electric bike on the market. The upright, city bike position means you won’t even notice you’re riding a folding e-bike. It has 700c x 47mm tires that will handle gravel and mixed-use paths easily. Rider comfort also comes from the well-proven Suntour NEX front fork, lights, fender, and rack that are fitted as standard.

This is a step-through electric bike, too. That makes it attractive to older and shorter riders.

Durability
4/5
4

Folding e-bikes are weakest at their folding mechanisms. These are subject to more wear and tear than other parts of an e-bike. Montague offers a specific five-year warranty on this machine’s frame, different from its standard lifetime warranty on its traditional bike range.

If you keep the chain oiled, clean the moving parts, and replace the chain every thousand or so miles, this e-bike should last many years.

Style
5/5
5

Blowing all other electric folding bikes out of the water, the Montague M-E1 is a decent-looking hybrid bike, never mind a folding e-bike. Looking at it unfolded, you wouldn’t guess that it folds up, whereas almost every other folding e-bike on the market might be described as “cute” or “funky.”

The step-through frame is conservative and will blend into the background. You will turn heads, however, when you fold it down and wheel it to the train platform.

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About Our Editorial Team

robb dorr
Written by Robb Dorr
Co-founder
Robb is a massive cycling enthusiast who has more than 20 years of non-motorized cycling experience. He started eBikes.org to lower the barrier of entry to cycling and reduce the intimidation people can experience when getting into the cycling world.
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