Montague announced a full sized folding fixed gear (or singlespeed) bike — the Montague Boston.
I thought the whole point of fixed gear bikes on the street was the ‘zen’ simplicity of these bikes, with style often another important consideration. Montague pretty clearly fails here, but according to Montague the Boston fills another requirement: that for bike storage in an urban environment.
“The idea for the Boston was conceived when examined how people use their bikes in an urban environment,” says product manager Jonathan Vandenberg. “We found that while the concept of a low maintenance, 700c, single speed was ideal for city riding, it clashed with the severe lack of space that most cities suffer. Let’s face it; it’s often hard to find secure outdoor parking for your bike, and who realistically has room in their studio apartment to accommodate a bike? The Boston’s standard full-size geometry allows you to ride comfortably all day long, and when you reach your destination, you can fold the bike down to take it inside.”
So what do you think? Fixed gear fail? A nice try? Or a great product that will do well?
More about the Montague Boston here.
Bike Friday has been doing fixed gear folding bikes for several years now, and they look really sharp IMO.
Update: Rycera built up a singlespeed full sized folder a while back.