The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Montague Bikes has launched a new model called the M-E1, touting it as the world’s first full-size folding e-bike.
According to Montague Bikes, the M-E1 is an aluminum-framed e-bike with 700c wheels that folds in seconds with a single quick release, allowing the mid-drive e-bike to be stored in closets and car trunks, keeping it safe from theft and out of the elements.
“We set out to build an e-bike for the urban environment — for riders that have been deterred from owning an e-bike due to space constraints, concerns about security, and a lack of portability with the current designs,” said David Montague, the president and founder of Montague Bikes.
“The urban mobility market is growing quickly in today’s crowded cities, and commuters are looking for options. Riders need an e-bike that can deliver top-tier performance and stow in the closet, train, or car trunk. The foldable M-E1 is the solution.”
Additionally, the weight of the bike is supported by the double-leg kickstand during folding, so riders don’t need to lift or support the bike in any way.
Once folded, the bike can be rolled for transport by holding the handlebar and tilting the bike onto the wheels, while the fold-and-roll feature is ideal for crossing a train platform or entering an elevator or apartment building says the company. For even more compact storage, the handlebars fold with an additional quick release, creating a 38″ x 38″ x 13″ package.
The $3599 M-E1 is equipped with a Shimano STEPS E6100 mid-drive 250w motor and a 36V / 418Wh lithium battery pack, providing a range of pedal-assistance of up to 50 miles per charge.
Other features include a Shimano Deore drivetrain with hydraulic disc brakes, a SR Suntour NEX suspension fork, an integrated rear rack, built-in Herrmans LED front and rear lights and Schwalbe Energizer Plus tires, while a step-through frame and quick release adjustable saddle height allows for one frame size to fit a range of riders from 5’4″ to 6’4″.
More information at Montaguebikes
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