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    Need a folding bike and experts advice!

    Hello guys,

    I am very new to this forum and bike world.
    I have never had a bike before and buying a bike is where I need to start. I will mainly use for exercising in roads/trails/park/mountain(not so much here)
    my options are limited to folding bikes. I move around a lot and I need a bike that fits in my trunk. I've read some reviews how folding bikes are priced more than they are worth and I am in need of experts advice!!!I want to purchase a bike that is not overpriced than their value.
    here are 2 bikes that I am interesed it
    Montague Paratrooper Pro
    COLOR Mattte Black
    FRAME Custom drawn 7005 Series Aluminum tubing with FIT System. Front and rear Triangle.
    FORK SR Suntour XCM HLO with hydraulic lockout. 100 mm travel. Alloy one piece lower. Disc Compatible
    RIMS Jalco. Alloy, 32 hole. Double Wall. CNC Sidewall.
    TIRES CST Critter. Knobby. 26 x 1.95
    HUBSET Formula Disc. Black, Alloy. Sealed front & rear with CLIX front quick release.
    SPOKES 14g Stainless. Black.
    SADDLE Mountain with Center Gap Comfort Technology.
    SEATPOST Kalloy, 30.0 X 300mm Alloy.
    HANDLEBARS Kalloy. Alloy. 7 degree backsweep. 31.8 Barbore.
    STEM Kalloy, Alloy Direct Connect. 105mm with 7 degree rise.
    SHIFTERS Shimano EZ-Fire Plus Trigger Shifter.
    FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Acera. Top Swing Dual Pull.
    REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano SLX 9-Speed.
    CRANKSET SR Suntour XCT V2. 42/32/22. Alloy 170mm crank arm. Matte Black.
    SPEEDS 27
    BRAKESET Promax. Front & rear mechanical disc w/ pad adjustment. Alloy Levers.
    PEDALS Platform pedal with alloy cage.
    BOTTOM BRACKET Sealed Cartridge
    FRAME SIZES 18 inches, 20 inches
    STAND OVER HEIGHTS 30 inches, 31 inches
    FOLDED SIZE 36 inches x 28 inches x 12 inches
    APPROX WEIGHT 29lbs
    WEIGHT LIMIT 250 lbs

    Dahon Jack D7

    Colors: Shadow
    Speeds: 7
    Frame Sizes: S, M, L
    Gear Inches: 37" - 85"
    Distance: Seatpost to Handlebar: Min: 655 mm (25.5") Max: 665 mm (25.9")
    Distance: Saddle to Pedal: Min: 720 mm (28.1") Max: 955 mm (37")
    Folding Size: 34 x 94 x 79 cm (13.3" x 36.7" x 30.8")
    Folding Time: 30 sec
    Weight: 12.9 kg (28.4 lb)
    Suggested Rider Height:
    • S Frame 157 - 167 cm (5'2" - 5'6")
    • M Frame 167 - 183 cm (5'6" - 6')
    • L Frame 183 - 193 cm (6' - 6'4")
    Max Rider Weight: 105 kg (230 lb)
    Frame: DA Series, Joe Murray design, 7005 aluminum, custom-drawn Sonus tubing, patented ViseGrip and ReBar technology
    Fork: Oversized, straight, integrated design
    Handlebar: 6061-T6 Aluminum, riser, 31.8 mm oversize
    Stem: Dahon Axis, patented InfiniteAdjust technology
    Headset: Dahon Fusion, Zero stack, cartridge, conical spacer
    Grip/Bars Tape: BioLogic Ergo w/ integrated T-Tool
    Saddle: WTB, Speed V
    Seatpost: BioLogic PostPump, 31.6 mm
    Seat Clamp: Aluminum with high leverage lever
    Front Brake: ProMax V, aluminum, linear spring
    Rear Brake: ProMax V, aluminum, linear spring
    Brake Levers: ProMax V, aluminum bracket/aluminum lever
    Brake Cable & Housing: SIS, black housing
    Front Hub: Formula, QR, aluminum
    Rear Hub: Formula, cassette, aluminum, sealed
    Spokes: 18/8 stainless steel, brass nipples
    Rims: Aluminum, anodized black
    Tires: Schwalbe Big Apple, 26" x 2.0", RaceGuard puncture protection, 75 psi
    Shifter(s): SRAM 3.0 Comp, 7 speed
    Rear Derailleur: SRAM X-4, mid cage, black
    Crankset: Kinetix Supra, forged 6061, 39T, CNC alloy guard
    Cassette/Freewheel: Shimano 7 speed, 11-28T
    Bottom Bracket: CH, chromoly axle
    Chain: KMC Z50, Narrow, Noiseless function
    Pedals: non folding, alloy body
    Cable & Housing: SIS-SP, black
    Kickstand: Aluminum, Dacromet bolt
    Clip System: Magnetix system

    Thank you so much for your help !

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    I wouldn't ride either of them on trails . They might be ok for mild dirt roads.The Montague is a little better for the dirt. I used to put my mountain bike in my trunk ,I'd take off the front wheel ,it fit in there fine. There is another option ,S&S couplers ,might be out of your price range.

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    thanks and you are right on the budget cut..
    I guess I will just have to research more

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    My brother has a Honda Civic and between folding down the backseat and removing the front wheel, he transports his non-folding MTB in his trunk. You may want to try fitting someone else's bike in your vehicle. This may open up more possibilities.

    Based on looking at Amazon Your budget could allow for a very solid used hard-tail.

    If you are stuck on those 2 bikes, I would pick the Paratrooper. And I think I have ridden a lot worse bikes on the trails over my riding days. The pluses seem to be 9spd vs 7, disc brakes, front suspension and at least some name brand components. Both bikes have relatively low-end components. But, the Dahon seems "lower".

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    Quote Originally Posted by huffster View Post
    My brother has a Honda Civic and between folding down the backseat and removing the front wheel, he transports his non-folding MTB in his trunk. You may want to try fitting someone else's bike in your vehicle. This may open up more possibilities.

    Based on looking at Amazon Your budget could allow for a very solid used hard-tail.

    If you are stuck on those 2 bikes, I would pick the Paratrooper. And I think I have ridden a lot worse bikes on the trails over my riding days. The pluses seem to be 9spd vs 7, disc brakes, front suspension and at least some name brand components. Both bikes have relatively low-end components. But, the Dahon seems "lower".
    Thank you so much for your input. My car is a coupe so I don't have backdoors lol.
    what if I buy the frame for paratrooper and build it myself or take it to the shop with the frame and ask them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by newbiebiker112 View Post
    what if I buy the frame for paratrooper and build it myself or take it to the shop with the frame and ask them?

    You'd probably have to buy the whole bike to get the frame, and even if you could buy just the frame it would be very expensive to build it up.

    Dahon has the folding thing down but the one you mention is billed as a commuter bike, not an off-road trail bike. I really think it would be a better option to buy a standard hard tail and pull both wheels off for transport or buy a used steel bike and have a frame builder install the S&S couplers.

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