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Old 02-16-09, 10:51 PM   #1
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Motobecane Fantom Cross UNO or Redline 925

I'm looking at going single speed for my commute. At the moment the choice is between the Redline 925 and the Motobecane Fantom Cross UNO. My questions are in bold below.

I'm pretty keen on the 925, that's one slick looking bike (although I much prefer last year's red to this year's green).

But there are a few problems:
1) It's more expensive
2) I'm 6'5" with a 35.5" inseam (no shoes). I'm not sure the biggest frame would fit me. Anyone tall ride this bike? Does it fit you well?
3) Four bolt crank-arm - in case I want to change the chainring.
4) Although the bullhorn bars look really cool I really prefer the drop handlebars for comfort of the Moto.
5) The gearing is just a bit high I think for my 10 mile commute with some hills (800 feet total gain).
6) Can't fit my studded tires on it for winter riding.

The alternative is the Motobecane Fanotm Cross UNO:


The downsides to the Moto are:
1) No fenders (easily remedied).
2) Don't like the brake levers on the flats only, will probably cost at least $50 to fix (normal levers, cross levers, more cable, etc.).
3) Wheels. Does anyone have experience with this Jalco wheelset for a 200 lbs person?
4) Tires. I've got a road only commute and would buy new tires.

Thanks for your input.
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Old 02-16-09, 11:02 PM   #2
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2) Don't like the brake levers on the flats only, will probably cost at least $50 to fix (normal levers, cross levers, more cable, etc.).
the levers on the uno are already interrupter cross levers, you will need to buy aero brake levers and cables though.
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Old 02-17-09, 06:53 AM   #3
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Don't have any experience with either but the redline looks way cooler.
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Old 02-17-09, 08:16 AM   #4
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the levers on the uno are already interrupter cross levers, you will need to buy aero brake levers and cables though.
Awesome. Thanks, I didn't notice that.
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i weigh 190 and i used the wheelset from my cross uno on another fixed gear bike, ive had zero problems with it once i trued them..theyre good wheels for the value.

I also put aero brake levers on my uno and they were only $20 for the set of tektros from ebay, brand new.

i dont have any experience with the redline, but i LOVE my uno. for the price it really cant be beat
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Old 02-18-09, 10:00 PM   #6
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I like the 925 a lot and I'm also thinking on buying one myself. It rides very nice! Steel frame and coming stock with fenders, all making it a great commuter bike. All I'd need would be a rear rack.

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Old 02-21-09, 09:09 PM   #7
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it seems everything you dislike about the the moto can be remedied.
The redline on the other hand can't.
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