First, Let me give you a little background... I've gotten back in to cycling after a brief 'break' in the action. When I live in Florida, I was riding every day- I had my 'dream ride', a Titanium Litespeed... A VERY comfortable bike... I loved it. I was never a small person, but the frame held up well to my 250 or so (at the start), and 220 or so (near the end) weight.
Fast forward a few years. Add a wife. Move to Tennessee. Wife (didn't) ride, I got lazy. Put on a few pounds, and since I wasn't riding I couldn't justify the $$$$$$ bike hanging in the garage, so I sold it
But, now I'm back in to it... I have a decent aluminum road bike, A Giant- But it didn't have the 'feel' that the Titanium bike had, not nearly as smooth, and the compact frame just didn't fit me like the Litespeed did. But, Litespeed is WAY out of the budget now (note the addition of WIFE since that purchase!). I still wanted a nice bike, though, that was comfortable. Riding became a HUGE part of my fitness routine, and I'm getting back where I was 'back in the day'. Not there yet, but well on the way!
I had a chance to try out a Motobecane Century, which is a full carbon fiber frame. The geometry was PERFECT- the 55cm frame fit me like a glove, and the ride was UNREAL, even better than the Litespeed. And, the price was right, so I bought one.
Components are decent on it, Nothing to write home about, but they do a good job. As I am a fairly competent bike mechanic, I didn't have any problem with the little bit of assembly, and tuning. I've got a few great rides in so far, and love it. It's even a nice LOOKING ride, too-
Has anyone had any experience with these bikes? I'm especially interested in how they are going to hold up to a heavier rider over time.... I'm in the upper 250 range at the moment... Thought that number is going down. It'll probably never go much below 210, though- I'm just a big guy in general. I weighed that in Jr High!
I realize it is by no means a 'high end' bike, But I didn't buy it for the brand, I bought it because it was the ONLY bike I could find that felt 'right' that was in my price category... Frankly, I could have bought 4 of them for what I had invested in my Litespeed.
And, Had I bought another litespeed, I'd have to factor in the cost of divorce, too