Journeyman Bike Commuter
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Alexandria, VA
Bikes: '88 Fuji Saratoga, '12 Jamis Sputnik, '13 Motobecane Fantom29 HT, '16 Motobecane Turino Pro Disc, '16 Motobecane Gran Premio Elite
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For modern bikes in this price range, you can ignore the name on the frame's sticker. For comparable frame geometries, materials, and components, they're all the same. Quality is the same. Frame factories are all the same - and assembly methods are all the same. If sold over the internet, they're the same. If sold through large retail outlets, they're the same.
So, the differences come when you involve: a bike shop who fits, sells and services the bike, OR, a particular frame material that is unique to its price price point. If it seems to good to be true...it is.
Generic steel frame, Tiagra brifters, generic wheelset. Should be okay if you're not abusive, pay attention to mechanical issues when they arise, and don't weigh beyond what the wheels are designed for.