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Old 11-01-12, 08:38 AM   #1
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Looking at the Motobecane Elite Trail SRAM X4

What are your opinions of the Motobecane bikes? What other bikes are comparible to the Motobecane Elite Trail SRAM X4?

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Old 11-01-12, 05:57 PM   #2
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I'll be interested to see what others respond with; I'm interested in these Motobecane adventure bikes also. There is a review by somone on YouTube; search for Motobecane or Windsor bikes. He gives a pretty extensive review of several bikes from Bikes Direct.
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Old 11-01-12, 07:22 PM   #3
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What are your opinions of the Motobecane bikes?
Warning! You've just opened a can of worms. It seems that any bike mentioned from BD on BF is the red-headed step child of a rusty Huffy!

That being said, I've recently bought a lower end Motobecane frame, put a wheelset and tires on it and it rides great. The frame itself feels very solid and it is average weight for the level of bike. The one thing I am finding is that the paint chips off of the aluminum very easy. This doesn't bother me since I bought the bike as a beater road bike but if I had bought it new, I would be very upset. That's my fair warning.

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What other bikes are comparible to the Motobecane Elite Trail SRAM X4?
For comparison, pretty much any other manufacturers' base model, adventure hybrid with disc brakes would work. It doesn't look like there is anything totally outstanding or terrible about the components.

Also, truly think about what your level of wrenching is. If you've never worked on a bike before, buying a BD bike may not be for you. However, if you're familiar with adjusting a derailluer, brakes, and generally working on a bike, this could be an inexpensive and worthwhile option for you.
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Old 11-05-12, 06:04 AM   #4
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Warning! You've just opened a can of worms. It seems that any bike mentioned from BD on BF is the red-headed step child of a rusty Huffy!

That being said, I've recently bought a lower end Motobecane frame, put a wheelset and tires on it and it rides great. The frame itself feels very solid and it is average weight for the level of bike. The one thing I am finding is that the paint chips off of the aluminum very easy. This doesn't bother me since I bought the bike as a beater road bike but if I had bought it new, I would be very upset. That's my fair warning.



For comparison, pretty much any other manufacturers' base model, adventure hybrid with disc brakes would work. It doesn't look like there is anything totally outstanding or terrible about the components.

Also, truly think about what your level of wrenching is. If you've never worked on a bike before, buying a BD bike may not be for you. However, if you're familiar with adjusting a derailluer, brakes, and generally working on a bike, this could be an inexpensive and worthwhile option for you.
Thanks for the info Clark. I am totally new to the mechanical side of biking but I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty.
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Old 11-05-12, 07:05 AM   #5
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http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...chanics-Owners

Here is a thread I started a week or so ago. It will give you an idea on what you might want to do to get the most out of a BD bike and also if it is a cost effective bike for you.

At that price point and depending what city (bike availability) you live in and your level of DIY wrenching you can figure out what will work for you.
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