Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Bikes: Rans Rockst (Retro rocket) Rans Enduro Sport (Retro racket) Catrike 559, Merin Bear Valley (beater bike).
The Motobecane has slightly better components, the Specialized will be assembled and (hopefully) set up to fit you by the dealer. Also, in the unlikely event that you have a warranty issue, you'll have a dealer working for you with the Specialized with the Motobecane you'll be on your own.
I'd say the two are pretty comparable. You'll have to pay a little more for the Specialized but you're also getting a little added service. If you are comfortable with doing the assembly and set up yourself, I'd say get the one that you think looks the best.
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