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Old 09-29-06, 05:10 PM   #1
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Looking for a new bike

Hey Everyone,
I am looking to get back into mountain biking. I want to get a nice bike but i don't want to spend too much either. I have been looking around and I found the Motobecane Fantom Elite DS which seems to be a good speced bike for the price. I have been warned from people about the motobecane bikes but the price and specs seem to good to beat. Anyone have opinions on the bike? Is it as good as it sounds? Or is the frame that poor? What's not to like about this set up and bike? Any other suggestions? I would like to stay in the $1000-$1500 price range.

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Frame: TripleActive 4B, 3"/4"/5" Travel -
Four Bar Rocker Arm. Gussetted SL 7005 Aluminum (Disc Brake Equipped)
SuperSmooth Sealed Cartridge Bearings at critical pivots

Fork: RockShox Reba SL Air with Uturn Travel Adjustment (80-120mm) + Bar Mount PopLoc
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REVELATION 409 ROCKSHOX FORK + UTURN AND POPLOC REMOTE!!
100-130MM ADJUSTABLE TRAVEL + POPLOC BAR-MOUNTED REMOTE
QTYS EXTREMELY LIMITED (MSRP $600)

Rear Shock: RockShox Ario 2.2 Adjust W/ LOCKOUT + Bar Mount PopLoc Adjust - 3"/4"/5" Travel Adjustable Air

Crankset: Truvativ FireX GXP 22/32/44T Integrated Oversized BB spindle
Bottom Bracket Sealed Cartridge External GXP Bearing (Giga X Pipe)

Pedals: FREE+ Bonus M-Wings Systeme clipless/platform dual purpose

Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore

Rear Derailleur: Shimano XTR

Shifters: Shimano Deore LX Rapid Fire 27 speed Pods

Cassette/Freewheel: Shimano cassette 9 speed 12-34T

Chain: KMC-Z9000 9 Speed

Hubs: WTB SpeedDisc Sealed Bearings

Spokes: WTB Stainless steel

Rims: WTB SpeedDisc Black Anodized

Tires: WTB Velociraptor 2.1

Brakes: Avid BB5 Mechanical Disc

Brake Levers: Avid SD Aluminum

Headset: Ritchey Scuzzy Logic Sealed Bearing Threadless

Handlebar: Ritchey Rizer Butted Aluminum (Severe Conditions)

Stem: Ritchey Comp

Tape/Grip: WTB dual compound

Saddle: WTB Speed5 with comfort groove

Seat Post: Ritchey Comp Black Anodized

Seat Post Clamp: Superlight Aluminum

Price: $1295.00 and this is from a LBS and it comes with free tune-ups for life.
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Old 09-30-06, 04:04 PM   #2
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Old 09-30-06, 04:46 PM   #3
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Why are the pedals free? Isn't the chain technically free as well then? What parts do yo have to pay for exactly?
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The bike is complete, there is nothing more to pay for. The price of $1295 is for the entire bike. I think the free pedal thing is just an advertisement so that people think they are getting a deal on them when in reality they are just getting what they would. I will swap out the pedals anyways so that is not that big of a deal to me.
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I think the free pedal thing is just an advertisement so that people think they are getting a deal on them when in reality they are just getting what they would.
BINGO! But it is a good deal when you get free pedals.
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i've heard the low to medium level motobecanes (300ds to 700ds) aren't a great deal. but that the fantoms are really nice for the money.
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Anyone own one or know anyone who does and can give first hand thoughts on it? Also are there any other bikes anyone would suggest for around the $1000-$1500 range (hardtail or full suspension).
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Old 10-10-06, 06:53 PM   #10
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What makes the Trek better in your opinion?
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Oh, I don't know if it's better or not, I was just suggesting another in your price range.
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Old 10-11-06, 04:24 AM   #12
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Anyone own one or know anyone who does and can give first hand thoughts on it? Also are there any other bikes anyone would suggest for around the $1000-$1500 range (hardtail or full suspension).
For $1700 you can get a loaded Mongoose Teocali Super. The specs are great if you are into that. It may sound biased but hear me out:

Frame: Mongoose Freedrive Dull suspension (4.5 or 5.75in travel)
Front: RockShox Pike 454 Dual air 140mm travel, 20mm mahle QR axel (bar mounted poploc control)
Rear: RockShox MC 3.1 Air with rebound, preload adjust
Crank: Truvative Stylo GP
Brakes: Avid Juicy Seven 180mm Front, 160mm Rear
Deraileurs: Shimano XT(front) SRAM X.9 (Rear)
handelbars, stem, seatpost are all Truvativ
Tires: Kenda Nevengal
Wheels: SUN S.O.S rims

all in a sub 30 lbs bike.
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*Dual...that bike is more of an all mountain setup...a bit heavy for XC although it pedals great. Have you tried performancebike.com or jensonusa.com? Usually these places can save you a few hundred dollars if you are willing to put your own seat on and fill your tires up. But if you plan XC...go hardtail...you will regret otherwise!
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do you want a XC bike? if you wanted a hardtail i would say Trek has some higher up hardtails: 8000, 6700 etc.
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