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    Motobecane Outcast 29er

    Looking to pick up a bike to ride around town that wouldnt worry me to lock up. How does this compare to other budget SS 29ers? Thanks.

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    It will be about the same, only cheaper.

    And you have to put it together yourself.

    I would buy one.
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    Thanks, that was the reply I was looking for. I'll be able to build it up myself and make sure it's safe, I'm a part time bike mechanic.
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    If you look at the specs they are compare able to other lower end rigid 29rs (that is to say, workable but unimpressive) The difference is the MB is much cheaper.

    Get a smaller chainring though.


    Edit NVM I see that it comes with one.
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    I'm just looking for something low-end that would fit into the "beater bike" category. A bike that I can wear my street shoes on and just ride around town to where ever (not a big town) that could handle some beatings (as much as my 120lb build can dish out - lol)
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    nebrider:

    That's pretty much exactly what the thing is made for. I think ppl who bought the thing thinking it'd be a hardcore trailbike were disappointed, especially when they had the massive chainrings. But, as a cruiserish thing, it should do ya just fine.

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    I got one as a reintroduction to mountainbiking after a decade of only road. My idea was to part it up and end eventually replace the frame.

    After replacing the frame I have ended up with a bike that is, well... heavier.

    It is low end, but certainly trail worthy if you do a couple of basic upgrades starting with the chainring.

    I don't understand all the people that say, "Oh dude. That's not a real mountain bike; it has a big chainring." A 10-year-old can save his allowance for a couple of weeks, buy a proper chainring and install it in 10 minutes without supervision. I don't see why people use stock chainring size as the litmus test for a bike.

    The other limitation of the frame is that it is not suspension-corrected (but most get this bike to use as rigid), and it does not have disk-mounts.

    If you can deal with those issues, it is a fine around-town beater or weekender trailbike.

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    it ain't just the chainring; i don't trust that crank nor those wheels to survive off-road for long. I guess you get what you pay for, and all cheap mtb's come with hideous wheels (often worse than the ones on the MB-OC) and questionable cranks.

    Now, bikesdirect is shipping the outcast with a 33t ring. 33tx18t is still a bit steep for 29" wheels offroad imho, but a lot of ppl do like running that many inches (or more). Still, I wouldn't predict that the stock outcast is gonna survive serious trail duty.

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    So you get Alex rims and a basic Truvativ crankset. It is pretty much what half the people in the world are using unless they can afford $2,000 to get into a new sport. The wheels are heavy but if built right are good enough to start.

    Same with the cranks. I would be a lot more concerned with the quality of the BB than the cranks. If you get a bum BB you are out only a few bucks for an upgrade.

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    Dude, I wasn't trying to dis your bike or anything. I'm just saying, i wouldn't expect it to hold up on the trail, under typical rough-n-rowdy offroad use. If it's held up for you, great. But, that BB will crap on you. And, any BB you get for "a few bucks" will shortly crap on you, too.

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