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Old 07-23-09, 02:53 PM   #1
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Motobecane Vs. Specialized?

Hello all, I am a newbie here and this is my first post. The main reason I joined is to share my passion for bicycling. I also joined to learn and help out where I can, I know a lot about BMX and not as much about mountain biking which I have a specific question about.

You see I have to make a choice between a Motobecane Phantom Comp DS and a Specialized Rockhopper Comp.

I am more attracted to the Motobecane because of the full suspension although the Specialized is in better condition. I don't know a whole lot about the components but I think the Motobecane has slightly nicer components although it would need some minor repairs to get it riding to it's full potential.


Here is a list of the components on each bicycle...

Motobecane Phantom Comp DS:
-Pilot Rock Shox(front)
-Air Rock Shox(rear)
-WTB Speed Disc rims
-Ritchey Comp headset
-WTB handlebars
-TruVativ isoflow cranks
-ProMax disc brakes
-Shimano Deore shifters
-Ritchey seatpost
-WTB seat

Specialized Rockhopper Comp:
-Tora front suspension
-Specialized Alex rims
-Specialized headset
-Specialized handlebars
-Shimano cranks
-Avid disc brakes
-Shimano Deore shifters
-Specialized seatpost and seat


Which do you guys think is a better bicycle in general? I can post pictures if that would help.

Thank you!
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Old 07-23-09, 06:27 PM   #2
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They're similar but I'd always go with the Specialized.
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Old 07-23-09, 06:52 PM   #3
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The Tora fork trumps the Pilot.Avid disk are waaaaay better than the Promax.

If it were me, I would pick the Specialized.
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Old 07-23-09, 08:58 PM   #4
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Apples to oranges. The similarly priced hardtail will always have better components. It all depends on what you want.
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They are both great bikes and I actually own both but am needing to sell one of them. I have been riding the Specialized a lot lately and just today got on the Motobecane and the rear shocks had me thinking of keeping it more than anything but I ride in town a lot so full suspension is not a necessity.

The Specialized definitely rides better and smoother as it is a newer bike and the brakes don't work at all on the Motobecane because the calipers are completely worn. I love them both but want to keep whichever is nicer and will require less maintenance but don't have the knowledge to make that call so thanks for the responses.

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Old 07-24-09, 01:48 PM   #6
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The Tora fork trumps the Pilot.Avid disk are waaaaay better than the Promax.

If it were me, I would pick the Specialized.
What he said. Tora + Avid trumps the Pilot + ProMax any day. Plus, like you said, you ride around town alot and do not need full sus.
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I'd pick the the Spec too.

Plus if you buy a bike from a LBS most of them do free tune ups on the bikes they sold.
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Another vote for the Specialized.
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Keep em both, throw out wife/GF thats making you sell a bike...
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Post the pics, maybe you could swap the forks if it doesn't whack the geometry too bad.
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Specialized. no question.

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Agreed with victim...swap the fork and the breaks and keep the dual suspension. Later on get a rear shock with a lock out and you are all set.
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Keep em both, throw out wife/GF thats making you sell a bike...
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I'll get some pics up


Is there anything else you guys would recommend swapping? like the seat post or rims or handlebars?

I like the swapping idea a lot. I wish I knew more tho cause I would like to do it myself but I would want to make sure it's done really well. It would really suck to take things apart and then be in a mess of bike parts, unable to put it back together. I am mechanically inclined but this would be my first time customizing a mountain bike. Do you guys know how difficult it would be for a first timer to do this? lol if that is an answerable question.
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