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Old 07-15-10, 06:47 PM   #1
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Do any of you shop on bikes direct?

My buddy chris in CA told me about bikes direct. com and I don't really know anything about the site.
I've always bought Trek because of the LBS here in Peachtree City, GA has great guys, but the website my buddy told me to check out seems like it has really good prices.

Most of the bikes are a brand called Motobecane and windor.

I'm a noob (to mtb, but have been on the road for a long time) and don't know a lot about getting started.

I'd like to stay at 5 bills or so, and most of the riding I want to do is trails, not the intense stuff. I just need a good bike that can get me down dirt, trails, grass, some sand, gravel, etc. Some light climbing and dropping. No airs. Just cut-throughs in the woods of GA.

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I've heard mixed opinions of BD, but I just don't really trust it. Also, the bike comes 90% assembled & 10% tuned, which means you can expect another $100 to have your LBS assemble & tune it if you don't know how to yourself. For the money, I would go to your Trek dealer & try out a Trek 3900, go to Bicycles Unlimited (I think it's in Peachtree City) & try out whatever Giant & Felt bikes they have in your price range, & if you're willing to make the drive I would recommend coming to Henry County & trying out what Specialized has to offer in that price range at Epic Bikes. I've test rode the Felt 520, Specialized Hardrock Disc, & GT Avalanche 3.0 within the last few weeks. The Hardrock & Felt felt about the same in terms of geometry & comfort, but the Hardrock was lighter & shifted smoother. When it comes down to it, it just depends on what feels right to you.
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Old 07-15-10, 07:11 PM   #3
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I also recommend making the drive sometime to Dauset Trails in Jackson after you get your bike. It's a bit of a drive coming from Peachtree City, but it's worth it if you make an afternoon of it.
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I have bought from them and they have great deals. You just need to wrench a little yourself. But they have great deals for sure.
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My buddy chris in CA told me about bikes direct. com and I don't really know anything about the site.
I've always bought Trek because of the LBS here in Peachtree City, GA has great guys, but the website my buddy told me to check out seems like it has really good prices.

Most of the bikes are a brand called Motobecane and windor.

I'm a noob (to mtb, but have been on the road for a long time) and don't know a lot about getting started.

I'd like to stay at 5 bills or so, and most of the riding I want to do is trails, not the intense stuff. I just need a good bike that can get me down dirt, trails, grass, some sand, gravel, etc. Some light climbing and dropping. No airs. Just cut-throughs in the woods of GA.

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Bikesdirect is fine and legit. If you know bikes and know what size fits you they're great. If you don't know much then getting a bike from an lbs might be better, but there's nothing wrong with bikesdirect.
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Old 07-15-10, 08:53 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies. They confirm my initial thoughts and I've learned some new information. Samburger: yes, bicycles unlimited is in PTC. In fact, my wife knows one of the owners. But like I said, I usually buy from the Trek store here as I've been with them for years and they are really nice to me. They appreciate noobs a lot because so much business comes from newbies, and they don't take any customer for granted, whether he is spending 500 bucks or 5000.

I'm also looking at some of the Redline Hardtails. The frames are cromoly, which I'm not sure how I feel about that, but I think I'll give a couple a test ride.
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Oh, Samburger: Dawset trails has riding trails? I didn't know that. I've been there dozens of times with my kids to look at the animals but didn't know it was a riding area.
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I haven't heard much about Redline mountain bikes, but I used to have a Redline BMX bike & it was a very nice quality bike. And yeah, Dauset Trails' bike trails are kind of hidden unless you know to look for them. If you're coming from 42 on Mt Vernon Church Rd, it's just past the main entrance & it's a gravel entrance with nothing but a small brown bike trails symbol nailed to a tree. If you're coming from 75, it's just before the main entrance. Good trails though, if you were to do all the different trails combined it would be well over 20 miles, & they're very nice quality since they get that gov't money for the animal rehab center to fund & maintain the trails. I hear they're even building a new loop that takes you over to Indian Springs & back, but I haven't seen it yet.

But back to the main topic, I haven't bought any bikes from BD so I can't say anything good or bad about them. It just seems like too good of a deal to be true. But numerous people on here will swear by them for the best value you can get. When I get the money for a new bike after basic training, I might just be tempted to get one of those Motobecane Fly or Fantom Team bikes.
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But back to the main topic, I haven't bought any bikes from BD so I can't say anything good or bad about them. It just seems like too good of a deal to be true. But numerous people on here will swear by them for the best value you can get. When I get the money for a new bike after basic training, I might just be tempted to get one of those Motobecane Fly or Fantom Team bikes.
I assure you it is too good but not to be true. The last bike I bought from them needed minor wrenching and that was without any specialty tools! Can't beat that. They must be a company that buys components in such mass quantity that the pass along savings to the consumer is of no threat to them as a business. They are great if you know exactly what your looking for. I would not hesitate to buy from them again if the situation presents itself.
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They're legit bikes, and you seem to get a good component spec for the money. BUT, and this is a big but, I've heard things about the frames being weaksauce. There was someone on this forum (chelboed maybe?) who sawed apart a Motobecane frame and found out the tubing had paper thin walls.
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They're legit bikes, and you seem to get a good component spec for the money. BUT, and this is a big but, I've heard things about the frames being weaksauce. There was someone on this forum (chelboed maybe?) who sawed apart a Motobecane frame and found out the tubing had paper thin walls.
Yeah, but he's broken every frame he's owned. What a hack.
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^^Haha true (from what I've heard, at least). All but the Komodo.
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Use my Motobecane outcast 26 as my main commuter for 2+ years. Bought frame and fixed gear wheelset from them. Frame if fine for the daily abuse it takes, and to be honest the wheels were a pleasant surprise. For $120 I wasn't expecting too much for a set of "alloy" hubs on weinman rims, but they came true and after 2 years of year round (ab)use they are still true.
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