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Old 08-12-08, 07:35 PM   #1
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Motobecane Fantom Cross UNO

Just got the first production unit in. This bike was built based on lots of input from this and CX forum.
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I love this bike - spacing wide enough for 38c [and maybe 42c] tires
eyelets; rack brazeons FRT & rr
38T x 16T stock gearing
precision sealed hubs; dbl wall rims
all 4130 tubing; super nice fork
Avid cantis

better photos soon
booking available soon at intro price of $399 delivered
comes in BLACK or WHITE
49, 52, 54, 56, 58, 61, and 64

Landing around Sept 10th or so -- could easy sell out first load before they land [I think]

Sorry my first photo is not too good [the imaging guy in the office will do a better job than I]



I love SS/FG and CX - so this is a great combo to me
lots of fun to ride too

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Old 08-12-08, 08:49 PM   #2
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not having hoods on a cross bike is wierd to me

still looks like a fun bike to me
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Old 08-12-08, 08:51 PM   #3
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+1.

Tektros are like 20 bucks though, so I guess it's not a big deal. If these are cheap enough I might take a serious look.
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Any details on geometry?
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are the decals removable?
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whats the white look like?
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question?

I've got a beater 70's? Peugeot I converted to SS, (my first bike since the rockhopper I had through high school), and I was wondering if anyone had input about this bike being a good fit for someone inexperienced considering the price, as of now. I really like the idea of having more utility with the bike; as I'm mostly riding for commuting/transportation and social rides. Thanks in advance for the input.
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are the decals removable?

Decals are under clear coat
but people remove decals often with a hair dryer
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whats the white look like?

Decals are White
so they almost disappear
you see just a thin silver/red outline
ghost type decal

here is better picture in Black

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Any details on geometry?

GEO is like a Messenger
but with wider and bit longer RR Tri
and wider fork
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what's the rear spacing?
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what's the rear spacing?
120mm

with precision bearing flip-flop hub

comes with 16T fixed coog installed
and with 16T freewheel in parts box

gear seems right to us - 38x16
but is easy to change with rear gears available from 14T to 20T
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why is the cable routed on the bottom of the tt? i'd rather have aero levers than chicken levers. if you love cross so much, seems to me both of these factors wouldn't be configured as is.
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thanks! yeah that's a good call. i love my 132mm singlespeeds, but most ss wheels on the market seem to be track wheels, so 120mm makes sense.

38x16 is right in between my street cruising gear and my trail/race gear. works for those who dont want to change up themselves.
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Can't wait to see the white, could be my new bad weather commuter. Definitely agree about the lack of hoods though, those will be the first thing to upgrade.
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why is the cable routed on the bottom of the tt? i'd rather have aero levers than chicken levers. if you love cross so much, seems to me both of these factors wouldn't be configured as is.
On the first run of a bike; it is hard to get exactly what you ask for: like rr brk cable on top of TT

Another example; this 4130 C-moly frame has a 6061 AL frame tubing sticker.

Sometimes it takes us a year to get exactly what we want.

On levers; cost and target price point were an issue. And mix of users. About 80% of the buyers on this bike will be street/commuter types. And I am very concerned about the increasing cost of bikes and I am trying to make some great quality bikes at price pints people feel good about.

The new 2009 prices on road and CX bikes have blown me away. I really want cyclists to be able to get a nice CX bike as a second or thrid bike and stay under or close to $500.

Example - there will be a new Dawes Lightning Cross 18-speed at under $500; but it will have cables under the DT. I see lots of 'cross' bikes without TT cable routing and it seems some think that is fine.

So we are going to try to come out with lots of CX options; spec & price. By October there should be 7 Moto CX bikes on the site; and one Dawes asnd one Windsor. With 7 of those 9 CX bikes at under $1000.

By next season; we will add more based on ideas I can hear from the forums and from our customers.
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[WHITE] Moto Fantom Cross Uno

This shot was taken in the rain - a most crispest pic coming soon...

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Here's a pic of mine with some mods made today:

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with smarter cable routing and proper brake levers standard, this would be a good bike and i'd probably buy one. only offering top levers, even for commuting, was not a smart idea. i know this is far fetched, but if BD would offer free aero levers (like the tektro r200's they sell), or even for an extra $10, i'd buy a white one and deal with the horrible cable routing.

also, can anyone tell me what this bike weighs?
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19.8 lbs. is the figure I saw.
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i want one of these bad.
Been dooling over them for a month or so now and the price is just right.
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not having hoods on a cross bike is wierd to me

still looks like a fun bike to me
I raced all last year with this set up. It's almost like riding a flat bar mountain bike especially when you run 46cm bars, lots of top space. Then of course you have the benefit of the drops. I had a single ring and a barcon to change the back. Every once in a while like a steep climb I felt like I wanted to grab hoods but it's a nice setup and keeps the front end really light.
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Can't wait for your new cross bikes!

Mike,

Long time no speak. I'm looking into getting a cross bike, but torn between 3 bikes:
  • Surly Crosscheck (steel frame) - around $950
  • An offering from Performance (Aluminum frame with 105 componentry), the X560 - around $900
  • Fantom Cross Pro with Ultegra spec - $1149 per your website

Ideally, I'd prefer steel frame over aluminum, but the components on the Surly are inferior to the other choices I mentioned. I promised my signficant other I'd stay under $1k so although I'm attracted to ultegra, I don't know whether I would even feel the difference between aluminum with ultegra vs. 105's.

Any options out of the 7 you're coming out with that includes steel frame + 105's? I think the difference between 105's and ultegras are getting so small that apart from weight, don't think they're perceptible.
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Mike,

What is the drivetrain on this bike? What crankset? What cranks? How long is the stem? What is the headset? What saddle does it come with? What pedals and toeclips are in the box? What kind of tires are on it?
Thanks!
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Mike,

What is the drivetrain on this bike? What crankset? What cranks? How long is the stem? What is the headset? What saddle does it come with? What pedals and toeclips are in the box? What kind of tires are on it?
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