Originally Posted by Sci-Fi
With any mail order bike, you will probably need to true the wheels and properly tension the spokes at minimum. The rest of the adjustments you can probably do on your own OR you can pay the LBS to assemble the bike for you. It looks like a nice bike for the price, but hard to tell without test riding it or looking at the bike close up.
At that site and in the same price range, the Windsor Stratford Hybrid is a nice alternative if you don't really need the front suspension and want more speed or the Motobecane Elite FS if you want the front suspension. You didn't say if the "park trails" were paved/hard pack or gravel/loose dirt. Hybrids are generally a good compromise between a mtn and road bike but ride on 700c tires. Comfort Bikes are like hybrids but ride on 26" tires and a bit more comfy because of the tires...to me, that's the only difference and it comes down to personal preference. The Motobecane Jubilee Deluxe could use a bigger chainwheel set, say 52/42/30T for more top end on the streets instead of the 44/32/22T without giving up on climbing power/ratios...but it depends on your local riding conditions.
ive been searching for a bike some time after i got rid of my dept store pacific bike i decided to get back in to riding again to stay in shape and get a good quality bike....i had my eye on the motorbecane jubilee deluxe for some time...very pleasing to the eye...has everything i wanted in a bike and price wise,,,but after reading and learning more about features....and came across this post i was shocked to hear the numbers on the chainwheel set compairing it to the common wheel set that most bikes of this type has...the 48/38/28 set up....
now i dont understand why they made this great bike with a lower 44/32/22 that type of chainwheel set.. made me wonder if i should get it one or not...it may seem just a little low...but i wanted it like everyone else has the 48/38/28...
i needed this bike to get around the streets or sidewalks....the price is just right plus i like the warranty it has...i been to LBS and seems they dont have what im looking for color wise/ price range / etc.... ...now the only other bike i was interested in was a trek 7200e which is a UK version of it....awesome, with the looks i want but i cant get it here...too costly to ship if they would anyway....my last or second choice would be a motobecane Elite FS...nice bike with features and the chainwheel set i want...but i really wanted the jubilee delux looks.... not sure which to get...both are similar to my budget...but i would be happier with the jub...
anybody else has a jub delux...and can tell me how it rides?
Last edited by wheely1; 09-21-07 at 04:56 PM.