Very new to the cycling world and planning to buy my first road bike. I found a listing in my price range for a Motobecane Grand Record on bikesdirect.com. I would love some insight into if this is a good bike for a good price and if not any suggestions on something better for a similar cost. I will paste the specifics below along with the ad. Thanks everyone!
That's a great bike. But you are asking the wrong group of people. Some here are snobs.
Maybe they are and maybe they're not but more than a few people here seem to like BD. The bike the OP listed is sold out. More to the point, you aren't going to get any service with BD so it may not be the best choice for the OP. The OP might want to do some reading about BD before buying from them and also know exactly what he is getting.
If you plan to buy online you will need some tools and be able to do some simple bike maintenance if your getting from online shop.
Its hard to know your fit and sizing since your not able to test ride the bike.
Have you try your local bike store yet?
I have bought a road bike that I keep in Arizona at the in-laws for when I visit, it's an alum frame with 105 on it and I have no complaints, my buddy bought a Motobecane carbon bike from BD for his first bike and with Ultegra on it at the price point he got it was a GREAT bike...I don't think you can go wrong for a first bike from BD...for me it's all about the components, wheels, etc at a good price point...not the name on the bike! If you haven't purchased yet, I highly recommend going no lower than Shimano 105 or maybe SRAM Rival on the component set...SORA and Tiagra are just OK but sound like meat grinders when shifting.
You cant go wrong with a BD bike, but make sure to know your size. Don't worry about assembling it, its 95% assembled already and the few things you need to attach are very minor that even my girlfriend would be able to do on her own.
My 3rd bike was a Motobecane Immortal Force from BD, still have that bike 4 years later and love it.
Ive been riding the vent noir for a few years already and had no problem with it at all, even after an accident with a vehicle. Only had to replace the handlebars. As long as you know your frame sizing you are good to go. If I were you I would save a bit more and get something with at least the tiagra shifters. 105 or apex would be even better, just my opinion of course.