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    Motobecane Track VS. Mercier Kilo TT

    So I ordered the Motobecane track this weekend, it arrives today from bd. Already I'm having concerns over whether or not I should just return it and drop the extra $80 for the Kilo TT. Mainly this is just for me to commute to work and back everyday as I don't have a car, but as this is my main mode of transportation I do want it to be an investment (and something worth upgrading).

    So I really already know the answer will be to return it and get the kilo, but what are your opinions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin_NTN View Post
    So I ordered the Motobecane track this weekend, it arrives today from bd. Already I'm having concerns over whether or not I should just return it and drop the extra $80 for the Kilo TT. Mainly this is just for me to commute to work and back everyday as I don't have a car, but as this is my main mode of transportation I do want it to be an investment (and something worth upgrading).

    So I really already know the answer will be to return it and get the kilo, but what are your opinions?
    Based on your stated usage, neither the Moto Track or Kilo TT would seem to be very good choices. Both of them have tight track geometry and come standard with very tall track gearing. Perhaps you need to step back, and reconsider your basic choice. Something like a Dawes SST might be a better choice, for example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
    Based on your stated usage, neither the Moto Track or Kilo TT would seem to be very good choices. Both of them have tight track geometry and come standard with very tall track gearing. Perhaps you need to step back, and reconsider your basic choice. Something like a Dawes SST might be a better choice, for example.
    Yeah, dont get a true track bike if you are riding on the road. Get a single speed road bike with more appropriate geometry and gearing.

    That being said I have one of the Motobecane frames, fantom cross uno, which has the same geometry as the one you are looking at and I like it fine. in fact all of the new Motobecanes have the same geometry. I use it offroad all day long and its a nice solid frame, fairly comfortable and not too heavy for a cheap steel frame. I'd keep it, just my oppinion.

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    Plenty of people commute on bikes with track geo. Everyone has a different preferences, I commute every day a couple miles on my kilo and love it, my road bikes arent as nippy or responsive. If your commute is a bit of a journey for you, sure a track bike might not be the best but if the OP knows that track geo works for him I personally think the Kilo is a better bike than the motobecane track, it just looks better and the frame is better quality.

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    Kilo TT =/= An investment.
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    I take my moto track on a roundtrip commute all the time (22miles rt). The geometry is definitely not as tight as kilo, there is no toe overlap, as least not for me. Mine has risers and is fairly comfortable. However, i prefer my geared bike if i'm feeling lazy and unmotivated.

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    I have rode both the Kilo TT and the Track. I prefer the Track solely because the geometry is not as tight. That said, the Kilo TT is a more solid-feeling frame and ride, and comes with better components. It's worth the $80 price difference, but at the end of the day it comes down to what type of frame you want. I'm happy with the Track.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shubonker View Post
    I take my moto track on a roundtrip commute all the time (22miles rt). The geometry is definitely not as tight as kilo, there is no toe overlap, as least not for me. Mine has risers and is fairly comfortable. However, i prefer my geared bike if i'm feeling lazy and unmotivated.
    Really Shubonker? I have toe overlap on my 55 I think it is. Maybe I have a smaller frame than you do. My friends WIndsor the hour has no overlap, then again its a 60 frame or something up there.

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    I've got a Moto Track, sized 56 with no toe overlap.
    I really love that bike, and its my only mode of transportation too.
    I know the Kilo is more popular, but its been around way longer so its had longer to build a reputation.
    Use the money you saved to upgrade the pedals, probably the saddle, and maybe the handlebars if you don't like the drops.
    Plus its perfect if you don't want a bunch of crummy decals all over your bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nowitsshowtime View Post
    Really Shubonker? I have toe overlap on my 55 I think it is. Maybe I have a smaller frame than you do. My friends WIndsor the hour has no overlap, then again its a 60 frame or something up there.
    I have the 49, didnt have overlap with the original clips or my new ones which are a medium size. I guess if you got large clips and big feet, then overlap is inevitable

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    My Moto Track came today and i've been able to cruise around downtown. I definitely love it, especially for a first bike and main mode of transportation. Honestly, it's only about 4 miles round trip to my work and back, so my rides aren't that long. I'll say I'm gonna keep it around and just upgrade the pedals (clips are crap), saddle (sucks), and definitely go with some risers for comfort. I have had some issues with my crank slipping a bit, even after a hell of a tighten, but we'll see how tomorrow goes after i tightened it even more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin_NTN View Post
    I have had some issues with my crank slipping a bit, even after a hell of a tighten, but we'll see how tomorrow goes after i tightened it even more.
    Did you tighten the cog and lockring?

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    It's amazing how much tightening the cog/lockring before riding is talked about, yet none of the noobs get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seau grateau View Post
    Kilo TT =/= An investment.
    If it loses 1/2 its value in a year, it's still beating some stocks and funds...

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