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    Anyone see the new 2010 Motobecane Gran Turismo?

    $700 shipped.


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    The lack of front fork eyelets is strange.

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    In the photo I think I see a threaded hole in the fork almost 1/2 of the way up to the brakes? Wing Nut

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonatageek View Post
    The lack of front fork eyelets is strange.
    I agree.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wing Nut View Post
    In the photo I think I see a threaded hole in the fork almost 1/2 of the way up to the brakes? Wing Nut
    Those are braze-ons.

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    I clicked through to BD's website and they have a whole gallery of photos there -- I couldn't see front fork eyelets on those photos, either. Seems odd. If they're out to copy the Surly LHT they should have paid closer attention.

    Also, the geometry chart says the chainstays are 440mm (17.3 inches). Seems short to me for a fully loaded touring bike.

    Otherwise, nice effort, great price if the wheels are any good.

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    Wouldn't want to depend on that rack for any long tour... but that's just me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kayakdiver View Post
    Wouldn't want to depend on that rack for any long tour... but that's just me.

    Good point.

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    Yeah, that rear rack would be replaced quick-style.

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    no front fender eyelets isn't just strange, it's bizarre. the windsor has 'em...
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    Other than the front fork snafu, that's a lot of bike for the buck. Both Axiom and Old Man Mountain make front racks that would easily work.

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    It's not much different from the Tourist. Replaced the STIs with bar ends and a fork with no eyelets. Same threaded headset, same chainstay length. Looks like they've added an XT RD. I'd buy the tourist, sell the STIs for bar ends, and XT and still be ahead a little.
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    The crankset is different than the Tourist, geared lower and a nicer Sugino.

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    Lugged fork is a nice touch too, and the paint color and silver decals remind me of my Miyata 1000!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BengeBoy View Post
    If they're out to copy the Surly LHT they should have paid closer attention.
    Why would you think they are copying the Surly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DukeArcher View Post
    Why would you think they are copying the Surly?
    Everything they do is a copy of something. I just figured they were trying to copy Surly. Maybe I was wrong.

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    Bikesdirect confirmed that the bike shipped does not have fender eyelets. This has to be a design/oversight screw-up. The only front rack I am aware of that might fit is the overpriced Nitto front platform rack, which apparently won't hold panniers. So now BD has the Windsor, which really isn't geared low enough for touring, and the Motobecane, which has is geared lower but doesn't have fender eyelets to properly mount a front rack. They need to hire someone who can spec a bike correctly the first time. I won't hold my breath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robow View Post
    The crankset is different than the Tourist, geared lower and a nicer Sugino.
    Those Sugino cranks are over $100 new. That's a lot of crank for a $700 bike. Seems like it's more of an all around road bike than a true touring bike. Still, it's a heck of a deal.
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    Bikesdirect informed me via email on 06-24-10 that "Apparently the fork was speced incorrectly and this will be changed for the next production run this winter." This might be a good time to offer suggestions as to other spec changes. For instance, I'd like to see it geared even lower. A slightly longer chain stay would be nice. An option for a non-drop bar would be ok with me with me. Cut out the seat and the pedals and either drop the price accordingly or add an upgrade in lieu thereof.

    You think they'd take an offer of $400 each for the remaining bikes? At that price you could customize the bike to suit your purpose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason88 View Post
    You think they'd take an offer of $400 each for the remaining bikes? At that price you could customize the bike to suit your purpose.
    They probably would take that, but are you prepared to buy the 500 bikes they probably have remaining?
    Stick it to the man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BengeBoy View Post
    Also, the geometry chart says the chainstays are 440mm (17.3 inches). Seems short to me for a fully loaded touring bike.
    So my guess that, from the photo posted on a similar thread, the chainstays looked short was correct. Be warry if you have large feet and racks that do not allow for a lot of fore-aft pannier adjustment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mijome07 View Post
    $700 shipped.

    After looking at the Moto real close the lack of front eyelets are a mistake. But, the bike looks great for us ludites who still want a do everything steel frame bike. Component choice is a little eclectic but still nice. If it was my bike all I'd change is the saddle to a Brooks and just ride it. I don't tour so the lack of eyelets only impedes adding fenders.
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    Looks like it would make an okay rando bike, or a good credit card touring bike, or a commuter, or a bike for fun day rides. Not a real touring bike, but it doesn't look too bad to me for other uses.

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    I had read on a post somewhere else in the forums that bikesdirect purchased the rights to use the name Motobecane (and the others brands they sell) but the bikes don't actually have anything to do with the real company. You may want to look into if furthere before purchasing from that site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffpoulin View Post
    Looks like it would make an okay rando bike, or a good credit card touring bike, or a commuter, or a bike for fun day rides. Not a real touring bike, but it doesn't look too bad to me for other uses.
    It looks like a Windsor Tourist with some upgrades. Better crank (and therefore more suitable gearing) and apparently better wheels are nice touches. I'd rather have the Windsor Tourist's STI brifters though.

    As far as whether it is a "real touring bike"... I used my Windsor Tourist for loaded touring on the Trans America (4200+ miles) and a couple other longish tours including a month in the Sierras and found it completely adequate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by staehpj1 View Post
    It looks like a Windsor Tourist with some upgrades. Better crank (and therefore more suitable gearing) and apparently better wheels are nice touches. I'd rather have the Windsor Tourist's STI brifters though.

    As far as whether it is a "real touring bike"... I used my Windsor Tourist for loaded touring on the Trans America (4200+ miles) and a couple other longish tours including a month in the Sierras and found it completely adequate.
    Fair enough, but at least the windsor tourist has fork eyelets. Without them, you're looking at a handlebar bag and all the other weight in the back. It's doable, but not ideal. Certainly not something you'd expect from a bike designed for touring.

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