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Choosing a new bike(Comparing Really)

Old 07-05-13, 12:00 PM
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Choosing a new bike(Comparing Really)

Hello,

Ive done tons of research over the last several months, very time consuming.

I am looking at two bikes from BD I know sizing, fitting, riding it before I buy and all that other stuff but I am content on getting my bike from BD. I am also mechanical inclined been fixing, maintaining, and swapping out parts sense I was 7.

I am commuting with this bike.

(I can get the right size on both bikes)
The two I am looking at are

Motobecane fantom cross trail
https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/..._xiv.htm#specs
This one more because I can upgrade to dics breaks.

and
Motobecane fantom cx
https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/..._cross_cx3.htm
This one because of better parts. (coincidentally has my favorite color not relevant though)

I am kind of burned out on doing my own research.

Which would be the better buy , should I even be considering disc brakes as an upgrade point relevant? Or is the fantom cx a better bet considering its better components.
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Nothing no advice.
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Really if you dont like the component pick , change it , or dont bother with either ..

In Bike shops we try to alter bikes for the customers needs, but "direct" is between you and their warehouse .

Write to them, I cannot help you.

I am kind of burned out on doing my own research
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walk into a Brick and Mortar bike shop, and they will talk to You.. let you test ride before purchase, etc,
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There's really not much to say. You seem to understand the difference between the two bikes.

I could tell you which one I would buy, but it would be based on the information you already have as I haven't ridden either one.

The fact that you are considering making your choice based on parts neither bike has suggests that neither one is what you really want. Maybe your best bet is to save until you can afford what you actually want. For the price of either of those bikes plus the cost of the parts to upgrade to disc brakes, you could get a bike that comes with disc brakes and better components than either of those bikes.
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Thanks for the advice.

Andy_K I am doing just that saving a while to get a better quality bike.

Bob I am set on getting a bike form BD based on cost Id feel like an ass going their picking their brains then buying a bike off line.
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Those Motobecane Fantom CX frames are kind of dogs. Heavy and stiff (in a bad way). I would look on eBay for a hydroformed aluminum frame CX bike in your size. It is off-season so you should get a great deal. Look at the Cannondale CAAD9 CX frames - my personal favorite. I bet you could get a complete bike for under $600.
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