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Old 12-12-17, 12:06 AM
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I already had reviewed this on MTBR but thought might be useful here to. This september I bought my first fatbike, the 2018 Motobecane sturgis NX for $1,100. Purchase from bikesDirect was easy. all communication was prompt and professional.

Why this bike?
After much research i decided i wanted to have 197mm TA, 4.8" tires, 1x11 etc. This was the cheapest (including all online stores) entry in this class. I also had considered the $500 Bullseye Monster, but that would require too many upgrades and limits me in tire size and so on.... it just didn't seem to make me happy long term. I use for for normal MTB riding, going over construction sites for fun, and snow. I got the L-size, which fits my 6'and 34"inseam well.

Assembly:
Picked it up from Fedex because i didn't want to wait all day at home (you need to sign for it). It fits upright in a CRV while I still had my child seat on rear bench


It comes well packaged and nothing was damaged. Assembly just requires to install the front wheel and handlebar. RD was adjusted well and only required slight adjustment. I added pedals (not included). that's it. I went above and beyond and checked headset and BB lubrication, but this all was fine and not necessary.

Quality:
Everything is really great, welds are perfect, all equipment is great (I have a Giant Toughroad as Benchmark). I'm a Brooks saddle guy, but the WTB saddle it comes with is fine for me. OK, I don't do long tours with it and stand up often when off-road. Weight is at 35 lb as it comes, but I only used a fishscale and had to hold the bike shakingly. Overall factory assembly was perfect, no difference to an LBS bike. I'm still impressed.

The only non-premium item is the steel fork. Well it is steel, it seems to be a good steel fork. At first I thought of upgrading next year to carbon, but after riding I realized the weight doesn't matter.

Riding:
I bought a 15 psi gauge and ended up with 6 psi front and 12 psi rear. It rides well for a noob like me. it is all bout technique anyway. The 60 tpi Maxxis tires are really great in all conditions. the 1x11 has just the perfect gearing. I always seem to have enough low gear, and enough high gear. I'm really happy I didn't settle for one of the 2x bikes. Brakes work great too. I go over construction sites that look like the moon surface, go up steep hills, go on MTB trails (beginner only due to my lack of skills).. everything just rolls fine and I never think the equipment holds me back (equipment being held back by rider :-)

Upgrades:
I upgraded to tubeless, which worked fine with the rims and tires (minus my noob lack of experience) Only upgrades were adding a custom-made rogue Panda Frame bag, a computer, Mudshovel fenders and a hydration bladder tube attachment to my handlebar. I know many people upgrade stems, handlebars etc. But this all seems perfect for me.
I downgraded the 180mm rear rotor since I took that 180mm rotor over to my hybrid and installed that 160mm rotor. Give me a nice front bias on both bikes.

Now after 4 months I'm still happy with it. Love it, really happy with my purchase decision. I think the only "dream" bike would be the Canyon Dude, but I don't really think it would do much more for me besides being a bit lighter. Unless something major happens, or someone steals it, I think this is a keeper.

Hope this helps others to learn about this or other bikes.
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Old 12-14-17, 09:47 AM
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Nice; enjoy. Looks like a good, budget fat bike. The only thing I would be leery of is the wait. Recently bought a Framed Minnesota and it arrived in a week.
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Old 12-14-17, 08:23 PM
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Originally Posted by gettingold
Nice; enjoy. Looks like a good, budget fat bike. The only thing I would be leery of is the wait. Recently bought a Framed Minnesota and it arrived in a week.
I had mine on pre-order because the 2017 models were sold out and they were waiting for the 2018. I emailed them and they said it would be 2 weeks for 2018 to arrive and another week to ship. So I ordered and the bike arrived in the very early part of the timeframe they gave me. The website had indicated they would be pre-order. That shouldn't be a problem now unless they get a huge rush of buyers. Their business model seems better than LBS from an inventory point, they sure have no 2016 bikes sitting around in 2018.

I took months of research, waiting a week shouldn't be a problem. If quick availability is important, there is always Walmart :-)
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