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Old 05-01-19, 06:59 PM
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New Bike Day

I could not figure out which board to put this on, so I punted.
I ride gravel, road, and commute... Anyway.

Motobecane Gravel X1




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Nice little bike. Needs some tuning and adjusting, but so far, I like it. Not thrilled with the brakes, but I figure I just need to get them adjusted correctly.
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Old 05-01-19, 07:01 PM
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Enjoy it.
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Old 05-01-19, 07:10 PM
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Looks cool! Love the color, congratulations!
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Old 05-01-19, 07:32 PM
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It feels weird to go from a MTB with those WIDE bars to being hunched over narrow drops. But just tooling around the block, I found myself grinning.
I also pulled off the "Made in China" sticker. As far as anyone I work with is concerned, it's still a French bike with Japanese gear.
I had to get that color. I had a Motobecane the same color when I was a kid.
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Old 05-01-19, 07:55 PM
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Great looking bike. BikesDirect.?? If so, it's a good deal in so many ways....
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Old 05-02-19, 07:11 AM
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Great looking bike. BikesDirect.?? If so, it's a good deal in so many ways....
Yes. Bikes Direct. Pretty good deal.

Rode it to work today. Not bad. Definable took a bit of re-learning, but it's like riding a bike. Steering is different, bu the drop bars are ore comfortable. The difference between the small and large chainrings will take a bit of getting used to, as will the taller gears, but the thing climbs long grades better than the MTB. I did not think I would like those big "Butterfly" shifters, but I had no problems with them at all.

There are a couple of hills where I got the brakes nice and warm (by applying them gently on the way down).
There's a weird (and quite small) thunk in my right foot near the top of the rotation. I'll check the pedal and BB (I pulled the pedal off my old bike, so it may have finally dies on me)
Shifters need some adjustment, and the seat could stand to go down another half inch, but it hits the rivnut for the bottle cage (LOL).
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Nice looking bike. I have the Motobecane Omni Strada Comp with 105 components purchased from BikesDirect in early '17.... it's my favorite bike.

Enjoy!
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Old 05-02-19, 07:33 AM
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I'm just curious...how heavy is that bike?

Weight was one of my concerns when I was looking at Bikesdirect bikes last year since they don't put much info on weight on the website.
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It's 25lbs. Not really a lightweight.

That works okay for me, but for someone looking for a real road bike, that seems pretty heavy (although it is actually the lightest bike I have ever owned by a couple of pounds)

For me, it was a trade-off.
Cost vs weight was a big one, since my bike sits in a parking lot for 9 hours a day, and might get stolen. So a much lighter bike was out of the question due to replacement costs.
I'm not a racer, or even aspire to be one. I ride a bike because I enjoy riding a bike. And this bike rides pretty nice (more comfortable than the MTB - which I found surprising).
The low end components don't bother me (much) because I can fix almost all of them, or replace them with better stuff over time (which is why a often smile when a bike part breaks - YAY! Time to upgarde).

If I were a more serious cyclist, and had better bike storage at work, I would have gone with a better bike. But this is a nice compromise for me.

<update>
I fiddled with the brakes and got them working the way I thought they should. It was my technique (never had a disk brake bike before). Also, the weird "thunk" seems to have come from my old pedals. I out the new ones on and it looks like its gone (although there is a bit of play in the bottom bracket cartridge... easy and inexpensive to replace).

The derailleurs we not adjusted. On my ride home form work the chain went over the large cog on the cassette, and the chain rubbed the front if I topped out the gears. Quick/Easy fix. I also took a few minutes to install the velometer, lights, and mirror.
</update>

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I think I might ask the Mod to move this to the Gravel thread and re-title it "MOTOBECANE GRAVEL X1" so I can provide a pretty thorough review. As soon as I find the mod for this board...

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