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First Impressions: BD Motobecane Mirage S

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First Impressions: BD Motobecane Mirage S

Old 04-24-16, 11:02 AM
Sidney Porter
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I put a set of tourney shifters on my son's bike (7 speed freewheel). Unless you are spending a lot of time in the drops I don't think you need to upgrade them. The thumb shifters get a lot of negative comments but they shift fine. I would not upgrade this bike. Ride it, enjoy it and a few years from now upgrade the entire bike
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Old 04-24-16, 03:13 PM
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I have an S and it is really good. I would have gotten an SL for $449 but my size was sold out. For that $50 more you get Claris 8 speed. The Claris shifters are way better than the Tourney.

The skewers that came with the S would not keep the rear tire from rubbing the chainstays. I replaced them with Shimano. The seatpost clamp stripped out easily.

I am especially pleased with the ride quality of the S.
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