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Pics of new bike - awesome deal?

Old 06-28-05, 12:57 PM
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Pics of new bike - awesome deal?

Hey all. I just plunked down $1095 on...... a Motobecane. I couldn't pass it up. It was a Bikes Direct deal. The bike weighed in at 15.6 pounds (weighed it myself), came with full Ultegra(including cassette and chain), Ritchey WCS stem, handlebars, and seat post, FSA SLK carbon cranks, and American Classic Sprint 350 wheels. Heck, at that price I figured the components were worth more than what they were asking for the bike. I sold the AC wheels and recovered a big chunk of my investment. They weren't for a rider my size anyway. I put my old, POS Mavic wheelset on in their place and bumped the weight up to 18 pounds, lol.

Anyway - here's a pic, with the AC wheels.


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Old 06-28-05, 01:01 PM
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A few more pics:





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nice, this is sweet, I like the look of the bike, it is very sexy for a bike, keep it running well and you should be able to keep on the road for a long time, another piece of advice is that you may want to flat proof the tires if you are in a bad area for flats and if you don't mind a little extra weight.

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Old 06-28-05, 01:20 PM
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c'mon some one say "flip it"
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Old 06-28-05, 01:23 PM
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whuttaya mean - re-sell it? Thought about it, but it actually rides kinda nice. Now if I could just get some black spray paint to cover up the "Motobecane"..... Maybe I could paint "Huffy" on it instead.

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Old 06-28-05, 01:32 PM
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did anyone else notice that it's a Fuji TeamSL with Motobecane stickers on it?
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WTF resell it? hell no, if I had just got my hands on a bike that with the right wheels weighed sub sixteen pounds I would not be getting rid of it anytime soon.

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no, the stem, flip the stem over, its not a hybrid... j/k
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Originally Posted by Smoothie104
no, the stem, flip the stem over, its not a hybrid... j/k
I can't believe nobody got that one either. But yeah, dude got a steal on a Fuji TeamSL, basically. $1099 for a $2300 bike. I shoulda bought one myself but I really wanted campy on the TeamSL frame.
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Originally Posted by cryogenic
did anyone else notice that it's a Fuji TeamSL with Motobecane stickers on it?
I sure didn't - that's interesting if its true. I thought the frame was going to suck, but I'm actually suprised by it (as well as the rest of the bike). I wonder if they just got a really good deal on some left over fuji frames or something?

One thing that does suck - the brakes. They're horrible. Everything else seems to be tip top so far.
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Tektro RX-40's? Also, is the downtube on the frame diamond-shaped? That's the defining trait in the TeamSL frame. If it's not diamond-shaped, then it's a *similar* frame and most likely still built by Fuji.

I actually have the RX-40's on my bike and haven't had any issues with them.
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Originally Posted by Smoothie104
no, the stem, flip the stem over, its not a hybrid... j/k
doh! sorry - didn't follow ya.

Yeah-thought about flipping the stem. Only ridden the bike twice so far - even with the stem like it is there seems to be a little saddle to bar drop. I probably try it flipped in the next week or so.
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Well it is a Fuji frame - I took a few secs to flip through there website though probably not a Fuji Team SL (top tube looks different, at least on '05's). The frame looks like one of the '04 bikes. The Xfusion feature is listed on several of their frames - and can also be seen on my seat stay. Awesome! I thought the frame was kinda nice.....
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Wow, I'm surprised it came in that light. And with an Ultegra groupset, SLK crank, and dual pivot brakes. Also, the alloy seatpost. Very surpising. Those wheels are VERY light. i know, I have a set of Rolf Elans, which are kind of similar. That frame must be around 1200g to get it all that light. Amazing for the price.
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Originally Posted by ravenmore
Well it is a Fuji frame - I took a few secs to flip through there website though probably not a Fuji Team SL (top tube looks different, at least on '05's). The frame looks like one of the '04 bikes. The Xfusion feature is listed on several of their frames - and can also be seen on my seat stay. Awesome! I thought the frame was kinda nice.....
It is likely the 04 Team SL:

http://www.fujibikes.com/road/bike.a...ayID=2&yr=2004

BikesDirect (who seems to own the the name of "defunct" companies like Motobecane and Mercier) sell such rebranded bikes. I would guess that Fuji avoids direct competition by allowing their prior year's models to be sold as current year Motobecanes, Merciers, etc.

I picked up an 04 Fuji Team, rebranded as an 05 Mercier Draco:



It's identical to the Team, save for the saddle and decals (the Fuji stickers looks better though!).

Whatever it is you have, it's a smokin' deal if you are willing to live with the "off brand." Lots of "name brands" are probably built at the same place anyway.
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i looked at Bikes Direct before i bought my new bike. i'm glad i bought my Bianchi instead (even though it's heavier), but they do have some very nice deals.

i think that once my wallet has recovered a bit, i may spring for the Fantom Cross, since i've been jonesing for a 'cross bike...
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damn.. that's nice. i build my bike for the same price and didn't even have carbon cranks..

nice ride btw...
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Nice stem.
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Sexy! You should throw some Fuji decals on it. That's no shadier than BikesDirect putting Motobecane on a Fuji right?
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I just saw that the other day on their site and almost wet myself, I think its a great deal for the money. Congrats
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I am so close to pushing the button on that deal. That is a great deal and a nice looking bike with nice great components. Enjoy...
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15.6 lbs?? That's friggin' light. How'd they get that bike so light? What size?
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thanks guys - I got the bike dialed in tonight, went for a 20 mile spin, and I'm in love. Just a great solid bike. Especially for the price - even free shipping. The featherweight saddle is even comfortable. Once I got it adjusted I hardly notice it. The bikes very quick and nimble. I don't know why guys who race crits don't do something like this. Much easier on the wallet if you crash. In any event, if you're thinking about one, I highly recommend it. I'm extremely satisfied with the purchase. I drew a lot of interest from the LBS sponsored bike ride tonight. If 5 or 6 folks show up with Motobecanes next week I might be excommunicated. Note on the free shipping, btw. I ordered it last Wednsday and received it Friday morning.....

Mine was 15.6 pounds for the 58cm. That was with the American Classic wheels, which I had to get rid of. I'm too heavy for 'em. I'll get something nice later.

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That is an awesome deal, the wheels cost $595.00
http://gallery.bcentral.com/GID49468...-Wheelset.aspx
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Originally Posted by ravenmore
Hey all. I just plunked down $1095 on...... a Motobecane. I couldn't pass it up. It was a Bikes Direct deal. The bike weighed in at 15.6 pounds (weighed it myself), came with full Ultegra(including cassette and chain), Ritchey WCS stem, handlebars, and seat post, FSA SLK carbon cranks, and American Classic Sprint 350 wheels. Heck, at that price I figured the components were worth more than what they were asking for the bike. I sold the AC wheels and recovered a big chunk of my investment. They weren't for a rider my size anyway. I put my old, POS Mavic wheelset on in their place and bumped the weight up to 18 pounds, lol.

Anyway - here's a pic, with the AC wheels.


It came with sprint 350s? Wow....nice.
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