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Old 03-27-07, 11:31 AM
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bikesDirect Motobecane le champion purchase report

Every time BikeDirect comes up there are tons of posts, flames and questions. There must be interest, so:
The Le Champion I ordered arrived yesterday, 1 week after ordering it.
I've photographed the box, the unpacking and building and posted it on my blog
No ride report yet, but I promise to blog the whole experience.
Why, you ask? Because when I was shopping I was wishing someone had done it already.
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There will be a lot of tweaking to be done, but in the end.... I'm sure you'll love it. Congrats on the new 'baby'.
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Originally Posted by cccorlew
Every time BikeDirect comes up there are tons of posts, flames and questions. There must be interest, so:
The Le Champion I ordered arrived yesterday, 1 week after ordering it.
I've photographed the box, the unpacking and building and posted it on my blog
No ride report yet, but I promise to blog the whole experience.
Why, you ask? Because when I was shopping I was wishing someone had done it already.
What's the deal with your left hand? You can use an STI shifter but not the brake lever? And you have your front brake controlled by your right hand, that makes sense, and then the extra lever is for your right hand to brake the rear just in case your front brake fails?

Did you consider a modification to operate both brakes with the same lever? I remember a guy who used to ride around here with one arm and he had both brakes off of one shortie lever similar to yours. He was quite a good rider but I never got to see him descending to see how he finessed it all.
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is that a 4axis stem..?
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Yes.
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott
What's the deal with your left hand? You can use an STI shifter but not the brake lever? And you have your front brake controlled by your right hand, that makes sense, and then the extra lever is for your right hand to brake the rear just in case your front brake fails?
Exactly.
Long thread over at http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=280068( link corrected on edit I hope... if not search for Need creative adaptive brake solution in mechanics) on all this. I used only the front brake on the road bike forever, and I'm comfortable with that. But it seems like a good idea, now that I'm old and slightly less crazy, to have some way to stop if I have a front brake problem. I never have, but think what a drag it would be to come down Diablo and lose brakes. YIKES!

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Originally Posted by cccorlew
Exactly.
Long thread over at http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=280068( link corrected on edit I hope... if not search for Need creative adaptive brake solution in mechanics) on all this. I used only the front brake on the road bike forever, and I'm comfortable with that. But it seems like a good idea, now that I'm old and slightly less crazy, to have some way to stop if I have a front brake problem. I never have, but think what a drag it would be to come down Diablo and lose brakes. YIKES!
That was an interesting thread with links to all sorts of cool gizmos to solve problems I never thought about. If it were me I'd want some way to squeeze both brakes at the same time, but my crazy hairs haven't been shaved all the way off yet.

Have fun with the rest of the build up and don't forget the documentation. I have a whole 3" binder filled with facts and instructions and photos from when I did mine.
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I thought a lot of people had posted lots of experiences on this. I know 'cause I was one of the first. It's a good bike. Looks better in person that it does on their website.
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Originally Posted by dog hair
is that a 4axis stem..?
Ritchey WCS 4axis stem, not the carbon one.
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I bought that exact bike from them and loved it. My LBS offered me a deal on a Fuji Carbon Team Issue frame a few months back and i jumped at the chance to try a carbon bike. I swapped all of my components over and sold the frame. I thought it was a great quality bike and would still be riding it if I could have passed up the Fuji deal. Either way I'm still riding the components! Enjoy it!

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Originally Posted by ravenmore
I thought a lot of people had posted lots of experiences on this. I know 'cause I was one of the first. It's a good bike. Looks better in person that it does on their website.
Whoops. Searched and read your thread. Thanks.
Just got a photo done for folks who don't click blog links.
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I had the '06 version of this bike. Loved it wildly. Sold the frame recently after riding 1,000+ miles and moved everything over to an upgraded frame. The new frame is .2 lbs. heavier but a bit less harsh. Still, I loved that wonderful, light Moto. I wish someone had done the write-up you have when I was waiting (impatiently) for mine to arrive!

You'll love it. Congratulations and keep blogging about the bike!
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i've been using that exact same saddle for a year. it's fine for me, but might be an ass hatchet for others.
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love that glossy black moto...

answers to questions in blog photo above are NO except:

yes to ultegras and bigger cassette

probably/why not? to saddle being ridable...
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Originally Posted by Ostuni
love that glossy black moto...

answers to questions in blog photo above are NO except:

yes to ultegras and bigger cassette

probably/why not? to saddle being ridable...
Welcome back Os, everyone here missed you.

Nice bike too!
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I can't ever see that motobecane decal without thinking of

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Originally Posted by nobrainer440
I can't ever see that motobecane decal without thinking of

You, sir, have changed forever the way I'll look at my bike.
Is it sweet? Will it melt? Will I gain weight riding it? Does grease really taste that much different than chocolate? My head spins.

Last night a friend asked if I'd named it. I hadn't... Perhaps now I have...
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Originally Posted by cccorlew
You, sir, have changed forever the way I'll look at my bike.
Is it sweet? Will it melt? Will I gain weight riding it? Does grease really taste that much different than chocolate? My head spins.

Last night a friend asked if I'd named it. I hadn't... Perhaps now I have...
You know, I don't even know if I've ever had it. I just see it around all the time, and the font resemblance is uncanny. I think it's supposed to be pretty good.
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Originally Posted by dog hair
i've been using that exact same saddle for a year. it's fine for me, but might be an ass hatchet for others.
Almost two years for me. I bought another one off of another purchaser.
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If you do swap out your brakes, I might be interested in yours.
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Originally Posted by cccorlew
You, sir, have changed forever the way I'll look at my bike....
+1!
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I wouldn't change out the chain ring, btw. It might cause shifting probs - I'm guessing it will drop the chain to the inside. Besides, 36t is plenty of extra spin. I ride in a very hilly area and really a lot of the time I'm wishing I didn't have compact at all.
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Yea leave the ring and just use a 12-27 on the back.

Man I can't believe all of you silly BD shills still try to make us think you really ride these bikes.

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I just bought a Le Champion from BikesDirect... I will be back to post how things turn out here. Also I will hopefully be putting some more up on my blog at www.mtnhuck.com.
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Almost here...

I am still waiting for the bike to get here. After ordering Thursday night it shipped Monday and should be here by Friday. I won't be around this weekend to assemble it but I will report back once thats done.
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