2018 motobecane elite adventure x5ltd vs fuji sunfire 2.0

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  1. JSW999

    JSW999 New Member

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    Hi,

    Looking for advice on purchasing a bike for my wife on bikes direct.com. I'ver narrowed it down to two models 2018 Motobecane Elite Adventure X5LTD ($549) or the Fuji Sunfire 2.0 ($599). And advice or words of wisdom would be appreciated. I've included the specs below
    thank you


    Motobecane Elite:
    Frame 700C ALLOY 6061, 2xH2O mounts, replaceable rear derailleur hanger
    clearance for up to 29x2.0" (most brands of tire)
    Fork/Headset 700C SUSPENSION FORK, SUNTOUR SF11-NVX-MLO, Remote Lockout / VP-A42E BLACK
    Crankset SUNTOUR XCR 28/38/48T
    170MM(13~16")/ 175MM(18~23")ALLOY BLACK CRANK
    Bottom Bracket SUNTOUR, Sealed Cartridge Unit
    Pedals MTB NEW SPEC 9/16" Boron Axle
    Front Derailleur SRAM FD-X5-HC-A1 TOP PULL
    Rear Derailleur SRAM RD-X5-A1 BLACK CAGE
    Shifters SRAM X5 TRIGGER 27-SP (27 gears total)
    Cassette/Chain SRAM PG-950 11-32T-9/ KMC Z-99
    Hubs FORMULA DC19/25 Aluminum ALLOY BLACK with Quick Release
    Spokes Stainless Steel
    Rims WTB STP TCS Tubeless Compatible (add your own tubeless strips, fluid and valves and ride faster/ligher and virtually flat free), Aluminum ALLOY, 700c Black anodized
    Tires/ Tubes WTB Nano 700x40C / Standard valve
    clearance for up to 29x2.0" (most brands of tire)
    Brakes TEKTRO DRACO Hydraulic DISC FR/RR 160mm Rotors
    Brake Levers Tektro DRACO Hydraulic Aluminum Black Polish Finish
    Handlebar Flat Bar W:600MMxR:20MMx6 DEGREES
    Stem ALLOY BLACK 1.125" Threadless Aluminum
    EXT:90MM(13"~16")/110MM(18~23")x10 DEGREES
    Tape/Grip WTB Dual Comfort Density
    Saddle WTB SPEED V SPORT SE
    Seat Post Micro Adjust 300MM, ALLOY BLACK
    Seat Clamp QR Aluminum Alloy Black Finish, 31.8mm
    Sizes see pull down
    Colors as shown

    Fuji SunFier 2.0
    Frame Front Triangle: FUJI A2 SL 6061 BTTD ALUM w/31.8mm ST
    Rear triangle :
    Fuji A2-SL aluminum with S-bend stay, Cold forged dropout w/replaceable hanger
    Fork SUNTOUR SF14-NEX MLO DS 700C T63mm FOR POST MOUNT Disc w/BLK CROWN, WHITE
    Crankset Shimano ACERA FOR REAR 9-SPEED, 48X36X26T W/CG, BLACK
    Bottom Bracket VP-BC73 CARTRIDGE SEALED BEARING 68
    Pedals RESIN BLACK BODY /ALLOY BLACK CAGE w/ 9/16" BORON AXLE w/REFL
    Front Derailleur FRONT DERAILLEUR, FD-M390, Shimano ACERA, TOP- SWING, DUAL-PULL, FOR REAR 9-SPEED, BAND TYPE(W/31.8MM ADAPTER), CS ANGLE: 63-66, FOR 44/48T
    Rear Derailleur REAR DERAILLEUR, RD-M591-L, Shimano DEORE, SGS 9-SPEED TOP-NORMAL DIRECT ATTACHMENT, BLACK
    Shifters Shimano SHIFT LEVER, SL-M390, ACERA 27 gears total
    Cassette/Freewheel Shimano CS-HG30-9 9-SPEED (27 gears total) 11-12-14-16-18-21-24-28-32T
    Chain KMC X9
    Hubs Fuji oversized Disc Al, QR hubs
    Spokes 14G Stainless Steel
    Rims ALEX G-2000 ALLOY 700 x 36H S/V w/o CNC SIDEWALL w/DECAL ANOD BLACK Double Wall Alloy Rims
    Tires MAKO SHARK H-5113 / 700 x 35c / 30tpi
    Brakes Tektro DRACO HYDRAULIC DISC BRAKE SET BLK KEVLAR HOSE
    Brake Levers Tektro DRACO HYDRAULIC DISC BRAKE SET
    Headset NO.10 1 1/8" STEEL / SEMI-INTG / CAGED BEARING / 8.2mm ANOD BLK TOP w/FSA
    Handlebar Fuji Riser 20 Alloy Bar
    Stem Fuji Forged Alloy w/removable faceplate
    Tape/Grip Fuji Dual Density Kraton rubber
    Saddle Fuji Sport MTB w/ steel rail DK BLUE BLACK STITCHING, w/o CLAMP w/STN STL RAILS w/BK BUMPERS
    Seat Post Fuji Alloy micro adjust ALLOY 27.2 x 350mm
    Seat Clamp Fuji QR ALLOY 31.8mm
    Sizes as shown in pull down
    Colors as shown
     
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  2. Froze

    Froze Well-Known Member

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    I'm sorry to burst your bubble, but I can't recommend any low end bike that has a suspension fork! Those low end suspension forks are more trouble then they're worth. First they cost the retailer more money then a rigid fork which means they have to cheapen the components and or frame to make the bike fit the price point they're trying to sell it for. Second they are heavy, very heavy, which makes it more difficult to propel due to watts being consumed. Third they are prone to failure and aren't cheap to replace. Fourth they take energy, or watts, from you due to the all the flexing up and down to propel the bike. Fifth they don't perform in fast downhill type of riding which is the only purpose for them, outside of racing on rough terrain or fast downhill riding you don't need a suspension fork, and if you do that sort of thing you need at least an $800 fork which won't be found on a $500 bike.

    Bike manufactures put those cheap suspension forks on bikes to appeal to guys who want a macho bike, it's like a fishing lure to a fish!

    I use to ride my MTB down trails in the mountains of S California and my MTB has no suspension system on it whatsoever, and never needed a suspension. I wasn't racing either, just having fun.

    If you want some sort of suspension to do off roading with you would be better served with a fat tire bike and no suspension fork or rear. Those fat tires only run about 20 psi and will float over obstacles absorbing a lot of shock. Bikes Direct has a selection of Motobecane fat tire bikes (I think those are better than the Gravity line), see: http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/fat-bikes.htm The Boris X5 was rated very good for it's price point which is in your price point.

    If you won't be doing any off road stuff then go with a standard type of bike like a hybrid or commuter bike, just stay away from suspension systems. If the wife says she wants a suspensions system but not a fat bike then get a suspension seatpost on a standard bike, it's a lot cheaper and will last a long time, the seatpost will be an aftermarket purchase. The Motobecane Cafe Turino seen here: http://www.bikesdirect.com/products...e-roadbikes/turinocafe-discbrake-roadbike.htm is a decent bike with that sort of thought.
     
    #2 Froze, Sep 30, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2017
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