What about this motobecane?



jyeager

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I'm looking in to getting my first mtn bike. It will likely be my last as I'll never go beyond intermediate level competition. (other priorities). My budget is under $1K. I was considering the Trek 6500, but then I saw this:

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/fantom_cds07.htm

What do you think about this bike? And is there any other bike in my price range that would be a better value?

Intended usage? Weekend rides at my local mtn bike park. It's a technical trail...but my definition of 'technical' may be relative. It takes me a little over an hour to cover the 8 mile loop and I'm in decent shape. I'm an avid roady.

Thanks for the advice.
 

triguy98

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http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/xc_full_suspension/product_123973.shtml

Note the negative remarks about bikesdirect. And the Motobecane non responses to warranty issues. IMHO thats a deal killer. I wont buy from a LBS with crappy service, why an internet dealer that sucks? To save a few bucks? I'd prefer to spend it at a place that will warranty their work and help me out.

Aside from that:
Avid BB5s arent the best. Better than most other mech discs, but theyre not BB7s for sure.
Rock Shox have never made a good rear shock.
The J4 fork is very low end.
Cheapie free **** pedals.

Its a nice low price, but you get what you pay for.