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Motobecane team champion info?(11 posts)

Motobecane team champion info?crazymtbr
Mar 11, 2002 3:20 PM

I'm a mountain biker (gasp) and am also looking to buy a road bike. The Motobecane team champion seems to be a GREAT deal. Full Dura-Ace everything for $1600. This deal seems to blow me away, with how cheap it is. I'm wondering though, how does it ride? It's a kinesium 2.7 lb frame and 17 lbs. Dura Ace hubs, bb, brakes, shifters, deriallers, everything. Do you think that this is a good bike? How about the handling, harshness of ride, who out there has tried this bike?

uh oh ...scottfree
Mar 11, 2002 3:37 PM
re: Motobecane team champion info?pat in cal
Mar 11, 2002 3:38 PM
I have a Motobecane Grand Record - it rides great. My bother in Houston has a le Champion which he loves (same as Team but Ultegra). All aluminum frames they say are harsh; but I do not notice that - I have a carbon fork so the ride seems good.
Mar 11, 2002 5:44 PM
Actually, some goofball (who was that idjit?) raised the Motobecane quality quandary question recently on this board, and it solicited about a zillion hits and responses and flames aplenty. You can search for the topic if you'd like. Maalox is advisable. Or an air sickness bag.

Anyway ...

You asked "how does it ride?" Only YOU can answer that question. What might be "harshess" to you might be "a sprint platform" to someone else.

Ride it, then report back.

Hard to test ride a mail order special...jtolleson
Mar 11, 2002 6:30 PM
and I've not seen a single posted review of this bike. Couple that with the fact that folks almost NEVER badmouth their own brand new purchases (human nature would prevent such, I think), then I've become convinced there's no good way for any of us to realistically evaluate this puppy.

Good luck.
Cycle Spectrum carries MotobecaneElefantino
Mar 11, 2002 7:05 PM
They're pushing a "free service for life" promotion, including all repairs (parts not included).

I'll say this (again) for M: It's making a push.

re: Motobecane team champion info?sprockets2
Mar 11, 2002 6:11 PM
I have ridden an Ultegra level Motobecane, and it was nothing special. You are paying for the great components and a frame with no apparent record for quality, reliability, service, or performance. There are numerous bikes around that offer equal or better values given the no-name-frame (this firm is related to the French outfit by name only). Until this outfit-MBK-establishes this brand as a quality offering, you are gambling. With quality GT road bikes going for dirt cheap, that would be a better kind of gamble.
Try to get a GT warrantied lately? like a WalMart bike?pat in cal
Mar 12, 2002 1:14 AM
I donot think you can compare the lifetime warranty on a Motobecane to a GT - where the company went bankrupt and stop supplying parts or backing warranty. And my LBS says GT will be sold in WalMart within a few months - does not change the quality of old GTs but sure changes the image.
I said it was also a gamble, but one that I would prefer.....sprockets2
Mar 12, 2002 7:32 AM
instead of trusting in a no-name mail-order asian job. The GT is a known quantity, with a decent reputation-in the road models. The odds of a GT frame going south is less likely, I would imagine. A friend of mine has one and it is very solid and although the welds were not exactly beautified, they appear to be well done throughout. Besides, if one intends to ride the heck out of the bike, the lifespan of Al is not on a geologic scale. I've recently put my first generation Al "mountain bikes" out to pasture. All things must pass.
by the way - that GT frame is made in Taiwanpat in cal
Mar 12, 2002 11:57 PM
most these aluminum frames are made in taiwan - nothing wrong with that - good quality on all of them - no matter what the brand sticker on the downtube
Looks good. see bikesdirect.comDaveL
Mar 12, 2002 5:31 AM
They're backed by Spectrum Cycle. You won't have any warranty problems with this bike - as if you'd need it. If you like it go for it.