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Flite 700 vs. Motobecane Le Champion(9 posts)

Flite 700 vs. Motobecane Le Championniteschaos
Apr 25, 2002 11:29 AM
In the Brown corner a full 105 bike (http://bikeswholesale.com/Detail.cfm?Categoryid=33&BrandID=10&ProductID=292) with pedals and everything minus helmet and shoes for 1000 bucks even. It has Velomax Comp wheels even. In the Electric Blue corner a mostly Ultegra equiped bike (http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/motobecane_lechampion.htm). I'm pretty sure that both are right under 20 pounds. Should I go with the lesser equiped bike that has the nicer wheels or do I go with the Higher eqiupment and upgrade wheels later? Just in general what do you think is worth the money? Both are priced less than the sum of thier parts.
Motobecane is the winner...eschelon
Apr 25, 2002 11:31 AM
The wheelset may not be some big name brand stuff, but I am willing to bet the wheelset are as good or better than the Velomax.
Another option?Nessism
Apr 25, 2002 12:20 PM
Considering the two bikes you highlighted, sounds like a coin flip to me. Maybe Motobecane?

For another option, consider building up your own bike. Chucks Bikes has some GT frames w/carbon fork for $300. It shouldn't be too hard to build it up with Ultegra and still stay under $1100. Good luck.

http://www.chucksbikes.com/fr001.htm

Ed
re:Another option?cyclopathic
Apr 25, 2002 5:52 PM
he can build it for you too ask for build kit.
Both are good - but why not a Mercier Serpens?century2
Apr 26, 2002 3:00 AM
if you are open to steel tubing; why not think about the Mercier Serpens which you can get online for $1200 - Reynolds 853 with Ouzo carbon Fork and full Ultegra. see specs at cyclesmercier.com
Both are good - but why not a Mercier Serpens?niteschaos
Apr 26, 2002 3:16 AM
well, I can get that bike for 850 at bikedirect.com, but the overall component group isn't as impressive as the two I've narrowed it down too. I just found out the Flite 700 is 22.6 pounds, beefy for a 105 bike, so Motobecane is winning right now.
I think you are thinking of another bikecentury2
Apr 26, 2002 5:56 AM
The Serpens has the same parts as the le Champion and both are around $1200 -- either is a great for the money
If this is not SPAM....Consider what you are doing....sprockets2
Apr 26, 2002 11:48 AM
I QUOTE:

Should I go with the lesser equiped bike that has the nicer wheels or do I go with the Higher eqiupment and upgrade wheels later? Just in general what do you think is worth the money? Both are priced less than the sum of thier parts.

They are priced "less than the sum of their parts" because they have no-name, no-pedigree, no-workee-good frames, and that is the problem. Long after the wheels and shifters are gone you will be stuck with your bargain frame and hating it.

Get a real bike with a real frame and build desirable components over time, maybe even start with a used bike-talk about value!
USED can be a good deal - better deal than bad advisecentury2
Apr 26, 2002 1:00 PM
some used bikes can be great deals; but advise based on zero experience is not a very good deal. I am guessing you have never seen any of the frames you comment on - much less riden them. I have done both and know that objective anaylsis would not result in these frames being slammed.