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    Motobecane 450HT or Airborne Sabre? Your feedback please...

    Good evening everybody; glad to be here. I am shopping for an entry level bike mostly for paved road type riding, an occasional dirt road or a light trail. Money is tight so I am considering the following two options:

    BD Motobecane 450HT ($320)
    -Fork Longer Travel SR Suntour SF12-XCT-V4-DS-26-100mm
    -Front Derailleur SRAM FD-3.0-A1 TOP PULL / Rear Derailleur SRAM X4 long cage
    -Shifters SRAM X4, 8 Speed Triggershift (24 speeds total)
    -Brakes TEKTRO Novela Mechanical Disc Brakes
    -Brake Levers TEKTRO ALLOY BLACK LEVER for Disc
    -Tires Kenda Blackwall 26 x 2.1

    Airborne Sabre ($250)
    -Fork Suntour XCT with 80mm travel
    -F Derailleur Shimano TY10 / Shimano Tourney TX-51
    -Shifters Shimano Acera ST-EF51 EZ-Fire Plus, 21-Speed
    -Brake Levers Shimano ST-EF51
    -Brakes Tektro Novela Sport Mechanical Disc
    -Tires KENDA 26 x 2.1" Front/Rear Specific

    I'm about 6' 190lbs. Thanks in advance for your feedback.

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    Have you thought about cross bikes? They would probably be much more efficient for the type of riding you want.

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    I'd probably go with the Moto because the stuff on the Airborne is 1999-level stuff, vs 2002 level stuff on the Moto.

    My commuter bike has a Moto frame I bought for $30 off of Ebay years ago. I think it is a 450HT frame too, but it is way old. It's been fine, but it does flex a lot for an aluminium frame. Nothing else on the bike is Moto related.
    - The only thing that keeps me on a bike is happiness.

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    Airborne Skyhawk?

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