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    2013 Motobecane Fantom Team (full suspension) vs 2013 Trek 4900

    I have a junk Walmart bike and need a new bike. I'm going to get one of these two bikes. I have ridden the 4900 and am going to ride the Motobecane soon (local seller). Which one should I get and why? My first reaction to the Motobecane was that it looked like an older style bike back from 2003. Am I wrong about that? Is the Trek frame more advanced? I know the Motobecane has great components like Shimano xtr dyna sys, but does the motobecane lack in other areas of components where the trek may be better? Both bikes are in the same price range, so which is better?

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    Personally I would take the Fantom over the trek 4900 if the prices are similar. Mainly because the Trek is a lower end hardtail. The Moto is pretty light (probably a couple pounds lighter than the Trek), has top of the line components and has full suspension. However, as you noted, this design is old. The design is at least 10 years old. I have ridden one, and without platform damping there is a lot of bob when out of the saddle.
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    On bikesdirect.com, it even says the Motobecane Fantom is based on a 2003 bike. Did they just use an old 2003 style and put new components on it? I don't see any new model bikes with full suspension that look like the motobecane's. Other new full suspension bikes look like they have different geometry to them. It almost looks like the moto's rear suspension might be useless, and just be for looks. I am possibly thinking about getting the Trek and upgrading components later on down the road. Or get the motobecane for the components, and put the components on a better frame.

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