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    Should I buy I Motobecane just for the parts?

    I am looking to buy a Giant Anthem very soon. I happen to run across the bikesdirect website and found a "stacked" full suspension bike for 1800.00. Now Im thinking of buying an Anthem frame and switching the parts over. Couple of questions...

    Will everything switch over?
    What else will I need?
    Should I change anything?
    Is there any other companies I should be looking at?
    Can I get a complete build package for less?
    Lastly does anyone have experience with the bike that thinks I should just ride the Motobecane?

    Bike I'm looking at... bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/fantom_teamX
    Thank you guys for your time!

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    I'd say the only things that may not transfer over are the front derailler and the seatpost. But they might, just research it. Seatpost size, top swing/bottomswing, etc. You might need to redo the cables. Oh, and make sure that bottom bracket style will work for the Anthem.

    Its also possible you may not like how the stem and bar combo feel on the Anthem.



    When you receive the Motobecane, you may as well ride it a couple of times. You might like it. I've hated a lot of attractive and/or highly rated bikes in test rides.
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    Buy it right the first time, if you want bd buy bd if you want anthem buy anthem, no point swapping things out. Also, if you want to swap out parts from bd bike why not get the HT then transfer at least you can keep/use the HT.

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    Make sure the bottom bracket on the anthem is not pres fit and make sure the headset is the correct size.
    I think that is a hell of a good idea but I would get a ht and swap the parts the ht comes with a better fork.
    If you want to sell the frame let me know I will take it off your hands

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...fly_team_x.htm

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    I think you could get a better bike for less if you go that way.

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    I agree with Mimi, buy a bike with a better original spec and you're going to be in a good place.

    Are Anthems available "frame only"?

    Do your research and see what sizes everything is between the two bikes and make a decision. I would make a spreadsheet to compare each component for fit. And you'll be hard pressed to find what size clamp the Moto has or what length steerer tube so be aware that even if you research it you may not find all the answers you need.

    You're going to eat a lot of the cost of switching parts (housing, cables...), I don't see it being worth it.
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    the Giant frame will likely come with a headset, so you should be fine if the one in the motobecane doesn't work.

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    Yeah but he needs to make sure its not tapered or something like that

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