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    Motobecane Fantom 29 Six Month Review

    I have been riding my Fantom 29 for six months now and really like it. I have been documenting my experience with the bike in a blog at http://motobecanefantom29.blogspot.com/

    Here is my 6 month review:

    Evaluation

    Frame: After getting a longer seat post and adjustable stem, the 17" frame fits me well. The black finish is holding up well- no scratches. The chainstay nicks were the only area that needed some attention.

    Brakes: Excellent stopping power. Very easy to adjust for brake wear.

    Shifting: Very smooth.

    Drivetrain: The 22/32/44T crankset and 11-32T cassette provides a range of 20 to 116 gear inches. I usually ride in the middle chainring which provides 29 to 84 gear inches.

    Tires: MotoRaptor 29x2.1 perform well in the trails that I ride. They provide excellent traction. The 29er wheels do well for climbing and rolling over obstacles.

    Fork: The Dart 3 performs well. I rarely use the lockout, but it is a nice feature to have. I can ride downhill fairly fast and the fork absorbs the terrain well.

    Maintenance: Overall very low. I have had 2 flats due to manufacturing tube defects. Not really Motobecane's fault, just cheap tubes. I will use tires with slime in the future.

    Overall Ride: The Fantom 29 has proven to be an excellent addition to my fitness regime, providing an excellent off road riding workout.

    Repairs

    March 15, 2008 Loose Bottle cage holder
    March 22, 2008 31.8 miles Flat Tire
    March 23, 2008 Chainstay nicks
    August 02, 2008 Bent Derailleur Hanger
    August 11, 2008 203.6 miles Flat Tire

    Maintenance
    Normal chain lube after every 2 to 3 rides
    Adjusted brakes to compensate for wear a couple of times


    Riding Statistics
    Number of Rides: 21 Mileage : 217.4
    Average mileage: 10.4 miles per ride
    Longest Ride: 28.4 miles Thun Trail
    Number or Rides: Marsh Creek State Park: 7 average:10.8 miles
    Number of Rides Springton Manor Farms: 12 average: 7.7 miles
    Number of Rides Thun Trail: 2 average : 23.7 miles

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    Nice review, thanks.

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    Thanks for posting this.

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    is the Moto Pro 29er worth the $200 extra?

    hard to decide between the two not to mention getting black or silver.
    thanks

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    I evaluated that on my blog. See http://motobecanefantom29.blogspot.c...otobecane.html

    For me I use the bike for fitness so the Fantom 29 is all I need. The Fantom Pro is a better value.

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    For me, the Pro was well worth the money. I was above the weight for the springs in the dart forks.
    Last edited by fireflock; 08-25-2008 at 04:09 PM. Reason: wrong place

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