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    Wow. Some great bikes here. Mine isn't top of the line, but it's good enough. The 2013 Moto Elite Trail.
    EDIT: Knew someone would comment on my QR skewers. But 29ers have MASSIVE clearance. Plus, as you can tell, this is more of a commuter. I'll only be taking this on flat trails. It's easier to release qrs when there is no fork or frame obstructing my plump fingers. Thanks though...

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    Your bike looks great, sauprankel! Hope you have fun with it

    One thing you might want to do is to swivel your quick-release levers up about 180 degrees from where they are now - this will help keep them from catching and "quick-releasing" when they encounter an obstacle

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    Not sure if I can post this question here or if I should start my own thread but I figured why not start here, I have been looking in to 29er specifically motos and was trying to decide between the Outcast 29er and the Phantom 29er comp, my goal is to have a 1x10 bike, something light and strong. Not sure what you guys would recommend as I am still a noob to all this mountain biking stuff, I was also going to just build one from the ground up, but it was going to cost more than I want to spend right off the bat, I want to ride, get a fee for the parts and how the react to what I want to do, then upgrade. Any suggestions is very much appreciated, thanks in advance.

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    My new Motobecane 450HT, delivered yesterday!

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    Modified Moto

    My SuperFly 650B Race Machine
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    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    Looks very nice Jmac

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    Looks very nice Jmac
    Put my triple crankset on for the first time (had ben running it SS before the 1x9 in pic) and it's amazing how much more top end and efficient the bike is for me now! I'm going to switch the 2.2's over to my650 fs and put some lighter tires on this thing. It will be a rocket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trees138 View Post
    Dirt mode. My Hadley/Flow/Comp build I just finished up.


    Street mode. (Finally replaced those awful Crest stickers with the Hope Hoops ones. MUCH better.)

    Trees,

    Your setup is looking sweet, especially with the upgrade wheelset. Any longer-term updates? How're you liking the beast?

    For my part, am digging my Point 4. It's got about 400-odd commuting miles and maybe 20-odd dirt miles on it, but an annoying cyclical click has developed - think it's the crank arm-to-spindle connection, but I've been too lazy to really check it out as yet. Click occurs when RH crank arm is about 15 degrees above natural on the downstroke.

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    I received my Motobecane couple weeks ago. Love the bike!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeremyC View Post
    Trees,

    Your setup is looking sweet, especially with the upgrade wheelset. Any longer-term updates? How're you liking the beast?

    For my part, am digging my Point 4. It's got about 400-odd commuting miles and maybe 20-odd dirt miles on it, but an annoying cyclical click has developed - think it's the crank arm-to-spindle connection, but I've been too lazy to really check it out as yet. Click occurs when RH crank arm is about 15 degrees above natural on the downstroke.
    Long term updates.... hmmmm...



    I nailed a post head on at 12-14 MPH, I'm fine, the pole is fine, my lower headtube.... was not. It was barely seeable, but the force of the impact ovaled the lower part of the headtube and I was getting a noise when I braked or hopped hard. Time to get a new frame. It would have cost just as much for a direct replacement so I bit the bullet and bought a CC 110 headset and a Razzo frame.

    I've now got a spare VP-A42E headset and a der hanger for a 29pointX. If you or anyone else for that matter needs either shoot me a PM. I'm not going to bother with an ad for those.

    I enjoyed my gravity, but I was planning on trying the Razzo next year anyway. So far, I like it! It built up well.
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    Don't be ashamed....

    Quote Originally Posted by Trees138 View Post
    Long term updates.... hmmmm...



    I nailed a post head on at 12-14 MPH, I'm fine, the pole is fine, my lower headtube.... was not. It was barely seeable, but the force of the impact ovaled the lower part of the headtube and I was getting a noise when I braked or hopped hard. Time to get a new frame. It would have cost just as much for a direct replacement so I bit the bullet and bought a CC 110 headset and a Razzo frame.

    I've now got a spare VP-A42E headset and a der hanger for a 29pointX. If you or anyone else for that matter needs either shoot me a PM. I'm not going to bother with an ad for those.

    I enjoyed my gravity, but I was planning on trying the Razzo next year anyway. So far, I like it! It built up well.
    Nothing wrong with owning a Motobecane and the Razzo!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cave12man View Post
    How do you like that SST saddle? Looking to replace the Speed V that came on my Fantom29er with something a little lighter. Great build BTW!
    Thanks man! Been awhile since I've been on MTBR. I love the SST, it's very comfortable and doesn't catch my shorts. Best saddle I've ever ridden. If you want something lighter, the WTB frequency is not a good choice. It's a bit on the heavy side, but to me weight is not that important to me, the features of the rim are awesome. Next are a new crankset w/ bottom bracket and a dropper post.

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    A pair of Fantom 29 Trail for wife and I...

    My last bike was an entry level Diamondback rigid, which got stolen in college years ago. Looking forward to enjoying our new rides.
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    Here's my custom build:

    Oh boy!!
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    Got my Fantom 29 Trail last July, and I ride it 3 times a week.
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    Where's all the Fantom 29 DS pictures? I saw maybe 2 posts. Nice bikes, but more is better!

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    Stopped to tighten my seat and noticed a picture opportunity.

    Motobecane Fantom 29 DS XT/SLX

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    Hey guys. Just wanted to update. My bike looks neglected in the first pic, so here's before:

    and after

    The Motobecane Elite Trail, Matte black, with some minor upgrades.
    Took it for a spin around the local park, good thing it was laundry day. o.0
    It's pronounced "so pro and cool."
    It was an impulse decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koollata View Post
    I received my Motobecane couple weeks ago. Love the bike!
    How is the rear suspension working for you? Any peddle bob or unwanted bounce when going over obstacles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hidperf View Post
    How is the rear suspension working for you? Any peddle bob or unwanted bounce when going over obstacles?
    Yeah +1 on that. Curious as to how BD executes the Full suspension. Pretty sure my next bike will be from BD, would like FS, but dunno how good they are.
    It's pronounced "so pro and cool."
    It was an impulse decision.

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    Here's my 2012 Fantom Cross Pro. Only thing I've changed was the saddle so far. I plan on adding lots of carbon goodies next year. After I purchase a new MTB.

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    Fantom Pro 29
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    Motobecane Fantom Pro 29
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    With some odd pedals from my commuter (did not have clipless with me)

    Current build kit (many original components reused, or sold, or gone)

    2008 Fly titanium frame
    Magura Durin SL fork (stock SID on wife's bike). Nice fork I should say.
    some Cane Creek headset
    stock Ritchey WCS seatpost and stem
    Easton carbon bar, 620mm
    Formula RX brakes (original Avid Ultimates had been the suckiest part on the bike. Sold) Front rotor - Hope.
    Hope Hoops Pro 3 XC6 with Stan's 355 rims. (Vueltas going strong on wife's bike) Rear with 10mm RWS bolt-on. Front with Halo bolt-on skewer.
    Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.25 Gatestar, tubeless with Caffelatex.
    E.13 XC crank with Salsa 32t ring. Wish list to replace with SRAM XX1 (but keep 10sp rear).
    11-36 HG81 cassette
    XT derailler, tomorrow to be replaced with freeride Zee shadow+
    Paul chain keeper, probably can remove it with clutched derailler.
    horrible Crank Brothers foam lock grips.
    XT rear shifter and alligator housing. Need to dremel out stops for full length normal housing.
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    Fantom Pro X7 21inch... have only put two miles on it after assembly and tuning the derailluers, but I have a feeling I'm gonna love this new hobby. I'd like to get some road tires and pedals before spring time, only thing I've added is a mount for my Etrex 30 and Ergon grips waiting to go on it.



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    No pictures of Fantom Comp DS ???

    I was thinking about picking one up! Anyone have any experience with them ?

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    Here is mine, its a Fantom 29 FS XTR. I have had it for two weeks. I immediately changed the seat, grips, seatpost clamp and replaced the upper bushing on the rear shock with a RWC needle bearing kit. I may still swap the bars as I am not a huge fan of straight bars but I am loving the bike so far.
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    Re Post 515 (Fantom 29 Trail) is that the 13" frame?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lfc.reds View Post
    A pair of Fantom 29 Trail for wife and I...

    My last bike was an entry level Diamondback rigid, which got stolen in college years ago. Looking forward to enjoying our new rides.
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    Again are these pictures of 13" frames.

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    They were both 15, not 13.

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    What are you and your wife's inseem? Could you measure the standover height? If you could stadle the bike and have your butt against the seat and measure the standover height at that position. I am finding specs are alwaya accurate or they don't measure from the same place.

    Thanks,

    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailrider2 View Post
    What are you and your wife's inseem? Could you measure the standover height? If you could stadle the bike and have your butt against the seat and measure the standover height at that position. I am finding specs are alwaya accurate or they don't measure from the same place.

    Thanks,

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    29.5" inseams. The standover (a few inches off the seat post) where a normal rider would stand is 29".

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    Quote Originally Posted by memi View Post
    Here is my Motobecane pro29sl 13"....(I am 5'4" tall male).
    The only thing i changed from stock is longer seat post from 350mm to 400mm, added crank brothers clipless. Had it for about six months. LOVE IT!
    Looks nice. What is your inseam? Any idea how much higher the real standover is with the new frame (not just specs)?

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    Had my maiden voyage today... Ordered it in early December, and just now was able to take it out now that the ice/snow are gone.

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    Ti - they look so simple but so awesome at the same time!

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    Here is my race machine. 2011 FantomPro 29. Changed a lot of components and converted drivetrain to 1x10. Full Easton cockpit.
    currently 25.5lb without pedals.

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    Hey Rallymaniac, Nice FantomPro29. What size is that and how tall are you? Those are some nice wheels! How do you like the ride of the bike? I'd like to get something like this to play around on. I'm a mtb rookie but what's the advantage of the single ring in the front? I wonder how you power up the hills. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbaulfinger View Post
    Hey Rallymaniac, Nice FantomPro29. What size is that and how tall are you? Those are some nice wheels! How do you like the ride of the bike? I'd like to get something like this to play around on. I'm a mtb rookie but what's the advantage of the single ring in the front? I wonder how you power up the hills. Thanks!
    Hey. Thanks.
    I'm 6'00" and the bike is 19". The size is perfect and I have a good riding position on it but with a changed, shorter stem.
    I changed the entire cockpit, seat post and seat to dial it in and to put lighter components on it.

    The single ring up front is for the simplicity and weight advantage. I found that I wasn't using the granny gear at all and used primarily the middle 32t ring. I still wanted to be sure that I don't spin out on a faster sections so when I converted to 1x10 I actually put a bigger 36t ring up front.
    I'm not running out of climbing power anywhere here in the MidWest. If anything I can always go back to the 32t when needed.
    I guess i must have somewhat strong legs.

    good luck with your bike.

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    Fantom29 15.5"


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    Post pics of your moto.-002_zpsced9594f.jpg

    I'm in too. Bought this to commute and explore mild trails, parks etc. Kudo's to Bikes Direct for changing the shipping address at the last minute when my plans changed and I wouldn't be home to sign for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by camekanix View Post
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    I'm in too. Bought this to commute and explore mild trails, parks etc. Kudo's to Bikes Direct for changing the shipping address at the last minute when my plans changed and I wouldn't be home to sign for it.
    I picked that same model up with the intention of using the components on a carbon frame later on. I changed the saddle and put some road tires on it and put almost 1,500 miles on it last year, my first year riding a roadie. It sparked something inside and now I'm building a full carbon roadie with SRAM Red group and turning the Moto into my commuter.

    Great bike!

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    I went the other way. I have a carbon road bike already and don't think it is sturdy enough for my commute as there are 5 miles of gravel along the way so I got this. Got about a mile on it and just finished with some adjustments. I'm hoping to take it out before work tomorrow but I adopted a stray puppy and she is kind of high maintenance so we'll see.

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    2009 Motobecane Fly Team Supreme

    Picked up this NOS beauty earlier this year ...

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    Weighs in at a very svelte 22 lbs, fully loaded.

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    Post pics of your moto.-moto_29er.jpg

    After a year of hard riding and a few upgrades the pig is still kick'n.

    Single Speed - It's All About The Pain!!!

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    is that the 2013 fantom 29 pro sl ? DEmbry

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    19" 2012 - It's been a great ride. Only complaint would be that you have to crank down the rear QR or the wheel will pop out.

    Single Speed - It's All About The Pain!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DEmbry View Post
    19" 2012 - It's been a great ride. Only complaint would be that you have to crank down the rear QR or the wheel will pop out.
    Sounds like something is tweaked.
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    The frame has been checked and is straight and I don't think I'm the only one that has reported this issue about the new frame.

    Single Speed - It's All About The Pain!!!

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    Here is my FS 29er in winter riding mode...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DEmbry View Post
    19" 2012 - It's been a great ride. Only complaint would be that you have to crank down the rear QR or the wheel will pop out.
    so should this be a determining factor of buying or not buying this bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tylerw View Post
    so should this be a determining factor of buying or not buying this bike?
    Should not. Use something like Halo XL bolt-on skewers - for weight savings and reliability, if it worries you.

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