Alright. My first Motobecane. I will be honest. As a life long Cannondale and Scott connoisseur I have yet to determine if this bike will be a keeper. Currently I ride a Leftied Scott Genius and a C'dale 1FG singlespeed so this bike is definitely up against some tough competition. Those are badass rides and are two of the best in their respective genres. So how will the 600HT measure up? Time will tell. Until then I will enjoy the journey and share my thoughts and findings here. So why do I have this bike? Well, a couple reasons. First, I'd like to have a inexpensive bike I can ride to the store/starbucks, lockup with my mediocre lock, and not be worried that it wont be there when I come back out losing thousands of dollars of bike. This 600HT costs all of $350.00. Now that's still a decent chunk of change but it's still just 10% of the price of the others so if its ever stolen its not the end of the world. Second, I want to try my hand at some bikepacking this year. I have all kinds of gear I bought on amazon that will be arriving in the next couple weeks and I dont want to modify my other two bikes that are currently dialed in just how I want them. So this bikes primary purpose is other than quick trips to the store will be for Bikepacking.
Wait? What!?! Did I just say Bikepacking..... On a $350 bike. Righhht. Well the answer is *Yes. Truth be told its actually a $600ish bike that was on bikes direct as clearance so not a bad deal. Before I saw this one I was considering something like a Cannondale F7 and just replace the components I didn't like or want. It's the frame I was really after because I have enough spare parts lying around the garage that all I really needed was a frame. Enter the 600HT at a decent price for which I can still replace the parts I don't like an maybe keep some that I've not tried before IF they turn out to be decent.
So first up. Below is the bike in the a box that was beat up pretty good.
Packing was minimal but the bike did arrive without any damage.
As you saw, it came 70% pre-assembled so it only took a few minutes to get it rolling which left enough time to get a short ride around the neighborhood in before the rest of the family got home. Naturally the shock was the first thing I wanted to "test" so ramming the bike dead-on 4-5 times into street curbs without lifting the wheel was in order. It fared better than I expected. Not bad for an entry level fork. I had planned on replacing the fork almost immediately with a Fox Talas but I may just use this Dart one until it gives out. The steering felt overly responsive to mainly due to the narrow handlebars. My other rides have bars that are much wider. These will have to go as well as the stem. The stem is not impressive to look at and has a rather brittle appearance.
Here are some of the parts I have on hand which shall replace those I feel are not up to par. I have bars, stems, posts, and shifters and other junk but didn't throw them in.
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