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  1. #1

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    Jun 2004

    Is this a good bike?

    I have not biked in about 10 years and want to get back into it. I am looking for a bike and I would like to spend about $400. I have looked at some of the big manufacturers' bikes in my range (e.g., Trek 4300, GF Marlin, Specialized Hardrock) and think they are all decent, but then I came across a Motobecane 700HT for $450. Here is the description:

    "The Motobecane 700HT has a 7005 Aluminum frame with detachable rear dropout. The components on this bike are all top level; Rock Shox Judy TT fork, Shimano XT rr der, Deore frt and 27-speed shifters, DISC BRAKES with builtin adjusters, Black Anodized ALEX Aluminum Double Wall rims with Machined CNC Sidewalls, Truvativ FIREX Crank, M-Wings hubs, M-Wings Aluminum Bar, Threadless Stem and Micro-adjust Seatpost, ATB Blackwall tires."

    Is this a good bike and is it a good deal? Should I go back to one of the big companies' bikes? If yes to this second question, which bike would you recommend?

    Thank you for any guidance you can provide.


  2. #2
    RVM is offline
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    I'd get one from a good LBS

    if something goes wrong, they should take care of you well and not worry about which brand or model too much...

  3. #3
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    Feb 2004

    I'm no expert, but...

    The front fork is terrible from what I've read on this site. Obviously the XT rear is good and front is good, it says disk brakes but what kind (Avid?), rest looks fine for the price. If you could swap out the fork now and spend a bit more, it could be good...don't know.

  4. #4
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    I'd pass and

    spend another $250 or so for the likes of a Giant Ranier, well recognized as a benchmark by which to judge a good value package at a good price.

    The Moto has a poor fork, poor OEM discs. I'd pass, in my opinion. for a few hundred more you'll have a great bike that you can really learn on and love a long time.


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