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    2015 Motobecane 529ht quick review. (and evolution!)

    OK so I bought the 529ht from BD last week. Received it yesterday and built it last night. Adjusted and tightened everything up this morning and went on a quick ride to make sure everything was good.

    For 399.00 dollars shipped this is an awesome bike. It has far exceeded my expectations for what I wanted. It is solid with good welds and decent components for a bike in this price range. Also it is BIG at least in my opinion and this is my first 29er. I'm 6' 2" and weigh 210lbs. I purchased the 19" and it fits me perfect.

    A couple of draw backs about this bike is you will have to upgrade a few things out of the box. Tires are very cheap and don't hold very well, the seat wasn't for me so swapped my seat out, pedals are very cheap and should go as well. Then you have the items you will just want to upgrade like seat post, spem and handlebars.

    Good points are the frame is well built, drive system is solid, brakes work well but a little squishy (maybe need bleed), front fork is solid in my opinion and didn't have a whole lot of sag and didn't over compress from my experience so far ( 25% sag on second setting and maxed at 55% on first ride with some good brake testing). Also the front fork is a 2014 with 100mm travel. Site says 2013 and doesn't tell if it's 80 or 100.

    All in all I'm very happy with this bike. And am looking to do the "Iceman cometh challenge" this fall with it. I hope this helps anyone who is looking at this bike. Let me know if I missed anything.

    Edit: I wrote off the WTB saddle without even looking at it. Just swapped it with mine and it is very comfortable and seams well made. Trying to get my head back into mountain biking not pavement pounding and trimming weight.
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    I have a very similar fantom 29 sport and am pretty happy. I don't think many will agree with your assessment of the fork. I have been riding for a few months and am beginning to see what people are grousing about with the suntour coil forks.

    What did you find inadequate about the saddle? Mine is a WTB Sport V and I have found it to be excellent. The WTB saddles get pretty good marks even at the entry price point and I guess its serendipity that it fits my keister well.

    What tires did it have?

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    I also have a fear of the spring losing its form but rite now its better then I expected from other reviews.

    Tires are Forza very cheap one even had a 3" crack in it (BD had a replacement out within an hour of emailing them)!

    Seat was a WTB speedV and rite after posting this I was looking at it and thought it might not be as bad as I originally thought. I took it off before even assembling the bike. I may have been a little overzealous on that one.
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    Put it this way, I haven't been on a bike consistently for years until I got the fantom (and yes it's a speed v not sport v). I ride 3-4 timesa week and have had zero arse pain. None.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwiceHorn View Post
    Put it this way, I haven't been on a bike consistently for years until I got the fantom (and yes it's a speed v not sport v). I ride 3-4 timesa week and have had zero arse pain. None.
    I updated the OP. It is a nice comfortable saddle I guess I just expected it not to be. I'm going to try it for a while and nice for bike shorts to be an option instead of a must.
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    2015 Motobecane 529ht quick review.-img_20140929_165500%7E2.jpg2015 Motobecane 529ht quick review.-img_20140929_203230.jpgUpgraded a couple things to make my 529HT work better. Put some proper tires on it Continental Trail Kings. A Ritchey 710mm riser bars and a Ritchey 100mm stem. In my opinion these were needed to have control over the bike on the trails.
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    So to continue with my bike after a few rides and the XCT fork breaking in I started looking for a replacement fork. Originally I was looking at the SR Suntour Epicon but due to changes made in the 2015 line decided against it. Didn't want to go with the upgrade program as the Raidon wasn't enough of an improvement for the money. So I stumbled across a Manitou Tower with 120mm travel. It was to good of a deal to pass up. So this weekend I will be breaking in a whole new bike. And the 529HT will be all set for the Iceman Cometh 2014. Also I was very happy to buy a part from a Midwest company instead of overseas. Yes I know they are all made overseas but still.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMaxwell View Post
    So I stumbled across a Manitou Tower with 120mm travel. It was to good of a deal to pass up.
    Would love to hear the details as well as a review of the fork. While I already have last years epicon, and am very pleased with it, I do need to find a good budget option to suggest to my friends and family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitsBoy View Post
    Would love to hear the details as well as a review of the fork. While I already have last years epicon, and am very pleased with it, I do need to find a good budget option to suggest to my friends and family.
    I will receive the new fork tomorrow and have a single track course I'm going to Sunday. Will let you know how it does. I picked up the LDT model (2013 expert) for 260.00 shipped from a bike shop in Wisconson. Manitou and the shop were both great about responding to some technical questions for me. Seams like a very good company and good support.

    SR Suntour wasn't very much help when I called to inquire about the upgrade program. Seamed like I was waisting their time with my call.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMaxwell View Post
    SR Suntour wasn't very much help when I called to inquire about the upgrade program. Seamed like I was waisting their time with my call.
    Well, suntour is still in teh process of getting their operations online in north america. This just goes to show that they still have a long way to go before they will be accepted as a viable choice and serious competitor, especially at the prices theyre asking. At a steep discount, people are willing to overlook the difficult customer service and availability of parts. But if youre charging teh same price as the big boys, you better bring comparable customer service and parts availability, not to mention distribution through LBS and online vendors, not just at the corporate website.

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    So got the Manitou Tower installed still breaking it in so won't really have an opinion till after the weekend. Though this is really a nice upgrade. If not just due to the tuneability of the fork. You can easily swap out the spring with soft to extra firm. Compression and rebound dampers are far better quality then anything in this price and far above (shim based and highly tuneable). Travel seams good but waiting for it to break in. Ordered a medium spring but probably won't put it in till its first service. 30% lighter then the XCT makes a huge difference.2015 Motobecane 529ht quick review.-img_20141010_101500.jpg
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    I've been amazed with Manitou's customer service. Been going back and forth with the since before I purchased the fork and have never made me feel like my questions were dumb or I was waisting their time. Props to them. Also they want contact. The guy I've been chatting with asked me for follow up after the weekend to let him know how his suggestions worked out.
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    OK so I was able to get some miles on the Tower LTD/expert. After a few quick laps on the shorter single track loop I didn't see a whole lot of difference in performance. It did a good job a soaking up roots and small bumps. Rebound I think is about dialed in. Still working on air pressure haven't got it just rite yet. Didn't bottom out at all on my ride but the short loop doesn't have any real hard hits. In the middle of our rainy season here so getting it out to finish breaking it in is hard. Only had time for about 14 miles on the course. Cable routing has been problematic due to it running up the back and the cable not being long enough for putting it were I want to. Overall it is a lot lighter and the damering and rebound seam to work perfect.
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    So one of my last packages arrived for my Moto 529HT build. My zero set back Ritchey carbon seatpost. Finaly can get behind the seat on a tricky downhill. And a really nice post. Still waiting for my spring and remote lockout. But feeling very confident about my set up.

    Any suggestions for a wheelset that doesn't cost as much as the bike?
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    All set up. Very happy with the finished product.

    Also should add that I weighed the bike last night and it just breaks 32 lbs. Not super lite but not bad for a budget 29er.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMaxwell View Post
    All set up. Very happy with the finished product.

    Also should add that I weighed the bike last night and it just breaks 32 lbs. Not super lite but not bad for a budget 29er.

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    Nice!
    Mine is same frame size and it looks like you saved close to 3 pounds with the upgrades.

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    I really do hope not to see any more end of season deals. Just purchased a new drivetrain for the 529HT. Why? Well for me I'm not a huge fan of the 3x8 set up and the XCT cranks. Also the rear derailleur made for some serious chain slap. So found a deal on a Shimano SLX 2x10 groupset for 226.60 USD shipped to my door (NEW). Can't beat that and I was planning on doing it next year but figured why not just get it and get it done.

    Edit: SLX drivetrain all installed. Very nice system would recommend to anyone looking. And the shadow+ system is so nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMaxwell View Post
    I really do hope not to see any more end of season deals. Just purchased a new drivetrain for the 529HT. Why? Well for me I'm not a huge fan of the 3x8 set up and the XCT cranks. Also the rear derailleur made for some serious chain slap. So found a deal on a Shimano SLX 2x10 groupset for 226.60 USD shipped to my door (NEW). Can't beat that and I was planning on doing it next year but figured why not just get it and get it done.

    Edit: SLX drivetrain all installed. Very nice system would recommend to anyone looking. And the shadow+ system is so nice.
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    Did you have to change the real wheel in order to get the 10 speed cassette to work? I always thought you couldn't put a 10 speed cassette on an 8 speed hub.

    I've been considering this bike for couple of weeks thanks to your thread, but I don't want to feel compelled to spend $400 in upgrades to make it trail worthy. So I have been on the fence for a while.

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    8, 9, and 10 speed all use the same cassette depth. 11 speed is special.

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    I can also confirm the hubs work with 10 speed cassette. Youll need a 10 speed chain, shifters, derailleurs (front mech may still work), and you may or may not need a new crankset. I never tried my xct cranks, but the chainwheel thickness and spacing matchs up perfectly to my x7 10 speed part.

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    Varider, It is a very nice bike, but you have to know what your buying. At its price I stand firm on its the best bang for your buck. For me I really dislike a triple front and the only 2x10 set ups are $1500+. Out of the box this bike is a great greenway / rails to trails bike. No its not a CX race bike or a singletrack demon. Now with a few upgrades I don't see anything on the BD website I would rather have that is a reasonable price. I am at about 900$ on my bike and I feel good about riding it in a race or day trip out mountain biking. Just know what you want to do with your bike. This is a great beginners bike you can upgrade as you get better or more experienced. I really do love mine. I wanted to continue updating the thread to show what you can do with this bike not exactly what you have to do.

    Also the 10 speed SLX cassette fit with no issues 8-10 speeds are all the same size as stated above.
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    Thanks for the all the input.

    I could see myself getting one of these and then upgrading the fork to the Manitou fork or maybe one of the less expensive RockShox coil spring shocks ($150 price range). I understand they have better damping than the Suntour XCT.

    Ideally I would like to eventually have at leaset X5 or deore level shifters with corresponding derailleurs.

    It seems like BD has a price gap between $400 to maybe $700 where additional spending does not get you a better fork, only better components. For example the $600 Fantom Trail has the Suntour XCT fork, but if you spend an extra $100 you get the Fantom Comp with a Rockshox XC 28Mg. From what I've read that's actually a trail worthy fork.

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    For under 200 bucks, take a look at the suntour upgrade program for a raidon fork, or roll the dice on a chinese epicon. Id put both well above a low end coil rockshox. Looking past suntour, you might find a deal on a manitou or an xfusion velvet, but youre looking at closer to 400.

    You can get an x5 shifter and derailleur set for 99 on the slow boat from china. But dont discount spending a few bucks more to get x7 or x9 shifters, and x5 derailleur purchased separately.

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    My progression on forks would be from the XCT to the recon silver (or equivalent epicon or manitou) The rockshox XC series of forks are ok, but quality wise, it's worth it to spend more. Normally, spending more for a good fork will get you a better drivetrain. I have an XC32 TK, and it works, just not as good as the recon silver.

    This is a case where Airborne bikes did a good job or upgrading the fork to a higher level and leaving the component group at a lower level. I'd rather have a good fork over a 10-speed drivetrain any day of the week.

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    A little update after putting the bike on the work stand for the winter. Headset needed to be torn down and cleaned (sand got into the bearings). Very weak seals this will definitely be my next upgrade. New wheels just installed. The set that come on the bike were very weak I could twist them out of shape very easily and had to true them frequently. Actually cracked two nipples after trueing for the third time so they had to go. I'll do the headset next time it gets gunk in it. A little more then I wanted to do so soon on upgrades but grew out of it pretty quick.

    I've been eyeing a Chinese carbon frame and just doing an organ transplant from the 529HT but not till maybe next winter maybe. Still scared to pull the trigger on a carbon weighing over 200lbs. But I would like a little more aggressive geo at this point.
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    Bummer to hear about the wheels! I got this bike for Fathers Day in 2014. So far I've put bars, stem, grips, a new fork and converted it to 1x10 with SRAM X9. I really like this bike and I'm hoping to leave it alone for a while, but the wheels worry me. Which ones did you end up putting on it? Vast improvement?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyNameIsPaul View Post
    Bummer to hear about the wheels! I got this bike for Fathers Day in 2014. So far I've put bars, stem, grips, a new fork and converted it to 1x10 with SRAM X9. I really like this bike and I'm hoping to leave it alone for a while, but the wheels worry me. Which ones did you end up putting on it? Vast improvement?
    I haven't had a chance to ride the new set due to being in the dead of winter rite now. But I went with a set of Fulcum Red Power 29XL wheels. I was torn between the Fulcrum and a set of Mavic CrossRides. But due to a mishap with Amazon I ended up getting the Fulcrum set with an extra front wheel for just over 100 USD. So I can't really complain at all about that.

    The wheels seam really nice though. Lighter and role and role. Also the front is convertible to 15mm thru and the rear is convertible to 12mm thru so no issues if I upgrade the frame. I was looking at some carbon frames but just can't justify the price for what is really just a few mm shorter stays and weight savings. So I'm going to keep the frame this year and ride the hell out of it.
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    I forget that people actually have non-rideable seasons! I'm in Houston, so we can ride all year long. I'll look up those wheels, thanks for the heads up!

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    Ha ha. Just moved back to Michigan from NC and do miss being able to ride all year long. Tomorrow is a low of -9f and snow. And we have about 1 of snow on the ground. No mountain biking till late march here. Next year getting a fat bike so I don't get fat.

    Best deals I found were 259$ on eBay for the Fulcrum's and 190$ for the Mavic CrossRides. You will need a 15mm to 9mm adapter as well for the Mavics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMaxwell View Post
    Ha ha. Just moved back to Michigan from NC and do miss being able to ride all year long. Tomorrow is a low of -9f and snow. And we have about 1 of snow on the ground. No mountain biking till late march here. Next year getting a fat bike so I don't get fat.

    Best deals I found were 259$ on eBay for the Fulcrum's and 190$ for the Mavic CrossRides. You will need a 15mm to 9mm adapter as well for the Mavics.

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    Those Mavics look great, but my fork (RockShox TC32 Solo Air) are 9mm QR's only.
    I'll keep checking out the Mavics with that adapter. I'm just starting the research on wheels. Thanks!

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    Great thread, just picked up a 529HT for myself!

    Question, on the seatpost, is it just 400mm to look for, or any other specs? Noob question.... thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NakedDave View Post
    Great thread, just picked up a 529HT for myself!

    Question, on the seatpost, is it just 400mm to look for, or any other specs? Noob question.... thanks!
    I believe it's a 27.2 mm diameter seatpost, but I could be wrong. 400mm is the length. You can replace it with any length you choose, or simply cut it down to shave a few grams.

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    It is a 27.2 and that is the main measurement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMaxwell View Post
    It is a 27.2 and that is the main measurement.
    Thank you both for the quick reply.

    Would that measurement be in the specs chart, or taken with a caliper?

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    Ideally both. Seatposts, like other components, come in a handful of standard sizes. The diameter is usually in the product title, or it may be a pulldown option when ordering. 27.2 is probably the most popular size seatpost, so finding a new one should be pretty east.

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    Dave, are you planning on replacing it?

    Bikesdirect uses the 27.2 seatpost diameter on almost all of their bikes. I think there's a few titanium, carbon, and high dollar bikes that might have something different, but not many. The 27.2 is the outside diameter of the seatpost as measured by a caliper. The stock seatpost's are aluminum, easy to setup and adjust, and are aceptable from a weight standpoint. You can get lighter, but not worth the money unless you're getting down to a race weight.

    I'm still using them on all 4 of my bikes with thousands of miles. Only had one come loose on me after I changed a seat out and didn't get the clamp positioned right afterwards. It was also my trail bike, so it gets used a bit rougher than the other ones.

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    Fast and knowledgeable replies all around, thank you all very much.

    I "was" looking to replace it as a lower weight one seemed like a good idea, at the time, but now it sounds serviceable and I'll keep it for now and focus money on tires/wheels, and a new fork when the time comes.

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    Don't undestimate the value of a wider handlebar, especially if you have wide shoulders/are tall. The stock one is Ok for simple trails, asphalt, and gravel. If you plan on riding rougher trails, getting an approximately 750mm wide handlebar is a nice upgrade. Unfortunately, it'll cost at least $25 for a new bar and another $10 for a stem, if you get them online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NakedDave View Post
    I "was" looking to replace it as a lower weight one seemed like a good idea, at the time, but now it sounds serviceable and I'll keep it for now and focus money on tires/wheels, and a new fork when the time comes.
    Well, if I recall my stock 550HT was close to 400g, and a new 300mm post cost me about $25 and weighed in at 250g. But if you run a lower seat, you can just cut the seatpost down so that you still have the miniumum insertion length, but nothing extra.

    But certainly save up for a fork, it will make the single biggest improvement to your bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMaxwell View Post
    Ha ha. Just moved back to Michigan from NC and do miss being able to ride all year long. Tomorrow is a low of -9f and snow. And we have about 1 of snow on the ground. No mountain biking till late march here. Next year getting a fat bike so I don't get fat.

    Best deals I found were 259$ on eBay for the Fulcrum's and 190$ for the Mavic CrossRides. You will need a 15mm to 9mm adapter as well for the Mavics.

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    Have a look at the Gravity Bullseye Monster. I bought one last Fall and have several hundred miles on it now. I live in NW SD and it is FUUUUUN! in the snow!

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    Thanks for all the details here. We are looking at the 2015 Motobecane 529HT for my husband.

    We really like my DB bicycle and have had great service from them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marna_Kazmaier View Post
    Have a look at the Gravity Bullseye Monster. I bought one last Fall and have several hundred miles on it now. I live in NW SD and it is FUUUUUN! in the snow!
    I am debating either the Boris Brut or Sturgis bullet both sprung. For the price a sprung fork tapered headtube and 190 rear are things on my wish list for that bike.
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    as much as I like the idea of the 190 hub, there are still too many versions of fat bike rear axles out there. The 190 QR, 190 12mm TA, 197m TA, or what ever else comes out this year. The 170 QR has been well established though. It might not be the predoment fatbike rear axle down the road, but for now, it seems to be the QR rear axle of choice for 4" tires. Kind of like the 135QR front axle and the 150mm thru axle are going to be the front hub standards for fat. Just waiting to see what wins the higher quality rear axle standard. At least until specialized messes it up again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMaxwell View Post
    I am debating either the Boris Brut or Sturgis bullet both sprung. For the price a sprung fork tapered headtube and 190 rear are things on my wish list for that bike.
    Ha3 I wanted the Stugis Bullet.....because we live about 80 miles from Stugis, SD and ride our bicycles there often, and because we are competitive shooters. <smiles>

    I think you will be pleased with either of those bicycles. I have read reviews on them on the Internet.

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    Hey everyone, I am new to mountain biking and after reading through this thread had decided that I was going to make the 529HT my first mountain bike but after ordering was told that it was out of stock. I was now looking at the 550HT but wanted to get some input on the differences between the two and if the 550ht would make a good replacement for the 529HT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dontfakethefunk View Post
    Hey everyone, I am new to mountain biking and after reading through this thread had decided that I was going to make the 529HT my first mountain bike but after ordering was told that it was out of stock. I was now looking at the 550HT but wanted to get some input on the differences between the two and if the 550ht would make a good replacement for the 529HT.
    Quite different beasts. Do you want a 29er? Or do you want the old 26 size wheel. Nothing wrong with 26, other than the fact that bike companies have been moving away from it the last few years. Otherwise the 550HT is a fine first bike. But dont neglect the Fantom 29 sport if you dont mind shimano shifters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitsBoy View Post
    Quite different beasts. Do you want a 29er? Or do you want the old 26 size wheel. Nothing wrong with 26, other than the fact that bike companies have been moving away from it the last few years. Otherwise the 550HT is a fine first bike. But dont neglect the Fantom 29 sport if you dont mind shimano shifters.
    If I go with the Fantom 29 Sport is it a big difference in the components between that and the other two or are they all relatively the same?

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    I believe you lose hydraulic brakes for mechanical ones, and the shimano shifters had a trigger finger release, as opposed to thumb/thumb with the sram stuff. Its all preference mostly.

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    Would you say that all three are easily upgradeable? I cant seem to find anyone give any feedback on the fantom but I am seriously considering it .

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    All are upgradable (to an extent), and all are priced appropriately.
    Here's my main takeaway of 3 bikes I'd consider. they are all basically the same 8-speed drivetrain with different wheels/tires and fork. My personal preference would be for the gravity 29.1 because you get a little bit more with it. I have an older 29.2 that I've beat up over the years and upgraded the crankset, fork and brakes. Best bike I own for everyday, everything riding.

    Gravity 29.1 TCS ($450). has a 25mm internal width rim, which should give better traction, especially with 2.2" tires. The tires and rims are decent brands, not some no-name tires, hydraulic lockout fork (none of the others have hydraulic lock out, which gives this a big plus in my book even though it's still an XCT), the frame uses a zerostack configuration for the fork steer tube, which will allow future tapered forks to be used if you want to upgrade this frame with a new wheelset and fork. All the other frames use 1 1/8 external cups, so you will be limited with fork upgrades.

    Motobecane Fantom 29 LTD ($400) Mechanical lockout fork, which is acceptable, but not good. You will want to upgrade if you get into more technical terrain with lots of rocks and roots. The rims are 22mm inside rim width, which is pretty good too, and come with decent 2.1" tires. I choose this one to compare over the fantom sport because it has a better wheelset for the same price.

    Motobecane 429 ($370), basically the same as the fantom above with an even narrow wheelset and some no-name tires on it. I hear the tires are heavy, but they do have decent grip. This would be the same thing you'd get with the 529, but with mechanical brakes instead of the hydraulic ones and the fork on the 429 is slightly better (like comparing a AMC gremlin to a geo metro).

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    My husband now has several rides on his Motobecane 529HT. We really like it. So well that I am planning on buying one for myself. I ride a Gravity Bullseye Monster, but with riding the Mikelson ~ Rails to Trails, I think the 529 HT will be easier on the chat/tiny gravel, for faster travel.

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    im thinking about picking one up this weekend, pretty excited.

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    Great Bike!

    So I found this thread and wanted to add my two cents. I recently got back into the sport after several years (about 7) off trail and I found that I really missed it. My old bike is a Fox equipped Jamis Dakar with a XT drivetrain, x7 shifters, Syntace stem and handlebars, Trvativ crank, Manitou Black Comp fork, sun rims and Panaracer tires. Overall still a nice rig, but I wanted to get a 29er after riding a buddy's and also wanted a hardtail to complement my FS bike. I looked at the 529HT, Fantom 29, Trek Caliber X6, several Specialized and Cannondale options and also at building a bike from the frame up. I arrived at the 529HT because of the overall value. Out of the box it performed well, but after one ride, I was convinced that the XCT fork and the cheesy tires had to go. I also thought the handlebar/stem combo was too narrow and to heavy, and since I ride Crankbros Candys, the pedals never even made it on the bike at all. After some shopping I found a 2013 XCR 32 fork with hydraulic remote lockout (about 400 grams less) for $58, and was able to get an Easton Monkey Bar with a Nashbar OS stem (these are great if you aren't caught up with brand names) for about $55 bucks. I also found some new Candy 1s and WTB Wolverine Comps on sale for about $100 total. I topped the whole thing off with WTB lock-on grips. The result has been amazing and the bike is an absolute joy to ride on single track! Most importantly, for less than $650, I have a bike that performs more like a bike in the $1,100-$1,300 range! Eventually I will add some WTB i23 rims and potentially upgrade to an x7 drive train as well, but until then I have a great trail bike that did not break the bank. Would highly recommend to anyone!

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    Received the 529HT from Bikes Direct last week. Decent bike for the money spent. SRAM components and Tektro Draco hydraulic brakes perform well. The pedals and tires need to be changed immediately. At your leisure the seat, seat post, stem and handlebars should be replaced. Have taken it XC twice and put it through its paces. Not bad at all. If money is an issue ( which it was for me) I highly recommend it. Except for the tires and pedals upgrade it a little at a time. It should serve you well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skully56 View Post
    Received the 529HT from Bikes Direct last week. Decent bike for the money spent. SRAM components and Tektro Draco hydraulic brakes perform well. The pedals and tires need to be changed immediately. At your leisure the seat, seat post, stem and handlebars should be replaced. Have taken it XC twice and put it through its paces. Not bad at all. If money is an issue ( which it was for me) I highly recommend it. Except for the tires and pedals upgrade it a little at a time. It should serve you well.
    Ok...Have the bike now about 5 months. I ride xc about 3 times a week
    and crash the bike often. The SRAM X4 group has held up surprisingly well as has the Tekno Draco hydraulic brakes. The frame has too except for snapping the derailleur hanger( which I have read is common for this bike)
    The XCT fork is very heavy but has not let me down. In fact when riding the other day when it was 20 degrees the coil springs were working fine while my friends hydraulic shock was freezing up. I have replaced the entire cockpit with better stuff which sounds expensive but thanks to Ebay and a lot of patience it wasnt. Its is still about 5 lbs heavier than all my friends $2000 bikes, but honestly in the woods I dont think it makes all that much difference.
    And at the end of the day Ive had as much fun as they had. Not bad for an initial investment of $400.

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