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    How much abuse can a moto take?

    Hey guys you might have seen me in the other forums asking about bikes, well im here now

    I was wondering about you guys and your motos. Motobecane bikes seem like an absolutely amazing deal, with great components.

    Heres my question. How tough are the frames? im 6' 280lbs and i am really rough on things. Most of the bikes are listed as XC but i was wondering how much abuse can they really take?

    Can they take 3-5 foot drops, concrete staircases, etc?
    How much have you guys put your motos through?

    I ask cuz im looking to get the absolute most for my money. i figure if i break the frame in 4 years i can transfer the comps and just get a new frame, but if i break it in 2 months that would suck.

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    The frames are rock solid! I weight about 220 and I am very rough on my equipment. I own 3 moto's and I bet you will not break a frame. they are just as strong as any specialized or gary fisher.

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    Most bike frames (for all Bike Companies) are made in Tiwain by the same mfgs, the same tubing and welding, alot of them go down the same production lines as Motobecane, these are very simple and strong frames, the Titanium frames are even stronger and lighter, but more expensive..
    I was close to 250 lbs a few months ago, I'm down to 210 now and the 2 motobecanes I have a like new, I'm the one taking the beating..LOL!!! Happy Trails

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    No less then any other brand...
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    There was another thread from a disgrunted Motobecane rider that posted an ugly photoshopped image of his broken Fly (complete with rack). Someone recognized the area and said it was notorious for dirt jumps. The bikesdirect guy came in to clarify that he was a former employee and bragged about his latest bike stunts. He said he offered to give him a new Fantom DS Team frame for $200, the approx cost of the rear shock, and he apparently refused.

    The point of this story is that the super light 2.8 lb Fly frames (26" at least) aren't tough enough for dirt jumping. They're designed for XC use. Hucking is categorized under AM for me, so I'd be worried especially considering your size. The Fantom is much more trail worthy and I wouldn't worry too much with one of those.

    Found it:
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=378714

    Other threads I found with a little searching:

    Broken Fantom (judging from the headset choice, he may have been hard on it AM style--Sunline is well known for high quality AM components)
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=618375

    Broken Windsor (rider learns about fatigue life in aluminum frames and stress on rear triangle)
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=515946

    Broken Motobecane DS (failed weld in rear triangle)
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=515954

    I'm sure you'd find a lot of threads about broken Treks, Gary Fishers, Specialized, Giant, etc. as well. Motobecane frames hold up as well as many oth
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    I just read all of those post and one thing comes to mind. every time there was an issue, people seem to doubt it would be handle fairly. No mater how many times before Mike from BD has come through. The first comment from people is…I wonder how they will handle the situation.

    Some people even make a forum post without even contacting the manufacture first. Nothing sucks like having something broken. Still, it’s nice to see if something legitimately does happen, they will solve the issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Varaxis
    There was another thread from a disgrunted Motobecane rider that posted an ugly photoshopped image of his broken Fly (complete with rack). Someone recognized the area and said it was notorious for dirt jumps. The bikesdirect guy came in to clarify that he was a former employee and bragged about his latest bike stunts. He said he offered to give him a new Fantom DS Team frame for $200, the approx cost of the rear shock, and he apparently refused.

    The point of this story is that the super light 2.8 lb Fly frames (26" at least) aren't tough enough for dirt jumping. They're designed for XC use. Hucking is categorized under AM for me, so I'd be worried especially considering your size. The Fantom is much more trail worthy and I wouldn't worry too much with one of those.

    Found it:
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=378714

    Other threads I found with a little searching:

    Broken Fantom (judging from the headset choice, he may have been hard on it AM style--Sunline is well known for high quality AM components)
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=618375

    Broken Windsor (rider learns about fatigue life in aluminum frames and stress on rear triangle)
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=515946

    Broken Motobecane DS (failed weld in rear triangle)
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=515954

    I'm sure you'd find a lot of threads about broken Treks, Gary Fishers, Specialized, Giant, etc. as well. Motobecane frames hold up as well as many oth
    I agree. Nobody starts a thread when they ride their bike and it DOESN'T break. All we see is bad, just like the news, so we build up a stigma in our mind of how unreliable so and so bike companies are. While it's not a Motobecane, my 6'6", 250lb best friend has been riding a $500 Dick's Sporting Goods Diamondback with a Dart3 on it for the past 2 seasons and the only issue he had with it was the seatpost creeping down on him. He bought a $20 Sette seatpost and cheapo clamp and the bike's been bulletproof ever since! I'm honestly shocked but considering Motobecane frames are every bit as burly and the components are MUCH better, I wouldn't hesitate to ride one. In fact, I will be starting a new thread for my new Motobecane Fly 29er Ti custom build in about a week I bought just the frame/fork and have been building it up for a couple weeks now.

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