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    Well, i am excited to say that im anxiously awaiting my Moto Fantom Elite to show up in the next few days from BD. I used to ride back in the early 90's on a Paramount mtb. This new purchase is only my second mtb. I did alot of looking on the forums before I made it, hope I made the right choice. I can't stay off of the forums and serously can't wait until it arrives. This is my very first post here! Glad to be here!!!!

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    I actually had mine out for my 1st ride this evening! As with you this is my 2nd Mt. Bike. I haven't rode for quite a few years and wanted to get back into it. I use to ride a Bridgestone MB4 and decided to purchase the Moto Fantom Elite 29er last week. It showed up at my door here in South-Central PA on Tuesday. Put it together yesterday and out for 1st ride today. All I can say is WOW! I'm blown away at how good it feels! I'm 6'4" and weigh in at 300 Lbs. I purchased the 19" size because the stand-over height was closest to my old bike. In hind-sight I probably would have gone with the 21" model. Its is a VERY solid bike and feels great though. HAVE FUN!

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    Grats to both.
    Mike
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    Congradulations, the hardest part is the wait, I've got a Fantom Team and Fantom Comp, I've had good luck with them, no problems, they do a good job, if you want the longest travel in the rear you move the piviot bolt to the rear most shock mount, (pic below) I've also added a chainstay protector, and inverted my shock, some of the newer bike come inverted, there can be a problem with the air valve and the rocker that is eliminated by inverting. Lower center of gravity too,LOL!! Other then that I've just changed things for comfort or preference, durability, things like, seat, tires, grips, pedals.
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    There is nothing wrong with Motobecane's, you'll see negative post from people making a mountain out of a molehill, especially about the dual suspension Moto's like we have, (Bicycle Baptists,LOL) The rear suspension does what rear suspension is supposed to do, some people just like to be negative, they've never owned, rode one, just because its not the newest tricknology, its the only thing they can find to pick on, so they do (oh and you can't test ride one in most cities) . Thats probably why you dont' see many Fantom owners posting about their bikes, also why there are more lurkers then posters on the forums.
    Glad to see another Fantom owner post, Happy Trails

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    Oh I just noticed the Fantom 29, oops mine are Fantom DS,, well congrats on the 29er's.. Happy Trails

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    First Dirt!


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    I just took my Fantom Comp DS for it's inaugural ride this afternoon. The bike performed admirably. Moving from a HT Trek 820 (c. 2004), I'm thrilled with all the improvements. The one thing I'll have to work on is climbing with the FS in and out of the saddle. Just not used to a rear shock and probably a little out of shape (been out of the saddle for two years now). I love the hydraulic disc brakes. They're so much better than v-brakes, it's amazing.

    I upgraded the stock chain to a XTR and the stock pedals to DeoreXT clipless. I'm waiting on a Selle SMP Pro saddle. Gotta' protect those important parts . I'll be upgrading the rear tire to something with more bite soon (prob. a WTB Velociraptor). The stock Panaracer kept slipping on the climbs. The front tire wasn't bad though. I've added other miscellaneous bits (lizardskins, computer, gps mount).

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    Congrats, a DS is a bit different to ride, you can't stand and mash as much as a HT, its more sit and spin, to keep the back wheel on the ground and keep it from spinning, I run my rear shock pretty stiff, that seems to help, I thought the tires were the problem too, now those hills that I spun on I ride right up, I can even mash on them now, I think the key is to keep even pressure 360 degrees, run low air pressure, and pratice. I did run a bigger tire in the back for awhile, but now I'm using Schwalbe Rocket Rons 2.25s and they seem to do a good job. I'm the one that needs to improve now, thats never ending. Happy Trails

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    Quote Originally Posted by manabiker
    Congrats, a DS is a bit different to ride, you can't stand and mash as much as a HT, its more sit and spin, to keep the back wheel on the ground and keep it from spinning, I run my rear shock pretty stiff, that seems to help, I thought the tires were the problem too, now those hills that I spun on I ride right up, I can even mash on them now, I think the key is to keep even pressure 360 degrees, run low air pressure, and pratice. I did run a bigger tire in the back for awhile, but now I'm using Schwalbe Rocket Rons 2.25s and they seem to do a good job. I'm the one that needs to improve now, thats never ending. Happy Trails
    Appreciate the tip. I'll keep that in mind for the next ride.

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    Ok, I took my first trip out on my Fantom Elite HT last night........AWESOME! The first thing I must change is the saddle, I'm a big boy (22" frame) and that seat is made for a petite person and that i'm not! Ouch! That being said, I guess if that's my only complaint i'm not doing too bad. Sooooo happy with this purchase!!

    Any recommendations on which saddle I should be looking for? I weigh about 245 currently but hopefully not for long now that my new ride is here! Thanks in advance for the tips!

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    Congradulations, for saddle Fixik dealers have seats to try, try the Fizik Alainte Gamma XM and you won't have to try another, I was at your weight when I got mine, I'm down to 218 lbs now and still no complaints, hardly know its there, good luck with the saddle, and Happy Trails

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