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    Questions about Motobecane Fantom Pro Ti

    Hey there guys, I currently have a Specialized Rockhopper, looking to do quite a big upgrade and I'm considering quite a few bikes. From looking around the Fantom Pro Ti seems like a good deal, super light, great components... but...

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...e/fpti_09x.htm

    can this thing handle abuse? I live in Iowa where the terrain is mostly hardpack but I do like to beat my bike up a bit, do drops, ride really rocky, hilly downhill trails, and rooty, jarring trails. Should I be looking at something else? I'm really just looking for a good deal, I'm also looking at some Specialized FSR's on ebay.

    Not exactly sure what I want, but was curious what others thought, can this bike handle abuse?

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    See here: http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=519088

    My Fantom Pro Ti is at 1,609 miles since I got it last Oct. Been through 6 XC races so far. Last race was in PA called "On The Rocks at French Creek" and they weren't kidding when they say the race was on the rocks. Both wheels were whacked out of true and after trueing them, I just finished another 40 mile adventure trip over the last weekend. Overall, aside from shearing off 2 derailleur hangars, destroying the rear XT derailleur, snapped one spoke and several nipples, and enduring several hard crashes (last big crash resulted in 3 cracked ribs) the bike had pulled through with zero issues.

    Btw, MTBR also did a review last year on this bike: http://reviews.mtbr.com/blog/motobec...-pro-titanium/

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    Thanks for the reply & your review. I had already read the MTBR review, I'm going to check that forum link as well - the guy seems like he's pretty close to my situation, just having owned a rockhopper himself.

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    I haven't raced my bike but do too have over 1600 miles on my Ti pro. It is all can do machine. I use it for daily (most of the time) commute to work and back with slicks, use it for organized fun rides and it's a pleasure to chase and drop roades. I had 3 severe crashes-damage: rear dereler broke, 4 nipples on rear wheel (the wheel has now brass nipples) and few broken nipples on front wheel and broken spoke (brass nipples all around and one round/mismatched spoke).
    Talking about abuse, this thing can handle. I just recently replaced bottom bracket with XTR($60). FSA started to make noise and developed slight drag after 1600 miles of trails,roads and water. That is all.
    When I ordered it I thought that maybe the wheels were the weak link, but turns out to be they are pretty strong. On my last crash I bent front wheel pretty bad, but was able to straightened it and true it with out much problems.

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    I almost bought one of these, and all the reviews and your guys' reviews made me tempted to get one, but I found a good price on a 2009 Specialized Stumpjumper Marathon 29 for just under the price of the Motobecane.
    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...jsp?spid=39216

    Anyway, thanks for the good reviews, I'm sure I'll check out Motos in the future.

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