Motobecane Fantom Cross

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Facts

Gender
Release Year
Brand
Wheel Size
Number of Gears
1, 18, 20, 22, 24
Weight
18.9, 19.2, 19.5, 22.1, 22.1 lbs
Suspension
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Frame Material

Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Motobecane Fantom Cross. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

16 reasons to buy

  • Versatility is a drawcard, with the Fantom Cross being great on-road and off.
  • In general, Fantom Cross component specs were considered to be excellent value.
  • Fantom Cross frames are available in up to seven sizes (from 49cm to 64cm).
  • After 3600 miles, a Trial owner needed only to replace a set of bearings.
  • The Singlespeed Fantom Cross Uno was a low maintenance option.
  • WTB Riddler tires on the Uno Pro are usually seen on more expensive bikes.
  • Eyelets are provided for rear racks, while Unos also feature 3x fork bolts.
  • The Fantom Cross was at home on less-technical singletrack.
  • The CX3’s Tektro cantilevers and the Uno Pro’s Lyra discs were both lauded.
  • Cornering was described as fast and predictable.
  • Fantoms handled well and rode comfortably, with full panniers and racks.
  • The Team Ti’s titanium frame was low-priced, looked great and rode well.
  • A huge gear range was offered by the Fantom Cross Trail’s triple chainrings.
  • Clearance permits fat 42mm tires, as long as you aren’t using fenders.
  • Per geometry, a relaxed headtube and long wheelbase was stable on descents.
  • Owners felt that Fantoms looked sharp, especially in Titanium.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Fantom Cross Pro’s aluminum frame could be jouncy on the judder.
  • Velo UltraLite Racing saddles were considered uncomfortable by several riders.
  • Some owners thought that the stock 420mm handlebar was too narrow.

Bottom line

The Fantom Cross was described by an owner as “the one bike to rule them all”. It’s available in a variety of options, including the high-end Team Ti (in titanium), the 27-speed CX3 (in aluminum) and the low-maintenance Uno (a chromoly steel singlespeed). Owners agreed that the component spec was rarely matched for the asking price. Saddles and seat-posts were sometimes swapped out, but otherwise owners were very happy with the Fantom Cross Uno range. Value-for-money is especially pronounced, when considering that these bikes serve as a cyclocross / commuter / gravel / touring / bikepacking do-it-all machine.

Expert Reviews

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bmcossette

2020 Motobecane Fantom Cross UNO Pro – In-Depth Review

After 300 miles, no complaints at all. For the price, this bike is awesome.

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My Motobecane Fantom UNO – 3 bikes in ‘UNO’

I bought it about 2 years ago and I just love it. I use it as 3 different styles of bike. I have it as a single-speed commuter, a single-speed cyclocross and as a fully-geared commuter.

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1Schortemeyer

Motobecane Fantom Cross Review

For the price, it’s a great deal.

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bmcossette

2020 Motobecane Fantom Cross UNO Pro – Quick Review

Overall, it rips!

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User Ratings

84/100 based on 39 ratings
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