Motobecane Fly and Fantom Ti 29
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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on Motobecane Fly and Fantom Ti 29. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
19 reasons to buy
- The Fly and Fantom are considered excellent value for a complete Titanium bike that rivals the cost of many Titanium frame-only offers from other brands.
- Shimano XTR shifters and derailleurs were rated highly for their operation.
- Ride quality of this steed was highly regarded, being reported as smooth and compliant.
- Geometry was slack and relaxed, contributing to climbing ability.
- These bikes delivered race-level agility and stability in high-speed cornering situations.
- Vuelta wheelsets were deemed strong and light, with particular praise given to the' XRP Teams' on the XX.
- Due to high-quality frame material and short chainstays, the Fly was responsive and accelerated efficiently.
- The brushed Titanium frame awed with smooth, high-quality welds and a beautiful and simple aesthetic. It was described as flexible, strong, compliant – and both vertically and laterally stiff.
- Assembly was regarded as easy, with little to no derailleur adjustment needed out of the box. Complete setup took about two hours and required only a few tools.
- Ritchey WCS components were the brand’s highest spec. SRAM XX componentry on the XX model was outstanding. In general, the Fly’s kit is considered race-ready and in need of no upgrades.
- Forks impressed; Rock Shox Reba RL were seen as a ‘solid’ choice. The SID Race was stiff. The Reba XX featured a PopLoc button to control compression damping and all models were thru-axles.
- XTR ICE brakes with 160mm rotors performed amazingly. Avid Juicy Sevens were decisive and instant. Avid XX brakes on the XX received especially high praise.
- The clearcoat finish showed off Titanium framework and saved on weight.
- These bikes came across as 'performance-oriented' to experts. They were considered to be real competition race bikes as equipped from the factory.
- The Fly and Fantom are exceptionally lightweight, coming in at 20-23 lbs complete.
- Componentry, frame material and geometry all contributed to a fast ride.
- Kenda Small Block Eights suited extreme conditions; either hardpack / pavement or very loose sand.
- The Fly universally impressed with its climbing ability, which was described as ‘explosive’. Direct power-transfer and slack angles contributed.
- A wide gear-range on 2x11 drivetrains was able to tackle any terrain. The Shimano XTR M9000 drivetrain delivered both in regard to function and looks.
7 reasons not to buy
- On tighter turns and downhill cornering, some riders found the Fly and Fantom a little hairy.
- Some reviewers saw handlebars as too short at 580mm. Another expert said it seemed a little wide but that it was up with current trends.
- Clearance in the rear is limited to a 2.35 rear tire, at the widest.
- Kenda Small Block Eight tires received criticism for not being the best all-rounders, for spitting up stones and for lacking grip.
- Some riders found the foam Ritchey Hexagonal grips uncomfortable.
- Descents required concentration on the Fly. Some reports painted it as 'very active' on trails at speed.
- A few owners felt that the Ritchey Streem V3 saddle was uncomfortable.
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Motobecane Fantom Pro 29er Ti – **** or Legit?
So overall verdict on the Motobecane Phantom Pro Ti 29er – I would say it’s not a full-blown race bike. I would say it’s good for touring. You could load this bike up with some bikepacking bags and just go for broke.