February 11, 2018
Fantom Comp DS/2016
Rugged, good components, excellent value for the money. Ready to ride after some simple assembly. I didn't have to take to the LBS for tuning - it was perfect.
Original cheap Gravity hubs - the front one wore out after about 500 miles of heavy duty trail riding. May have had something to do with running into trees and such. ;-)
Note to builders of Moto bikes - provide with quality "off-brand" 6-paw hubs & wheels from the factory and blow your competition away!
I love my Moto - I replaced the wheel set with a good set of wheels and hubs and rode it another 600 or so miles. I finally had to replace the crank set because I stripped it out bashing my pedals on rocks and roots hundreds of times. So I ungraded from the Deore XT 2x10 drive train to a new Deore XT 1x11 drive train. The Rockshox have been excellent - no rebuilds required so far, and the bike rides plush. Six months ago, I wanted to try a different "better" bike, so bought a Specialized Carbon Camber 29" ... I've ridden it 5-6 times trying to get used to it, but the Moto is BY FAR, the bike I prefer to ride. It is more plush, more nimble, faster (with better/lighter wheelset), shifts crisper (Deore XT vs. SRAM GX), and has a full inch of better ground clearance between the ground and the bottom of the crank (less rock/root smashing). Recommendation - buy a Moto and then spend your money on good upgrades as the components wear out.