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MSRP: $1,899
#24 out of 418 Full suspension bikes
Brand: Motobecane
Frame: TripleActive 4B, 3"/4"/5" Adjustable Travel - Four Bar Rocker Arm. Gussetted SL 7005 Aluminum (Disc Brake Equipped) SuperSmooth Sealed Cartridge Bearings at critical pivots, replaceable rear derailleur hanger


RockShox REBA Team with BlackBox MotionControl Damping

Advanced ROCKSHOX Monarch 4.2 + advanced Floodgate damping

Crankset: FSA Carbon Pro Team Issue or SL-K Light carbon crankset (no choice) with Integrated spindle 22/32/44T

Bottom Bracket: FSA MegaEXO External Bearing System

Front Derailleur: Shimano XTR FD-M970

Rear Derailleur: Shimano XTR RD-M972 Top-Normal Shadow with Carbon pulley cage

Shifters: Shimano XTR RapidFire Plus 27 speed SL-M970 with push-pull release (Double Action)

Cassette/Freewheel: Shimano CS6500 HyperGlide cassette 9 speed 12-27T

Chain: KMC super narrow X9 speed

Hubs: Black Anodized Vuelta XRP Team Edition, Precison Bearing with QRs

Spokes: Stainless steel black finish with alloy nipples

Rims: Vuleta XRP Team SuperLite Disc, doublewall aluminum/eyelets

Tires: Kenda Klimax Lite 26 x 1.95 Kevlar bead, presta valve tubes

Brakes: Avid Elixir CR Carbon, 160mm rotor 6 bolt IS mount (standard)

Brake Levers: Avid Elixir Carbon

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Rider questions

Q: I'm considering a 529ht. I keep reading where the first thing people do is replace everything. Calling it an "upgrade". Why? What's wrong with the stock equipment? Why put $400 into a bike, spend another $200 on upgrades? Doesn't make much sense to me.
A: Guessing you haven't read beyond the parts in threads where they mention upgrades, typically there are some kind of explanations as to why. Almost invariably, it's about how you plan to use your bike. The upgrades are aligned with longer term durability, safety, and performance. But they also have to do with value, ironically. In the sense that someone can get a decent frame (and perhaps a few other components that don't concern them) for a low price, and then replace (often systematically as needed) whichever components they feel are inferior. So while I understand your point in one sense, I also see why riders do this. It's not that there's anything necessarily "wrong" with the stock equipment......but it depends on your expectations (for durability, safety, and performance), and it most definitely depends on the conditions of the terrain and frequency of use within that framework of expectations. I think if you plan to use the "stock" 529 for light to moderate trails and don't push it beyond the capacity of the components included, then it should be a perfect fit. It's an entry level bike with a few upgrades relative to money spent on other bikes of that general caliber. Just try not to delude yourself with the bikesdirect, bikewarehouse, bikeisland MSRP inflation. The contrast in price is quite spellbinding!

Q: Hey guys- getting back into it after many years on a hardtail. I found a 2013 Fantom Team - great shape for $500. Is this a good deal? I don't know much about these frames; but all the components seem solid. Appreciate the input