Motobecane Record 2002 Road Bike

4.6/5 (10 Reviews)
MSRP : $800.00


Product Description

  • 24 Speed Sora Road Triple
  • Frame Kinesis Aluminum
  • Fork Kinesis Carbon
  • Rims/Hubs Alloy Alex M-Wing Sealed
  • Tires Maxxis M-202 700x23c
  • Derailleur (F) FD3303BM
  • Derailleur (R) Shimano Sora
  • Shifters Shimano Sora
  • Crankset Aluminum Cyclone Triple
  • Brakes/Levers Shimano BR3303
  • Colors White Silver


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by mn.Tom a Recreational Rider

    Date Reviewed: December 10, 2010

    Strengths:    Unbleiveable Value - Rock steady solid dependable, Smooth and comfortable ride.
    The Skye seat was a wonderful suprise, very comfortable.


    Weaknesses:    AlexRims not up to the quality of the rest of the bike, very high spoke counts and still have more flex than I would like. they will be upgraded before spring. As has B.D. with the 2010 model you Vuelta rims for a little more money.
    I have replaced the headset for the same type of quality issue, just not very good, with a higher quality same brand Cane Creek.


    Bottom Line:   
    I spent hours researching on line and visited 4 shops with spec sheets to compare with Specialized, Trek, and Felt. I found that when compared to similar products, B.D. was always the best value. My 2009 Mirage Pro with Sora, Tiagra, FSA, and Skye components has performed flawlessly! I have loged 1500 miles without any troubles. It is fast, light (about 20 lbs.) and requires less "tinkering" to keep in tune than my riding partners much more expensive rigs.

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    Favorite Ride:   Motobecane Mirage pro

    Price Paid:    $499.00

    Purchased At:   Bikes Direct

    Similar Products Used:   Raleigh, Univega, Trek, Fuji

    Bike Setup:   If not for an early snow last Oct. I would have been riding 20min. after I opened the box! I do all my own work but anyone who does even the least amount of maintenance should be able to assemble one of these bikes in 45 min. or less. If you are not confidant then take it to a shop for assembly and tuning.


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Brad a Recreational Rider

    Date Reviewed: June 26, 2008

    Strengths:    The aluminum frame with carbon forks create a nice smooth ride, and for a bike purchased for less than $1000 it was worth every penny.

    Weaknesses:    The Alexrims are junk so be prepared to upgrade your wheels almost immediatley.

    Bottom Line:   
    I purchased this bike as an introductory road bike. It was easily assembled with a few basic tools, and the adjustments were minor from the factory. It came with carbon forks and cranks and the Shimano Sora line of shifters. The wheels were Alexrims DA22. It has performed beyond my expectations for a bike in this price point, although the Alexrims are junk. I blew the front and rear tires on the first ride, and a catastrophic failure orrured on the rear wheel. In short this is a great bike for the price but be prepared to make upgrades as you go.

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    Favorite Ride:   N/A

    Price Paid:    $569.00

    Purchased At:   bikesdirect.com

    Bike Setup:   The bike was easily assembled, but I had to make derailer adjustments to prevent "ghost" shifts.


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by derwoodski a Recreational Rider

    Date Reviewed: May 12, 2008

    Strengths:    Carbon Fork, Tiagra Rear Derailleur, newer Sora STI shifters, Aluminum frame, triple crankset, clipless pedals.

    Weaknesses:    No LBS support

    Bottom Line:   
    This review is for the 2009 Motobecane Record. I wanted a modern road bike (on a budget) to replace my very old raleigh. A friend recommended Motobecane, and i found that the bikes to be well equipped for the price. Bikes from Bikes direct come partially assembled (had to install front wheel, front brakes,and bars, and adjust derailleurs) but the assembly was easy if you are comfortable wrenching on your own. (not a bad Idea to have your work checked by your local bike shop). The fit and finish on the bike was excellent and the 2009 is a 27 speed as opposed to 24 for the earlier models, has a carbon fork, tiagra RD, and skye seat, stem and hubs with alexrims DA-22 wheels. The 09 also came with wellgo clipless pedals. Tektro brakes, Cane Creek head bearings and a truvative triple crankset round out the equipment. The bike is light, smooth, and a joy to ride. The newer sora sti shifters have a trim click for the front derailleur that is great for triple cranks (see shimano's site on 3400 shifters)that controls chain noise. It feels very solid on the road, tracks well and is not overly harsh due to the carbon fork. For the price I am extremely pleased with this bike, looking in the local shops, I couldn't find anything with a carbon fork for less than $900. The first 100 miles flew by in a week, and I am riding more than ever because it is enjoyable on this bike. This bike would be an excellant choice for an entry level to experienced road rider.

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    Favorite Ride:   Along the St. Croix River

    Price Paid:    $549.00

    Purchased At:   Bikesdirect.com

    Similar Products Used:   Raleigh Sport, 1986 Raleigh Record, 1976 Relaigh Record.

    Bike Setup:   Tiagra Front Derailleur (ebay) because I found it really cheap. Cateye Velo 5 bike computer. All else stock.


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Jay a Recreational Rider

    Date Reviewed: July 26, 2007

    Strengths:    Great value

    Weaknesses:    Sora shifters, clunky Kenda contender tires.

    Bottom Line:   
    This is the first bike I have ever owned. I was looking at getting into road cycling but didn't want to invest too much money just in case I wasn't disciplined enough. After a long hard search for an entry level bike, I came to the conclusion that bikes in many ways were like PCs. A lot of the major manufacturers use the same components/frames/etc. Turns out the same applied to road bikes, especially when looking for the sub $700 entry level category. The Record is equipped with the same Sora components and even comes with a Tiagra rear derailleur. A 7005 Aluminum frame, FSA crank set. Sure it doesn't have a carbon seatpost, but does that justify the $200 mark-up??? I guess that's up to you to decide. Anyway, $2000 miles later, its the best money I have ever spent. The customer service at Cycle Spectrum is top-notch as well, they even gave me a free cyclometer.

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    Favorite Ride:   Orlando AP

    Price Paid:    $450.00

    Purchased At:   Cycle Spectrum Orlan

    Bike Setup:   Added SPD-SL pedals


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by mojorison_75 a Commuter

    Date Reviewed: August 1, 2006

    Strengths:    1.Quality at an affordable price
    2.It's a cool looking bike(I like the Mobecane headbadge)
    3.Fairly simple to assemble


    Weaknesses:    1. Can be confusing to assemble due to inadequate instructions and(in my experience)vauge blanket email responses as bad as the instructions.


    Bottom Line:   
    This is my second "real" bike, so I don't have a wealth of knowlege to draw from, but as far as I'm concerned this is a great bike. I've been using this bike for recreational riding and a 12 mile round trip commute for the past few weeks and it has solidly out performed my old 75 Schwinn.

    The frame is nice, the paint is nice, the components are quality and it was very affordable.

    The assembly was pretty easy, though I did get a little confused when I started putting the handle bars on and securing the fork. For anyone wondering you have to put the front wheel, front brake, handle bars and seat/seattube on yourself. It's not that bad, I just couldn't get the headset tight(fork had play in it). The manual is pretty generic and won't help you much at all when it comes to the headset and handlebars. I emailed Bikesdirect to ask what I might be doing wrong and got a very vauge answer back. Luckily I had already figured out what I was doing wrong(I just needed to add another spacer to get the headset tight), because the reply I got back would have gotten me nowhere.

    The front derailleur also needed adjusted before the chain would go onto the largest front ring, but it wasn't that difficult, although I have had some trouble with the front derailleur rubbing, so I'm going to take it to a bike shop and have it properly adjusted, which will cost me under 10 bucks. I've also had a little trouble shifting between the front rings, but I think this is an adjustment issue as well.

    If you're looking for a quality bike and are on a budget like me, I'd definately suggest checking out Motobecane or the other Bikesdirect products. If you can but together the gas grill you bought at Wal-Mart you can put this bike together, just don't expect any wisdom from Bikesdirect if you get stuck. Even if you pay a bikshop to put it together it's a good deal. Buy a bike that you can afford and then give your LBS all of your service and accessory business. Everybody wins.

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    Favorite Ride:   Motobecane Record

    Price Paid:    $487.00

    Purchased At:   Bikesdirect via Ebay

    Similar Products Used:   1975 Schwinn Continental
    198? Schwinn Caliente
    2006 Motobecan Elite


    Bike Setup:   All stock with the exception of:

    1.Volo comfort seat:The seat that came on it wasn't bad, but I wanted one a little more comfortable.
    2. Bon Yeur Sherpa rack



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