Motobecane Century Road Bike

4.25/5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $1799.00

Product Description

Shimano Ultegra Triple STI 27 Speed, Columbus Airplane Tubing with Carbon Rear Stays, Neuvation Paired Spoke Aero Wheelset, M-Wings Competition Bar, Stem and Seatpost

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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

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

Date Reviewed: September 30, 2012

Strengths:    High Modulus Carbon Frame, appearance, components, 30 speeds including a low gear that will go up impossibly steep climbs. geometry setup for long rides or older riders. Mine cost $1295 to the door w no tax or delivery...on time too. (2013 model del. in Sept. 2012)

Weaknesses:    Some items could be lighter. Leather split seat could save weight if someone wanted a race seat but it feels good. Vuelta Wheels feel fairly heavy. Bikes Direct brands don't have as good a resale value as the more famous names. Not for brand-snobs but older people remember Motobecane and the Tour long ago.

Bottom Line:   
Ultegra derailers, 105 shifters. FSA crank & headset, Cane creek brakes, Ritchey bars and stem. Hard to beat for the price. The free pedals feel OK. The ride is smooth and frame soaks up road vibration, but accelerates well for a non-race bike. Handling on mountain descents feels good. I had a chance to attend a dealer show and rode top-of-the-line bikes from Specialized, Cannondale, Orbea, Raleigh, Felt and others. For one sixth the price, the Century Elite felt similar and is way more comfortable on my back. The assembly was no more difficult than unboxing a bike taken on a plane.

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Favorite Ride:   Around Park City and Moab Ut.

Price Paid:    $1295.00

Purchased At:   Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Aluminum Ultegra bike, Specialized Roubaix, Trek Madone, Klein alu bike.

Bike Setup:   Easy assembly from shipping box. Front brake, front wheel, seat, handlebar. Minor adjustments. Used 3 allen wrenches.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cyberty1 a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: April 9, 2011

Strengths:    price can not be beat. All carbon bike and not breaking the bank with good hardware.

Weaknesses:    waiting for it to be shipped and takeing the box to the local bike shop to get built.

Bottom Line:   
Great carbon bike. i saved at least $2000 buying the bike online. The components are Total bike weight 19.25 lbs

FRAME Monocoque High Modulus Carbon Fiber

FORK AeroCarbon SL High Modulus Monocoque Carbon Fiber with Carbon Crown

HEADSET FSA IS2 Sealed Bearing Threadless 1.125 inch

DERAILLEURS Shimano 105 5600 rear / Shimano Ultegra 9 Speed (27 spd total) front

SHIFTERS Shimano Ultegra 9 Speed STI (27 speed total)

CRANK / BB Carbon Pro FSA Triple 50/39/30T with Sealed Bearing Bottom Bracket

BRAKE LEVERS Shimano 105 Flight deck STI (27 Speed total)

WHEELS Shimano WH-R500 Sealed Bearing Black Anodized, black stainless spokes

TIRES Ritchey DS Comp

SEAT / POST Ritchey PRO Streem road / FSA FR270 Carbon Fiber Wrap, 27.2mm

BAR / STEM Ritchey COMP Butted Aluminum Ergo Bar 26.0mm / Ritchey Carbon Fiber 1.125 inch steerer, 26.0mm clamp

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Favorite Ride:   09 Motobecane Century Elite

Price Paid:    $1395.00

Purchased At:   Bikes direct

Similar Products Used:   mostly off road biking in the pass.

Bike Setup:   outsourced.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by fisty a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2007

Strengths:    VALUE VALUE VALUE (lifetime warranty)

Weaknesses:    You better be your own wrench since support from Bikesdirect is mostly non existent. After 2 emails, I never got a response. The price you pay!

Bottom Line:   
Full Ultegra bike(cept cane creek brakes) WCS stem and bars for $1200. Hard to beat. I figured Ide just be gettin a free frame but I am very impressed with the frame. Extremely stiff compared to my flimsy Fuji Newest. Ebayed the wheelset and fork for enough $ for Neuvation wheels and saddle and Renolds Ouzo fork and some gatorskin tires. My 56mm bike weighs in at
17.6 lbs w/o pedals.

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Favorite Ride:   dirt 1s

Price Paid:    $1195.00

Purchased At:   bikesdirect

Similar Products Used:   Fuji Newest

Bike Setup:   Stock with Neuvation wheels and saddle, Ouzo fork, Conti Gatorskin tires and Crank bros Quatro pedals.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by G'TownBob a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: March 21, 2007

Strengths:    Quality components for the price.

Weaknesses:    Too early to tell, but I will post.

Bottom Line:   
Well, I’m 58 years old and I have been riding bikes as long as I can remember. My first big bike was a Schwinn Corvette; it weighed more than I did at the time.

I have been riding a Giant mountain bike for the last 8 years and have decided to get back to road bikes and some long range cruising, and some racing.
After shopping at all the LBS stores, I was a little disappointed in what I could get for my money. I had set an original budget of $1,500 for this project and was shown bikes from 700 to 1,999. In each case the bike was from a name brand manufacturer, but bikes in this price range lacked the higher quality components. I would like to have had an “American” bike but nothing in this price range was done here, so brand is a moot point. Had I gone with the LBS I would have purchased the Specialized Allez Elite Triple for 1100 + pedals and tax; bringing the total to near 1300, and I still need new shoes.

After some additional reading I decided on Bikesdirect and the Motobecane Century Elite; and I have placed the order today. I’m not sure if I’m going to try and assemble this myself or not. I have ordered the DVD from Bike Island and will take a look at it once it arrives, and then see what the parts really look like, but I bet the LBS gets the nod there. I am a good wrench with a complete set of tools, but never done a bike from the box.

I was very impressed with the ability to get a full Ultegra bike in the 16-17 pound range for 1,195 including pedals. I may pay to have it assembled, and I will still then be in the 1,300 range, but I believe that the quality of the components is much higher and will produce a much better riding bike… we’ll see. I’ll post pics and additional info as it is available.

3/19/07 4:00pm CST
I have already received order confirmation from Bikesdirect.

3/20 11:00am CCST
Received confirmation from Bikes Direct and the Tracking Number for the box.
I checked with UPS and the box left Houston and is scheduled for delivery to me on the
on 3/22.

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Favorite Ride:   Shelby Farms

Price Paid:    $1195.00

Purchased At:   BikesDirect

Similar Products Used:   Long list.

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How close to "ready" am I for a century?

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Articles of interest for those riding the Seacoast Century this coming weekend

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Comparing Mammoth Fall Century and SLOBC Wildflower

Fellow Centurians, Did my first Mammoth Fall Century the other day and it was one of the best supported rides ever. It did however kick my ass but good. I do the SLOBC Wildflower every year and they have the same elevation gain but the Mammoth seemed so much harder. I know that their is elevation di ... Read More »

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