Strengths: Handling, Value. On the flat I can do an almost effortless 18mph.
Weaknesses: I am a bit worried about the back wheel. I read that some Mavic Askiums are lemons. The wheel was re-tensioned and trued in the shop, and is now out of true again after one long fast ride. There might be a QC problem at Mavic. I'II try loosing 20lbs. The brake pads are the dusty cheapo type -- but hey! you've gotta cut the costs somewhere. Will upgrade to Shimano ultegra.
I went with Titanium since the roads around here are dangerously bad, relentless deep potholes and trenches, plus I am a heavier rider (210LBS). A bad combo for bikes. The frame on my old Alu Trek1200 eventually cracked, and I didn't want to risk getting a new "disposable" carbon or Al frame. My priorities are durability and quality.
This bike is a massive upgrade. Assembly was straightforward (I did watch the Bikes Direct video). I was very surprised on my first trip out; the ride was Smooth Smooth Smooth. The Ti really soaks up the bumps, just like people say. The components are awesome, the ultegra gears have a great positive feel and shifting is flawless. I must mention that I love the handle bars, the thick tape works for me, and the little halfway kink makes the drop position way more comfortable than normal. The bike is very fast and responsive, lots of WOW! Highly recommended. Doing Centuries on this will be an absolute pleasure. I bought the 56cm; I am almost 6 foot, with a 34" inside leg. The fit seems fine to me. The riding position is similar to the Trek; Sporty(ish).
After some initial wearing-in the bike REALLY needed a tune up (stretched cables, steering head went very loose, back wheel needed extreme truing). The FSA compact has a great gear range and I have adopted without problems from my old Triple (I do a lot of hills).
Similar Products Used: Trek 1200 (with bullet proof Mavic wheels)
Bike Setup: Stock, apart from Specialized Avatar seat instead of supplied Ritchey.
Leonard --Greenville SC
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: August 24, 2011
Strengths: Very lite weight, compact crank set is so nice for my old legs. Boy does this bike take off with little pedal effort.
Weaknesses: No weakness in my book, Sweet ride
Fast delivery and easy 30 min assembly. The finish is very nice and rides very smooth. My first bike has lasted me 39 years and still very rideable and this titanium choice should be my final bike of my life. I love the triangle shape of the main tubes. I had not noticed them in the online photos, great extra touch of style.
Weaknesses: Mavic hubs. It's great that they are zero maintenance, but they don't roll as smoothly as the Campy SR on my old bike. But this it splitting hairs somewhat; my rides are still very fast.
This is a review for the 2011 Moto LeChampion Ti with the SRAM Red gruppo.
I'm 5'6", 145#. I use the Moto for 3x-4x/week commuting (24 flat miles) as well as for longer weekend rides.
Out of the box, it was simple to set up. All bolts were still tightened to spec. I have tools & have been working on bikes for years, so it took about 35 minutes to get it rolling.
This bike is great. Shifting is precise, braking is very strong, it seems glued to corners on downhills, it's lightweight, and makes me feel like I could race again. Average speed is up almost 2mph over my (old) steel-frame Bianchi. The Ti frame isn't as smooth as steel, but it's still nice and has no noticeable flex. I've put 800 miles on it in the last two months and have no complaints. The bike is a steal!
Strengths: THE FRAME. Also, the component mix is good for the price range. Although Asksium wheels have mixed reviews, I have had zero problems with this set or the olds on my old bike.
Weaknesses: The bottom bracket (FSA) has developed an annoying creak when I stand on the pedals and lean the bike over. I plan on switching to a Shimano BB over the winter. I also wish the bike had more understated graphics. The stock brake pad were terrible and I replaced those with Kool Stops.
A little background ... I'm 57, 165#, semi-in shape and owned the bike for just over one year and 3200 miles. I wanted a non-carbon fiber frame (I say that and the bike has a carbon fork - so I guess I'm not consistent)and took a chance on bikesdirect. The bike arrived quickly & in good condition. The frame is nice, with a couple neat shaped tubes. Welds are uniformly good. The ride is good, but somehow I was expecting "velvety smooth" which it's not quite, but then again, I'm kind of old.
Similar Products Used: My previous bike was an 1995 all-aluminum Raleigh R600 which served me well for over 40,000 miles
Bike Setup: Changed the 50t chainwheel to 46t as I found the frequent FD shifting with the compact crank frustrating - - cost 30 bucks and works well. Also have a Brooks B17N saddle and Speedplay Frogs.
Got a Ti itch, so just researching.
BD MB Ti looks good with rave reviews..
40yr old/male/fit but not interested in very racy geo.
Cycling Inseam: 32.50 inches barefoot
Your Height: 70.50 inches barefoot
Riding Style: Not into racing , I like comfortable upright position.
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I have a 2010 Le champion team titanium ([url]http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/lechamp_teamti_10.htm[/url]) and due to a seat clamp bolt issue I need to replace the seat bolt. I realize the seat post is 27.2 but does anyone know the exact size seat clamp I need. I think its ... Read More »
I was wondering what you guys thought of this titanium bike at bikesdirect for $1600:
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We are starting to do Ti road with Sram groups
I think Rival would be most popular - but who thinks Red is a better to spec on Ti even if more money
Did rival sample with Hollow decals
Who prefers hollow decals to the traditional Solid Black with Silver outline?
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