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Thread: After sizing up specialized's prices.....MOTOBECANE it is!

  1. #41
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Toledo, Ohio
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    Just purchased my 4th motobecane,still riding the first one on a weekly basis. latest bike is a titanium 27.5 plus bike for $2300, would I rather have a specialized, yes, but the motobecane gets the job done for a whole lot less.

  2. #42
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
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    3,245
    I've bought from shops and from BD. A shop bike comes with instant freinds, people to ride with and places to go. The shop will work on fitment because if you ride a lot you can tell a 1mm change in handlebar stem lengthy. You always have a place to stop by, drink coffee and enjoy bicycling culture and clique. The bike "scean" is cool. The shop will keep your bike cables and bike dialed in very well. I deal with a local shop here and love it. The BD bike I bought was because I lived in Arkansas. We had one shop that I didn't like much and they wanted 2 times the price for bikes with 105 stuff on them. The local clique all shaved their legs and I just wanted to do my own thing. I still have the bike and it's fine. I'd never take it to a shop because shops hate Bikes Direct. You will never hear any shop, bike racer, or anybody associated with the bike scean say a single good thing about their bikes. You get the same bikes, the same components made in the same great Taiwan bike factories with zero local support and noses turned up to you. Pick
    Arizona

  3. #43
    Join Date
    Jan 2015
    Location
    Michigan, USA
    Posts
    81
    So basically, if thereís a local shop worth supporting, do so, to whatever extent you are able. If there isnít a local shop, or at least not one that acts like they want your business, BD provides a solid alternative, assuming you have the wherewithal (or willingness to learn) to assemble and maintain the bike yourself.

    Iíve found myself in the latter case, where the local shop seemed to know what I wanted better than I did and was more interested in selling me something they had in stock than ordering the (more expensive) bike I really wanted. I ended up going to a shop an hour away and getting the bike I wanted, but I was seriously considering BD.

    Iím all for supporting local business, but a business does not automatically deserve my hard earned money just because they are ďlocalĒ. They still have to earn it, same as anyone else.
    Last edited by balexander87; 09-26-2017 at 11:43 AM.

  4. #44
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Canton, OH
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    2,651
    I'm not a bike person in the sense that I 'live to ride" or similar mentality, but if a shop would turn up it's nose at me because I bought a bike from somewhere that for whatever reason worked for me instead of them, it would be an easy choice indeed. If you want my money fine, I'll pay for your services, but you can keep your attitude because I'm not paying for that under any circumstance.

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