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    I have had 2 Motobecane 400HT's. The first was an 09' that was a payment for doing a brake job and my current ride is a 14' model in gloss black. BD was the only place to get a Motobecane, I fell so deeply in love with the first one that was stolen that I had to replace it. My first one being 2nd hand was too tall of a frame for me. This one makes me feel like goldie locks " just right ".

    Now with that said. I put engines on my bikes, I have the ability to re build them from the ground up. The 400HT frame is sturdy enough to handle 5+ HP and 55+ mph on the flat all out! So that's nice! Along with this much HP I have to have disc brakes front and rear, no exception.

    The other big name bikes I was researching all have oval or not true round frames. This was a determining factor because I use the V the frame has to clamp a mount on to. Drilling aluminium frames is a big no no.

    This bike has seen an actual 57.6 mph all out on the flat.
    The previous one was hitting 40 easily with a much smaller engine and single speed belt drive. I now have a 18 bike that has 5ish HP running the cassette. Keeping the chain on the front sprocket at any rpm above 8000 is a challenge to say the least. This can pull 14000+ RPM all day long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffG View Post
    I was looking on bikesdirect.com and there are some great deals on Motobecane road bikes. Why are they so cheap? I read through the specs on a couple bikes and they seem like great bikes to me. I'm just a little suspicious at the cheap price.
    All bike frames are made in the same factory in Taiwan. Next time you look at a high end Trek or Specialized or Giant, look for the Taiwan sticker. Motobecane frames are made by the same craftsman.

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