I might be a little partial to this bike. You see, this was the bike that started cyclocross for me…and I am still riding the frame. Over the last few years I have added many upgrades, but the frame is still going strong. The Motobecane Fantom CX, in my opinion, is the best entry level cyclocross bike out there.
Cyclocross is Sunday morning bike-race madness. It’s all the fun you can stand. Lap after lap around a dirt course you can’t entirely ride. You’ve got to run some of it with your bike on your shoulder and run over barriers. That is what makes the Fantom CX such a versatile bike. It has to be fast, durable, light and capable in nearly all conditions and this bike is all that.
The 18 speed Shimano Tiagra/Sora equipped Fantom CX is the ultimate entry level ‘cross bike. The frame is butted 7005 aluminum alloy tubing, custom butted and shaped with an engineered downtube. The components on this bike have been chosen to withstand the rigors of cyclocross or the daily commute. You will find a cromoly fork, TruVativ 36/50 compact crank, Ritchey stem, Tektro Oryx brakes, Alex double walled rims and Kenda Kwick tires. While this bike is race ready, I would strongly suggest to change the seat. It’s probably the most uncomfortable saddle I’ve ever ridden on a bike. Other than that, this bike is ready to go.
Size: 49cm, 52cm, 54cm, 56cm, 58cm, 61cm, 64cm (Geometry)
Color: Blue, Yellow, Matte Slate Gray
If you are looking for an inexpensive way to get into cyclocross, this is the bike for you. Sure you can use your mountain bike, but a ‘cross bike will take you from liking cyclocross to loving it.