I have ridden and raced a 29er mountain bike for the past two seasons. When I finally made the decision to move to a 29er, I knew it would be quite the expense to build. Sure, some parts will swap over, but not the fork, wheels or tires. I thought the best way was to sell my Titus Racer-X Ti (I hated to do it) and start from scratch. I also didn’t want to buy a bike “off the rack”. I like to build it with the parts that I like. There has always been things that I like and have always used.
I also consider myself a master at finding closeouts and deals. So, when I started to look for a frame, they seemed to be more than I wanted to spend. But I new BikeIsland.com would have some deals. I did my research and I know what I need for sizing. But I couldn’t really find exactly what I needed. And I didn’t want to spend $600-$800 on a frame if I didn’t have to. So, I decided on a 17″ Motobecane Fantom 29…$165.00. The frame was a bit taller that I would have liked, but the reach was right.
After 2 seasons, I thought that I would start to look around to see if I could find a reasonably priced frame that might fit a little better. First search was for a Niner EMD 16.5″. That is the first 29er that I ever rode, and the fit was very good. But the best price I could find was more than I wanted to spend. After all, I didn’t need a new frame, I just want to see if I could find a little bit of a better fit. So, next was BikeIsland.com and BikesDirect.com to see what was available for a Motobecane. Motobecane redesigned the Fantom 29 for 2012, and sizing is different that what I currently have. I found my frame…15.5″ Motobecane Fantom 29. Completely redesigned and Kenisis built. Not able to buy just the frame, I had to get a frame/(low end)fork package. That’s ok, I can either sell the fork or put it on the 17″ frame and build for a spare bike.
It was time for a complete overhaul, so I figured that this is as good a time as any to pick up a frame and build a new bike. Stripping down the “old” bike and cleaning the parts a very tedious and time consuming process. But, when you a through, it’s actually a pretty good feeling. It almost feels like you have all new stuff. I still need drivetrain parts, chain, cassette and chainrings, but what I have is still rideable. They’re not completely worn out yet. The bike is built, test rides are done and fine tuning is done. Time to get back on the trails.
Hi, what is your tall? I’m interesting in to buy a MB fantom 29er, and I doubt if a 15.5 or 17.5 is better for me, I’m 5″10 of tall.
I am 5’8″. I would think a 17.5 is good for you. BUT, your reach and your inseam are the deciding factors.
can you tell me about the experience with MB?,
I want to do XC weekend and I would to know if the bike supports this.
Did you change the fork of this?
Thxs in advance
It’s a very good frame for XC. If you buy a frame/fork combo, I would recommend a high end fork. Any of the Rock Shox forks will be much better than the Suntour fork, But I would still suggest a high end fork.