Is the Motobecane budget mountain bike legit or crap?

Is the Motobecane budget mountain bike legit or crap?

Motobecane review. This is a review of my 2017 Motobecane HAL5 27.5 full-suspension mountain bike. For my first full-suspension bike I did’t want to spend $3,000+ until I was sure of what style riding I’d focus on.

I found this on bikesdirect.com for about $1,300 and the specs seemed pretty good. I wanted a 27.5 trail bike with a 1x drivetrain. Here’s a summary of the specs:

Frame: 6061 alloy 27.5″ with 120mm travel. 4-bar rear suspension and replaceable hanger. Tapered head tube.
Fork/shock: Rock Shox recon gold 120mm fork with 32mm stanchions. Rear – Rock Shox monarch
Crankset: Sram NX 32t 175mm cranks
Derailleur: Sram NX 1x 11-42.
Rims: WTB stp i25 27.5 tubeless compatible
Hubs: non-boost with QR skewers (not a big issue for me at the time)
Tires: WTB trail boss 27.5 2.25
Brakes: Shimano hydraulic disc m365L with resin pads
Bar and stem: Ritchey 720mm wide and 90mm long
Seat post: Ritchey fixed

What I changed:
Absolute Black 32t oval chainring
Lycaon locking grips
Iberia lightweight bottle cage
Truvative Hussefelt 40mm stem
DNM dropper post 110mm
Tubeless setup
Recent tire swap to Maxxis Minion DHF
Maxxis Aggressor

#motobecane #bikesdirect #hal5

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