I've had my 400ht for 6 years now.I am very happy with my purchase.I ride 150-200 miles a week on and off road.besides normal wear and tear the only complaint I have is the wheelset isn't very strong.I have since upgraded to some single tracks.
It's like any other bike, lasts as long as you take care of it. kinda hate raining on the bike shop guys,but I have a trek 4300,and a specilized rockhopper.The 400 ht is much better equipped component wise.
a Weekend Warrior
from San Tan Valley, AZ USA
Date Reviewed: May 3, 2010
Strengths: Great Beginner Mtn Bike
Weaknesses: Although the crank is sram (truVativ) it is the Iso Flow the X flow woulkd have been a better grab , also why put Shimano parts?????????
I Love my HT, especially now, I had the canvas I just need to paint it the way I wanted, Why buy a bike that you have to settle for, build your bike from the ground up as long as you have a good frame under you your good, oh and P.S DO NOT TRY TO WARRANTY ANYTHING FROM MOTOBECANE THEY WILL NEVER HONOR THERE WARRANTIES N E V E R !!!!!!!!!
Bike Setup: Retroed my 400ht with a Fox 32fl with remote lockout front suspension, traded all running gear for SRAM x7 put Hayes stoker hydralic brakes front and rear and casette is now a SRAM 9 speed inplace of the integrated brake/shifter combo, running Panaracer 2.1 tires Alex racer edge adventure rims with stainless steel black spokes with red nipples, still run the motobecane hubs, rplaced the BB with a internal for a smoother ride, I also run the Xflow truVativ crank set however Im interested in retro fitting the Hammerscmidt
a Cross Country Rider
from Phoenix, AZ
Date Reviewed: March 14, 2010
Strengths: Very good frame that has held up well to abuse so far. Excellent brakes.
Weaknesses: Extremely heavy and uses cheap knockoff parts that bikedirect.com has manufactured under licensing (for example, the Truvativ crank). Many components have failed and had to be replaced, including the crank (fell off after 200 miles) and rear derailleur.
The bike comes disassembled without any instructions. When I contacted bikesdirect.com for help, they said try "google"
Bikesdirect is misleading when it compares this bike to a "$750 Trek" A Trek has better components and will last much longer. I have probably spent a total of $500 between repairs and upgrades.
While the price is seductive, it is merely a down payment because you will be repairing or replacing parts as they break or fall off.
Weaknesses: crank is junk. service at bikesdirect no help.
For the money it's a good bike. If you beat on it watch out. Added nashbar pedals pedals to it. first good uphill surge ripped the pedal (threads in tact) out of the cheap crank. Impresssed with the brakes. After dialing them in they're a good value.
a Cross Country Rider
from San Antonio, TX
Date Reviewed: July 29, 2009
Strengths: Shipped immediately, arrived in 2 1/2 days, easy to assemble, very nice frame, looks better than in the pictures, all the components were as advertised - by far the best-bang-for-the-buck.
Great service from BIKESDIRECT.
Weaknesses: Initial derailer cable length issue - but replacements sent immediately. Nothing else - bike is great.
I would 100% recommend this purchase for a 9 to 13 year old kid who mountain bikes 3 or 4 times a week.
Similar Products Used: IBEX 550
GT Stomper (24" wheels)
Bike Setup: Purchased with a 13" frame for my 9 year old. I was questioning a small 26" wheeled bike or a kids 24" bike for my son who is < 5ft tall.
The 26" choice with 13" frame was perfect. Bought my 8 year old the 24" wheeled bike.
a Weekend Warrior
from Jacksonville, Florida
Date Reviewed: October 2, 2008
Strengths: Handlebars, Color, Disk Brakes, Weight, Smooth Ride
Weaknesses: Seat Uncomfortable, Cassette A Bit Weak, Shifting
A good bang for the buck. Bikes cost a lot more now than they ever used to so I was shocked that $350 doesn't get all that much anymore. It's a decent bike to cut your teeth on and I appreciate only paying for upgraded parts - while labor is free forever. For the budget conscious, its a decent deal. If you have more to spend, there's better around.
Bike Setup: Stock Red Frame, Upgraded Seat, Upgraded Seat Post, Street Tires, Vertical Grips, Upgraded Cassette. I wanted a MB and a street bike. I now use it mostly for 3-4x week hour+ rides.
a Weekend Warrior
from Orlando, Florida
Date Reviewed: June 17, 2008
Strengths: Strong Fram and great components for the price
Weaknesses: Low end WTB Saddle crushed 2 in 2 weeks, and junk pedles will kill your legs.
Entry level yes but lacks nothing in the guts department Im 6'5" And 265lbs I ride the thing like I stole it and I've been very impressed with it You can't beat the bike for the cash. When I upgrade I most definatly sticking with MOTOBECANE!
Bike Setup: From factory, but with new wellgo's on the way and WTB Power v dh saddle for max strength.
a Cross Country Rider
from Spokane, Wash. USA
Date Reviewed: April 23, 2008
Strengths: size fits good. shifting just okay
Weaknesses: frame cracks
right now doubtful if i would buy another motobecane--I've tried for four weeks to take care of two cracks in the frame and there seems no one from motobecane can answer any e-mails. I have tried all info operators to try and get a phone number and they don't seem to exist. I have lost my faith in the company first then the bike.
Weaknesses: Haven’t found one yet. But still looking. The disc brakes are good. The decals are painted on….not stickers so you can not take them off.
I bought this from bikesdirect.com and am happy with them and the bike. You get what you pay for. One thing to be aware of is that the bike will need to be built and tuned. I spent the $70 to have a LBS do that for me b/c putting together disc brakes, tuning the brakes, shifters, front/rear derailers etc… was not something I could do. And the manuals are pretty much useless. In the end I paid the same if not more than I would have spent on the Specialized Hardrock. But I would do it all over again b/c it is a good bike. If you know what you are doing and can build a bike yourself (or dont mind having a LBS do it for you) this is the bike for you.
a Weekend Warrior
from Triangle, VA
Date Reviewed: May 1, 2007
Strengths: Price; Features; Ease of Assembly and Adjustment
Weaknesses: Warranty support; Spongy front fork
Great look and features for the price. Parts suspect/weak--broke rear derailler hanger in first 50 ft. (Alloy looks weak hopefully just this piece) Warranty support stinks--Can't get Motobecane to reply on warranty issue or local bike dealer location. No parts manual so part number and description makes it hard to get from just any local shop. Overall okay for budding cyclist/fix it yourselfer.
Things I did off the Bat: Replaced the Tektro Disc Brakes with Avid BB7's Replaced the Rear Alivio Derailleur with Shimano XT Replaced Saddle with Brooks B17N Replaced stock Pedals with Kona Platforms
The frame is great on this bike, even though it isn't a "real" Motobecane, I have always had a special place in my heart for the name...
Acera front derailleur sucks. Period. Alivio Rear is workable, but a little clunky and noisy so I swapped it for XT. Big Improvement. Tektro IO Disc brakes are junk. Hard to adjust, noisy, and crappy stopping. The Avid BB7's are much better. RST Capa T7 fork is Junk,doesn't appear to have a lockout. Going to replace with a Bontrager Carbon Rigid anyways. Truvativ "Iso Flow" Crankset a bit too flexy, but workable. Everything else is not too bad, Stock Saddle, Post, Handlebars and Stem seem decent enough. Not a priority right now. Shifter/Brake Lever combo isn't too bad either (I think it's Alivio?) Good bike for a casual rider, but not something to rack up serious miles on. Frame is worthy of upgrades however. The Tektro Discs will piss you off! I dig the look of the bike, and plan on changing little things down the road. Good Value. Great Value actually.
Bike Setup: Stock except for a few little Changes...
from Muncie, Indiana, USA
Date Reviewed: July 7, 2006
Strengths: -Geometry -Seat(WTB Speed V) -Components for the price -Decent mechanical disc brakes -Looks, I love the paint job the red-orange looks great in person
Weaknesses: -Brake rotors came warped and after being trued they go back pretty quickly -Much lighter than my old 820 but not a featherweight. Havent weighed it yet but my guess is around 30lbs for the 18"
I just got this bike about a month ago and it is an awesome bike. It can go over stuff on trails that I could barely pick my way through on the 820. After riding its direct competitor, the Trek 4300 Disc, the moto is a far better bike in the ways of geometry and specs. Its a great bike (in the entry level category), if you get it you won't be dissapointed
Greetings! I recently purchased a mountain bike from BikesDirect.com. I already own a trail bike, a 2007 Specialized Rockhopper that I've upgraded over the years. Twas my only bike, my trusty steed. I use that bike mostly for the local trails, which are very rocky and rooty, but it sees a good c ... Read More »
I have a 400ht that i got from BD and i love it, except the fork. The first time i rode it the suntour bottomed out and im 5"11 160 lbs, so i dont think its me. I saw the rock shox recon silver tk on bluesky for around. 160$ and was wondering if that would be a decent upgrade? I ride mainly for fun, ... Read More »
Im just wondering how many people here have experience with the cheaper Motobecane's? the 300ht, 400ht, 500ht ?? I have gone through 3 pages of this Moto section and there is plenty of talk about Fantoms and Ti's, but it seems like there isnt much talk about the lower priced entry levels? I complete ... Read More »
Im gonna be buying my first "real" bike here soon. Im just torn between these two bikes. One is a 29er which i guess is all the rage but the other has disc brakes? Im in upstate ny where there are A LOT of trails, from beginner to expert. I am however moving to florida in a few months when Im guess ... Read More »
I have been shopping around for a entry level (or upper entry level) bike at the $400. and under mark. I ran across this Motobecane on BD's website..
[url=http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/4ht_new_xii.htm]Mountain Bikes - MTB - Motobecane 400HT[/url]
I realize that there are compromis ... Read More »