Motobecane Fly XC Hardtail

4.52/5 (65 Reviews)
MSRP : $2595.00


Product Description

The FLY 9357, XC Hardtail. This 20 pound marvel put a spark to one of the most dominant species in XC. The first in a long line of even lighter revolutions. Ride this and ones competition will feel like you've discovered fire and they are still rubbing sticks together. After 10 years as a leader in light weight cross country bikes; the 2010 Motobecane Flys have been upgraded with a major frame design improvement:

1) Advanced frame strengthening for use beyond XC style riding via Hydroformed gussets, forged dropouts, specifically engineered tubing
2) Dropping 90 grams of paint via new Ball Burnished, Hand-Polished Aluminum finish



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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by still riding a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: September 22, 2012

Strengths:    great Light weight cross country bike

Weaknesses:    The seat is not for me

Bottom Line:   
Overall this is a nice lightweight cross country bike that just fly's. On other sites, reviewers have stated they broke the bike by jumping it. My advice is to buy a bike for your style of riding. The Kenda tires are good for a hard trail and that is how I use them.The snake bite flats are caused by lower tire pressure than the stated minimum on the sidewall, 45 lbs. No, 35 lbs is not ok and use a tire gauge. I have not had a problem.
I did replace the seat with one that suits me better, but that is a personal consideration.
I tried similar bikes by other manufacturers and they are about the same, except for a higher cost. If you don't have to have a big name, then this bike may be for you.

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Purchased At:   Bikes Direct


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by melster a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2012

Strengths:    Light weight, great component mix

Weaknesses:    Too many decals :-)

Bottom Line:   
Since I started racing the Over the Hump series, I've been on the lookout for a good hardtail with decent components. I saw a 2011 Motobecane Fly Pro on CL for $700 and i just had to check it out. The guy had ridden it 3 times total and the bike looked brand new! I didn't even haggle and paid the guy his 7 bills.

Anyhow, I've replaced the stem and handlebars with carbon fiber bits, put SB8s front and rear and replaced the seat with a Forte Pro SL. With XT SPD pedals, it now weighs in at 24 lbs. I have taken the bike for two rides now, and the first ride was basically a refresher on why I love riding my FS Trance on bumpy singletrack. My second ride however, this bike showed how well it climbs! I was leaving my buddy with his Tallboy in the dust. The 36 tooth cog gave me that extra gear that I can drop to for those ultra steep sections. At the end of my ride, I hit a Strava segment (.2 miles, 90 ft, avg 10.3% grade) that I held the KOM for, and lowered it by another 3 seconds.

I've gotten used to the bumpiness of the ride now, and I can tell this is going to be an awesome bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Blackstar

Duration Product Used:   1 week

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Craigslist

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale F400

Bike Setup:   Stock plus:
Forte CTR handlebars, Ergon grips, XT SPD Pedals, FSA OS99 CSI 100mm stem, Avid Elixir brakes, Small Block 8 tires, Forte Pro SL saddle.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by A bit heavy a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2012

Strengths:    Super light, really responsive, great drive train, excellent for single trail.

Weaknesses:    Built too light for heavier riders, durability issue on lighter parts.

Bottom Line:   
Basically, I replaced my old(>10years) Specialized FSR with a light hard tail. The Fly 9357 certainly fit that bill nicely, and without breaking the bank. IOver the last year I really found the ride of this bike to be exceptional. The bike is very responsive and quick in single track. The down side has been that the components are build too light for a frequent rider of any weight (I'm 5'10" 190-195lbs). So when you get it home you will find yourself replacing the no tread tires and foam grips. Neither a big deal, but overboard to get the lbs down. That said since then I have broken the chain, bottom bracket, and headset and will have to service the squeaky front shock soon. I ride 1-2x/week, though I only ride off road; clearly I'm not hard core enough to warrant that kind of damage. Plus my FSR never broke. So my conclusion is that for someone of my weight or size the bike component are too light/ not up to the task of hard trail riding. In every case I replaced these with heaver XT/XTR grade equipment.
Overall I think if I were 175 lbs or road more frequently on road than dirt, this would have been a great buy. If you pushing 200 lbs or over, like to hit the trail, buy the fantom hard tail or another dual suspension. Good luck.

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Favorite Trail:   Chub Trial

Duration Product Used:   1 years

Price Paid:    $1495.00

Purchased At:   Bikes Direct

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Rockhopper,
Specialized FSR,
Proflex FS (back in the day)


Bike Setup:   As is with more aggressive tires, new hand grips.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by On3_kn0WN a All Mountain Rider from Maine

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2012

Strengths:    General component set

Weaknesses:    Grips, Tires are for a race day / dry course only. Handlebars are narrow, personal preference.

Bottom Line:   
Overall, great. I knew getting into this bike that it was made over seas, but i liked the component build enough that i could toss the frame and grab another down the road if i wanted too. I used to race XC in the mid late 90's, and really this bike has held up well through a summer/fall of off-road thrashing. No frame issues (few rock chips on paint underside, not concerned i keep my bikes clean). I ran this thing probably 50 days last summer without issue, slapped the rear deraileur somewhat hard on a rock, bent the cage a bit, man handled it back into position and its still rocking n rolling. Seriously, i dont care that its not a brand name, decent geometry and frame build, cant go wrong.

You could race this thing, and i'm thinking of getting back into some local XC races.

People complain that so-and-so's frames are made overseas in regards to quality... well, nobody complains that their iphones are made overseas... It rides true, didnt break on me, held up to a summer of riding so far, and i suspect another at least, probably 5 more. Great value.

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Favorite Trail:   Single Track all over...

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Similar Products Used:   Other MTN bikes since the mid 90's

Bike Setup:   Stock, except for grips and clipless pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jaimcc a Weekend Warrior from Burnsville, MN

Date Reviewed: October 14, 2011

Strengths:    Light Weight
Great Components
Great Fork


Weaknesses:    Cheap foam grips

Bottom Line:   
After much research and hand-wringing, I decided to take the plunge and buy the 2011 Fly Pro. The prospect of buying a bike sight unseen definitely gave me pause. I did a lot of research, and the comments on Motobecanes and Bikes Direct were predominantly positive. Ordering was hassle-free, and the bike arrived at my door after only 4 days in great condition. Setup was easy; if you are reasonably handy with tools, you should have no problems.
Initial impressions were very positive. Components are exactly as indicated on the Website, and the frame looks really well made. The thing is crazy light. I took it to a bike shop and had it weighed; 22.5 pounds with the pedals added, so the 21.9# claim on the Website is legit. The mechanic commented that it was a really nice setup. Only change made was to swap out the foam handgrips, which as noted by many others, are really cheap.
I have now ridden the bike 4 times on a variety of singletrack trails, and I could not be happier. I expected to like the bike, but I absolutely love it. It goes without saying that a light bike will make you ride faster, which is undeniably true. It accelerates like mad, and it just floats through rock gardens and other obstacles. Very stable through the rough stuff and in the turns, although the narrow bars make the steering feel a little twitchy. May just need to get used to a new geometry. Where the lightweight aspect really shines is the wheels. They spin up so quickly that if you start to stall out negotiating some obstacles, goose the cranks and you are immediately moving forward again. Shifting is crisp and responsive, and the SID fork soaks up the bumps.
Many people have commented on the tires. They are indeed thin and light, and may not be sufficient for heavier folks or heavy-duty bashing. That said, I am 150 pounds, and running them at about 40 PSI and they are great. Grip is much better than I would have expected from the sparse knobs and they absorb the bumps acceptably well.
Lots of people turn their noses up at a “no-name” bike. Good for them. They can preen all they want on their expensive, name-brand bike. I don’t have any need to impress other people, I just want a great bike. I know I got a sweet ride for a lot less than the label fanatics paid for theirs. Of course, I must add the standard disclaimer: I am not a Bikes Direct shill, and have no agenda other than to add an unbiased opinion.
If you are thinking of getting a Motobecane or buying from Bikes Direct, I would highly recommend both.


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Favorite Trail:   Lebanon Hills

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1299.00

Purchased At:   Bikes Direct


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Surfacecreations a Cross Country Rider from FL

Date Reviewed: October 9, 2011

Strengths:    Ultra light weight, fast acceleration, excellent components for price, rigid frame, nimble on turns from short handlebar and 26" wheels

Weaknesses:    -Stock tire tubes were like paper. Nice for packing along a lightweight spare though.
-Tires are thin(1.85) but are working for what I use them for right now which is mostly asphalt, grass and some hard dirt.


Bottom Line:   
I researched hard for this bike and nothing seemed to come close for what you get with this bike company. My next bike will be a FS by Motobecane, maybe titanium and/or maybe a 29". They have a lifetime customer in me. This bike accelerates like a cat on fire. It's not as cushy as my old FS but this bike just moves so nice and quick. It probably won't handle a fierce wreck from jumping or crazy DH but for fairly level trails, I can't see doing better than this for the money. It is nice that the bike is all black, very stealthy looking and not gaudy. No need on this for big name stickers on the side to display how you paid for an overpriced bike. The awesome components tell otherwise though. I cannot be happier with the bike so far. Since I bought it, I've taken it out almost every night. After some more training I figure I can start to enter some local races and this bike seems the right ticket for XC. I am 5'10" w/shoes and 155-160 lbs. I bought the 16" frame although an 18" would probably have worked also. The 16" frame fits me perfect and I also get the little more standover room by going with the smaller frame. That sizing issue was the only thing that could have been an issue with buying online. In the end, I picked the exact size I needed so all ends well. The company seems to back it's product so that also made the decision to go Motobecane easier also.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   bikesdirect.com

Bike Setup:   Stock except I replaced the thin tubes with thicker ones and added a computer,light and bottle cage.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hansdieterclaus a Weekend Warrior from Pacifica, Ca USA

Date Reviewed: August 22, 2011

Strengths:    light, components xt/xtr/avid elixir 9 brakes 2012, inexpensive

Weaknesses:    road cassette instead of xt or xtr

Bottom Line:   
great hardtail for the money. love the fact that it came with the upgraded avid elixir 9 2012 brakes instead of the CR's. That fact alone makes me love bikes direct even more! But having to spend more to upgrade the cassette was a pain since I had to purchase a few tools in order to get my bike up and running.

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Favorite Trail:   Wilder Ranch, Demo Forest

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   bikes direct

Similar Products Used:   cannondale hardtail mtb

Bike Setup:   changed to an xtr 11-36t cassette and panaracer smoke/dart tires (old school!)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by geeride7 a Cross Country Rider from Boulder, CO

Date Reviewed: June 27, 2011

Strengths:    Very light and fast, great components for the money.

Weaknesses:    Factory wheelset, crankset, handlebars

Bottom Line:   
2009 Fly Pro:
If you want a very fast and light hardtail for a reasonable price the Fly Pro should be on your short list. The frame is very stiff and the bike accelerates like no other MTB I have ever ridden. The stock wheelset and crankset are a bit on the heavy side and the stock handlebar is very short. With Stans notubes I found the stock tires running at moderate pressures to be pretty grippy for their weight.

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Favorite Trail:   CT Molas to Durango

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   bikesdirect.com

Similar Products Used:   Fly pro is my 7th (and fastest by far) mountain bike

Bike Setup:   Upgraded to Mavic SL wheels, Stylo GXP crank, Ritchie Pro handlbars,

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by magic9418 a Weekend Warrior from Fairfax, VA, USA

Date Reviewed: May 16, 2011

Strengths:    Weight & most components

Weaknesses:    As with most reviews here, the tires are weak thus gave me pinch flats at 40psi+, grips are foam, seat is foam and will not last to long and the chain broke on my first real hardcore ride

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for the money and will be ready to ride with a few upgrades. Even with those upgrades out of the box, it is still cheaper than other brands and liter as well.

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Favorite Trail:   Fountain Head

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1299.00

Purchased At:   bikesdirect.com

Bike Setup:   Stock, adding XTR/XT chain and new tires ASAP

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by PK9394 a Weekend Warrior from NY

Date Reviewed: May 6, 2011

Strengths:    21.9lb Very Light!!! Great price with tons of good components

Weaknesses:    so far haven't have any

Bottom Line:   
Loaded with good components with the price that you can't buy it with a brand named bike. I weighted! as the site say 21.9lb. is real deal!

They ship fast, I got it within 5 business days after order placed. The bike comes in 90% assembled. all I have to do is setup the brake, put on the wheels and handlebar on. last the 30 mins work!

I ride with the setting comes with the bike without any problem. this bike FLY....

The best part on this bike!
1- Very light
2- Avid Elixir CR Brakes
3- ROCKSHOX SID
4- 3x10 Shimano SLX DynaSys
5- Vuelta XRP Pro SL wheels

The only disappointment is the brake levers. On the website sound like they comes with the carbon levers, but actually comes with the gray aluminum. But that's not a big deal.

I have this bike for about 3 months, I put about 100 miles on it so far. Up to date, no complain. I have also change the Selle Italia max Flite, WCS 4-Axis Carbon Stem and SuperLogic Carbon handlebar to light up the bike more, well the saddle didn't save weight. Carbon seat post will be next.

The Kenda Klimax Lite tires is good but may wont out fast!

Some people complain the Elixir CR brake squeal, I don't have any squeal!

Over all this is one amazing bike with a good price! Much beater than my old Gary Fisher!

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Favorite Trail:   Any

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1299.00

Purchased At:   bikesdirect.com

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher DS

Bike Setup:   Everything listed on bikesdirect.com

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kindwon a Weekend Warrior from buffalo NY

Date Reviewed: March 5, 2011

Strengths:    Price, components, looks great, and light,could be lighter than my Marin cro moly road bike (Marin verona )

Weaknesses:    For me, a bigger chain ring would have been nice. Otherwise nothing.

Bottom Line:   
What a Beauty. I ordered the black 2011 and was thinkin I made a mistake because on the site and the black has silver letters and thinkin the polished may have been better. The frame came straight black and red. It looks great with everything on it. I know looks aren't everything but they help. I have only about 3 minutes of riding time on it because I'm waiting for spring to break but I am confident that this bike is top notch. I have been lurking around waiting to pull the trigger on a durable city rider for many years. My old cannondale was great. It was stolen and I still look at every passing bike thinking I may find it. I am sooooo happy with this purchase that I think I will finally stop looking.
As of late I have been commuting on a cro-moly marin verona road bike. Without putting them on scales, I think they might be about the same weight. I finally have the exact bike I have wanted. I waited a long time but I must thank Motobecane. This means the world to me.I will update after some time riding the "pig"

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Favorite Trail:   the streets

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1299.00

Purchased At:   bikesdirect

Similar Products Used:   1984 Norco, Late 80's Bridgestone, early 90's Cannondale m700 w/ recalled pepperoni fork. (favorite bike til now.)

Bike Setup:   stock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kdog a Cross Country Rider from Raleigh NC USA

Date Reviewed: February 22, 2011

Strengths:    Weight! Price! Ride! Amazing components and amazing bike. I bought this for myself and got my wife a Fantom Comp. The SID performs better than I could expect and the bike glides through the single track.

Weaknesses:    Bikes direct posted that the fork was a 2011 SID. The fork came without any of the 2011 changes (cable guide etc.) No big deal. They have since changed the website so that it does not say 2011 SID RLT. Still an amazing fork and Bike for the money. If anyone has hesitations about buying a bike from here, don't let that worry you. You will get a great ride! And there customer service is easier to deal with than many of the review you will read. Sounds like I work for them but I am actually just very excited I got such a dang good deal on an amazing bike.

A few things I will end up changing are the handlebars (very skinny for weight reduction), Tires (many people have complained but I have not had any issues yet. Email me if you have questions. folderdesign@gmail.com


Bottom Line:   
Awesome bike. Great Price. Amazing Ride. A little pissed about them not providing a 2011 SID as the site said. ALL in ALL I would buy from them again. Road Bike in the fall???

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Favorite Trail:   Various

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1299.00

Purchased At:   Bikes Direct

Similar Products Used:   Schwinn HomeGrown, Trek 8500, Lightspeed

Bike Setup:   XT rear. LX front and shifters. All stock so far.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by salvador.gol a Cross Country Rider from mexico

Date Reviewed: January 8, 2011

Strengths:    superb bike but the tires suck

Weaknesses:    Kenda tires!!! Watch out

Bottom Line:   
Ive been riding xc for several years. The fly is a superb bike! i`ve never seen sucking tires as those kendas that came with the bike. I was riding in a sunny day over a flat dry nice street, took a light turn when suddenly the tires slipped and in a second i was like a cat doing turns in the floor. Now ive some clavicle´s tendons broken :S my advice: change those suckers for some goodies.

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Favorite Trail:   barrancas del cobre

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   bikesdirect

Similar Products Used:   rocky mtn vertex, zaskars, old school univegas.

Bike Setup:   2011 stock comps with sram xo

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by pmaz77 a Weekend Warrior from CT, USA

Date Reviewed: November 1, 2010

Strengths:    Great components for the price
Lightweight
Easy build (even for a beginner wrench)


Weaknesses:    Frame/fork a bit flexy-will it hold up? Who cares! Components by themselves worth the cost!

Bottom Line:   
I rode a 90's edition Raleigh M60 for almost 15 years-time for an upgrade. With my budget at 1200 and less, I decided to stick with a quality hardtail and let my spine take the bumps. Anyhoo, what a difference 15 years of tech makes. Very quick on the switchbacks, as the SID Race does a great job taking the hits. Quick acceleration, and the Elixer CR's (once you get them dialed in) are amazing. I upgraded the tires to PR Fire XC (red to match the bike)-great tire. This bike is a great climber-if I were only 6 inches shorter (36" inseam and a high center of gravity makes hill climbing a bit tough at times). Awesome bike!

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Favorite Trail:   Bluff point

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1195.00

Purchased At:   BD

Similar Products Used:   '96 Raleigh M60

Bike Setup:   22", stock setup, except for Hussefelt riser w/Dimension 17 degree/100mm stem, OURY grips, Ritchey pedals (1994, NEVER been serviced)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Glenn Shuler a Weekend Warrior from Mount Holly,Nc

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2010

Strengths:    weight, parts, price, looks awesome

Weaknesses:    flat bar, foam grips, Kenda Klimax tires




Bottom Line:   
I've been riding this bike for 6 months now and love it. Had no problems with Bikesdirect. Bike arrived in 5 days. Brakes, shifters,wheels all came tuned and true. Perfect shifting right out of the box. This bike really accelerates and climbs great. The Avid Elixir are awesome and stop you on a dime with little effort. Overall very happy with this bike. My only complaint is the 22" flat Ritchey bars were too low and narrow. They steer quick but feel too twitchy and unstable going down any hill at speed. My full suspension Klein which I love is now collecting dust in the garage and has become a buddy bike because this one is so much fun to ride . Highly recommend this bike to anyone wanting to spend 1500 or less on a hardtail racebike.

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Favorite Trail:   USNWC, Poston Park

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   bikesdirect.com

Similar Products Used:   Klein Adept Race

Bike Setup:   XT shifters and f der,XTR r der, monkeylite 25" lo-rise carbon bars, SID race 100MM fork, Avid Elixir CR brakes, egg beater C pedals

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