Motobecane 400DS XC Full Suspension

3.86/5 (7 Reviews)
MSRP : $595.00


Product Description

  • Chromoly Custom single-pivot frame
  • RST 191 TL fork adjustable
  • Forged Aluminum V Brakes
  • Silver Aluminum rims
  • Stainless Spokes 36fr/36r
  • Sealed hubs
  • Forged aluminum Cyclone Crankset with Triple Chainrings
  • M-Wings Riser Bar
  • Stem and Micro-adjust Seatpost
  • CST ATB Blackwall tires


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Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mike bird

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2013

Strengths:    Inexpensive full suspension. Good looking bike.

Weaknesses:    Shimano Alivo group does not perform to expectations.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike online from Bikes Direct. Easy to assemble out of the box. I'm happy for what I paid for. Necessary upgrades are pedals, tires. Bike rides well on trails but because it has only a spring and not a shock, it bounces when riding on the street. Takes a lot away from the pedal stroke. I now use mine as a winter bike in Minneapolis. Put a studded tire on front to help pucker factor on the ice. Real drawback is under 30 degrees bike will not shift at all. Cables collect moisture and stop moving. Front forks freeze up too. All these things can be fixed with upgrades so why not buy the better setup to start. Bottom line is you get what you pay for and I would recommend it for entry level FS buyer.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by brf4n a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2012

Strengths:    Cool looking frame, very beefy

Weaknesses:    Rear coil shock

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike as a backup when I crashed my Fantom Pro DS. This is a great bike for the money, and once it's tuned properly, it rides really, really well. However, it is mandatory to replace the spring shock with an air shock - there is just too much bob while biking with the spring. I got a Swinger 3 Way for eighty dollars to replace it. Total, I spent $520 on this bike, and I could not be happier. The lockout is really good (the fork is amazingly rigid after turning it on) and it is very ridable through trails. During those times, on trails, the bobbing while pedaling is not very apparent, and the spring does it's job well. It is just while riding on roads that the bobbing is annoying.

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Price Paid:    $430.00


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by xtrailer a Cross Country Rider from Tampa, FL

Date Reviewed: July 4, 2010

Strengths:    Excellent bike for the money. If you will do just cross country this bike is perfect as is. Light, good breaks, tough rims and shocks. I ride it 2 - 3 times per week in some tough terrain in the Alafia Park on Blacks and Double Blacks. For these demending trails I upgraded the front fork to Marzocchi Bomber 44 Air 140mm tarvel and the back coil to a Fox Float with 2.75 inch travel, all from ebay. Now I have an awesome bike which can take any terrain for $800.

Bottom Line:   
I recommend it.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   ebay


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mstguide a Weekend Warrior from Avon Park

Date Reviewed: November 14, 2008

Strengths:    Good bike for the money. I enjoy it as much as my Giant Ht.

Weaknesses:    Cracking noise. (probably the head area)

Bottom Line:   
Good for the money is surviving daily crashes and deep water pretty good so far. Definetly not a copetition bike, but good for some abuse.


"if you don't want to pedal don't buy a bike."

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Favorite Trail:   the Preserve

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   on line

Similar Products Used:   Mongoose junk, treks ht, giant ht.

Bike Setup:   easy.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:2
Submitted by anthony a Downhiller from Medford,Oregon, united states

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2007

Strengths:    It is a really solid frame i have the 2008 model its gold but i have to say for the money i paid i couldnt have gotten a better bike. i weigh 190 pounds and the frame seems solid under me

Weaknesses:    the front forks need upgrading but they are decent for a beginner but i am past that stage i have a giant vt2 also so this is a bike im going to upgrade and keep it parked for a while except on when im going somewhere i havent ever downhilled before

Bottom Line:   
It is worth the money and its the best bang for the buck

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Favorite Trail:   Alice in wonderland

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   giant vt2, kona stab deluxe

Bike Setup:   its setup more like a cross country bike but with some easy adjustments it could easily be switched to a full on down hill bike

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by David a Weekend Warrior from Shelby MI

Date Reviewed: April 5, 2006

Strengths:    Cheap full suspension

Weaknesses:    You get what you pay for, bent the wheel in 3 places on my frist ride on easy trails. Have to constantly adjust things.

Bottom Line:   
I should have spent the money on a higher end bike

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   First mountain bike

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John Krehbiel a Weekend Warrior from Canadian, TX USA

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2005

Strengths:    Easy set up, components are good products. Bought the bike to ride with my daughter and pull my son in his trailer, and the bike works great.

Weaknesses:    Heavy bike. Have not been off road much yet so don't really know how it will hold up

Bottom Line:   
Good bike for the money, great for a weekend rider or cruiser through town.

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Favorite Trail:   none

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher hard tail. this is my first full suspension bike.


Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

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400DS.....need advice on suspension...

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