Motobecane Hal Boost Plus bikes

DESCRIPTION

At sub28 pounds the HAL CF Boost is purpose-built for the Enduro/Trail warrior with parts that have seen the podium of World Championships countless times. The HAL CF is a jaw-dropping super-light Enduro Racing full-suspension machine. The HAL Linkage uses a chainstay mounted pivot for even more supple suspension tracking and incredible control even while applying the brakes. Chainstays are optimized to a mere 444mm on the HAL eBoost models for incredible Billy Goat climbing and traction. This is a True4BarLink rear suspension linkage which provides up to 140mm of plush travel. Boost Spacing means room for high volume Plus tires. Front and rear suspension have available lockout/platform via advanced Rockshox Technologies.

  Available Models:

  • Hal Sram AXS Eagle XO1

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 05, 2019]
Shankster


OVERALL
RATING
4
Strength:

Mine is a Large (48cm) aluminum HAL Boost Pro, now discontinued, but my comments generally apply to the current (Fall 2019) models. Incredible value - can't find these components on anything else in this price range ($1699, no tax, free shipping) - The good stuff includes: Rockshox Pike RC fork (with DebonAir), Rockshox RSMonarch RL-C2 rear shock, 1x11 Shimano XT M8000 drivetrain, 11x46 XT Cassette, 32T Raceface Turbine Cinch crankset, Shimano XT M8000 brakes, Maxxis Recon+ 27.5x2.8 tires, comfy and good looking WTB Speed V saddle. The current equivalent model has a SRAM GX Eagle 1x12 drivetrain and a dropper post for $1999 so still an incredible value. The frame is out of the Kinesis catalog and apart from the gripes listed below it looks bada$$ in matte black, is fairly light, very well made and handles everything I've thrown at it. 30.5lbs out the box without pedals is very reasonable. I went tubeless and added a (internally routed) dropper so likely around 31lbs with pedals at that point. The gripes are not deal killers and I really like the bike and would happily buy it again if it got stolen. I haven't ridden many FS bikes to provide a comparison but I can say the bike definitely works and does everything well from my perspective. I gave it a 4/5 because it's not perfect but it gets a 5/5 for value.

Weakness:

The bike isn't perfect and BD made some compromises to get the price so low. The frame reach seems too short compared to similar bikes (I had to add a long stem to get a good fit) and the BB height seems a bit low, I get 322mm = pedal strikes. Don't believe BD's published geometry / frame dimensions - my measured standover on the Large is 31", not 33.4" as published. 700mm handlebars are too narrow (I went to 740mm, wish I'd gone to 760mm now). Mine didn't come with a dropper, newer spec does. The wheels are OK, took a beating and still true and dent free but my opinion is that the WTB i29 rims (29mm inner width) are too narrow for a 2.8" tire - too squirmy in hard cornering. I never had a problem with the Novatec hubs but swapped to a lighter, wider (36mm inner) wheelset to better match the tire width and the squirm is much reduced (but still there - when tires need replacement I'll try 2.6" Recons). New models have the same i29 wheels w 2.6" tires - better but still not ideal IMHO. The 32T chainring and 46T 1st gear wasn't low enough for me (I put on a 30T chainring) but now remedied on the newer spec with 11-50T SRAM Eagle cassette.

Price Paid:
$1699
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2018
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