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My friend wants to buy a Full sesspention bike, wich one is better:

Motobecane 2010 Fantom PRO DS:
Frame TripleActive 4B, 3"/4"/5" Travel - Four Bar Rocker Arm. Gussetted SL 7005 Aluminum (Disc Brake Equipped) SuperSmooth Sealed Cartridge Bearings at critical pivots, replaceable rear derailleur hanger
Fork/Rear Shock RockShox Reba Race 120mm (80/100mm capable) REMOTE LOCKOUT + Motion Control Damping
Rockshox Monarch 3.3 with 3 position FloodGate Platform Damping (up to 5" of travel)
Crankset FSA MOTO MegaEXO 22/32/44T Integrated with BB spindle
Bottom Bracket FSA MegaEXO Sealed External Bearing BB-7000
Pedals FREE Gravity DualStage Clipless/Platform
Front Derailleur Shimano XTR
Rear Derailleur Shimano XTR Shadow long Carbon Fiber cage
Shifters Shimano XTR Rapid Fire 27 speed trigger shift dual-pull (double action)
Cassette/Freewheel Shimano HG cassette 9 speed 11-34T
Chain Z9000 super narrow 9 speed
Hubs Vuelta XRP PRO Disc Sealed Bearing with Quick Release front and rear
Spokes Bladed Stainless steel black finish
Rims Vuelta XRP PRO SL doublewall aluminum with Rim Eyelets
Tires/Tubes Kenda SmallBlock8 Kevlar bead / Presta Valve
Brakes Avid Juicy 7 Hydraulic Disc front and rear, 160mm rotor
Brake Levers Avid Juicy 7 Hydraulic
Headset Ritchey Sealed Bearing threadless 1 1/8 inch
Handlebar Ritchey Rizer SC Butted Aluminum 6061 T6
Stem Ritchey Comp Aluminum threadless
Tape/Grip WTB DualCompound
Saddle WTB SpeedV
Seat Post Ritchey Comp Mountain 31.6mm aluminum
Seat Post Clamp Super Light Aluminum


Trek Fuel EX 5

Frame Alpha Red Aluminum w/ABP, Full Floater, alloy EVO Link, oversized pivot bearings, replaceable derailleur hanger, 120mm travel
Front Suspension RockShox Tora SL w/coil spring, preload, rebound, TurnKey lockout, alloy steerer, 120mm
Rear Suspension Fox Float RP-2 w/Pro Pedal, rebound; 7.0x2.0"
Wheels Shimano M475-L hubs; Bontrager Ranger rims
Tires Bontrager XDX, 26x2.2"
Shifters SRAM X.5 trigger
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Rear Derailleur SRAM X.5
Crank Shimano M442 44/32/22
Cassette SRAM PG950 11-34, 9 speed
Pedals Wellgo alloy platform
Saddle Bontrager Race
Seat Post Bontrager SSR, 31.6mm, 20mm offset
Handlebars Bontrager Approved Riser, 25mm rise
Stem Bontrager SSR, 10 degree
Headset VP-A76, 1-1/8" semi-integrated, sealed
Brakeset Avid Juicy 3, hydraulic disc
Extras Trek shock sag meter

Which one is better Frame, SPECS and price wise?

Thank you?

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What's the price range? If he's handy with tools and doesn't need LBS warranty support, the Motobecane is the better deal, but the Trek is a better looking bike but the fork and deraillers aren't great. For $1500, I'd expect better than the Tora SL coil fork, and the Moto has the Reba Race which is a fantastic fork.

For Moto: better components, great fork/brakes/deraillers, no brand name recognition, have to do any work yourself, have to send parts off for warranty

For Trek: better look, LBS warranty/service support, brand name recognition, mediocre components.

As for me, I don't mind working on my bikes, and in fact I prefer it. My experience with LBS bikes is that the service is not worth the extra cost vs. buying online. It all depends on how hard you are on your bike, and how comfortable you are with working on your bike. It takes a little bit of learning, but truing wheels, adjusting deraillers, and lubing everything up right isn't hard to do.
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