Moto Rider said:
It's hard to say if they ever will come out with a AM ride. However, five inches of suspension travel seems to be plenty for most and they already have a full squish line that runs that much. So, I don't see it happening. Also, with the suspension taking much of the abuse. The frames looks to be burley enough to be called AM rides.
I'd agree. My Fantom Trail gets alot of abuse, and still works great for my AM adventures. While I'd like a little more than my 130mm travel. I'll wait till I destroy something before my next major purchase, and if Motobecane decides to come out with a nice AM setup before that I would consider that an option. I don't like huge airtime, but I don't avoid drops or and jumps if they're in my way, I have taken some bigger hit's than I would have liked to. Honestly I was half expecting to break my frame in half already, but I have yet to see any signs of failure or stress. The head tube angle is a little off, but I'm different, and prefer a steeper angle. But like I said if they did come out with a dedicated AM rig, I would definatley consider.
Also, the top tube is my biggest gripe. I was lucky enough before I purchased my frame to run into a guy on Fantom Pro in medium and he was kind enough to let me check it out and check the fit, which got me choosing a large, however my 'jewels' can be compromised should I go down with the bike (thankfully, I have almost perfected clearing a bike due to years of riding a dirtbike), so a new design on the top tube and reduction of the stand over height would be my main concern.
All in all, my current setup works well for me and handles this with no problem :thumbsup: