First Look: Motobecane Fantom 6by6 27.5 all-mountain bike

27.5 All Mountain Trail

Motobecane Fantom 6by6 27.5

Bikes cost a lot these days and those newfangled 27.5 bikes with a lot of travel cost even more. $5k is a middle-of-the-road spec and $3k is usually the bargain basement model.

So we were eager to check out the new bike from Motobecane as they’re known for offering bikes with great value. This is a 150mm travel bike with 27.5 wheels so it’s right on the ‘hot’ part of the market. MSRP is $4000 but expected street price is $1800 direct from Bikesdirect.com

Motobecane Fantom 6by6 27.5

The drivetrain of the bike is full Shimano XT and the rear shock is a Rockshox Monarch

The Spec

Our eyes instantly focused on the black-legged RockShox Revelation fork. This is indeed a surprise at this price point. The rear shock is the RockShox Monarch.

Motobecane Fantom 6by6 27.5

Bar and stem are made by Ritchey Components.

Wheels are made by Vuelta and the tires are the Wolverine from WTB. Post, saddle, stem and bar are functional and reliable components from Ritchey.

Motobecane Fantom 6by6 27.5

Tire clearance is excellent as shown here with a 2.2 WTB Trail Boss. The actual tire on the final bike spec is the WTB Wolverine

Crank and derailleur duties are handled by the trustworthy Shimano XTs. Brakes and shifters are Shimano SLX, albeit to save costs but in our experience, there’s no compromise in performance. Only a few grams of extra weight are added.

Motobecane Fantom 6by6 27.5

Brakes are dialed with the Shimano SLX. These brakes have high end performance and reliability and are on par or better than much more expensive brakes.

The frame and the geometry

The frame is a well sorted affair with a four-bar design with free-moving and laterally stiff pivot bearings. Head angle is a just right at 67.5 degrees and seat angle is steep enough at 73.5 degrees.

Motobecane Fantom 6by6 27.5

The frame has some pretty good lines on it with a top tube bend for improved top tube clearance. Tubes are oversized and welds are beefy.

Bottom bracket height is a little high for our tastes as we like it nice and low for Santa Cruz area riding. But this bike should work better for chunkier, rootier areas.

There is no dropper post to keep the price low but Motobecane fully expects the customer to equip this with their favorite dropper post. Bars are a bit narrow but the user can upgrade those as well.

So it’s a very attractive package from Motobecane and it’s a whole lot of bike for the money.

Motobecane Fantom 6by6 27.5

The stock stem of the bike was a way too long at 110mm so we put on a 70mm stem. Here is the steer tube still uncut, before fitting.

Features
  • Six inches of travel with 150mm RockShox Revelation RCT3 forks
  • Tapered steer tube and thru axle hubs front and rear
  • Advanced hydroformed Aluminum frame for a strong and light package
  • FULL CNC Aluminum Knuckle Box Multi-link Suspension
  • Room for 2.3″+ tires
  • Dropper Seatpost routing
  • WTB Folding bead tires, WTB Grips/Saddle
  • Ritchey Bar/stem/post
Pricing

MSRP: $3999
Street prices: $1799

Size HT angle HT Length Chainstay Seat Tube Angle Effective TT
42cm/S 67.5 110mm 440mm 73.5 to 70 575mm
47cm/M 67.5 120mm 440mm 73.5 to 70 599mm
52cm/L 67.5 120mm 440mm 73.5 to 70 615mm

For more information visit http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/275-650b-bikes/fantom_275-pro-6by6.htm.

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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  • SColeman says:

    FYI, the WTB wheels are not on the $1800 BikesDirect parts spec. They’re using their standard Vuelta stuff instead. Also, tires are WTB Wolverine, not Trail Boss. Aside from that, it’s an excellent parts spec for the money. It’ll be interesting to hear how it rides.

  • John says:

    +1 on anticipating the ride report.

  • John says:

    How high is the bb height?

  • jason says:

    The BB height is roughly 13.75″ by my measurement. My 6by6 weighs roughly 31 lbs. w/pedals. I am interested to see how much lighter it is with the WTB wheels/tires.

  • adrian says:

    Wonder why they didn’t put the pivot on the chainstay, given the now expired Horst patent? Would be better under braking…

  • Mike says:

    Interesting. I’ve just started looking at their selection lately, and if the frames are as good of quality as the comparable bikes sold by the big names (Trek, etc.), then they have outstanding deals. I’m seeing local bike shops selling similar spec bikes for more than twice that price.

    Did you get the feeling that the frame was built properly and with the same quality as the showroom stuff?

  • luism says:

    Ok.. theyre slacking! My phamtom may not be 27.5 its 26 and came with a blackbox Reba and XTR drivetrain. For the same $. I like the bike but it just doesn’t add up.

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