First Look: Motobecane Sturgis and NightTrain titanium fat bikes

Motobecane brings their excellent value specs to Ti fat bikes

Fat Bike
Titanium frame with excellent components spec.

Titanium frame with excellent components spec (click to enlarge).

We don’t know how Bikes Direct does it, but they’re continually able to sell bikes that cost less than the sum of all components. We checked out their Motobecane Ti mountain bike and their road bikes recently and they fared well.

What we really liked was their titanium frame cause it looked great and rode even better. It really was not easy to detect the cosmetic or the ride difference between this Ti frame and boutique brands.

Motobecane NightTrain seat tube.

Motobecane NightTrain seat tube (click to enlarge).

That’s why this Ti fat bike introduction is quite interesting. They will bring to market bikes with well built Ti frames and good component specs. Titanium seems to be a great match for fat bikes since it does not corrode. Often used in snow, sand or salty areas, frame corrosion is a key enemy of fat bikes.

Motobecane NightTrain  dropouts.

Motobecane NightTrain dropouts (click to enlarge).

The NightTrain Ti Bullet is different from the Sturgis as it upgrades to RaceFace Turbine cranks, Guide RS Brakes, SRAM X9, and 120 TPI tires.

Highlights
  • MuleFut SL Tubeless Compatible Wheelsets; 150/190 ThruAxles
  • Butted/Tapered 3AL/2.5V titanium ride
  • Fits Most 5″ Tires
  • Dropper seatpost routing,
  • Rear Rack Braze ons
  • RockShox Bluto Forks
  • SRAM Guide Brakes
  • Ritchey cockpit components and WTB saddle
  • RaceFace cranks
  • Pro-Level V-Rubber tires
Motobecane 2016 NightTrain Bullet Titanium Pricing
  • Sale: $2299
  • List: $4999
Motobecane 2016 Sturgis Bullet Titanium Pricing
  • Sale: $1999
  • List: $4199

Click here for more info in the Sturgis Bullet and the NightTrain Bullet.

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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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  • Jeff Scanlan says:

    that’s a sweet deal on a Ti fat bike!!

  • mark tweedale says:

    I am very familiar with bikes direct and I own 2 of their TI bikes. I can honestly say for the money they these bikes are Untouchable in quality and craftsmanship. I will be getting on of these TI fat bikes because that is on hell of a good deal

  • Dan Frohman says:

    I got my Motobecane 2016 Sturgis Bullet Ti last week after much hand ringing, and could not be happier. I can’t believe how much bike I got for the money. Great deal so far!

  • Rick says:

    Come on, someone lift the bike while they are on a bathroom scale and then subtract their own weight. I want one but I gotta know before I drop $2300. POST THE WEIGHT ALLREADY!!

    • Thomson says:

      Word is it weighs ~35lb, approximately the same as the aluminum.

    • Eddie says:

      How much does it weigh? You have to be kidding me. It’s a FAT bike, for crying out loud. If you are contemplating buying a fat bike… and are concerned with “weight”… then save your $2300 and buy a regular mountain bike. ALL fat bikes are far heavier than regular mountain bikes. Weight has very little do with a bikes performance…. even 5 pounds one way or the other makes little difference. A 200 pound man’s body weight normally fluctuates 5-7 pounds daily…… so a bike weighing 5 pounds one way or the other means very little. Get over it and buy a fat bike and stop worrying about weight.

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