Is the Motobecane budget mountain bike legit or crap?

This is a review of my 2017 Motobecane HAL5 27.5 full-suspension mountain bike. For my first full-suspension bike I did’t want to spend $3,000+ until I was sure of what style riding I’d focus on.

I found this on for about $1,300 and the specs seemed pretty good. I wanted a 27.5 trail bike with a 1x drivetrain. Here’s a summary of the specs:

Frame: 6061 alloy 27.5″ with 120mm travel. 4-bar rear suspension and replaceable hanger. Tapered head tube.
Fork/shock: Rock Shox recon gold 120mm fork with 32mm stanchions. Rear – Rock Shox monarch
Crankset: Sram NX 32t 175mm cranks
Derailleur: Sram NX 1x 11-42.
Rims: WTB stp i25 27.5 tubeless compatible
Hubs: non-boost with QR skewers (not a big issue for me at the time)
Tires: WTB trail boss 27.5 2.25
Brakes: Shimano hydraulic disc m365L with resin pads
Bar and stem: Ritchey 720mm wide and 90mm long
Seat post: Ritchey fixed

What I changed:
Absolute Black 32t oval chainring $68
Lycoon locking grips $8
Iberia lightweight bottle cage $10
Truvative Hussefelt 40mm stem $28
DNM dropper post 110mm $139
Tubeless setup $25
Recent tire swap to Maxxis Minion DHF and Agressor $110 total

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PHAM says:

Heya, beautiful nature! Do you plan to make more videos ? Alrighty, let me leave a sub. Have a good day! All the best, Philipp from PHAM — P.S.: Any tips for mountainbiking in that area? I’m always looking for new spots to film for my channel… :)

The Rusting Mind says:

So what was the weight stock and then what was it after you upgraded?


Must get detaling on that bike

The Gefster says:

Very good straight forward review… Thank you. I’m thinking of going with the 4×4 dx 29er for first full suspension bike. 11 speed slx.. Any thoughts would be appreciated. It is a 2x not a 1x but that is ok I think. Thanks!

Firstt Lastt says:

Thanks for the video! I’ve been looking at this bike too. Would you go with the 27.5 again or the 29?

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