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 bikesdirect.com 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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