Thursday, March 6, 2008

Motobecane Fantom 29 vs Diamondback Overdrive

I thought it would be interesting to compare my 29er to the Diamondback Overdrive. I did not ride the Diamondback but I had seen on a MTBR forum post that it was available at a LBS for $600. This is the same price I paid for the Fantom 29.

The Fantom 29 has Avid BB5 Brakes with 185 mm rotors while the Diamondback has Hayes HMX-4 Disc w/ 6" rotors. I don't know what the cost difference is so I will assume it is small. The reviews on MTBR indicate that the AVID BB-5 are better brakes.

Both have similar WTB 29 x 2.1 tires with FX28 Rims Wheelset.

Both have the RockShox Dart 3 Fork.

The Motobecane and Diamondback frames are aluminum. I like the Fantom 29 black color over the "sparkling silver"of the Overdrive.

The Fantom 29 has Shimano Deore Mega-9 Rapid Fire 27 speed trigger shift at $90 for pair vs Shimano Alivio 8spd Rapid Fire at $40 for the Diamondback.

The Fantom 29 has Shimano Deore XT long cage rear derailleur RD-M761 at $85 vs Shimano Alivio at $29 for the Diamondback.

The Fantom 29 has TruVativ 5D 22/32/44T Crankset vs Truvativ ISO Flow 3.0 for the Diamondback. I believe these cranksets are similar quality and cost.

The Fantom 29 has Shimano Deore FD-M510 front derailleur $26 vs Shimano Acera at $10 for the Diamondback.

Conclusion: The Fantom 29 has $122 more in parts. Therefore the Fantom 29 is a better value since they are both $600 bikes.

Most of the major components are basically the same on the two bikes The Fantom 29 has a better drive train and brakes (larger rotor).

I like the Fantom 29!


Anonymous said...

Great blog-

anyway- the 5D cranks are higher level items worth about $60

The Isoflow cranks are the lowest level cranks that SRAM makes and worth about $25 to 30

would love to see pics of you riding the 29er in the PA area - got any tips for riding up there?

Gary L. said...

Got my DiamondBack OverDrive for $495, at Performance Bike in Philly. It was either between that and the 2010 Motobecane Outcast 29. Since I couldn't test ride or even see the Motobecane in person, because it's online only purchase, I went with the DiamondBack.

Anonymous said...

Both are nice bikes. The Overdrive is typically available for well under $500 with discounts. Paid $375 for my 2010 model (plus $44 shipping).