Sunday, December 21, 2008

Motobecane Fantom 29 vs Novara Ponderosa

REI.com has the 2009 Novara Ponderosa for $949 plus $56.94 tax with free store shipping for a total of $1005.94. How does it stack up to the Motobecane Fantom 29?

The detailed spec for the 2009 Novara Ponderosa are on the REI website.

The Fantom 29 has Avid BB5 Brakes vs Avid BB-7 for the Novara Ponderosa. The Novara Ponderosa is worth about $30 more.

The Fantom 29 has WTB MotoRaptor 29 x 2.1 tires with WTB FX28 rims vs the WTB Prowler MX 29x2.1" with the WTB SpeedDisc All Mountain rims for the Novara Ponderosa. The Novara Ponderosa is worth about $50 more.

The Fantom 29 and the Ponderosa has the RockShox Dart 3 Fork.

The Motobecane and Novara Ponderosa frames are aluminum. I like the Fantom 29 black color over the Brushed Silver of the Ponderosa.

The Fantom 29 has Shimano Deore Mega-9 Rapid Fire 27 speed trigger shift at $90 for pair vs SRAM X7 Trigger at $50 for the Novara Ponderosa .

The Fantom 29 has Shimano Deore XT long cage rear derailleur RD-M761 at $85 vs SRAM X-7 at $45 for the Novara Ponderosa .

The Fantom 29 has TruVativ 5D 22/32/44T Crankset at $70 vs Truvativ Firex 3.1(44/32/22T) at about the same for the Novara Ponderosa .

The Fantom 29 has Shimano Deore FD-M510 front derailleur $26 vs SRAM X-7 at $29 for the Novara Ponderosa .

Conclusion:The Novara Ponderosa is even in part overall value. It is about $411 more that the Fantom 29 so the Fantom 29 is a better value . In fact , the Ponderosa is second to the last of the bikes I have evaluated.

The $600 Fantom 29 works for me.I like the Fantom 29!

As an on going recap here is a list of the bikes I reviewed. They are ranked by a Relative Value Factor (RVF) . The RVF is the price of the Fantom 29 + or - the value of the major parts difference (Delta) divided by the price of the bike.

Bike Price Delta RVF

Motobecane Fantom Pro: 796, 455, 1.32
Motobecane Fantom 29: 596, 0, 1.0
Windsor Cliff 29 Comp: 549, -73, 0.951
IBEX Section 29: 1034, 378, 0.942
Raleigh XXIX+G: 1100, 368, 0.876
Diamondback Overdrive : 600, -122, 0.790
Marin Alpine Trail 29er 667, -122, 0.711
Specialized Rockhopper Disc 29er: 760 ,-144 ,0.595
Novara Ponderosa 29er: 1006, 0, 0.591
Cannondale 29er 4 Caffeine: 1059, -125, 0.445

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How about the relative value between the Motobecane Fantom Pro 29er and the Windsor Cliff 29er Team at $979?