Motobecane Boris; A year in the life

2015 Motobecane Boris X-7

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Well its almost been a year since i purchased the Motobecane Boris. X-7

What is it? The Boris is what is termed a FatBike its basically a Mtn Bike with really fat tires. it was primarily used in really snowy conditions or in the Sand. there is a race in Alaska that uses alot of Fat Bikes called the “IditaBike” they use a 26×4.0 tire (some will use a even bigger tire a 26×5.0) Surley was the first to bring out a fat bike to the masses with the Surley Pugsley. It is a good bike but anymore has some mechanical items that are not up to par. Their new version of the Pugsley which is called the Ice Cream Truck is a nice bike. Specialized has entered the Fatbike Market with their Fat Boy and Trek also has one called the Farley

How much did i use it? Well during the Winter and the early Spring it was the only bike to leave the garage. Snow riding was alot of fun (and quite a workout) There was something about it how it just floated across the snow. Mostly any distance riding during late spring and summer, I chose other bikes. Although it did get some attention when i would ride it downtown.

Yeah but why a Motobecane? Well this was more a economic issue than any thing. Bikes like this are Seasonal and not the best all around bike to own, so i know that it wasnt going to get all the riding chores. The Motobecane Boris had a good mix of components that were Mid Level. but nothing that will add to the cost of ownership . Sure i could have bought a Specialized Fat Boy or a Trek Farley but i really didnt want to spend $2000.00+ for the bike. On the flip side i didnt want to buy the target level fat bike since they would not be up to most quality levels. the Boris Sat out in the middle with its SRAM X-7 Shifting on a 10 Speed Cassette and Avid BB5 Disc Brakes. They seemed to have a good price point for the specs.

Cable Disc Brakes??Why?: Well that goes back to the snow biking and the frigid cold. it would get so cold that the mineral Oil or the fluid that was being used in the Hydraulic disc Brakes would get so cold it would thicken up and cause the fluid to lock up at the caliper causing the brakes not to work. Cables do not have this problem.

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The Bike came with three different rim strips which when you have drilled rims will show through.  There was black Rubber, White and Blue (as seen below). I ran the blue for a while but picked up some Orange Surly rim strips and are using them currently.

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Upcoming Projects

Heres a couple of my upcoming projects .

The first one is a 1997 Klein Stage Comp this is  bare frame and i will build it up with period correct maybe a bit newer 9 or 10 speed componetry. I have always been a fan of Kleins, My brother built a Quantum from the ground up back in 1989 and it was a awesome bike. so i am looking forward to getting this bike going.

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The second is my thrift store find a 1991 Specialized Crossroads for a whopping $12 I got a 22in frame with some rusty components and its signature wide 700c wheels, which is what drew me to it in the first place. Upgrades are a coming
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