May 25, 2020

Bikes Direct Outfits Ironman Participant Courtney Spratt with Motobecane Nemesis Team

Bikes Direct congratulates Courtney Spratt for her recent participation in the Ironman World Championships in Kona. Looking for a grand way to celebrate her upcoming 40th birthday, Courtney entered the lottery on a whim and then promptly forgot she had done so. When she received the email—the one so few lottery entrants receive—saying that she had won a spot in the race, Courtney celebrated and then immediately began training. With the Bikes Direct staff eagerly tracking her progress, Courtney completed Ironman Kona on October 9, 2010, and then a few short weeks later, completed Ironman Florida on November 6, 2010.

Needless to say, a huge component of the race is the bike ride, and as a bike geek, Courtney turned to Bikes Direct to outfit her for the race. Fortunately, as one of Motobecane’s largest dealers, Bikes Direct had the opportunity to test a new Motobecane model, and Courtney was the first to ride it at Kona—talk about a debut! Given the popularity of Motobecane’s tri bikes, the Nemesis and Nemesis Pro, and feedback from Bikes Direct customers wanting an even higher level of componentry, Motobecane created the Motobecane Nemesis Team.

When Courtney first saw the Motobecane Nemesis Team in the Bikes Direct office, she says she immediately loved the bike. She says, “It’s not a shy color. It’s very outspoken in terms of component level and design style. But I received lost of compliments on the bike, especially in Ironman Florida, where everyone asked if I was a Gator fan.” Bikes Direct asked Courtney for post-race feedback on the bike, and she was happy to report that the Nemesis Team was very fast and extremely comfortable. It was comfortable enough to ride in aero position the entire time, and she says she could ride it all day, which she in fact has done several times, her longest ride clocking in at seven hours. Courtney reports that the Motobecane Nemesis Team is a vast improvement over other bikes she has ridden in previous races.

Bikes Direct will stock the Motobecane Nemesis Team in Team Orange. Featuring NACA and Kam-tail aero profiles and with an advanced lay-up, High Modulus Carbon Fiber Monocoque frame, the Motobecane Nemesis Team offered by Bikes Direct will turn the heads of both casual cyclists and hard-core bike aficionados alike. It will have an aero-section carbon fiber fork with a carbon steerer. Bikes Direct also reports that the Nemesis Team will feature a SRAM Red drivetrain, 53/39T, 11-23 OG1090 Powerdome. It will have a Zipp 404/808 wheelset, which both Courtney and Bikes Direct staffers say is “sick,” Zipp Vuka R2C shifters, Zipp Vuka aero bars, and an aero carbon seatpost.

Bikes Direct is excited to begin offering these ultra high-end bikes at prices lower than comparable models. Bikes Direct has become a fixture in the fixie, road bike, mountain bike and hybrid/comfort bike scenes, and is now ready to enter the elite competition field. Bikes Direct is excited to debut this amazing bicycle and eager to offer it to their customers. With an anticipated list price of $6500, Bikes Direct again offers an amazing bike at an unmatched price.

Bikes Direct hopes its customers will have as much fun on this bike as Courtney reports, and with equally as amazing results. With the spring triathlon season quickly sneaking up on us, Bikes Direct anticipates that its latest offering, the Motobecane Nemesis Team, will be a strong presence in races around the country. Bikes Direct offers all types on Tri bikes from beginner to Pro, as Bikes Direct feels each cyclist must start their own journey at a place that is comfortable. Sign up for the Bikes Direct newsletter to be the first to learn when the bike will be available for purchase, round the look off with a Motobecane jersey—available only through Bikes Direct—and start training!

About Bikes Direct

Bikes Direct continues to provide the same excellent cycling experience that riders around the world have come to expect from Motobecane. As a beginning, Bikes Direct can offer this brief history; Motobecane has been making bikes since 1923 and was named after the French word Moto for motorcycle and Becane for bike. Things went well for the company until 1981 when they were bankrupt and bought by Yamaha and became MBK. Now Motobecane USA is not related to the French company as they import bikes from Taiwan and China, these are the bikes you are interested in. Bikes Direct offers these Bikes Direct to the public at competitive price points and excellent quality.

According to Bikes Direct, Motobécane was a major manufacturer in the French bicycle industry. The frames on Motobécane’s mid-to-upper bikes were typically double-butted lugged steel made from Vitus or Reynolds 531 molybdenum/manganese steel tubing with Nervex lugs. Motobécane finished their frames in beautiful and high-quality paint, a practice not often followed in the French industry. Considered the second most prestigious French bicycle (after Peugeot, whose more durable design they emulated, but ahead of Gitane), Bikes Direct remembers Motobécane’s mid-range bikes as a good value; the company kept prices reasonable by matching high-quality frames with lower-priced, but higher-quality components from Japan, at a time when competitors were putting higher-priced, lower quality French components on mid-range bikes. Bikes Direct says that Motobécane bicycles included the Nomade, Mirage, Super Mirage, Super Touring, Grand Touring, Sprint, Jubilee, Grand Record, Le Champion, and Team Champion.

Bikes Direct now offers Motobecane models that use carbon on two of their ranges of bikes, the Race Carbon/AL and the Full Carbon ranges. From the Race Carbon they produce the Century Comp, Elite, Pro and Team and from the Full Carbon they have the Immortal Pro, Force and Spirit.

Race Carbon/AL from Bikes Direct

Bikes Direct says the Race Carbon /AL frames are a mixture of Alloy main frame tubes and carbon rear seat stays. The frames use different Alloy for the tubes on each of the frames and different equipment to assemble the bikes.
The Century Comp has Columbus Airplane tubes and Shimano 105 Triple group set.

The Century Elite has Shimano Ultegra Triple kit and the frame is made from 7005 double butted and carbon stays. Shimano Ultegra 30 speed and Kinesium SL and Carbon are used for the Century Pro.

Bikes Direct offers the top class Shimano Dura-Ace, and carbon FSA Cranks are used for the Century Team with Kineses 7005 AL main tubes and carbon stays. All have carbon forks.

The Full Carbon

Shimano Utegra mixed with 105 and FSA is fitted to the Immortal Pro high modulus carbon fiber monocoque frameset along with carbon forks American Classic wheels.

Bikes Direct knows the Immortal Force is very similar to the Pro except it is all Shimano Ultegra; all the other equipment and the frame is the same.

The Immortal Spirit Dura-Ace, FSA, American Classic wheels and Ritchey are all fitted to a monocoque carbon frame keeping the weight down to 16 pounds.

Bikes Direct makes sure that all the equipment is top class and you can’t fault any choice there. Looking at the Geometries of the frames there is beauty and they handle well.

In addition to the standard diamond frame bicycles, Motobécane produced mixte frame versions; the mixte frame Grand Touring had twin lateral stays in place of a top tube, extending from the head tube to the seat tube, while the Super Touring and Grand Jubilé had a single top tube sloping down towards the seat tube, but diverging into twin lateral stays just before the seat tube. Later mixte Grand Touring models also used this design. Motobécane also produced a tandem bicycle.

Bikes Direct says vintage French bicycles, including Motobécane, are often sought today for their value as a fixed gear conversion.

For more information about Motobecane contact Bikes Direct at

Would You Buy a Bike from an Internet Site Like Bikes Direct?

Sure, maybe the prices of bikes at Bikes Direct are incredibly low compared to those at your local bike shop and, yes, maybe Bikes Direct can offer single-speeds and limited edition bikes hard to find anywhere else, but would you buy a bike from an internet site like Bikes Direct?

Usually the only reason why people hesitate in making any purchase over the Internet is the trust factor: will you really get what you paid for? At Bikes Direct, their best response is to let other customers do their talking.

Time and again, Bikes Direct shoppers will see testimonials that include phrases like: “thank you for the excellent service” and “thanks for the fast delivery” from Bikes Direct and “thank you for the wonderful bike.” It’s reassuring for people new to Bikes Direct to read that a customer has “passed the Bikes Direct name on to several friends because it’s not often these days that you get great service and good quality.”

Sometimes the comments received by Bikes Direct deal with excellent (and one-on-one) customer service, like one who simply stated that the Bikes Direct service is wonderful. Another satisfied Bikes Direct buyer went into more detail, saying: “Thanks so much for your patience. Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your help. Thanks for your patience with my constant, nagging questions. I will definitely be recommending Bikes Direct to my friends.”

Once you start to examine the comments made by people who have purchased bikes through Bikes Direct, you can then look at the Frequently Asked Questions on the Bikes Direct website. For example, how can Bikes Direct sell top quality bikes at such low prices? According to Bikes Direct, the answer is right there in their name: they sell bikes factory direct. There’s no middleman in a retail store with rent, dozens of employees and associated overhead. The Bikes Direct bikes come straight from a distribution warehouse that is loaded with inventory, purchased in bulk for more savings.

For more information, or to speak with someone at Bikes Direct, please go online to or send Bikes Direct a fax at 877-245-3329.

What Bikes Direct Customers Are Saying About Bikes Direct:

Dear Bikes Direct,

I must admit that I was somewhat hesitant about buying such an expensive bike on-line [from Bikes Direct] but I gave it a shot. I have now but about 500 miles on my Fuji Professional that I got from Bikes Direct and am LOVING IT! There isn’t a bike out there that compares. What a ride!

Thanx Again,

Bikes Direct,

Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate Bikes Direct help. Thanks for your patience with my constant, nagging questions. I will definitely be recommending Bikes Direct to my friends and associates out here in South Dakota; where triathlete bikes are only available through mail order or Internet.

Most Sincerely,
Eric Redinger
Exercise Specialist, CSCS
McKennan Center for Health & Fitness

Went on my first ride today, the bike rides very fast. I was surprised to find such a nice bike for the price Bikes Direct advertised, I’m glad I didn’t go with the $900.00 bike at the local shop. I was worried that it was going to be “heavy”, but it’s a well-built road bike and I’m mainly using it for exercise. Bikes Direct provides an online bike “heaven” for those of us who don’t need the fancy racing bikes and just want quality at an affordable price.

I have already recommended Bikes Direct to some of my friends and neighbors here in Stafford, VA.

BikesDirect | The Case for Physical Fitness – BikesDirect

The Case for Physical Fitness – BikesDirect

Any staffer at BikesDirect can tell you that exercise and diet are the most surefire ways to maintain your physical fitness. Physical fitness is the most effective way to cut the risk of heart disease, bring down blood sugar levels, lose weight, and improve all around health. But the people at BikesDirect continue to observe our modern world hurrying to a standstill. Our society is increasingly sedentary. Most essential tasks can be performed without leaving a chair. Even at BikesDirect it is a challenge to impress upon people the importance of physical fitness.

One of the credos at BikesDirect is that every human ought to exercise. The current recommendation at BikesDirect is half an hour a day of exercise. BikesDirect reveals that only one-third of the adult population of the USA gets enough exercise. In fact one quarter of those surveyed are not at all physically active.

Physical inactivity is considered a key reason for the rise in America of type-2 diabetes. The team at BikesDirect wants you to know that sedentary lifestyles and obesity increase insulin resistance. These factors lead not only to diabetes, but other health problems. According to BikesDirect, there is more information about this rising health issue in a 2003 study published by The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. This study found that a lack of exercise and a general neglect of physical fitness are major factors that lead to serious diseases such as diabetes. BikesDirect cites these facts when telling customers about the importance of staying healthy and maintaining physical fitness.

The folks at BikesDirect say that there is good news! It is never too late to start exercising. Physical fitness is the easiest way to maintain health and prevent the onset of many diseases. BikesDirect reports that people who exercise regularly improve the overall condition of their body. Exercise helps fine-tune insulin sensitivity, helps with weight loss, and lowers the risk of heart disease. Besides avoiding illness, exercise releases endorphins and other beneficial bodily chemicals that have been proven to improve happiness. Happier and healthier – all this from a daily bike ride brought to you by Bikes Direct!

How To Get Started

To begin, BikesDirect suggests you always consult with your health care provider. Find out if you have any health factors that can guide you in setting up a safe and effective level of exercise. Doctors often perform stress tests to determine what kind of exercise is safest and most effective for each particular body. If you have certain health conditions, a doctor or a kinesiologist can design an exercise program for your particular situation. Then stop by the BikesDirect website.

Even if you already exercise regularly, a visit to BikesDirect can be a helpful way to update your exercise routine. BikesDirect reminds you to scale your exercise routine into something that will not overwhelm you. Exercise works best if you do it daily over the long term. Do not create a program that is too difficult or discouraging. Remember to keep moving! – BikesDirect