Motobecane IMMORTAL SPIRIT ProRoad Dura-Ace FSA Review
- Price: $4595
- Frame: Carbon
- Tires: 700c Aluminum
- Gear: 2 × 10
What we like about it: The 2.7 Pound Monocoque High Modulus Carbon Fiber frame provides a lightweight body.
What we don’t like about it: The way external cables may accumulate dirt.
Many of the bikes I have ridden have been aluminum frames, but as I became more confident in my skills and wanted to experience a higher end road bike, I felt it was time to experience a carbon fiber bike differently.
After some time of consideration I chose the Motobecane IMMORTAL SPIRIT ProRoad Dura-Ace FSA.
You may support my decision or you may be confused, don’t worry, I will tell you why in detail.
Below, we will analyze the riding experience, key features, components, and specifications as well as other versions of this bike.
Additionally, at the end of the review, we will also compare several best bike models. If you want to know more about bike reviews, don’t hesitate to follow us.
As a rider who likes to ride at high speeds on the road, the Motobecane IMMORTAL SPIRIT ProRoad Dura-Ace FSA is one of the most impressive bikes I’ve ever ridden.
It just so happened that I would head to Florida next week, where there are plenty of wide open roads.
I decided to bring this bike along. After booking a hotel on Skyscanner, I headed out.
During the climbs, I appreciated the lightweight design of this bicycle.
2.7 Pound Monocoque High Modulus carbon frame and AeroCarbon SL High Modulus Monocoque carbon fork didn’t make me feel any weight at all.
When faced with small undulations, I could drive right through them with the speed of this bike.
When the hills were big, the Shimano Dura Ace 7900 10 Speed 11-28T drivetrain allowed me to adjust my gears to the road conditions in time to handle them as well.
In addition, the Ritchey WCS Butted Aluminum Ergo handlebar also provided good support.
The ergonomic design allowed me to hold the same part of the bike for a long time without feeling fatigue.
Of course, the curved handlebars also offered a great deal of support for my hands, so I could always adjust my riding position to ease the stiffness of my body.
As I neared my destination, I was ready for a final sprint to say goodbye to the ride as fast as I could.
The geometry of the Motobecane IMMORTAL SPIRIT ProRoad Dura-Ace FSA prompted me to adopt a more aggressive riding position, which did a good job of reducing wind drag.
As Motobecane advertises, the ProRoad is built for speed. I swung my legs quickly, with the FSA SL-K Lite carbon cranks and pedals giving me great feedback and the wind whistling past my ears.
Thanks to the good grip of the Vittoria Rubino PRO (folding bead) 700x23c tires, I was able to ride at high speeds and even in turns without slipping, and eventually reached my goal safely.
Of course, if the Cane Creek SCR6 aluminum calipers could be replaced with Hydraulic Disc brakes, it would provide a better and safer riding experience.
All in all, the Motobecane IMMORTAL SPIRIT ProRoad Dura-Ace FSA is a very good road bike, light and fast.
Nothing is more striking about the Motobecane IMMORTAL SPIRIT ProRoad Dura-Ace FSA than its 2.7 Pound Monocoque High Modulus Carbon Fiber frame.
The extremely lightweight body offers a great option for riders seeking speed.
What also surprises me is that the IMMORTAL SPIRIT ProRoad Dura-Ace FSA is equipped with Shimano’s professional-grade Dura-Ace kit, which is the pinnacle of Shimano’s product line and used on many world-class professional racing bikes.
Finally, the Vittoria Rubino PRO (folding bead) 700x23c tires also have good performance and can show good passability on some complicated roads.
The Motobecane IMMORTAL SPIRIT ProRoad Dura-Ace FSA is a powerful carbon road bike.
But if you’re new to riding and want a comparable product for a lower budget, we’ve made recommendations for other models as well.
Motobecane IMMORTAL PRO ProRoad 105
The Motobecane IMMORTAL PRO ProRoad 105 is $2,000 cheaper than the Motobecane IMMORTAL SPIRIT ProRoad Dura-Ace FSA.
But the former also uses a high-quality 2.7 Pound Monocoque High Modulus Carbon Fiber frame, which greatly reduces the weight of the body and thus allows you to have better speed performance.
I have to say that the IMMORTAL SPIRIT ProRoad Dura-Ace FSA is a bit better with the Shimano Dura-Ace top kit.
It performs better in some more complicated terrain, and the shifting is more sensitive and accurate.
Of course, the IMMORTAL PRO ProRoad 105 Shimano Ultegra, 105 kit is also sufficient for entry-level riders.
So if you’re on a budget, the Motobecane IMMORTAL PRO ProRoad 105 is a good choice.
If you want more road bike potential and higher playability, then Motobecane IMMORTAL PRO ProRoad 105 is more suitable for you.
What do we like about it?
- 2.7 Pound Monocoque High Modulus Carbon Fiber frame is lightweight and durable.
- Shimano Dura-Ace top-of-the-line kit performs well.
- The Vittoria Rubino PRO (folding bead) 700x23c tires provide good grip.
- The wide range of frame sizes provides the right choice for most people.
- Ritchey WCS ergonomic handlebars are more comfortable.
What don’t we like about it?
- Rim brakes may not please everyone.
- What kind of tires does it use and what is the tire size?
It uses the Vittoria Rubino PRO (folding bead) 700x23c tires with good grip performance.
- How about the fork?
AeroCarbon SL High Modulus Monocoque Carbon Fiber not only provides good support, but also reduces weight.
- How do I choose the size of this bike?
It is rider-friendly for all heights, with 5 sizes to choose from. Here we provide you with a size chart, but of course you do not necessarily have to follow this standard. The best way to find the most suitable size is to test ride.
|165cm – 172cm
|177cm – 184cm
|183cm – 190cm
|2.7 Pound Monocoque High Modulus Carbon Fiber with replaceable derailleur hanger, 2x H2O bosses
|AeroCarbon SL High Modulus Monocoque Carbon Fiber with Carbon Crown and Carbon Steerer tube, 1.125 inch
|FSA IS2 Sealed Bearing Threadless 1.125 inch
|Ritchey WCS Butted Aluminum Ergo Bar 31.8mm OS / Ritchey 4-Axis WCS Aluminum 1.125 inch steerer, 31.8mm OS clamp
|Vuelta XRP Team SL Sealed Precision Bearing Black Anodized (or Mavic Ksyrium option)
|Vittoria Rubino PRO (folding bead) 700x23c / Presta Valve tubes
|Shimano Dura Ace 7900 10 Speed (20 Spd total) front and rear
|Shimano Dura Ace 7900
|Shimano Dura Ace 7900 10 Speed 11-28T
|Shimano Dura Ace CN7900 10 Speed
|Cane Creek SCR6 aluminum calipers
|Shimano Dura Ace ST7900
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|Jamis XENITH TEAM
|Vittoria Corsa Speed Open TLR Tubeless, 700 x 23c
|2 × 11
|Diamondback Podium Equipe SRAM Disc
|Continental Grand Prix, Folding, 700x25c
|2 × 11 Electronic
|SRAM RED eTap
|Guru Geneo Frameset
|Fondriest TF2 Frameset
Motobecane IMMORTAL SPIRIT ProRoad Dura-Ace FSA vs Jamis XENITH TEAM
In terms of geometry, the Motobecane IMMORTAL SPIRIT ProRoad Dura-Ace FSA and the Jamis XENITH TEAM are both designed for speed and agility.
Although both have good speed performance, the latter Shimano Dura Ace BR-R9170 flat mount hydraulic disc brakes are significantly better than the former Cane Creek SCR6 aluminum calipers’ Rim brakes in terms of safety, which are more sensitive and effortless.
At the same time, Jamis XENITH TEAM’s Shimano Dura Ace CS-R9100 11-speed, 11-28T drivetrain is also better than Motobecane IMMORTAL SPIRIT ProRoad Dura-Ace FSA’s Shimano Dura Ace 7900 10-speed 11-28T drivetrain, more capable of handling complex road conditions.
So if you have higher demands, then Jamis XENITH TEAM is a good choice.
But if you are on a budget, the Motobecane IMMORTAL SPIRIT ProRoad Dura-Ace FSA is a good-value-for-money road bike in the same price range.
Motobecane IMMORTAL SPIRIT ProRoad Dura-Ace FSA VS Diamondback Podium Equipe SRAM Disc
I have to say, the Diamondback Podium Equipe SRAM Disc is really attractive with its red paint job, and it’s a cool thing to ride it on the road.
Besides, I always like lightweight kits, especially on road bikes where speed is a priority.
So I was very excited to see the Podium Equipe SRAM Disc with the SRAM Red eTap, a pro-level kit.
However, Motobecane IMMORTAL SPIRIT ProRoad Dura-Ace FSA’s Shimano Dura Ace kit is also top-notch, so you can choose according to your experience and preference.
It’s also impossible to ignore that the Diamondback Podium Equipe SRAM Disc has a 2×11 electronic drivetrain, but the Motobecane IMMORTAL SPIRIT ProRoad Dura-Ace FSA drivetrain is cheaper.
The latter is the more appropriate choice for those who wish to make a strict distinction between bikes and electric-assisted bikes.
Motobecane IMMORTAL SPIRIT ProRoad Dura-Ace FSA vs Guru Geneo Frameset
The Guru Geneo Frameset is available in an amazing 15 sizes, so you can choose more carefully and thus be more comfortable while riding.
Moreover, the internal alignment not only makes the whole bike look very fresh, but also easy to clean and no rattles when riding at high speed.
In addition, the Geneo Frameset has a relatively steep 73° head tube angle, which provides quick and responsive steering that breathes life into the road bike. The carbon fork also provides good support and further reduces the overall weight of the bike.
If you want the Guru Geneo Frameset to perform better, you can also upgrade it properly.
Of course, for a better riding experience you can also choose the Motobecane IMMORTAL SPIRIT ProRoad Dura-Ace FSA with a better package.
Motobecane IMMORTAL SPIRIT ProRoad Dura-Ace FSA VS Fondriest TF2 Frameset
One of the first things that struck me about the Fondriest TF2 Frameset is that it has a frame of only 1.1kg.
Even compared to other carbon fiber mountain bikes, it is still very light.
When I swung my legs quickly on the road, I could feel the good support provided by the Fondriest TF2 Frameset’s Fondriest 3K Carbon fork and the Fondriest Aero Carbon seatpost.
In addition, compared to smaller wheelsets such as the 650b, the Fondriest TF2 Frameset comes with 700c wheels that have lower rolling resistance, typically roll faster on hard and non-technical surfaces, and also have better passing performance.
All in all, the Fondriest TF2 Frameset is a good carbon road bike that will satisfy most people’s needs.
If you still want a bike with more potential, then consider the Motobecane IMMORTAL SPIRIT ProRoad Dura-Ace FSA.
Above is our test of the Motobecane IMMORTAL SPIRIT ProRoad Dura-Ace FSA, an excellent performing carbon road bike that is lightweight and strong.
In our opinion, the Motobecane IMMORTAL SPIRIT ProRoad Dura-Ace FSA is a bike worth buying. That’s why we give it a high score of 4.8.
Of course, if you’re interested in exploring other similar bikes, we have reviewed a variety of bikes at different price points that you might find interesting. Feel free to check out our other reviews as well.
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