Classic & Vintage - Motobecane Super Mirage
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06-21-11, 04:51 AM
I'm very new to this, and looking for a decent, sturdy road bike under $250. This caught my eye...
Is this a worthwhile purchase? People on the other threads seem to keep saying that BD's Motobecanes are not great, so I didn't know if an older, pre-BD version might be.
06-21-11, 05:08 AM
The first photo makes it look as if the seatpost is bent, but maybe that's just an artifact of the lens. I'd say that $250 is a lot for that bike--if it were $125, I'd say snap it up.
That said, I really like Super Mirages. I bought one new in 1979, and rode it often until a few years ago, when I passed it down to my son, who was then exactly my age when I bought it. They're not made with flashy or expensive frame tubing, but have very nice Japanese componentry, and offer a very smooth and pleasant ride. From the photos, this one seems to be all original. See if you can talk the guy down on price.
Thats high for a high ten steel frame (bottom end frame) bike. $125 is about right. Motobecane made some good bikes back then, unfortunately, this is one of the low end ones.
06-21-11, 05:24 PM
People on the other threads seem to keep saying that BD's Motobecanes are not great, so I didn't know if an older, pre-BD version might be.
Really nothing in common between today's BD Motobecanes and the original French ones, other than the name and possibly the intent and market position of some models.
06-21-11, 05:28 PM
Yeah, keep looking, unless they'll slash that price. That's a pretty nice bike though.
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