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Old 06-21-11, 04:51 AM   #1
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Motobecane Super Mirage

I'm very new to this, and looking for a decent, sturdy road bike under $250. This caught my eye...

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/bik/2452450267.html

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.

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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.
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Old 06-21-11, 05:11 AM   #3
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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.
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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.
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Yeah, keep looking, unless they'll slash that price. That's a pretty nice bike though.
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