I've done a days worth of research on motobecane bikes, but what I've found mostly opinions of non-owners or bike snobs or a bunch of ebayers who are just extatic to get a non-huffy. So I'm pleading for good information here. I've searched the forums here and I'll try to consolidate the info in here...
Please contribute to this thread if you are an owner/have looked at one in person/riden one/etc.
Brand History from what I've gathered:
Motobecane was a very respectable French brand which sold out a few years ago. Now the name is owned by the people who run bikesdirect.com. The bikes are Made in Taiwan and China and theres a lot of people saying that they use the same frames as Giant/Specialized/whoever.
I'm not so much interested in the brand of the past, and how good their mopeds/road bikes were/are still after X years. I want a cheapish MTB bike with good components and a solid frame, without paying for a brand name. They're a bunch of these bikes going on ebay with excellent specs so I want your opinions. But again. Please do not threadcrap without first hand knowledge or at least without giving good reason.