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LeJenue 531 Value

Old 10-28-18, 05:12 PM
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LeJenue 531 Value

Hello all,

I have a LeJenue that I was interested to get some information and a value on. I dont have any knowledge on it model wise. I do have all the original simplex pieces as well as original bars, seat, period leather bar wrap, and a few sets of mafac "racers". among other parts. Again I`m interested in getting some info as well as a value on it. Location wise I`m just north of Ann Arbor mi area. Any help on info or Value would be much appreciated. Thanks!








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Old 10-28-18, 05:29 PM
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That's a nice bike but it's incomplete and a mishmash of parts. Granted you have the simplex parts on hand to help kit it out. As it sits, I'd value the bike at $200 mainly for the frame, brakes, and crank. The wheels are tubulars which hurts the value and the normandy competition hubs are nothing all that great. I paid $200 for a full 531 Moto Grand record recently with nicer parts (campy derailleurs, same hubs but laced to clinchers, same crank).

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Old 10-28-18, 09:56 PM
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Not a LeJeune, it’s a Jeunet 630 and the T.A. crankset with Criterium rings, Simplex derailleu, MAFAC Racer brakess and Mavic tubular rims laced to Normandy Competition hubs are all stock. Cool bike but not as well known as a Peugeot PX-10 or a Gitane TdF or the comparable Motobécane. It's of comparable quality. If it fits it should ride great. I recently bought one of these as a repainted frameset with some parts and probably overpaid at $100. Check the BB, allegedly Jeunet used Swiss threading. Were it mine and in my size I would build it up with the parts you show or mention and break out my stash of used tubulars and enjoy it as an expression of how the French built great riding bikes with modest parts. They apparently built the same frame with Simplex ends with the integral unthreaded derailleur hanger and others with Campagnolo ends.

EDIT: You have a Vagner fork crown that seems to have remained the standard for this model - the lugsets varied but through the years included Bocama 14 type I, the model 18 that appear to be on this specimen, and even some with Nervex Professional lugs. The 630 had plain Simplex dropouts that required a hanger, the model 650 had unthreaded Simplex ends, Stronglight 93 cranks and generally similar parts, and the model 640 had Campagnolo dropouts and Campagnolo parts. This one looks like it has the original finish. Again, cool bike. Price it near what a PX-10 or a Gitane TdF brings in your market and see what happens.

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Old 10-29-18, 04:56 PM
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Wow, thats beautiful. Set that up with some Simplex Prestige or Criterium derailleurs and you have quite a nice bike. Looks to be in great shape. Sew-ups are a plus in my world. And those Criterium rings on TA crank add some cool to this bike. I'd value at $300 if it was complete with the original parts.
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Old 10-30-18, 09:43 AM
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Originally Posted by rustystrings61 View Post
Not a LeJeune, it’s a Jeunet 630 and the T.A. crankset with Criterium rings, Simplex derailleu, MAFAC Racer brakess and Mavic tubular rims laced to Normandy Competition hubs are all stock. Cool bike but not as well known as a Peugeot PX-10 or a Gitane TdF or the comparable Motobécane. It's of comparable quality. If it fits it should ride great. I recently bought one of these as a repainted frameset with some parts and probably overpaid at $100. Check the BB, allegedly Jeunet used Swiss threading. Were it mine and in my size I would build it up with the parts you show or mention and break out my stash of used tubulars and enjoy it as an expression of how the French built great riding bikes with modest parts. They apparently built the same frame with Simplex ends with the integral unthreaded derailleur hanger and others with Campagnolo ends.

EDIT: You have a Vagner fork crown that seems to have remained the standard for this model - the lugsets varied but through the years included Bocama 14 type I, the model 18 that appear to be on this specimen, and even some with Nervex Professional lugs. The 630 had plain Simplex dropouts that required a hanger, the model 650 had unthreaded Simplex ends, Stronglight 93 cranks and generally similar parts, and the model 640 had Campagnolo dropouts and Campagnolo parts. This one looks like it has the original finish. Again, cool bike. Price it near what a PX-10 or a Gitane TdF brings in your market and see what happens.
This. The 630 is a sweet long-distance road bike. Long-ish wheelbase, moderate angles and low BB. I've owned two of them at different times and wouldn't at all mind having another as my every day bike.

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Old 10-30-18, 10:50 AM
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that's a nice looking bike. It looks like it will take larger tires, which is good nowadays. Would be a good randonneur.

Are you sure the seatpost comes out?
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Old 10-31-18, 05:03 PM
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Reminds me of my Peugeot px10
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