Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals. Use this subforum for all requests as to "How much is this vintage bike worth?"Do NOT try to sell it in here, use the Marketplaces.

Motobecane Grand Jubilee

Old 05-23-23, 10:52 AM
Full Member
Thread Starter
SDHawk's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2021
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 320

Bikes: 1986 Schwinn High Sierra, 1989 Supergo Access Comp, 1989 Nishiki Pinnacle,1990 Trek 750, 1990 Trek 970, 1991 Miyata Quickcross, 1992 Bridgestone RB-2, 2002 Stumpjumper M4 Pro

Liked 332 Times in 135 Posts
Motobecane Grand Jubilee

I could get this one for $150 or maybe a bit less. I think t's a 1978 w Vitus frame. Way too big for me so it would be a flip. Original owner says not much use, and appears to be mostly or all original. Would need new tires at least. Is it worth the effort?

SDHawk is offline  
Old 05-23-23, 10:55 AM
Forum Moderator
cb400bill's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Kalamazoo MI
Posts: 20,972

Bikes: Fuji SL2.1 Carbon Di2 Cannondale Synapse Alloy Viscount Aerospace Pro Raleigh C50 Cromoly Hybrid Legnano Tipo Roma Pista

Liked 7,187 Times in 4,064 Posts
In my area, there isn't much flip room left after your initial purchase and needing tires, etc.

I'd pass.

cb400bill is offline  
Likes For cb400bill:
Old 05-23-23, 10:57 AM
Senior Member
bikemig's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Middle Earth (aka IA)
Posts: 20,709

Bikes: A bunch of old bikes and a few new ones

Liked 3,862 Times in 2,228 Posts
Originally Posted by cb400bill
In my area, there isn't much flip room left after your initial purchase and needing tires, etc.

I'd pass.
+1. Prices are soft. Thatís a fine bike at a reasonable for someone who wants to ride it.
bikemig is offline  
Likes For bikemig:
Old 05-24-23, 06:50 AM
Thrifty Bill
wrk101's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Mountains of Western NC
Posts: 23,555

Bikes: 86 Katakura Silk, 87 Prologue X2, 88 Cimarron LE, 1975 Sekai 4000 Professional, 73 Paramount, plus more

Liked 1,005 Times in 646 Posts
Ditto. In my market, after putting 4 to 6 hours into it, and another $75 in consumables, I might get $150 for it, $175 tops. I am seeing some really nice stuff right now under $100.

Prices of finished projects are DOWN, prices on consumables are UP. It's the classic squeeze play. I prefer to avoid it.

The one really nice thing on that era Motobecane is they used a lot of Japanese parts. So it might have come with first generation Cyclone (if not, Vx GT which is nice too), forged French sized stem, nice crankset, possibly Japanese made Swiss threaded BB, decent French sized headset.

The last similar Motobecane I bought was $50. At that price point, it was a no brainer.

Are you selling any vintage down tube shifter bikes for $200 or more? That used to be the price point, no more.

Last edited by wrk101; 05-25-23 at 12:11 PM.
wrk101 is offline  
Likes For wrk101:
Old 05-24-23, 08:44 PM
Senior Member
TugaDude's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 3,503
Liked 612 Times in 447 Posts
I agree with most of the sentiments. I have one in the opposite color scheme, mostly red. Mine was in excellent condition and I paid $140 for it, if I remember correctly. I love, love it. No room for profit at that price.
TugaDude is offline  
Old 05-25-23, 08:55 AM
Senior Member
zukahn1's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Fairplay Co
Posts: 9,621

Bikes: Current 79 Nishiki Custum Sport, Jeunet 620, notable previous bikes P.K. Ripper loop tail, Kawahara Laser Lite, Paramount Track full chrome, Raliegh Internatioanl, Motobecan Super Mirage. 59 Crown royak 3 speed

Liked 1,921 Times in 670 Posts
A set of tires that would look good on this bike would run $60 minimum right now and fixed up fully serviced ready to ride $250 or so is the most I could see this one going for so no real room for flip on this one at nearly any price. You would need to get it for basically free for it to make sense and then it would only be OK deal.
zukahn1 is offline  
Likes For zukahn1:
Old 05-26-23, 05:00 AM
Senior Member
cycleheimer's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: New York Metro Area
Posts: 3,876

Bikes: '02 Litespeed, '99 Bianchi Alfana. '91 Fuji Saratoga, '84 Peugeot Canyon Express, '82 Moto GR, '81 Fuji America, '81 Fuji Royale; '78 Bridgestone Diamond Touring, '76 Fuji America, plus many more!

Liked 230 Times in 131 Posts
Don't waste your time. I myself would grab it for $75 to $100 to recondition, modify (bar-cons, etc.) and ride. Motobecanes are great bikes, the Grand Jubilee is a great model, '78 was a great model year, and it's my size. The market around me is way softer than a marshmallow right now. You might see similar bikes cleaned up for $400, but they aren't selling. They are constantly reposted over and over again. You don't even see them selling for $150. On the other hand, you don't even see many decent vintage bikes like that for sale. I binged on a tsunami.of really crazy deals on upper mid-range bikes last year, and I'm hoping all bikes my size stay in the $400 range.

Last edited by cycleheimer; 05-26-23 at 05:11 AM.
cycleheimer is offline  
Likes For cycleheimer:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Your Privacy Choices -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.