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What model Motobecane is this?

Old 06-27-13, 09:11 PM
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What model Motobecane is this?

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I was hoping you could figure out what kind of bike this is. I know it's a Motobecane, and I suspect it's either a Grand Record or a Grand Jubilee. Originally I bought it off CL a few years ago, and at the time it was set up as a randonneur with matching racks, fenders, and 650b wheels and steel Rigida wheels. Even a dynamo hub. The brakes were branded as Motobecane.

In the photos I know there's stem shifters, but they weren't originally on the bike and were added after. Any help you guys can provide in terms of identifying this model would be great!








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Old 06-27-13, 09:35 PM
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With the rack mount braze ons, my guess is a Grand Touring. I was working on mine tonight.
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Old 06-27-13, 10:16 PM
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Good eye! Maybe it is a Grand Touring. It was definitely equipped to handle a load.
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I would hope the Grand Touring would have had a nicer chain stay brace/kickstand mounting plate.

Would the Grand Touring have a rear derailleur mount?

One sided DT shifter braze on? That seems like Simplex or a five speed bike.

Rack mounts are puzzling. No way its a Grand Jubilee or Grand Record.

Looks lower end to me, what is the seat post size?
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Looking at an old moto catalog, the 1974 Grand Tourings were High Tensile. The OP's bike may be a non USA spec bike, paticularly with 650B tires, like the C-41 I found a year ago.
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Only lug work I see is on the head tube, the rest looks TiG welded, which is newer and low end.
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I found some Motoconforts from the 60s that appear very similar to this Motobecane. The racks look identical and many used 650b. I'm wondering if this model was made in the same years in the same fashion? I know Motoconfort was an offshoot of Motobecane.
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Old 06-28-13, 10:09 PM
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Here's an example:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/N-O-S-MOTOCO...item2c6fa6398f
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My grand touring doesn't have the rack mount braze ons at all, and it's just a bit different looking.
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Not really, much different fork, the Motoconfort is lugged at the TT/ST/seat stay junction, etc.

Looks low end to me, entry level sort of touring style.
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