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1972 Motobecane Le Champion

Old 12-05-23, 12:50 PM
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1972 Motobecane Le Champion

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Continuing to thin the herd, as we are moving.... here is a '72 Moto Le Champion, frame size 21" CTT. Typical crazed original paint and decals. Has the standard set up including:

Special Campy Tipo hubs with kidney shaped cutouts, laced to Mavic Championnat du Monde tubulars and alloy nipples
'72 dated NR rear derailleur
3TTT Record stem and bars
Universal 61 center pulls - note this has original but not dried out gum goods, exceedingly hard to find
Stronglight 93 crank
Lyotard 65 pedals
Ideale 80 saddle

Looking to get $600 OBO plus shipping for this fine example. Let me know if you have any questions, thanks for looking!

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Old 12-05-23, 05:25 PM
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That's everything a 70s bike should be. Good luck!
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I cannot express how happy I am that this is not a 24" frame.
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Originally Posted by beech333
I cannot express how happy I am that this is not a 24" frame.
I cannot express how unhappy I am that this is a 21" frame .... because it fits and I need another bike like another hole in my head.

Beautiful bike.
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Originally Posted by cegerer
I cannot express how unhappy I am that this is a 21" frame .... because it fits and I need another bike like another hole in my head.

Beautiful bike.
i wouldn't knock having another hole in your head.. makes for a cool whistling sound as the wind blows past you while riding this awesome bike!
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Oh man, too small for me. I could maybe make it work by installing a larger seat tube, but I'd rather wait for a bike that fits.
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PM sent.
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Originally Posted by 75lechamp
Continuing to thin the herd, as we are moving.... here is a '72 Moto Le Champion, frame size 21" CTT. Typical crazed original paint and decals. Has the standard set up including:

Special Campy Tipo hubs with kidney shaped cutouts, laced to Mavic Championnat du Monde tubulars and alloy nipples
'72 dated NR rear derailleur....
Nice bike! Much in common with my GR from same year, yours is in vastly better shape than I can claim! Mine came with a Stronglight 49 set, I just added a 93 back in October to ride gearing more appropriate for the hills around where I live now.
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so glad I can't afford this right now.
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Originally Posted by beech333
I cannot express how happy I am that this is not a 24" frame.
Right. I'm staring at this 1978 Mercian Vincitore frame I've been messing with and collecting parts for with a rapidly rising price tag wondering what's the point? If this bike was my size it would be almost exactly what I'm building at half the price and just as beautiful.

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Man, that's a nice example, and a great price!
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Regardless of the nice price, heck of a great classic. Beautiful.

Although it doesn't really matter but is this frame really from 1972? I thought they had chromed socks and a riveted headbadge.
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Originally Posted by chain_whipped
Although it doesn't really matter but is this frame really from 1972? I thought they had chromed socks and a riveted headbadge.
If you look up 1972 Le Champions on Google Images a few like this come up. I'm not an expert but I assume that's right?

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Old 12-07-23, 03:40 PM
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Hey guys, for this vintage of Le Champion they had the foil headbadge. I think the riveted badge came around 1973-74. My '75 Le Champion has a foil badge as well, but it is a different "M" design.
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Also, I forgot - my '73 Grand Record has this badge, which was between the old foil and the riveted metal badge.....



'73 GR

'72 and earlier replacement foil decals
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Mine, bought new early April '72 -


Riveted badge on head tube...
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