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70-something Motobecane Grand Jubile

Old 04-27-19, 04:43 PM
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The MotoB Grand Jubilee is a great bike and one of my favorites of all that have come my way. Good find and best of luck with that lovely old pre-1976 steed. My Grand Jubilee was post 76 featuring Japanese components...

As found at the Dump stupid bar tape and all...


As ridden for a few years...


As sold a few years later...


and I had to sell my favorite French bike to make room for my other favorite French Bike...
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Very pretty. I picked up an early 70s Moto Grand Record earlier this year. I'm looking forward to refurbishing it.
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Thanks.

Just ordered a crank puller for this and my other purchase today
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Here's mine, appears to be the same year based on components and headbadge

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That's beautiful. Looks very well preserved.
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Suntour RD, Huret FD, ?
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To the OP, Dylansbob

looking at the catalog.

PIVO stem, 49d crank, cyclone rd, says 1976.

What's confusing is the catalog says Huret or Suntour derailleur.
It looks like you have a combination of both.

Makes me wonder if Motobecane in 76 was trying to get rid of stock.
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Makes me wonder if Motobecane in 76 was trying to get rid of stock.
Though not positive, it was 1976 when Motobecane went to Japanese components. Could be that you got one during the early stages of the change over. You might want to have a look at the bottom bracket threading to see if it is French or English.
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Originally Posted by randyjawa
Though not positive, it was 1976 when Motobecane went to Japanese components. Could be that you got one during the early stages of the change over. You might want to have a look at the bottom bracket threading to see if it is French or English.
I was looking at the catalog trying to date mine Grand Jubile,
I noticed in 1976 it listed Huret or Suntour.
It made me wonder, were they optional, or were they trying to sell out old stock?


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Originally Posted by randyjawa
... You might want to have a look at the bottom bracket threading to see if it is French or English.
I thought they switched to Swiss threading in the mid-1970s, as Peugeot did in 1980.
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My understanding is that during the bike boom years there was such demand that bikes were built with what was on hand catalog specs be damned, my 78 Moto Grand touring has the wheel set of a grand jubilee for instance. Regardless nice find OP
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I believe this is a '74 that I picked up on a "whim" a few weeks ago and boy am I glad I did - it is simply the most comfortable vintage bike I've ridden. It's perfect for the crushed limestone bike paths when riding with my kids.
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It wasn't unusual for an owner to swap out the original Huret Jubilee RD for a Sun Tour unit, for many reasons, particularly if they wanted to use a larger freewheel than the typical 14-26 that came on many Jubilee equipped bikes.
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Looks a lot like my 1976 Grand Jubile, although mine is Suntour equipped.

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Dredging this thread up....

This frame has found it's way into my garage and I'm wondering about the date. The components suggest 76, but every other example I see has the block font and metal round head badge. This one has script font and a sticker head badge similar to the one on the Team Champion model. Maybe they ran out of head badges that day so it got a sticker? Font seems to be from earlier years. Possibly meaningless serial # is 1861369.

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Silly me, I posted a serial number and didn't tag T-Mar
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Originally Posted by droppedandlost
Silly me, I posted a serial number and didn't tag T-Mar
And you still haven't tagged him in the way that yields a notification. You need to not use the autocomplete. [MENTION=20650]T-Mar[/MENTION]

Any more pictures? Maybe one of the head badge?
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FWIW, my 1972 Grand Record serial number is 1238406 and my 1975 (I think) Grand Jubilé serial number is 24682?? (can't make out the last two digits). I'd guess that makes yours a '74.
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Originally Posted by Andy_K
And you still haven't tagged him in the way that yields a notification. You need to not use the autocomplete.

Any more pictures? Maybe one of the head badge?
Hmmm. I didn't select from the list. I don't know.

And yes, the sticker is a bit crooked.
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Yeah, I'm definitely putting my money on '74. Check on this comp: Motobécane 58cm Grand Jubilé Clean Original 1974

What's your fork crown look like? Wide "arrow" or skinny?


Wide


Skinny
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Originally Posted by Andy_K
Yeah, I'm definitely putting my money on '74. Check on this comp: Motobécane 58cm Grand Jubilé Clean Original 1974

What's your fork crown look like? Wide "arrow" or skinny?
Skinny. However, I have Campy dropouts. Did Huret make the Jubilee RD for a Campagnolo hanger?


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Originally Posted by droppedandlost
Skinny. However, I have Campy dropouts. Did Huret make the Jubilee RD for a Campagnolo hanger?
I was going to ask about the dropouts next! Are you fork dropouts Campy too? The catalogs don't list Campagnolo dropouts for any Grand Jubilé. Mine has Campagnolo dropouts in the rear, but cheap looking stamped dropouts on the fork (with the wide "arrow" on the crown). I've seen speculation that the ones with Campagnolo dropouts are really repurposed Grand Record frames (and thus fully butted 531, not just the main triangle as the tubing decal says). The fork crown on yours looks like the fork crown on my Grand Record, but I haven't seen one that was chromed like that before (other than in the link I shared above).

Disraeli Gears says there was a Jubilee RD made for Campy drop outs. Huret Jubilee derailleur (2248)
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Originally Posted by Andy_K
I was going to ask about the dropouts next! Are you fork dropouts Campy too? The catalogs don't list Campagnolo dropouts for any Grand Jubilé. Mine has Campagnolo dropouts in the rear, but cheap looking stamped dropouts on the fork (with the wide "arrow" on the crown). I've seen speculation that the ones with Campagnolo dropouts are really repurposed Grand Record frames (and thus fully butted 531, not just the main triangle as the tubing decal says). The fork crown on yours looks like the fork crown on my Grand Record, but I haven't seen one that was chromed like that before (other than in the link I shared above).

Disraeli Gears says there was a Jubilee RD made for Campy drop outs. Huret Jubilee derailleur (2248)
fork tips look stamped, 358C1 on drive side
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