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Need Some Help Identifying Model Year on Motobecane Jubilee Sport.

Old 05-29-20, 06:18 AM
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Need Some Help Identifying Model Year on Motobecane Jubilee Sport.

Hello!

Last week I bought an Motobecane bicycle from Tori.fi (Craigslist type of site here in Finland).
Back then I was wondering what the model might be, because there were stickers covering the model name.
I peeled off the sticker and it ended up saying "Jubilee Sport".
After that I've been browsing the forums, catalogues and photo searches, but I haven't seen a single one that matches with mine...

It has "888 VITUS" sticker on downtube, dark blue coloured frame, chrome fork and Suntour BL drivetrain.
Brakes have been upgraded somewhere down the line to Dura Ace 7200.
I think the frame matches with model years 1981-1983, but the fork and the decals look like 1984.

Can anyone help me identifying the bike better?

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Thanks in advance and sorry for my english (not my mother tongue).
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Old 05-29-20, 06:44 AM
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Best I can do is provide these links to various Motobecane catalogs. The Jubile Sport changed quite a bit in graphics and even tubing manufacturers. Seems to have begun with Columbus and switched to Vitus and then back to Columbus.

I'm pretty sure it is '81 to '83, but honestly, it doesn't perfectly match some of the specifics. FWIW, it is a nice frame with decent components and should make for a nice ride.

bulgier.net - /pics/bike/Catalogs/Motobecane/
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Thank you for your reply! The seller was young girl and she told me it's her uncles old bike. It's been collecting dust in their storage room for more than 25 years.
The pedals have "made in France" and "82" stamped on them. Could that be the year, idk?
Anyway, I will service it thoroughly, change tyres, bar tapes, lever hoods, toe straps, all the cables and finally polish everything to their old glory.
I hope it'll be nice first bike to get me from MTB's to more narrow tired ones also.
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Old 06-10-20, 08:07 AM
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After all the searching the conclusion is this.
The bike is Motobecane Jubilee Sport, year model 1981, colour: Cobalt Blue.
It has socketed Vitus 888 Tubes Légers steel frame and chromed steel inexternal fork.
Powertrain is Suntour BL, rear hub and freewheel Maillard Helicomatic 6-speed.
Compared to original specs mine also has upgraded handlebar, Shimano Dura Ace 7200 brakes and levers, upgraded cranks, rims upgraded from 27" clinchers to Mavic 700c tubular rims.

Rode it few days ago for the first time and I quite like it.
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Assuming the pedals are OEM, the 82 manufacturing code would make the bicycle a 1982 or 1983 model. While the decals and fork are reminiscent of 1983, the 1983 Jubilee Sport is shown with INEXternal brazing with an internally routed rear brake cable and the seat post cinch bolt located under the stays. So, in cosmetics it look s like a 1983 but in constructions it looks like a 1982. Either Motobecane updated the bicycle cosmetically after the 1982 catalogue was prepared or they changed the construction back to the 1982 style after the 1983 catalogue was issued. The former seems more plausible and I believe this to be a 1982 model. The other possibility is a re-decal by a previous owner with incorrect decals. The BL derailleurs are OEM spec and should have dual letter date codes on the back that may give further confidence in the year. Serial number(s)?
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I've been able to see only one that matched mine with specs, colour, decals, fork etc. It's really shame that I can't link it here (under 10 posts). 😬
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This is the bike I referred to on my last post
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Finished

So here it is. I put on new handlebar tapes (first ones ever, don't judge ), lever hoods, straps, changed shifter and brake cables and overall cleaned and polished it. Just came back from 20km test ride and everything works great. Very nice bike for very little money.
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That bike is beautiful, nice job. I did a tour in Finland once. Beautiful country, great bread, and serious mosquitoes.
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Thank you!

Ps. You're right about the mosquitoes. 😁
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Thank you!

Ps. You're right about the mosquitoes. 😁
Best bread I've ever had too,
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Well done. I like the whole package. I'm another Moto fan though mine is a poor ole Mirage. I'm also a Vetta saddle fan. All day, long day, every day comfortable.
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You make me want to finish my old grand sprint I picked up for $20! It is just dying to hit the road. Joe
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Still awaiting serial number(s) information.
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