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Old 03-27-09, 07:03 PM
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Motobecane Mirage

Is there a way to track to the date the bike was produced? I just picked up this Motobecane Mirage for $60. It is mostly black with gold decals, leather wraps on the bars. Suntour equipped components, thumb shifters on the quill stem..

Did I pay too much for it? Condition wise it has normal scrapes and paint chips, but rides nice and shifts smoothly.

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Old 03-27-09, 07:10 PM
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There should be a date code on the Suntour derailleurs. https://www.vintage-trek.com/component_dates.htm#suntour

Won't tell the the exact date of the bike, but will get you close.
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Old 03-27-09, 07:25 PM
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Thanks, I found LH which dates to December 1991. Fairly new bike I guess. How were these bikes as far as performance? Is it a low/mid/high end bike?
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Originally Posted by Darwin401k View Post
Thanks, I found LH which dates to December 1991. Fairly new bike I guess. How were these bikes as far as performance? Is it a low/mid/high end bike?
Being December of 91 components the bike could be a 91 or 92. I know next to nothing on Motobecane bikes. It looks good, so that's a plus.

Here's another thread https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/524550-fix-up-motobecane-mirage-just-go-newer-cheapie-bike.html
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Old 03-27-09, 08:06 PM
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I'm willing to bet quite a bit that is NOT from 1991! More like mid to late 70's I'd say.
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Old 03-27-09, 08:13 PM
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Mirage was an entry level bike, but it looks like yours might have had a few improvements made to it along the way. You did ok for what you paid.

p.s. - if you want to delve deeper into the "is it worth it" aspect, posting in the Subforum (see top of the C & V Forum page), is the best place to get that response.
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Old 03-27-09, 08:18 PM
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I'm willing to bet quite a bit that is NOT from 1991! More like mid to late 70's I'd say.
Proof that I know nothing about motobecane. That's what I get for basing my judgment on components... I should have known better.
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Old 03-27-09, 08:23 PM
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If it helps anything, the Motobecane logo on the top tube and right side is actually raised from the frame.
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I can't remember what years they did the raised lettering. Either way, if it fits you and is rideable, you got a good deal. Date wise, I'd say no more recent than '82 as a guess.
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Check the hubs and see if they have a date...looks '80's to me.


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Old 03-31-09, 08:41 PM
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Fastest way to tell is to look on the hubs for a date code - there should be a 2-digit year and a 2-digit week code. Those appear to be Normandy hubs - if so, the date codes will be visible on the surface of the hub - between the flanges, can't miss 'em.
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Any vintage road bike that rides nice and shifts smoothly and has good tires, i.e. needs no repairs sells for over $100 around here. Anything less gets gobbled up in less than 24 hours. So I think you did VERY well.
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Check the inside edge of the Dia-Compe brake extension handles for a month/year. The bike is probably within a few months of that. I'm restoring a '79 Mirage Mixte frame (also black) for my daughter, and I can see some very slight differences from your pic to what our bike has. I'd also say maybe a year or two newer ('81 maybe?).
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Old 04-01-09, 08:23 AM
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It's also impossible to remove the bars from the stem with that bar wrap intact, so the date code of the stem should be a good indicator.
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