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Anybody ride Motobecanes?

Old 07-13-19, 09:01 AM
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Anybody ride Motobecanes?

I have several Motobecane bicycles and they have been good bikes. I have modified all of them with aftermarket parts to customize them to what I like. I have no problems with them they have been as good as my Gary Fisher and Cannondale. I do 90% of the bicycle mechanics and havenít notice any difference. With the exception of the paint which isnít as good but over time all my bikes get scuffed up.
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Old 07-13-19, 06:08 PM
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While not an "original" Motobecane, I do have a five-year-old Gran Premio that is my primary road bike. I did replace the wheels with a handbuilt set (the originals are still in service on another bike) and the usual fit and creature comforts like saddle and stem. I have absolutely zero complaints about this bike and it has served me well for several thousand miles.
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Old 07-13-19, 08:41 PM
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Assuming you mean newer ones sold by BD.
They have different levels and overall are good for the money.

My motobecane fatbike seems better than my Giant and Trek hybrids. Better frame welds, better components.

If you want better bikes, you need to move up to canyon or YT.

Depending on which model you save 30-50% compared to a comparable LBS bike.
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Old 07-13-19, 08:46 PM
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I had a Motobecane 10 speed back in the '70s. It was a beautiful bike: lugged construction, pinstripes, etc. I traded it in on a Fuji 12 speed, which was obviously a better bike, since it had 20% more gears.
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Old 07-13-19, 09:24 PM
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I ride a late 1970s Motobecane. The original owner, a former Navy friend, purchased it in Toulon, France when his ship stopped there. He gave it to me when we were stationed together...around 1990. A few years ago I finally had it powder coated and reapplied some MB decals. I've made so many changes and upgrades over the years that the only original item now is only frame itself. But I love the bike nonetheless. -- Dan
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I have a 'Motobecane' (Bikes Direct) single speed, the so-called 'Track' model. The frame is steel, and it's heavy but solid; I use it for commuting, SS/FG road riding, and have beat it up pretty well over the past eight years. It's a fine bike, and is my go-to bike for when I want to lock up outside and do not mind getting some scratches.
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