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Motobecane Mirage Price Check: worth it?

Old 04-26-17, 03:51 PM
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Motobecane Mirage Price Check: worth it?

Hey guys I'm new to road cycling and I was thinking about buying this bike on Craigslist for $150. The seller says that it's about 20 years old and he's used it for triathlons. It's a 24 speed that's silver and red with a curved fork. From what I can make out from the picture, the bike is a Motobecane Mirage. I've seen some threads about it before and have done my fair share of google searches but I can't find anything that really looks the same. He will let me see it in person but I don't think I can ride it since it needs new tubes. I appreciate any thoughts. Thanks!
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Do you have any photos of your actual bike? A link?

Is this it? Or similar?
https://monterey.craigslist.org/bik/6100100310.html

The Mirage model was produced back in the 70's. And, apparently new too. So, it runs over a very wide range of years and styles.

The vintage ones were solidly built, but out of high-tensile steel. The new ones are apparently made out of chromoly (butted?)

The turquoise bike above has a really small frame, but with a really long stem. So the first question is whether it fits you? I can't tell much about the gearing. If it is a true 24 speed, it may actually have a cassette on an 8/9/10 hub which has some benefits, but is still a bit old. Downtube shifters are very functional, but a bit passé.

Anyway, $150 would be a reasonable price if it is in decent shape. AND IT FITS.

As far as the tires, all tires lose air if left sitting. There is a good chance you could simply pump them up and be on the road, at least for a test-ride.
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Is this it?

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First thing is, does it fit. If not, walk away. Second is, does the spinning stuff spin, and does it rattle or wobble. Don't mess with it. Then check shifting and brakes, but cables are probably gunked or frozen.

it is not a high-end bike in any case (the one i posted.) The one above looks a little better but really small. It also looks clean, which is promising.

I don't know the market where you liver but unless there was something really special about it I would n't pay that much money for a bike that wasn't ride-ready. Pump up the tires and see. if there si much else wrong with it ... if the ties were flat for too long you might need to replace them. Tires, cables brake shoes .... $70-- $100 maybe if you do the work yourself.

Bottom bracket might be tough to find--French threading. $20-$40 who knows?

It really depends what else in your areas is available for that kind of money. if this is the cream of the crop, and it fits ... well.

Check this out and get some idea of what sized frame yo can ride--https://www.competitivecyclist.com/Store/catalog/fitCalculatorBike.jsp

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if it's the bike in the above picture, I'd give $150 for it (or at least be willing to start negotiating from there.)

While it's not exactly a modern bike, it'd be a fun project and could be fun to ride. A couple of new tubes and tires would probably be mandatory.
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Originally Posted by Maelochs
Sweet bike.

Just needs a little air in those tires.



Oh, is someone using that QR skewer as a wingnut?
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I don't think that will hold air. If the other tire is like that one, it needs 2 new tires. The QR skewer looks iffy. Seat/saddle will be excruciating IIRC.
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Thanks for all the responses. The owner told me that he is the same height as me which is 5'6. And the picture that cb400bill posted is the exact listing picture that I was looking at! Since it's on craigslist I was planning on trying to haggle it down a little but willing to pay the $150. And I'll try bringing a pump with me to see if it'll be good enough to test ride. I'm planning on meeting him sometime next week.

Since it is the exact bike that cb400bill posted, then do you guys think it is worth $150? Can you tell the specific model (mirage sport, pro, etc.) and year from this picture?

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There is nothing spectacular about that bike. Nothing particularly bad about it.

$150 would be reasonable.

I think the rear derailleur might have been replaced at some point.

As with many cheaper bikes, it comes with non-removable steel chainrings. So, a few things might be heavy, but it isn't bad.

At one time it had a tire pump. It never hurts to ask about it. Is that a front and rear reflector?

It all really depends on your goals.

The size is probably close enough for someone 5'6".
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as long as you understand that it's pretty much an antique and will require some TLC (and replacement pieces/parts) here and there, you could end up with a fun project bike that, with some work, would serve you well.

It will not, however, be a just-as-good / just-as-fast/ just-as-light alternative to a brand new bike with modern technology. I'm not thumbing my nose at it by any means, I kind of dig it. I just want to make sure that you recognize that it's old technology.

There's a Classic/Vintage forum here that might prove to be a good resource if you find yourself in need of advice/parts/etc. for it down the road.
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Originally Posted by goenrdoug
as long as you understand that it's pretty much an antique and will require some TLC (and replacement pieces/parts) here and there, you could end up with a fun project bike that, with some work, would serve you well.

It will not, however, be a just-as-good / just-as-fast/ just-as-light alternative to a brand new bike with modern technology. I'm not thumbing my nose at it by any means, I kind of dig it. I just want to make sure that you recognize that it's old technology.

There's a Classic/Vintage forum here that might prove to be a good resource if you find yourself in need of advice/parts/etc. for it down the road.
It is hard to tell on that bike. I'm a bit divided on whether it is a late French Motobecane, or early Bikes Direct Motobecane. A label on the bike may tell.

But, I wouldn't term it as an "antique".

It has a mix of features.
  • That Crankset????
  • Sora Rear Derailleur appears to be < 10 years old.
  • Dual Pivot Brakes
  • Some kind of aero rim profile. Maybe 1990's?
  • 8x3 gearing probably (not necessarily) has an 8 speed cassette, on an 8/9/10 hub.
  • Indexed Shifters
  • Aero Brake Levers
  • Probably 700c tires/wheels
Anyway, looking at the features, I'd put it around a 1995 or so bike, and in quite good condition for the age, by outward cosmetic looks.


As fast as modern? It probably never was as fast as modern, even when it was new. A lot will depend on things like tire choice. Good tires will make at least a little difference. I ride both Carbon Fiber and Steel. I can tell the difference between the two bikes, but in reality their flat speed isn't that different. I think the CF does climb a bit better, but I haven't done any flat-out climbing on the steel lately either.
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I dunno, anything with downtube shifters and a curved front fork is gonna get called 'antique' by me... But maybe I'm a bit of a snob.. Hey, I used to have a '93 Cannondale 2.8 that was a lot of fun, but it sure rattled the bones on longer rides... and it didn't have downtube shifters...
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It really is a real bike. Crusty tires. I'd offer 50 bucks, and go up to 70. If it showed up in my local thrift store I'd be on it. $150 too much to pay IMHO.

My goodness though, that thing is clean..

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When I say I'm new, I mean this will be my first road bike buy besides a fixie but I couldn't even travel very far with that with the single gear. I'm not looking to have a really nice bike on the get go. Just looking for something to get me started and for travel to save on gas. I'm a college student and plan on using it mostly for commuting with maybe some added cycling for exercise. Would this be a good starter road bike? I might add that my area is very hilly/mountainous. But I'm determined to power through the hills if this bike is decent enough to get me up.
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I think it would make a fine basic road bike, an older one of course. I wouldnt pay more than a $100 for it though. It will probably need something. But yeah go for it if you ride it and like it.
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Picked it up today for $100 and took it to my LBS to get the tubes replaced and tuned. the guy said I got a good deal even though it's made in Taiwan not France.
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