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motobecane framevoitto
Jul 18, 2001 5:04 PM
ive a small steel motobecane frame = fork w/ pantini / motobecane writ on headtubes badge does anybody have information on this motobecanes frame ; year made , etc. thanks voitto from nevada 07.18.2001
re: motobecane frameRusty McNasty
Jul 19, 2001 3:53 AM
Motobecane made a LOT of frames, most of them were really cr@p. Unless it has a badge stating that it was made with Reynolds 531 or Columbus tubing, it's probably one of these department store gas-pipe frames. In that case, use it as a piece of garden sculpture.
re: motobecane framewjudd
Jul 23, 2001 8:59 AM
Not sure I completely agree with prev. post. Motobecane offered a full range of bikes but even the hi-carbon steel ones were well above department store quality. I wouldn't spend alot of money to restore one though.

In addition to Reynolds/Columbus Moto also made extensive use of Vitus tubes. If it's any of these it'll give you a nice ride.

Moto was quite popular in mid-70s thru early 80s. (yes, I owned one) The original company which also made mopeds went bankrupt and re-emerged as MBK and I don't know much about them.

The Jubile and Team frames are quite nice.
Loved my Gran Jubileecory
Jul 24, 2001 8:15 AM
I'm with wjudd: Moto made some pretty nice frames. I found a Gran Jubilee (Columbus tubing and low-line Campy components) for $150 in a freight salvage sale in the late 80s, from a bike shop that had a flood, and rode it for six or seven years until I totaled it in a crash. Had the usual French problems finding parts, but for an all-around comfortable, nice handling bike, it was great. Did my first century and a lot of other stuff on it. Probably still be riding it if I hadn't hit that patch of sand...
Still have mine!grzy mnky
Jul 24, 2001 8:39 AM
Black with red trim. Been wrecked a couple times. Only original parts is the main frame (not the fork) and the front der. It's been half way around the world (Diego Garcia, B.I.O.T.) and back and is resting comfortably in the rafters. My wife has one also!