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Motobecane Frame?(6 posts)

Motobecane Frame?rmnelson19
Aug 10, 2001 7:48 AM
I just came across a Motobecane frame. What is it? Any background on the company? I think they're French. Anyway, I have a Motobecane frame and that's all I know about it....

It is (was) a French company . . .DCW
Aug 10, 2001 8:31 AM
that has transmuted, as I understand it, to be called MBK. MBK sponsors Cofidis.
I still have and occasionally ride my 1972 Motobecane Le Champion 10-speed (and I mean just 10), a beautifully lugged and painted Reynolds 531 double-butted steel, with mostly Campy Nuovo Record. It's still a sweet ride and all original.
For many years, like most bicycle manufacturers, Motobecane made frames and sold complete bikes of differing tubing and quality, and all that I have seen are good, if not great. Depending on the design and condition of your frame, you may have something that's worth building up, perhaps only for a commuter or errand bike.
For a brief history see . . .DCW
Aug 10, 2001 8:50 AM
especially if you read French. Motobecane became MBK after combining with Yamaha. Motobecane, as the name suggests, was involved heavily with motorscooters, and MBK still is.
motobecane and vitusRusty McNasty
Aug 10, 2001 8:52 AM
some of the better motobecanes from the early-mid 1970's were actually rebadged vitus bikes. Don't get the idea, though, that yours is a vitus bike, just because the word vitus is stamped somewhere on the frame, though. Vitus also made a lot of the cheap tubing found on the "gas-pipe" frame models, too.
There were some very nice motobecanes, but there were probably 2 of the cheap-$h!t ones for every nice reynolds 531-frame sold. If the bike weighs more than, say 25 lbs, you have one of the junky ones, and it's worth no more than the components on it.
re: Motobecane Frame?ChrisV
Aug 10, 2001 12:12 PM
Does yours have any stickers on it identifying the tubeset. My first race bike as a junior in the 80's was a Motobecane built from Reynolds 531 and I am sure would still make a nice bike to ride, but it is obviously night and day from the Motobecane of then and the MBK of now!
re: Motobecane Frame?Car Magnet
Aug 10, 2001 1:57 PM
If you picked up a Jubilee, Le Grand Champion, Grand Record or Team (rare)frame, then you probably have a very nice frame worth either a restoration or rebuild. The other stuff is comparable to a Schwinn Varsity and were a dime a dozen. Can you describe the frame? Lugs, paint scheme, cable guides etc.? As the other posts said, French -made now MBK.