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 www.mbk.fr . . .||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 vitus||Rusty 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.|| |