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Has anyone ridden Motobecane recently?(4 posts)

Has anyone ridden Motobecane recently?niteschaos
Apr 26, 2002 12:19 PM
I've noticed that this site doesn't have any place to put reviews of Motobecane bikes like the Champion and Team Champion. Can anyone share about their build and ride quality? The e-tailers are selling out of them so somebody must be riding them. I was thinking of getting the Le Champion to start road racing as the availability of used road bikes is scarce, let alone of caliber to get started in racing.
re: Has anyone ridden Motobecane recently?century2
Apr 26, 2002 12:51 PM
I rode one at a retailer in Huntington Beach; I went with a steel bike instead. However, I thought the le Champion rode better than the other aluminum bikes I have tested (Trek, Specialized and Cannondale). It rode the most like the Trek; which is smoother than the others I rode. My local dealer said that one of the ags would be running a test on the bike in the next few months ~ but I do not know how he would know that. If you can get one; they seem like a great deal if you like aluminum.
re: where to findpcwheels
Apr 26, 2002 1:32 PM
if you are having trouble finding one; I saw some in my local shop in Austin. didnt ride however; just looked at. looked nice to me ~ but I already had my ride. anyway I bet you can e-mail Motobecane and find out who stocks them
re: Has anyone ridden Motobecane recently?wsexson
Apr 26, 2002 8:20 PM
I bought a Le Champion from bikesdirect.com. Overall, I am satisfied with it. I think mine is just a little smaller than I should be riding, which I guess is the price to be paid for not going to a competent LBS. This is my first road bike, so I am not sure how it compares in quality to other bikes. The saddle, seatpost, stem, and handlebars are cheap but functional parts. I already replaced the handlebars (for wider ones) and saddle. The wheels and internal headset are decent, but not top of the line. The welds and paint on the frame aren't the best looking. As far as I can tell the frame and fork are decent quality, but I don't know how they compare to other Ultegra level bikes. Sorry, but I guess that I can't say if it would be a race worthy ride or not.