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Motobecane: Is it as good as the Vintage Motobecanes?(9 posts)

Motobecane: Is it as good as the Vintage Motobecanes?RanierBeer
Apr 27, 2002 3:21 AM
Motobecane used to make a fairly decent bike, what about the newer generation Motobecanes?
re: Motobecane: Is it as good as the Vintage Motobecanes?century2
Apr 27, 2002 4:08 AM
depends on which ones ~ local shop by me stocks Motobecanes that are $300 up to maybe $2000. The upper end ones look nicer to me than the Old Motobecanes from decades ago. But the lower end ones look just like everything else; Giants, Fujis, Trek, specialized (my guess is at the lower end they all come from the same factories)
BS Alert!!!nmUncle Tim
Apr 27, 2002 6:28 AM
I won't respond, you can't make me!!! God this is hard (nm)grandemamou
Apr 27, 2002 5:24 AM
You've got to be kidding!Uncle Tim
Apr 27, 2002 6:27 AM
The classic French-made Motobecanes of days gone by were very cool, and there are guys and gals who are still riding lots of miles on these very nice bikes. They are the bikes that we middle-class kids aspired to riding one day.

The modern day incarnation is a joke and there should be an international law that prevents them from carrying the same name.
here here !!! NmSpirito
Apr 27, 2002 7:39 AM
Kind of like a pre '01 Schwinn vs. an '03 Pacific version.... (nm)Jekyll
Apr 27, 2002 8:02 AM
You said it I didn't, thanks!!!!!grandemamou
Apr 27, 2002 11:13 AM
After a spirited discussion of the origin of current Moto's I swore I would just leave it alone. It's really, really hard.

If someone mentions MBK and Motobecane in the same breath I may have to go back on my word though. Heritage can be bought and paid for.
Be careful with Motobecane sizing...TD
Apr 27, 2002 9:43 AM
I went and test road a Motobecane Le Champion yesterday, and be very careful with their sizing (especially if you are ordering off the net). The bike that they had as a 59cm, when I measured, I would say was a 56cm (center to center)...just an FYI.