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Motobecane Team Le Champion(9 posts)

Motobecane Team Le ChampionVeloDreamer
Jul 17, 2002 4:13 PM
Well, I got my Team Le Champ on May 21st 2002. I have about 600 miles on it now. At aroung 550 miles I blew a back spoke. My LBS told me it was because of the no-name spoke that came on the wheel and that it should be cocered by waranty. All told, I was very disapointed after trying to pursue that. If I had it to do all over again, I would get a different bike. I tried to add to my review on this site but cannot.So I am stuck praising this transaction, but in retrospect, I wish I would have waited to write it.It holds true, you get what you pay for.
re: Motobecane Team Le Championstevesbike
Jul 17, 2002 4:15 PM
you're trashing the bike because of a blown spoke? Just get the lbs to toss on a new spoke and true it up. Wait til your tires wear out and you have to spend 60 bucks on a new set every few months...
agree with you....sprockets2
Jul 18, 2002 9:01 AM
Additionalment (some pseudo-French for a pseudo-French bike): I am wondering why, if the original poster is such an uptight, value concious consumer, why the heck did he buy a poser bike of very dubious parentage with a purchased pseudo-pedigree?
re: Motobecane Team Le Championtaar44
Jul 17, 2002 6:18 PM
So apart from the busted spoke and the lack of support from the manufacturer, are you happy with the performance of the bike itself?
must be a newbieniteschaos
Jul 18, 2002 7:25 AM
if they guy's biggest qualm is a blown spoke in almost 600 miles of riding, he's lucky.
re: Motobecane Team Le ChampionVeloDreamer
Jul 18, 2002 7:46 PM
Actually, yes, I still like the bike. I will get the wheels done so I can ride with confidence. I will keep it rather than sell it or buy a new frame. It is just disapointing to feel like I have been taken.
Doesn't sound right to me.Spoke Wrench
Jul 18, 2002 7:32 AM
Hardly any manufacturer will warranty a broken spoke. Even fewer will cover the labor associated with replacing the broken spoke and retrueing the wheel.

To me, at this point it would be more important to get an adequate repair. All too many bike mechanics will just replace the spoke and retrue the wheel. That will put the wheel back to where it was before the spoke broke. In other words, a wheel that is going to be prone to break spokes. Most likely, you need a professional retension job as well. Figure about $20.00 for everything.
I have to agree withgrandemamou
Jul 18, 2002 8:55 AM
most of the others. I broke a spoke on a set of wheels on my Gios about a month after I got it. Just took it to a LBS and had the spoke replaced. The problem was so minor and inexpensive to fix it wasn't worth the hassle of pursuing warranty. They have only been touched once or twice in 9 yrs. Stuff happens.

I can't comment on the quality of spokes or rims on your bike I'm not familiar with what they use.
I have to agree withVeloDreamer
Jul 18, 2002 7:51 PM
I have put an additional 100 miles on since the break without problem. So, you could be right. I have completely wore bikes out hough with no spoke problems. the LBS told me there is the possiblity of a defective spoke and it may not be a sign of more problems. but he voiced concern over the looks of the bad spoke. He though they looked sub par for this quality of bike.