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Beware of Mtobecane!!!!!!!!(9 posts)

Beware of Mtobecane!!!!!!!!G3JONES
Feb 28, 2003 9:23 PM
Motobecane is not the old Motobecane!

I am sure I am not the only one. I bought a Motobecane LeChampion $1,200 Ultegra bike Four weeks ago from my local bike shop. I know the price is really good. Only the shimano ultegra group is good. Motobecane Lechampion (Chinese) frame, Kinesis carbon fork, and wheel set are worthless. Motobecane web site writes frame was 2.7 pounds for my 58cm size. It's not. Motobecane shows weight for smallest size and makes us believe it's for all the frame sizes. My frame is 3.4 pounds. I don't know what the hype on kinisium alloy is all about. Bikes weight is over 21 pounds. Ride was rough on my back. Only positive attribute was that the frame did track well. I removed the seat clamp to replace it with a lighter one. Paint was already starting to chip and peel off. Welds were not very clean. Then M-Wings parts it came with are worse looking than Kalloy! I didn't like the kinesis fork either. It felt kind of flimsy. Motobecane should have used the higher end kinesis forks or even an Easton ec-70 would have been much better.

I contacted Motobecane about the paint chipping. I will let you guys know what they say.

I wouldn't recommend the Motobecane Le Champion to anyone. I recommend reading reviews here on road bike review before you buy. I know I will do this from now on.

I took all the Ultegra parts off and now I am looking to buy a new frameset. If anyone can recommend me a good $800 frame I would really appreciate it.
Uhhhhh, what were you expecting?JS
Feb 28, 2003 9:48 PM
You paid $1200.00 for a full Ultegra bike, it's not gonna be top shelf stuff. Easton fork, are you high. How did you find out the frame weight? Remember, Everyone weighs their frames completely bare no, integrated headset cups or seat post clamps. I know some guys who bought Motobecane MTB's and they were spot on with frame weight. It's like buying a Toyota truck and complaining that it doesn't have the paint or parts quality of a Ferrari.....well no s**t.
I agreeDaveG
Mar 1, 2003 10:45 AM
An awful lot of bikes are marketed with the "cheapest bike with Ultegra/DA/105" approach (Fuji, MBK, Iron Horse, etc). You have to make up the difference somewhere. Not that the Motobecane's are a bad bike, but don't expect a Colnago when you go budget.
Motobecane is now MBKmorency
Feb 28, 2003 11:31 PM
The name "Motobecane" used to be the name for the firm now known as MBK. They are a French manufacturer of bikes and scooters; they no longer use the name Motobecane and some guy uses the old firmname because it still has a ring to it I suppose.
Kind of...merckx56
Mar 1, 2003 5:24 AM
MBK and Motobecane have separated business by are held under the same corporate umbrella. MBK makes their own stuff and sells primarily in Europe while Motobecane is simply a name that harkens back to better days. Motobecane frames are Taiwan built. It's to get people to buy bikes. The same reason Schwinn is still around.
Found might be OKHigh Gear
Mar 1, 2003 4:53 AM
Check this out, a TI frame for $675.
Sweet red Kestrel...frame, fork, stem & bars in classified...nmhycobob
Mar 1, 2003 5:39 AM
Go to GVHbikes.comLone Gunman
Mar 1, 2003 9:27 AM
Take a look at what he has to offer under 800 bones. I'm sure he has something to fit your needs. How about a lugged out Cinelli for about $795? Or a Gios from Excel sport? Pick a material and shop!
Thank you!!!G3JONES
Mar 1, 2003 2:13 PM
I will look into the recomended frames. I will let you guys know what I buy later.