Vintage Motobecane Frame Material

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by Larry Gray, Jul 14, 2004.

  1. Larry Gray

    Larry Gray Guest

    Hello,
    Does anyone out know if Motobecane produced any aluminum frame bikes in
    the early 80's? If so, what model was it? I test road a Motobecane racing
    bike in 1982, and it was the lightest, fastest bike I've ever rode, but
    can't remember the model. I bought the Grand Touring instead, which I've
    road on and off for the last 22 years. Since I'm now doing sprint duathlons,
    and have spare Motobecane parts, and not alot of money, I would love to find
    an early 80's Motobecane racing bike.

    Thanks,
    Larry
     
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  2. Mark

    Mark Guest

    "Larry Gray" <lgray6@cinci.rr.com> wrote in message news:<HOlJc.1375$X.1217@fe1.columbus.rr.com>...
    > Hello,
    > Does anyone out know if Motobecane produced any aluminum frame bikes in
    > the early 80's? If so, what model was it? I test road a Motobecane racing
    > bike in 1982, and it was the lightest, fastest bike I've ever rode, but
    > can't remember the model. I bought the Grand Touring instead, which I've
    > road on and off for the last 22 years. Since I'm now doing sprint duathlons,
    > and have spare Motobecane parts, and not alot of money, I would love to find
    > an early 80's Motobecane racing bike.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Larry


    Hi Larry, I am unsure about Motobecane making aluminum frames in the
    '80's? They possibly did.

    Top of the line Motobecane back in the '70's-early '80's was the
    Motobecane Le Champion. I had one of these myself, All Black, with Red
    Pinstripe with full Campy Nouvo Record Group. This particular bike's
    frame was Reynolds 531 Lugged Steel. For a Steel Frame, is was
    extremely light, and fast.

    There's a very specail place in my heart for these older Lugged Steel
    frame bikes, and a few various others, like the Gitane, LeJeune (sp).

    From what I understand, Motbecane still makes a decent bike, but I
    believe everything now is made in Asia, not France.

    There's a site online listing many vintage bikes, and thier history.
    I think this one was Sheldon Brown's "baby". I'm hoping someone here
    can point you to this site. It's a great read, and it may help you a
    bit with Motobecane's history/models. Mark D.
     
  3. A Muzi

    A Muzi Guest

    Mark wrote:

    > "Larry Gray" <lgray6@cinci.rr.com> wrote in message news:<HOlJc.1375$X.1217@fe1.columbus.rr.com>...
    >
    >>Hello,
    >> Does anyone out know if Motobecane produced any aluminum frame bikes in
    >>the early 80's? If so, what model was it? I test road a Motobecane racing
    >>bike in 1982, and it was the lightest, fastest bike I've ever rode, but
    >>can't remember the model. I bought the Grand Touring instead, which I've
    >>road on and off for the last 22 years. Since I'm now doing sprint duathlons,
    >>and have spare Motobecane parts, and not alot of money, I would love to find
    >>an early 80's Motobecane racing bike.


    They, like all French manufacturers if the era, sold a
    rebadged Vitus 979 at that time.

    --
    Andrew Muzi
    www.yellowjersey.org
    Open every day since 1 April, 1971
     
  4. "Larry Gray" wrote:
    > Does anyone out know if Motobecane produced any aluminum frame bikes

    in
    > the early 80's? If so, what model was it? I test road a Motobecane racing
    > bike in 1982, and it was the lightest, fastest bike I've ever rode, but
    > can't remember the model. I bought the Grand Touring instead, which I've
    > road on and off for the last 22 years. Since I'm now doing sprint

    duathlons,
    > and have spare Motobecane parts, and not alot of money, I would love to

    find
    > an early 80's Motobecane racing bike.


    The Model you're thinking of was the Motobecane Prolite (or Prolight) of
    circa 1982. It used Vitus aluminum tubing.

    Art Harris
     
  5. On 2004-07-15, Larry Gray <lgray6@cinci.rr.com> wrote:

    > Does anyone out know if Motobecane produced any aluminum frame bikes in
    > the early 80's? If so, what model was it? I test road a Motobecane racing
    > bike in 1982, and it was the lightest, fastest bike I've ever rode, but
    > can't remember the model. I bought the Grand Touring instead, which I've
    > road on and off for the last 22 years. Since I'm now doing sprint duathlons,
    > and have spare Motobecane parts, and not alot of money, I would love to find
    > an early 80's Motobecane racing bike.


    I don't recall that they ever produced their own Al frame, but it is
    entirely possible that Vitus frames could have been sold under the
    Motobecane name in that period.

    --

    -John (john@os2.dhs.org)
     
  6. A Muzi

    A Muzi Guest

    > On 2004-07-15, Larry Gray <lgray6@cinci.rr.com> wrote:
    >> Does anyone out know if Motobecane produced any aluminum frame bikes in
    >>the early 80's? If so, what model was it? I test road a Motobecane racing
    >>bike in 1982, and it was the lightest, fastest bike I've ever rode, but
    >>can't remember the model. I bought the Grand Touring instead, which I've
    >>road on and off for the last 22 years. Since I'm now doing sprint duathlons,
    >>and have spare Motobecane parts, and not alot of money, I would love to find
    >>an early 80's Motobecane racing bike.


    John Thompson wrote:
    > I don't recall that they ever produced their own Al frame, but it is
    > entirely possible that Vitus frames could have been sold under the
    > Motobecane name in that period.


    That's correct, a Vitus 979 in dark blue anodize finish,
    rebadged Motobecane

    --
    Andrew Muzi
    www.yellowjersey.org
    Open every day since 1 April, 1971
     
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