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1979 Motobecane C5 (Team Champion)

Built from a bare frame that originally came from the UK; it was sold there as a C5. In the USA, the same frame was sold as a Team Champion. I stripped the frame to bare metal and painted it. To allow use of standard 22.2 stem, the original fork was not used. This used frame was built using an aluminum fork and Mavic components that would have been a logical upgrade in the 1980s. The Mavic derailleurs are completely rebuildable using bearings, hardened pins and circlips instead of press fit roll pins.

Columbus SL 58cm

Kinesis Aluminum/VO sealed

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Mavic Starfish Triple/VO sealed

Velo Orange

Mavic 6 speed / 14-28 / 50-40-32

Mavic 851 SSC/Rivendell Silver


Selle Anatomica X


Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Fir/Mavic/Michelin Classic

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Fir/Mavic/Michelin Classic

More Info:
Despite the longish wheelbase, these bikes feel more Italian than French. This old man needed low gearing to get over the mountains; hence the triple gearing which pushes the limits of the Mavic drivetrain. I have found that newer Shimano cogs really perk up the shifting for old school derailleurs.

Added by OldRoadieTehachapi. Last updated about 2 years ago.



raleighgranprix says:

Mavic Starfish Triple; zowie!

Posted almost 8 years ago


RSchwentke says:

very nice bike. can well remember this frame.

Posted almost 8 years ago


dickeysezso says:

Nice. Those tires look great.

Posted almost 8 years ago


OldRoadieTehachapi says:

Thanks, some insist that the label be aligned with the valve stem; this is the most accepted method. But back in the day, mounting with the label opposite the valve stem was also acceptable. The main purpose was to show care in mounting, and to readily find the recommended air pressure. I did this one with the label opposite the stem just to be a bit different.

Posted almost 8 years ago