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Motobécane was a French manufacturer of bicycles, mopeds, motorcycles, and other small vehicles, established in 1923. "Motobécane" is a compound of "moto", slang for motorcycle; "bécane" is slang for "bike."
In 1981, Motobécane filed for bankruptcy and was purchased by Yamaha and reformed in 1984 as MBK. The French company continues to make motorscooters.they also made fingerbar mowers [clarification needed] at least up to 1981.
It has no relation to Motobecane USA, which imports bicycles from Taiwan manufactured to their specification by Kinesis Industry Co. Ltd. under the Motobécane trademark.
Motobécane was a major manufacturer in the French bicycle industry. Motobecane is known for designing very light weight mountain bicycles. Motobecane was the first French maker to start using Japanese parts, in the late 1970s. This was a very good move on their part, because at that time Japanese derailers and crank sets were much better than the older French designs common on mid-priced 10-speeds. The change was largely due to the influence of their U.S. importer, Ben Lawee. The frames on Motobécane's mid-to-upper bikes were typically double-butted lugged steel made from Vitus or Reynolds 531 molybdenum/manganese steel tubing with Nervex lugs. Unlike most French makers of the era, Motobecane used Swiss thread bottom brackets for most models. Motobécane finished their frames in beautiful and high-quality paint, a practice not often followed in the French industry. Considered the second most prestigious French bicycle (after Peugeot, whose more durable design they emulated, but ahead of Gitane), Motobécane's mid-range bikes were good value; the company kept prices reasonable by matching high-quality frames with lower-priced, but higher-quality components from Japan, at a time when competitors were putting higher-priced, lower quality French components on mid-range bikes. Motobécane bicycles included the Nomade, Mirage, Super Mirage, Super Touring, Grand Touring, Sprint, Super Sprint, Jubilee, Grand Record, Le Champion, and Team Champion.

In addition to the standard diamond frame bicycles, Motobécane produced mixte frame versions; the mixte frame Grand Touring had twin lateral stays in place of a top tube, extending from the head tube to the seat tube, while the Super Touring and Grand Jubilé had a single top tube sloping down towards the seat tube, but diverging into twin lateral stays just before the seat tube. Later mixte Grand Touring models also used this design. Motobécane also produced a tandem bicycle.

French bicycles before 1980 often used French-threaded bottom brackets (now difficult to find replacement parts for). French bottom brackets, like Italian ones, used right-hand threading on the fixed cups, making them subject to loosening by precession. Motobécane broke ranks with most other French manufacturers in the mid-70s, using Swiss-threaded bottom brackets (also difficult to find replacement parts for now). Swiss bottom brackets were identical to French, save that the fixed cups were reverse-threaded (like English ones), making them immune to loosening by precession. For more information, see bottom bracket specifications.
In addition, French headsets are sized and threaded slightly differently from the more common English headset.

The name Motobécane is also used for current bikes of Taiwanese manufacture.

These vehicles bear no relation to the older French made bicycles, other than the name.

Frame: Reynolds 531

59 Center Center
60 Center Top
58 Top Tube

Fork Reynolds 531
Headset : Campagnolo pista 25x1
Crankset : Campagnolo nr pista
Bottom Bracket :Campagnolo record pista 35x1
Pedals: Campagnolo record pista
Drivetrain : 52-16
Cog : Campagnolo 16T
Chainring : Campagnolo 52T
Chain : DID
Handlebars : Philippe steel track 39cm
Stem : Philippe track 90mm
Saddle : Cinelli unicator
Seatpost : Campagnolo nuovo record 26.8mm
Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Mavic / Campagnolo record pista / Panasonic "panracer 270 "

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Mavic / Campagnolo record pista / Panasonic "panracer 270 "

Velox handlebar tape.

More Info:
Framenumber: 6001223 19
Full Campagnolo nuovo record pista groupset French threaded.
Price: 1500 Euro,-
Excluding shipping cost
For questions send me a message.
Thank you for looking.
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December 1, 2019 01:01 PM
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December 6, 2019 01:40 PM
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This thing is beautiful. Nice find Kobe
December 10, 2019 05:38 PM
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Thanks Seth
December 16, 2019 09:34 AM
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This is a great thing, I think everyone feels this information is very valuable, thank you run 3
December 17, 2019 10:23 AM
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Thank you

December 20, 2019 08:35 AM
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January 14, 2020 10:06 AM
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I have to say that you are on the right track. This will be loved by several individuals as it is detailed and interesting. All the best for your future work.
January 15, 2020 08:50 AM
January 21, 2020 07:44 AM
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