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1978 Motobecane Grand Jubile

Old 11-20-21, 07:28 PM
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1978 Motobecane Grand Jubile

It's missing the original seat but everything else is there. Most of the wear and tear is garage bruising as the chain is 0% stretched and the RD pulleys look fresh.


What's it worth?
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Old 11-20-21, 07:49 PM
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Itís worth $80 all day long. Buy the bike and ask questions later. Vitus 172 is fine tubing and that is a classic motobecane color scheme.
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Old 11-20-21, 08:09 PM
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Those first gen Cyclones are very nice and the Grand Jubilee is a high end model. I would say about $250 , maybe more if it is as good as the picture shows. If it is your size that is a good buy, I don’t think you will find another .
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Don't forget to re-route the chain correctly through the RD before your first ride!
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Originally Posted by Insidious C. View Post
Don't forget to re-route the chain correctly through the RD before your first ride!
With the Suntour derailleurs, you can simply flip the chain around that upper pulley. It should take about 5 seconds to get it right.

I agree with above. $80 is a steal. The original price of $260 wouldn't have been bad.

I see it says "SOLD".
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Cool. Thanks all. I bought it. Seatpost seat tube junction needed a little fine tuning and the seat clamp bolt was scary buggered but all is well. Too much fun.
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Keep in mind that the French sizes may be off slightly from ISO. So, you'll have to watch parts from pedals to freewheels.

I can't guarantee what is on your bike, but be careful when replacing parts.
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Originally Posted by Classtime View Post
Cool. Thanks all. I bought it. Seatpost seat tube junction needed a little fine tuning and the seat clamp bolt was scary buggered but all is well. Too much fun.
Lots of pics or it didn't happen,
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Congrats on the bargain. You'll love it. I've always liked the Motos and I currently own two, a Grand Jubile and a Grand Record. The Jubile is Reynolds 531 while the Grand Record is Vitus. Love them both.
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The OP will love his Motobecane Grand Prix. Of that I am certain, assuming it is a good fit.

My Motobecane was one of my favorite bicycles. The black tubes with red head tube, coupled with that lovely head badge, was a treat to the eye. And the ride quality was nothing short of darn near perfect. I did upgrade my bike in the cosmetics area and, perhaps, a wee bit in the performance category as well. I can honestly tell you that my bike was sold internationally and fetched more than ten times what the OP's cost.

It was the perfect cottage road machine and saw many country miles on little travelled roads fitted as seen below...


A fellow expressed interest in purchasing it, asking for a more road bike appearance and handling quality, It went out the door looking like this...
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Quick ride today

My intention was to put my nice 700c wheels with nice tires on this one by replacing the rear Weinmann 610 with a 750. I even ordered a NOS brake before I started cleaning and greasing the bike. Turns out that both 610s are at the bottom of their slots with the 27" Rigidas and the rear is dangerously close to the tire. Maybe that explains why this bike has so few miles on it.
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Wow! That bike cleaned up even better than I would expect. I really don't mind 27" wheels as long as I can continue to get the Pasela's that I like. I have the opposite problem with my recently acquired Raleigh Pro MarkV. The 27" wheels with Campy HF Record hubs I was going to use are just too big to work on the frame. Nice photo of a perfect ride day on a new machine. We had howling Santa Anna winds up here so no ride for me. I just continued working on the Colnago , still messing with the Phil Woods BB and chain line.
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Nice score. I would not mind picking up a vitus 172 Motobecane like that. This is a fine bike and a great price.
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Originally Posted by Insidious C. View Post
Don't forget to re-route the chain correctly through the RD before your first ride!
Since I have, fortunately among the many stupid things I have done with bikes, NOT routed the chain in this fashion, what exactly would happen?
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Originally Posted by Classtime View Post
My intention was to put my nice 700c wheels with nice tires on this one by replacing the rear Weinmann 610 with a 750. I even ordered a NOS brake before I started cleaning and greasing the bike. Turns out that both 610s are at the bottom of their slots with the 27" Rigidas and the rear is dangerously close to the tire. Maybe that explains why this bike has so few miles on it.
Vista from Palos Verdes Drive West.
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wild that it has so much clearance.
your bike is a case where I would adjust the rear wheel all the way forward in the slots, you will gain a bit and not be so close to the tire.

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Vista from Palos Verdes Drive West.
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wild that it has so much clearance.
your bike is a case where I would adjust the rear wheel all the way forward in the slots, you will gain a bit and not be so close to the tire.
We're lucky to have such pretty roads to ride on. Ya, why would anybody braze a frame for brake blocks at the bottom (or top) of the slots. I have the axle far forward in rather short drop outs for now and a generous BF member has sent me a Vanquer 750.
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We're lucky to have such pretty roads to ride on. Ya, why would anybody braze a frame for brake blocks at the bottom (or top) of the slots. I have the axle far forward in rather short drop outs for now and a generous BF member has sent me a Vanquer 750.
From your "on the road image", you could slide the axle 2 to 3 mm farther forward. The adjusters are exposed a bit behind the dropout, often there is some mismatch left to right, but easy 2 mm.
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