Common questions

When did Motobecane go out of business?

When did Motobecane go out of business?


Type Private
Founded 1923
Defunct 1981
Headquarters France
Products Bicycle and related components, mopeds and motorcycles

How much does a Motobecane bicycle cost?

Price: $796 Allow us to elaborate: The $796 Motobecane Gran Premio Elite isn’t a new design, but the steel-framed roadie is lighter than aluminum competitors and delivers superb vibration damping.

Where is Motobecane made?

Made in Taiwan with aerospace-quality Titanium tubing, these bikes are offered at a price that is cheaper than that charged by other brands, for Titanium frames on their own.

How do you say Motobecane?

Motobecane is often pronounced “Moto be cane“, “cane” with pronounced like the final syllable of “sugarcane”. However, this is not how it is pronounced in French. The name should be pronounced “Moto be can” as in tin “can”, for accurate articulation of the famous brand.

How does Motobecane compare to trek?

While Trek and Motobecane manufacture their frames in carbon fiber and aluminum, Motobecane also builds bicycles in steel and titanium. As a wide array of groupset components can be adapted to either manufacturers’ frames, only Trek offers an electronic option for its top-line frame series.

Who owns Motobecane USA?

Motobecane is fanch company that was established in 1923. It became bankrupt in 1981 and was purchased by Yamaha. This company now only produced scooters for the European market. Motobecane USA is a different company which operates in America.

Does Trek own specialized?

In 1996, Specialized withdrew the Full Force line and Mike Sinyard wrote a letter of apology to dealers. Mike Sinyard remained majority owner and CEO of the company. As of 2016, Specialized is one of the biggest bicycle brands operating in the United States, alongside Trek Bicycle Corporation and Giant Bicycles.

Who builds Motobecane?

Motobecane USA company manufactured bikes in Kinesis, Taiwan. Mainly motobecane bikes are produced by Kinesis Industry Co. Ltd company under the Motobécane trademark.

What happened to Motobecane?

It was 1981 when the last Motobecane branded bike rolled out of the factory in Saint Quentin. Like Raleigh in 1987, Motobecane was to be bought out by an overseas corporation, which shut down the French factories and moved all production to Taiwan.

Where can I buy a Motobecane racing bike?

In the 1970s, they were one of the few to import Japanese bike parts to use on their racing bikes before eventually selling to Yamaha in 1981. Find a vintage bike for a great price on eBay. If you are looking for a lightweight used bike, then consider the diamond-frame models from Motobécane. The company made several diamond-frame bikes, including:

What are the components of a Motobecane bicycle?

Components are: Sachs derailleurs and shifters, Stronglight triple cranks, Dia Compe brakes/levers, CTA stem with Belleri bars, Weinmann front rim with a Mallaird hub, new Weinmann R M19 6061 alluminum rear wheel/hub, SR seat post and Selle Italia seat. Tires are in good shape. All cables/housing are new.

Are there any dents on my vintage Motobecane?

There are no dents, bends, rust or rewelds on this frame. Mechanically, this bike has just been through a complete bare frame overhaul. Feel free to contact me on what was done in the overhaul, as it is quite extensive.

How tall is the seat tube on a Motobecane bicycle?

Feel free to contact me on what was done in the overhaul, as it is quite extensive. All bearing systems have been inspected, cleaned and regreased and everthing checks out great. Dimensions are: Seat tube- 22.5″ctc, Top tube- 22.750″ctc, Standover height is 33″ and Weight is around 23lbs.

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