Vintage Motobecane Super Sprint Road
Vintage Motobecane Super Sprint Road
Vintage Motobecane Super Sprint Road
Vintage Motobecane Super Sprint Road
Vintage Motobecane Super Sprint Road
Vintage Motobecane Super Sprint Road
Vintage Motobecane Super Sprint Road
Vintage Motobecane Super Sprint Road
Vintage Motobecane Super Sprint Road
Vintage Motobecane Super Sprint Road
Vintage Motobecane Super Sprint Road
Vintage Motobecane Super Sprint Road

Vintage Motobecane Super Sprint Road Racing Bike 56cm RESTORED 10 speed

I’d like to invite you to bid on my beautiful 1970s vintage steel Motobecane Super Sprint. I’m only the second owner of this bike; I bought it in 2014, refurbished it myself, and it runs very smoothly.In all honesty I’m sad to be letting it go, but I need the space and I don’t ride it enough to justify keeping it. That said, I’d like it to go to a good home.The frame, fork, handlebars, groupset and brakes are all original. The wheels, tyres, saddle and cables are my replacements. The frame has a few scuffs here and there (all cosmetic) and the Motobecane decals are a little worn, but it’s structurally sound and strong as steel -- because it is.The groupset is Shimano 600 (high-end at the time) with downtube friction shifters. I haven’t messed around with the derailleurs, cassette, chain and chainrings since buying the bike, except for servicing and cleaning them, because they’ve always worked fine. The chain may or may not be stretched (I’ve never replaced it) but it’s never been a problem for me as the shifters aren’t indexed. And I’ve never experienced slippage or any other issues.The front chainrings (also original) are Shimano Biopace - slightly elliptical rather than round - which in theory makes power transfer more efficient.Both the brake and gear cables are new (inner and outer) as of this year, and as such the bike has also recently had a gear and brake service too. That means shifting is smooth and safe, and braking is tight and effective.I totally replaced the wheels and tyres when I refurbished the bike, so they’ve got loads of life left in them. I’m not quite sure what make and model they are, but they run true and have been strong in my experience.The original handlebar ‘tape’ (it’s more like a leather sheath) is one of my favourite features of this bicycle. You never see it on bikes any more, but it’s super stylish. It stays surprisingly warm to the touch in the winter, too.The original brake lever extenders are just awesome. When I ride this bike I find myself using the tops quite a bit. Like the brake levers themselves, the extenders are original features and still work great, having had a bit of care with new cables and such.The downtube shifters are original Shimano too, and work smoothly. As is standard, the left one shifts the front derailleur, and the right shifts the back. This bike has 10 speeds total - 5 at the back times the 2 at the front. Good range of gears.As for the saddle, that’s a new addition of mine. A beautiful leather Brooks B17, it’s comfortable, designed as it is for long distance touring. Brooks have been making saddles for over a century and are widely regarded as one of the best manufacturers out there. The great thing about leather as a saddle material is that over time, it moulds to your personal anatomy. I only added this saddle last year (and as I said, haven’t been riding this bike much recently,) so it’s got lots of play left in it. These babies don’t come cheap so bear that in mind when considering the price of this bike. If you want, I can throw in the original Motobecane saddle too.I would say I’ve probably ridden only two or three hundred miles on this bike in the four years I’ve had it -- and it goes without saying it’s never been in a crash. I can’t estimate its total lifetime mileage, but the impression I got when I bought it was that it hadn’t been ridden in years. All of this is to say it’s in pretty good condition, but obviously hasn’t been kept like a museum piece either.Motobecane was a French bicycle manufacturer which was one of the first (along with Peugeot) to really popularise beautiful racing bikes for non-professional use in France, quite similar to Raleigh in the UK. They were one of the first to use cheaper but higher-quality Japanese parts (seen in the Shimano gracing this bike) a revolution in technology that persists to this day.The company stopped making bicycles in 1981, which means the only ones you see around these days are vintage and increasingly rare. It also means that if you buy this bike, you better take care of it!If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask either on ebay or via text: 07598 239 808Collection only, feel free to come for a test ride though I will need to ask for a driving licence/passport if you want to take it for a spin.Model: Motobecane Super Sprint (1975)Frame size: 56cmFrame material: steelFork material: steelWheels: 700cc, 36 spokesBrakes: WeinmannShifters: ShimanoDérailleurs: Shimano 600Front chainring: Shimano Biopace-SGSaddle: Brooks B17Handlebars: MotobecaneCassette: Shimano (5 speed)

London,United Kingdom
6 days ago
£300.00