1971 Motobecane Tour de France

1971/2 Motobecane Tour de France

Specification:

  • Serial No: 11586
  • Frame: Metric Reynolds 531 butted tubes, forks and stays; Seat Tube: 58cm ctt; Top Tube: 57cm ctc; Head Angle: 74deg; Seat Angle: 75deg; Wheelbase: 102cm; Campagnolo dropouts
  • Crankset: Campagnolo Record
  • Pedals: Campagnolo Record
  • Gears: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
  • Wheels: Mavic Monthlery Route rims on Campagnolo Record hubs
  • Brakes: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
  • Handlebars and Stem: Cinelli Giro d’Italia bars on Cinelli 1A stem
  • Saddle and Seatpost: Cinelli UnicaNitor saddle on Campagnolo Record seat post

Notes:

The Tour de France model was Motobecane’s top tier racing bike – in this case a replica of the Bic team bikes.  The dating of this bike is slightly uncertain but the style of the decals is consistent with the Bic Team bikes of 1970-72.  They were changed in 1973, the year in which Bic Team rider Luis Ocana won the Tour de France.

This bicycle was acquired as a frameset and has been built up temporarily with components that were supplied with a 1973 Bic team bike, the frame of which is currently undergoing restoration.  A notable feature of the team bikes was the distinctive drilling of the Campagnolo Record brake levers.

The Tour de France model was marketed in North America as the “Team Champion” or “Champion Team” with more restrained decals.

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1971/2 Motobecane Tour de France

1971/2 Motobecane Tour de France

1971/2 Motobecane Tour de France

1971/2 Motobecane Tour de France

1971/2 Motobecane Tour de France

1971/2 Motobecane Tour de France

1971/2 Motobecane Tour de France

1971/2 Motobecane Tour de France

1971/2 Motobecane Tour de France

1971/2 Motobecane Tour de France

1971/2 Motobecane Tour de France

1971/2 Motobecane Tour de France

1971/2 Motobecane Tour de France

1971/2 Motobecane Tour de France

1971/2 Motobecane Tour de France