Motobecane Gran Jubile

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olddude55

Look Ma, No Hands!
That's right. "Jubile," not "Jubilee." This is the older model. Vitus 172 frame and fork. Been upgraded to Suntour derailleurs. Wheels are custom made Weinman, brakes upgraded, even the gear ratios are set up for Pittsburgh's hills.
So far I've only been able to putter around in the driveway with it, but it feels as light and close-coupled as a sports car. Needs nothing, but I'm going to replace the tires with Panaracer Paselas as soon as they're in stock.
Oh, yeah...replaced the saddle with a proper Brooks B17.
Motobecane Grand Jubilee comes home 1.jpg

Motobecane Grand Jubilee 1.jpg
 

bulldog1935

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
definitely their prettiest paint scheme - looks to be in great shape.
Motobecane began using SunTour in '72 - and it Was an upgrade.
 

olddude55

Look Ma, No Hands!
Bought the bike from its original owner. He told me it came with Huret derailleurs originally.
Any idea where I can find clipless pedals? It's different thread than my other bike.
 

wrongway

I live for the CABE
That's nice! I would like to find a Motobecane of any model in a frame size like that (around 23"). I test rode a friend's shorter Motobecane from the 80's and it was smooooth........I loved it!
 

olddude55

Look Ma, No Hands!
And, it takes standard pedals after all. Like an idiot, I tried the left pedal in the GT's drive side. Left hand thread, etc...
 

PfishB

Look Ma, No Hands!
Very nice, also one of my favorite color schemes. I believe 1977 was the first year Mobobecane switched from Reynolds 531 to Vitus 172 for the GJ but they were also using SunTour Cyclone that year, not Huret. Possibly exceptions were made, maybe a dealer swap, who knows? I have a '74 with Huret Jubilee, one of my best rides.
 

all riders

Finally riding a big boys bike
I rode around , for some years, on a Gran Jubile of the earlier iteration--Reynolds 531, Nervex lugs. they were standardly equipped with Stronglight 49d crankset, and Huret Jubile derailleurs(thus the name). It was second in line--top of the line was Gran Record, which had Campy Nuovo Record crankset and derailleurs. It was always interesting to me that they kept the Jubile name after ditching the gear.
 

olddude55

Look Ma, No Hands!
Sweet!
As Blue Oyster Cult once sang, red and black. It's my color scheme.
You using 1-1/8-inch Paselas, or 1-1/4 inch?
Never mind...was able to read the label from your photo.
 
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all riders

Finally riding a big boys bike
I don't know why, but there has always been something very attractive to me in the Campy long dropout
 

olddude55

Look Ma, No Hands!
Man, my luck just is not in with these old bikes. First ride on the Grand Jubile and the rear axle broke. Snapped right at the base of the threads on the drive side.
Judging from the looks of the broken end, it was cracked and then it snapped through yesterday. The previous owner wouldn't have known about the crack, it wasn't visible even with the wheel off.
There's an LBS that might have the axle. I don't think it's standard French as the wheels were custom made for the bike. I think I can make a through-axle if necessary.
 

all riders

Finally riding a big boys bike
interesting, I would have guessed that it was equipped with a Maillard Helicomatic freewheel, which went a long way towards ending broken axles(which became much more common with the advent of 5 speed rears). What is the Hub/ freewheel ?
 

olddude55

Look Ma, No Hands!
Well, took the broken axle to the LBS and I'm SOL. He had axles for everything except a sealed-bearing Avocet.
Found an NOS hub on the auction site. The axle may or may not fit but if it doesn't, my next step is getting the wheel rebuilt with a different hub anyway.
The spacing is correct, so it'll work.
 

olddude55

Look Ma, No Hands!
Update: New axle and rear bearings installed. Two brand new Panaracer Pasela tires mounted. Might have the old girl back in service this week.
 

olddude55

Look Ma, No Hands!
Only have one so far. No kickstand (yet) so it's tough to find spots to set the bike where it won't fall while I'm trying to snap it.
Motobecane first ride October 9 2020.jpg

This is along the Great Allegheny Passage on Pittsburgh's South Side.
I really love this bike. Fast, great gear ratio (climbs as well as my 21-speed GT mountain bike), really sweet handling.
 

PfishB

Look Ma, No Hands!
Very nice! You probably know but use caution with a kickstand if you go that route - Vitus 172 is similar to Reynolds 531 and so pretty thin and the chain stays easily crimped by over-tightening a bolt-on stand. My 531 tubed Jubilé has some damage from a previous owner's addition- but fortunately not too bad.
 

bulldog1935

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
On my '74 International, with oval and uncrimped 531 chainstays, Raleigh intentionally placed the chainstay bridge so there was no room to install a kickstand.
If you want a kickstand, a good aftermarket is Upstand, which clips to your seat tube, and fits a magnet boss beneath your rear wheel Q/R
(note you can buy it cheaper from Amazon than Upstand website and RockBros make their less-expensive copy)
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