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AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Jubilee Sport posted by: Kevin K on 8/25/2005 at 1:43:18 PM
Hi all. I picked up a nice Motobecane Jubilee Sport. Mix of Campy and replacement Suntour parts. Nice fillet brazed frame of Columbus tubing. The decal is frech so I've no idea what it says. Anyone know this bike? Quality. Rides smooth and fast. Thanks, Kevin

          RE:AGE / VALUE: Motobecane Jubilee Sportposted by Walter on 8/26/2005 at 12:59:27 PM
Bike is French. Moto used the name "Jubile" for quite a number of years. Throughout most of the 70s the bikes were "Gran Jubile" and are very nice. From about 1976 and earlier the frames were Reynolds 531 and a nice mix of Campy changers with Stronglight cranks, frequently in a sharp black/red 2 tone paint. I have a 78 and by then they'd lost some of their pedigree but are still quite nice. Mine is a Vitus 888 frameset with SunTour changers and Sakae crankset. It's still a 2 tone, gold/brown.

I believe the Jubilee Sport is a early 80s bike.

Moto went out sometime in the 80s. The French successor is MBK and I don't think they market in the US.

The Moto name was recently bought and is used on a line of modern Asian made bikes which are reputed to be superb deals but have no relation to the old French company.

          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Motobecane Jubilee Sportposted by Gralyn on 8/26/2005 at 1:46:10 PM
I have one. It's great! Very light. The only negatives were: the original bars - have this rubber coating/grip thing - that is supposed to look like it's stitched on....the grip also covers the brake levers - like hoods normally do. It looks fine - but it just feels "sticky" to me - so I replaced it with grooved bars with aero levers and cork tape. The other negative - was the rear cogset. It has that Maillard Helicomatic system - which is fine....except that the cogs are just straight teeth cogs....and I didn't like how it changed gears. I swapped out the wheel set for a Wolber wheelset - with regular free hub....put a Hyper Glide 6-speed on it shifts great! Too bad...because the original wheel set is very lightweight!
I'll send you some pics

If your original bars / grip are decayed - let me know if you think you might be interested in those original bars with the grip covering I took off mine.

          RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Motobecane Jubilee Sportposted by JONathan on 8/26/2005 at 6:23:15 PM
Thanks, Walter, for history on Motos. I have 2 "GranTour" Motos; one has Vitus tubing, the other is 2040. Can't compare the rides directly as the vitus frame is a mixte. They are superbly finished for middle-quality bikes. Both are mid-70's due to SunTour friction-shift componentry as original. The 2040 frame is not real lightweight, but neither am I, so the ride is lively. A lighter rider might say it was a bit sluggish, but the "flex" is OK with enough mass pushing. I straightened the forks on this one (first success on a bike after several chucks) and the bike is now a favorite for long recreation rides. The Jubilee must be a great bike. Nice find! I see mostly junk, although ain't been lookin' much lately. The few stops have been disappointing. The Bertin (also French) was a lucky-just-arrived find, otherwise it would have been gone. A guy has to be right there when it hits the floor. Maybe a lot more collectors than used to be are haunting the thrifts. The sea of bikes from years ago are no more. That is sad for this putzer, but I sure am glad for anyone who can find a real that Jubilee. Gralyn, I know exactly what you refer to in that handle-bar wrap. Mine melted off, literally. It was oozing down off the bars; way beyond sticky. I had to really work to get that junk cleaned out of there. It is like it is really a liquid with extremely high viscosity or something. THe corky tape is a good replacement, I think.

          RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Motobecane Jubilee Sportposted by Gralyn on 8/26/2005 at 8:38:21 PM
My original gummy wrap is still intact - although sticky - but not melted away. I replaced bars and all. The stuff was in too good of condition to cut it off the bars - so I left bars, wrap, levers, stem, intact. I also had the similar wrap on my LeVelo - except that it didn't go over the brakes as hoods - there were just opennings for the brake levers. I'm thinking maybe I sold that LeVelo about a week ago.....

I know what you mean about the bikes at thrift stores. These things are seriously getting fewer and fewer as time goes by. I used to know of 8-10 stores where I could find bikes.....that is, from time-to-time they would have bikes...most of the time bike boom 1020 framed stuff, etc......but occasionally something decent. However, over the past several months.....none of those stores has had a bike. The one thrift store (my favorite) where I have found a majority of my bikes.....still very rarely has a decent bike....more and more rarely as time goes by. The latest one's I found were a Schwinn Super Sport and a Nishiki Prestige.

          RE:AGE / VALUE: Motobecane Jubilee Sportposted by Walter on 8/27/2005 at 1:12:55 AM
Motos had a reputation for fit/finish quite a bit better than their French competitors, notably Peugeot and most of the other Boomers. Even their low-enders are nicely painted and decalled. Shame the company didn't make it.

Kevin, like I said before I'm pretty sure is an 80s bike. The Jubiles I posted about were all lugged frames ad were the models a step up, the Grand Records. Also Moto used 531 in their high line bikes throughout the 70s, I'm fairly certain.

I promised the wife no more bikes after the Jubile but if I found a really clean 531 GR in the black/red with the Campy/Stronglight drivetrain I might have to risk the wrath...

          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Motobecane Jubilee Sportposted by Kevin K on 8/27/2005 at 1:33:10 PM
Hi guys. A friend of mine that sells used bikes had the Moto. I picked up a nice Nashbar with a complete 600 Shimano group on it for $20 at a garage sale. Frame size was way too small so I traded for the Moto. Mine has none of the parts you guys described save for the Campy front derailleur. That's ok as I'm fitting it with pieces I want. My main interest was is it a quality frame with I gather it is. Thanks one and all for thw responses. Kevin

          RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Motobecane Jubilee Sportposted by Gralyn on 8/29/2005 at 7:55:35 PM
That's really what I did with mine - put much of what I wanted on the Moto frame.

          RE:AGE / VALUE: Motobecane Jubilee Sportposted by Travis Gordon on 1/28/2008 at 4:30:41 PM
I also have a jubilee Sport, and i was wondering how much i could get it for on e*** or something like that. The bike seems to be fine, Works great. Any help would be great.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Jubilee Sportposted by Marty Thompson on 4/11/2008 at 3:30:56 PM
I too have a Motobecane Jubilee Sport. I purchased it new in 1984 for around $350. It's still in great condition although the Weinman brakes that were on it were pretty cheap.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Jubilee Sportposted by John Elwood on 8/18/2008 at 11:29:34 AM
I have a 1983 or 1984 Jubile Sport that I bought new. It's a light green metallic frame with rose metallic decals that faded to silver. Mine has a Vitus frame. My guess is that yours is older than that, because I would have remembered if the Jubiles went upscale with Columbus tubing after I had mine. Mine definitely didn't come with Campagnolo hardware on it, although I installed Campy brakes and derailleurs in the mid-1980s.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Jubilee Sportposted by John Elwood on 8/18/2008 at 11:35:21 AM
Correction, it has BLUE metallic decals that faded to silver.

Here are some great photos of someone else's Jubile of that era stock:

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Jubilee Sportposted by naomi on 1/25/2009 at 3:20:57 PM
Hi there I just bought a motobecane jubile sport. It has the 888 vitus and sun tour derailer. I think it;s about 1980.
In very good condition. Just wondering what it might be worth.
I paid $100 for it today. Was that too much.
Many thanks
Naomi Boca Raton

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Jubilee Sportposted by coalminer on 4/1/2009 at 1:59:21 PM
hey Naomi Boca Raton wanna sell it? i'll pay 200 + shipping

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Jubilee Sportposted by rtemp on 7/11/2009 at 4:46:46 AM
I am the original owner of a Motobecane Jubilee Sport and am interested in selling it. Please contact me if you are interested.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Jubilee Sportposted by spannmer48 on 2/9/2010 at 3:42:32 PM
I have one - or rather the wreck of one. It's a 1984, when they were equipped with a complete SunTour ARX gearset. In the Motobecane catalogue, it comes 5th from the top model, our of 13. So: mid-range. The frame is Columbus straight-gauge Cr-Mo - what would be called CroMor or Gara nowadays. It's all 0.8mm wall thickness. Rims are Wobler 84 'Gentleman's. Hubs Maillard: Helicomatic at the back, unfortunately. So far, so average. But interesting is that Moto's top steel model that year the 'Le Champion', with lugless Columbus SL and full Campag Record kit, weighed 22.8 lbs., and the Jubilee Sport weighed 23.1. So: just 5oz. more.
I'm just starting the rebuild (starting with the Helicomatic, of course). It should be an interesting ride, once it's working.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Jubilee Sportposted by matt on 2/17/2010 at 3:32:58 PM
I have a jubilee sport I purchased from the original owner I am trying to get rid of. It is all stock except for the handlebars as far as I can tell, and in great condition. all suntour, vitus 888, and weinmann brakes. recently tuned up too. Contact me if you are interested.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Jubilee Sportposted by Tom on 3/26/2010 at 7:08:53 PM
Hi All, I picked up a free Jubilee Sport, early 80's I think. Actually rideable right now. All original I think. It has Fourreaux Front Fork (Chrome), Nervar Crank, Cro-Mo Columbus Frame, Suntour ARX, Weinman Brakes (side pull). I'm not sure of the hubs, I actually don't know how to tell the manufacturer. I had a similar Moto in high school (a long time ago) and would like to restore this bike. Is it worth it? What should I change out immediately for recreational rides? I'm a novice, any help out there? Tom

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Jubilee Sportposted by nick on 3/30/2010 at 3:14:04 PM
Hi all, I just bought a moto for 160. I dont know much about them or bikes in general. I just like riding and it double as my commuter. I'll put some pics up. Take a look so I can get some feedback on what you Thinks. Thanks

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Jubilee Sportposted by Chris on 7/25/2010 at 8:19:06 AM
Hi all, just found a Jubilee Sport in working condition in nowhere Ohio, could not believe it! Frame has minor rust spots (multiple) and the seat needs to be recovered, everything else looks original (except the padels), leaving the US so will not be able to restore this beauty. Call 313 204 4910 for details or offers.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Jubilee Sportposted by Greg on 1/15/2011 at 4:49:28 PM
My Jubilee Sport with Vitus 888 tubing has three cable housing guides brazed along the top tube. Also has "3109" on bottom bracket. Any idea how I can tell what year it is? Thanx.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Jubilee Sportposted by jj on 1/16/2011 at 6:45:55 AM
I think the Sport with that tubing dates it in the early 1980s.

          RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Motobecane Jubilee Sportposted by Jacob Moore on 5/31/2011 at 3:16:26 PM
I have a 1980 steel frame Motobecane jubile sport with all original suntour groupset and vitus 888. On the bottom of the frame it is stamped with 1909 and the date it was made 1980. It is a light mint green color. Recently cleaned and oiled. I'm looking to sell for 300ish. Any ideas where a good place to sell is?

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Jubilee Sportposted by David on 6/1/2011 at 6:07:35 AM
Try Craig's List or ebay. $300 is optimistic I think.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Jubilee Sportposted by Greg on 8/15/2011 at 10:16:17 AM
I have a Jubilee Sport that I am getting ready to sell. I think it is 1982 or 83. Is there any where on the frame that tells me what year?

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Jubilee Sportposted by David on 8/15/2011 at 8:28:36 PM
Compare your bike to catalog scans on the net.

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