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1980 Motobecane Mono-Shock

#1 2006-09-24 7:43pm

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1980 Motobecane Mono-Shock

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1980 Motobecane Mono-Shock

Should I do a full resto?

I saw one off these back in 1980 & accuired this one 10 years ago off this fella who ran the Stevenage city dump. A 2 quid bargain.This is only the second one i've ever seen..We're any spotted over your side of the pond?


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#2 2006-12-18 7:26pm

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Re: 1980 Motobecane Mono-Shock

You have to restore it nobody has it and I havent seen one in a long time.

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#3 2007-04-10 8:20am

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Re: 1980 Motobecane Mono-Shock

That bike is freaking sweet!! Also see it has drum brakes thats awesome!!

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#4 2007-04-10 12:22pm

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Re: 1980 Motobecane Mono-Shock

yea, thats pretty sweet!


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#5 2007-04-11 12:21am

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Re: 1980 Motobecane Mono-Shock

Haven't seen one of these for over 20 years two of my mates used to have them, if I remember they were well heavy.


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#6 2007-05-07 8:04am

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Re: 1980 Motobecane Mono-Shock

restore AND ride !
looks smooth, man.


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#7 2008-03-05 8:47pm

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Re: 1980 Motobecane Mono-Shock

Isn't this a bit older than 80?  MonoShocks came and went in the early to mid 70's.  Curious, anyone.


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#8 2008-09-17 2:10pm

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Re: 1980 Motobecane Mono-Shock

that is cool looking. I would resto and ride as stated earlier.

Side note, a 1957 motobecane,  what would that look like? I lady I know has one in her garage and I wanted to know what it is and what I should do with it.  thanks.


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#9 2009-01-31 2:37pm

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Re: 1980 Motobecane Mono-Shock

pic1london wrote:

http://bmxmuseum.com/image/dsc00545.jpg http://bmxmuseum.com/image/dsc00553.jpg http://bmxmuseum.com/image/dsc00548.jpg

1980 motobecane mono shock

Should I do a full resto?

I saw one off these back in 1980 & accuired this one 10 years ago off this fella who ran the Stevenage city dump. A 2 quid bargain.This is only the second one i've ever seen..We're any spotted over your side of the pond?


http://bmxmuseum.com/img/view-bike-in-museum.gif

I had one of these! (must have been mid to late 70's) i did try and find a pic of it online a few months back but had no joy. It does look different from how I remember it (I am 99.9999% sure its the same as my old one). Mine had the original Motobecane seat and a number plate on the handlebars. Same colour though. I think I even had yellow tyres on mine at one point :rolleyes: But usually I used to have Grifter tyres on it I think (they would be the same size wouldn they? they look a lot smaller on your one). I remember the back wheel used to judder if you cornered too hard :) My dad got if off my cousin when he had had his fun with it. You can imagine how I felt when he unveiled it at Christmas! Unreal. suspension back then was like.

Does anyone know where I could view a pic of a mint one? You've got 1980 down? What does that refer to? I definitely had mine before then and like I said my cousin had it before me. I do not know where he got his from/

Hello by the way. I've literally just found this site and joined to make this post.

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#10 2009-05-07 6:07am

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Re: 1980 Motobecane Mono-Shock

Been off air for a while, thanks for the replies peeps.

I put it down as 1980 because that is when I 1st saw one, but it possibly is older than that. Certainly looks like a mid 70's design tho.

I will double check the frame to see if there is a date stamp anywhere & let you guys know.


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#11 2009-09-06 4:38am

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Re: 1980 Motobecane Mono-Shock

Yes, definitely!

I got one of these brand new for my 9th birthday in 1980, so that would make your date about right. I remember the year because I had a yellow number 9 on the black plastic number plate on the handlebars. The handlebars on yours appear to be original, as they have the lugs to attach the number plate to. However, mine was slightly different where the rear arm joins the shock absorber, more like a MX21:
http://img44.xooimage.com/files/f/f/5/m … 80d3c7.jpg
Mine also had black plastic mudguards, a side stand and a seat like the MX21, but it did have front suspension the same as yours. It also didn't have the front frame bracing that appears on the MX21, so I guess it was a mixture of the two models, so may have been a slightly later year than yours.

It was immense fun, and was awesome for doing jumps on (which lead to many big accidents!). The downside was that all that kit made it extremely heavy for a bike this size, and the rear suspension used to eat up most of the power that you put into pedaling, but when you're 9, and you've got one of these, none of that matters. It also got through cotter pins like they were made of cheese, due to the amount of effort that went into pedaling.

Unfortunately it got sold when I was about 14/15, and it had been thoroughly enjoyed by then. I don't know where it ended up, but I guess it's in bike heaven.

I'd love to see another one of these in good working order. Very happy memories. :D

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#12 2011-09-26 11:48am

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Re: 1980 Motobecane Mono-Shock

I just came across this as the random bike that pops up when I go to the site.

PM me about restoring this.  C4 Labs specializes in BMX restoration.


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#13 2011-10-16 2:41am

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Re: 1980 Motobecane Mono-Shock

OMG   i had one of these in the Liverpool uk around 1979 i bought it for £15 pounds from a mate in school and have been looking for a pic of one for the past 10 years .At last i found one , all my mates had Raleigh grifters tomohalks and chippers and then i showed them this wow its a motorbike without a engine they said , i could pedal over anything and jump over anything on this bike it was a great bike and brought me a lot of attention back in the retro days when i was 13 years old. would like to buy it from you if your selling dude.:D

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#14 2013-07-05 1:35pm

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Re: 1980 Motobecane Mono-Shock

I also got one of these, in 1981 : Here, in France, this bike was very succesfull : With my neighbour, we usually rode these "tanks" . . . . around 16/17kg, @11 years old .....
But what a fun to ride : Tchoinngg, Tchoiiinnnggg .....The Monoshock, Each time you pedal... :)

Souvenirs, souvenirs....Thanks to you to share, I have spent a good time watching and remembering this BITD ! ! !

Nota bene : In 2013, You could find one of these, in France. Doen't cost too much. I saw MX 30/31 in yellow, in orange, with or without speeds (in the hub, 3 speeds), and MX21, the model with a classic fork.
Treloen says things better than me, sorry for my english, hope the feeling is present...
They also had round black number plate...and a big saddle, looks like a banana ;) !!


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#15 2014-09-14 5:07pm

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Re: 1980 Motobecane Mono-Shock

What  happened with this resto? Did you finish it? Are you still on the Museum/alive/in to old BMX etc etc  :lol:

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#16 2015-09-08 2:43pm

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Re: 1980 Motobecane Mono-Shock

Anybody still interested/searching for an old yamaha MX21??
I have the bike from my own childhood, always had the idea to restore it, but is not going to happen :(
Its not in a good shape I have to say :(
Cheers Martijn

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