• George

    I’ve seen these really steep headtubes several times – does anyone know why Motobecane made them that steep?

    George, who owns a Grand Record Mixte with a normal headtube

  • http://doohickie.blogspot.com Doohickie

    Short wheelbase = more maneuverable, I think.

  • George

    But here’s the thing – a headtube that steep effectively kills any trail, which makes your handling faster, and removes a lot of the gyroscopic correction that good trail provides. Also, it probably means that productions costs rise since you’re working with a geometry different from other bikes in your line…maybe. In any case, it just seems…weird for a ten-speed, even a 531-built top-of-the-line bike.

  • Albert

    That G.Record is not a 71. Moto didn’t use that head badge until 73. So it is a 73 or later G Record. The frame looks bent.

  • http://OldTenSpeedGallery Wooden Shoe Biker

    Good work the saddle alone is worth about 60 lately on E bay. The head tube is steep indeed, especially compared to my 1973 Raleigh Roadster with rod brakes (3 speed hub sorry) and 44 inch wheelbase . What is it like wrenching around with a French bike?