This is a 1979 Motobecane Super Mirage Mixte in Black with Red accents and Gold Lug Chasing and Gold Lettering. It is a 20.5″ / 52cm / Medium (center of bottom bracket to top of seat tube) Lugged Steel frame with a steel fork with Chrome Ends. The stand over height is 24.5″ directly in front of the saddle. 

There are 10 speeds available through the Motobecane Branded Sakae two ring (52/40t) crankset and the Suntour 5 gear (14-32t) freewheel. 

The rear derailleur is a Suntour V-GT Luxe and the front is a Suntour Compe V. Shifting is through Stem Mounted Suntour Friction Shifters.

Both wheels are the highly sought after Belgian alloy Weinmann A124 Concave rims drilled for Schrader valves laced to French Maillard Normandy High Flange quick release alloy hubs. Both wheels have 27″x1 1/4″ black wall tires.

Braking is handled by Weinmann Vanqueur 610 Centerpulls. The brake levers are alloy Dia Compe levers with Safety Extensions and quick release. 

The black saddle is mounted to a Motobecane Branded alloy seat post that moves freely in the seat tube.

Motobecane Branded alloy handlebars that retain the black faux leather Hutchinson covers are mounted to an alloy stem. The stem is not frozen in the steering tube.

There are eyelets for front and rear fenders. 

The bicycle rides, turns, stops and shifts through all of the gears and rings as it should.

A very striking combination of red and black along with the alloy components and chrome forks make for a really beautiful Mixte. It appears to retain all of it’s original equipment minus the rear reflector and original saddle. It also appears to have been recabled and have had the bottom bracket and wheel hubs re-greased. The tires are probably a couple of years old but don’t have many miles on them. 

For less than the price of a generic Bike Shaped Object that anyone might buy online or from a store that sells bicycles in the Toy Department, you could be riding this vintage bicycle with quality components. The fact that it is still rolling down the road is a testament to how well it was built.

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