Motobecane Cafe Noir Hybrid Bike

4.8/5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $1499.00

Product Description

  • Shimano 105 27 Speed
  • Reynolds 520 Double Butted Chromoly frame
  • Forged Aluminum Dual Pivot Brakes
  • Shimano WH-R500 Aero 700c Rims
  • Stainless Spokes 28fr/28r
  • M-Wings Aluminum Bar

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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Charles River Rider a Commuter

Date Reviewed: January 19, 2013

Strengths:    Comfort

Weaknesses:    Weight (of course it is heavier than an aluminum or carbon bike).

Bottom Line:   
I absolutely love my Cafe Noir. I bought it in April 2012 because I wanted to commute 7.5 miles into downtown Boston from just west of Harvard Business School where I live. It has been a great commuting bike for me. I find it very comfortable to ride and yet quick. The streets in Boston, Cambridge and Watertown are terrible! Lots of potholes etc. so both of my rims need a good truing every 1000 miles or so. When I first started commuting in the Spring '12 I weighed about 200 (5'10"). After putting about 3000 miles on this bike I've lost a good 15-20lbs and put on 5 lbs of muscle in my legs. I love riding into work.

I've done rides this past summer with my little girl in the baby seat on the back, which have been great. I've towed both my kids in our bike trailer as well. I've found this bike to be very versatile. I've taken this bike on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park and found it to be too heavy for all of the elevation climbing. I will say though that this bike is fast going downhill and handles very well. I took it on a 50 mile charity ride which was pretty flat and was able to keep up ok with some of the guys in faster road bikes. I think even if I had a full carbon fast road bike I might commute on this one anyways because it is so comfortable.

If you are looking for a high quality, reliable, comfortable commuting bike this is what you want.

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Favorite Ride:   Acadia National Park

Price Paid:    $699.00

Purchased At:

Similar Products Used:   None, only ever been into mountain biking.

Bike Setup:   Mostly stock, but swapped the pedals for dual platform (flat/spd) pedals and put on a Topeak rack with sliding lock for a baby seat.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Charlie rich a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: December 26, 2010

Strengths:    Good value.

Bottom Line:   
Nice bike, a little "spongy" if your a big guy like me.

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Favorite Ride:   Central Park, NYC

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   bikesdirect

Bike Setup:   Tricked it out with monkey bars, thomson stem, new seat, new seatpost and pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by aking legs a Commuter

Date Reviewed: June 20, 2010

Strengths:    Smooth ride - snappier than expected acceleration. Solid handling

Weaknesses:    Factory rims a little weak - I true mine every few months. Snapped a spoke after 6000 miles or so which I find very acceptable (I can put out over 1000 watts when pushing) No room for decent fenders.

Bottom Line:   
Lucked out and found mine on Craigslist - virtually new in the right size. One of my all-time favorite rides. Very smooth, deceptively fast - pretty sturdy. I have been using it for over a year for my roughly 4 day a week / 28 mile commute. It gets used more than most of my bikes - both as a daily driver or out for an evening / weekend jaunt.

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Favorite Ride:   Anywhere less populated

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Used

Similar Products Used:   Novara Buzz road (harsh less comfortable ride - but more versatile - can fit fenders and has disc brakes - nice for wet / winter riding

Bike Setup:   Mostly stock. New seat & bar ends.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jackmeltzer a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: March 2, 2010

Strengths:    Responsive Reynolds 520 steel frame, carbon fork, excellent rear derailleur, nice wheels and tires, and top-notch brakes. Excellent value for the money.

Weaknesses:    Seat a little bare (for a flat bar hybrid). Pedals average. I like the color (black) but it's not for everyone. Fire truck red would be more fun.

Bottom Line:   
No nonsense, light and fast hybrid with good components, and excellent frame and fork, and a real pleasure to ride. I wanted an "all-purpose" bike that would be refined enough and snappy enough to keep for the long run. The Cafe Noir fits the bill perfectly. It's one of those rare bikes that makes you want to ride all the time. With a new seat and better pedals, it'll be flawless.

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Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cruiserman a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2008

Strengths:    Light and FAST! Steel frame with carbon fork=comfortable ride. Traditional Geometry. Not a Mountain bike.

Weaknesses:    Saddle a bit mushy for me,needs a riser bar to truly set upright. Pedals just ok.
Replace them if you need to, I did.

Bottom Line:   
The perfect bike for me. Ordered online from recieved 4 working days later in pristine condition. No hassle for me to assemble. Everything was in good working order, rides smooth,shifts great! No major adjustments
needed.Climbs and cruises with ease. SMOOTH,very responsive steering.I would reccomend it as a commuter or light touring bike it's tough as nails, easily converted to a drop bar setup or comfort bike setup.

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Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:

Similar Products Used:   I'm 50 years old, I've rode 'em all!

Bike Setup:   WH500 wheel set,Tektro brakes,All Shimano
shifters and cables,105 rear derailer,Kalloy headset & adj stem & seatpost,Truvativ triple isoflo crankset.Carbon fiber fork

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Who rides a Cafe Noir ?

I have a few Motobecanes from Bikesdirect.......Fantom Cross Uno, Mirage, Le Champ Ti. I am a metal frame rider, no CF for me. I like the Cafe Noir with Chromo frame and flat bars. Anyone rides one and post how they like it ? Thanks PhilRead More »

Cafe Noir?

Seems like a decent spec for a flat bar road bike at the price point. Does anyone have any experience with this bike or with Motobecane's in general? I like the skinny tubes and forgiving nature of steel. Thoughts? ~ JackRead More »

Motobecane Cafe Noir

Does anyone have experience with the Cafe Noir? I'm looking to upgrade my old beater. I searched this site and couldn't find anything on the bike. The bike will primarily (90%) be used for commuting with loaded rear panniers and the occasional weekend ride on the local bike trail. My concerns ar ... Read More »

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