So about 3 years ago I started shopping for a road bike. My first, and maybe my last.
I wanted something light, strong, and durable because we had decided then (for the foreseeable future) to try to be a one car family. Mission accomplished. The Motobecane, Le Champion, Ti is a fantastic bike.
The truth is, I bought a 2 year old model from another, more serious cyclist. He'd put 3000 miles on the bike as his back-up, and was updating. My good luck.
Why I decided to go with titanium? Well, whenever you talk to really serious cyclists, they get this gleam in their eyes when they talk about titanium bikes. They all own carbon framed rockets that make them faster, BUT when you ask them which bikes they really love, they invariably mention a titanium frame in their top 3. The thing is, titanium seems to have a slightly magical character to it. People call it springy. They talk about how it's strong, and yet has just the right amount of flexibility to absorb some of the bump from the road, and yet not give up the rigidity needed to retain power and speed. So I thought, heck...if I am going to own just one, then this might be a good way to go.
I'm super happy with my Motobecane. I wished I could have rationalized spending 4x as much money to buy a Moots, or Lightspeed, but at the end of the day, this was the bike that made the most sense for my use. I love it. Every time I get on this bike, I am happy, and that is worth something when you ride it to or from work every day.
Motobecane is hand made in Taiwan. Titanium frames are fiddly. The welding is labor intensive. Here's an interesting video about the process. (note - this is Enigma not Motobecane)
Here is guy, talking about his first impressions with the same bike:
super fast, very light, 16-17lbs.
titanium soaks up the bumps
really looking forward putting a lot of miles on it
considered lightspeed purchased this for parts and then decided he liked it enough to keep with it
https://youtu.be/RDPqw_ceqDwassembly and first impressions