Classic & Vintage - Batavus Criterium ID this bike (pics)
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My first post on this forum and my second bike.
It looks like it rolled out of the shop yesterday, witch in nearly did actually. The shop owner bought the bike for his nephew. The nephew didn't really ride the bike so the show owner placed the bike in his shop as a show piece. I bought the bike from the guy that bought it from the shop owner, he had a bad back and didn't ride it either. So the bike is in very good condition. Bought it for 60 euro, about 80 dollars i think.
Now i have some questions about the ID of this make and the year it was made. A friendly poster on another forum suggested i should post it here.
I hope you guys can help me
Batavus, is a huge Dutch brand, still in production. Their web site is here http://batavus.com/
the criterium model was upper mid tier ( or lower top tier?) lineup. I'd say an entry level
Do a search here for Batavus there are more than a few threads.
We don't see too many of them here in the states, but we did see batavus mopeds.
You got an excellent deal. that bike looks show room perfect. The Shimano 600 components
are a precursor to Ultegra, just below Dura Ace, you can find date codes for them at
Very nice find.
05-21-09, 11:35 AM
A beautiful bike. The Shimano "experts" could probably give you a date of production by looking at the photo of the gear shifters. If I was making a wild guess, I'd say 1980ish.
A friend of mine got a nice Batavus road bike at a yard sale. When we researched it on the internet, it seemed as if Batavus focused on "commuter bikes", so when Batavus sold a road bike, it was often custom made for team use, or was very "high end"...not mass market bikes. I'm guessing a new bike in 2009 with a frame and fork of equal quality would cost WAY more than $1,000...maybe more than $2,000. So, you got the bargain of the century.
I hope you will keep the bike "original" and not be tempted to add "modern" equipment. A bike as rare as yours in "original" condition is a once in a lifetime find. Keep it just the way it is.
A beauty indeed! I'd peg the production date of 78-82, the Arabesque group production went on for a few years beyond 82, but what has caught my eye is that your bike has an earlier version of the Shimano 600 front derailleur added into the mix. Which makes me think this one was built on the lower end of my range, maybe before 1980.
Indeed, to have a new frame built of that quality of steel today would easily run upwards of 500 just for the frame, and near NOS groups like that also run in the multiple hundred dollar price ranges on ebay regularly. That one is a rare find, and one to keep as original as possible in my opinion.
05-21-09, 01:07 PM
hi beert! great first post. I told you they would love it on the other side of the Atlantic ;)
What a find! The components really should have productcodes and yearcodes as i explained to you. On the read derailleur for example you often find it on the inner side of the parrallelogram. RD-6200 or something and a year code like EF.
Thanks everybody for your reactions, i learned alot from them. I'm from Holland, the province of Friesland, the same region where the batavus bikes are being made. Their factory isn't very far from where i live.
As for the serial numbers, i really can't find them, i've held the bicycle upside down and everything. I've done a little research myself. It seems that the serial numbers batavus used start with the number of the year they have been made in. My bikes serial number starts with an 1. The post of cuda2k indicates my bike would have been made between 78 and 82 so the build year would be 1981.
So the bike is a little bit older than me. I'm not going to change anything on the bike, it's going to stay as original as possible. I had to change the steeringtape and saddle pen in order to make it rideable for me, but if I could have left that original I would have.
05-23-09, 01:14 PM
BRT, mooie fiets!
I have almost the exact same bike ( mine has a chromed fork and rear stays), bought for 20 euros and turned into my very first fixie using the original rear wheel in a suicide set up. It now has moustache bars, Shimano dynohub laced radially, Miche rear track hub laced three leading, three trailing. It is now on a flat tire, but i'm too lazy to fix it. It is my bad weather/winter bike, because it has fenders and reliable lights. It is ugly as hell, but I will keep it until the frame breaks. BTW, the Ishiwata 025 tubing is a lower grade, but the frame handles very well!
05-23-09, 01:54 PM
Pracht van een fiets! :)
I bet the Shimano 600 increases the value of that bike quite a bit. Are you going to ride it, or keep it for show?
I'm planning on riding the bike, did some tours this weekend of 50 and 65 km's. The ride is very smooth and precise in comparison with my other batavus course.
08-10-09, 09:11 PM
Just saw one of these posted in Savannah.
08-11-09, 06:44 AM
Hey guys this is my first post here with many to come. Thanks Kingfish254 for letting me know about it!:thumb: I have been riding this Batavus Criterium for about two years and I love it! But, I just got a 83 austro- daimler ultima SL so that is why I am selling this one(http://savannah.craigslist.org/bik/1316216038.html) (http://savannah.craigslist.org/bik/1316216038.html). It is a little on the heavier side with the 025 tubing but it rides smooth and would be great for a touring bike. When I got it it had the Altus group on it but I upgraded to the almost NOS Shimano 600 arabesque that you see on it now. My frame doesn't have the braze on shifter mounts though. Anyone know the year difference on that upgrade?
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