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Old 02-12-15, 06:54 PM
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Any Gazelle Experts Out There?

I have become a bit intrigued with Gazelle road bikes. I haven't found a real lot about them. I was wondering what the hierarchy was for these bikes. I have seen Mondial, Champion, Mondial A, AA, AB, Tour de l'Avenir, Formula Race, Formula, etc. Can anyone help?
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Originally Posted by rjhammett View Post
I have become a bit intrigued with Gazelle road bikes. I haven't found a real lot about them. I was wondering what the hierarchy was for these bikes. I have seen Mondial, Champion, Mondial A, AA, AB, Tour de l'Avenir, Formula Race, Formula, etc. Can anyone help?
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Use our next to worthless search function and try to find the "Dutch" bikes thread. Post this question in there and you'll receive loads of support. I know I did.

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Thanks Grady. I will do some more searches.
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The secret (IME) to Gazelle is the frame designator. It varies over the years, but pretty much AA is a top of the line frame. There are variations on that, like AA Super and AA Special. Try this site for more info. There used to be a site called the Gazelle Pages but it is no longer with us.
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The frames were called Champion Mondial, eexcept for germany were they were Champion.
The A-Frame is more a tour frame, with eyelets for mudguards and racks and long drop outs.
The AB frame was the 'standard' road racing frame. No eyelets, short drop outs.
The AA Special was the 'special' frame, more custom made, sometimes Reynolds 753 tubing.
The Tour de L'avenir was a lower end bike. Some years with the main frame of straight Reynolds 531.
The Formula was a later frame, about 1990. It was below the Champion Mondial.
There were also the Trim/Race Trophy frames, straight Reynolds 531, below the Champion Mondial (Trim Trophy with eyelets, Race trophy without eyelets).
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Thanks to everyone for the info. I now have something to work from.
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