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Old 08-09-08, 08:07 AM
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1995 Gazelle

Scans of the 1995 Gazelle catalogue showing the handmade in Dieren, The Netherlands 'Champion Mondial', 'Team', '731OS' ....and more





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Old 08-09-08, 04:11 PM
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Those straight-blade forks are ghastly, otherwise nice bikes.
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Originally Posted by mastershake916 View Post
Those straight-blade forks are ghastly, otherwise nice bikes.
Ghastly you may think, but Gazelle must have thought: lets do what Colnago has been doing for a while!

More interesting, the use of 'Noblex', or stainless steel in their frames. And what i consider a nice touch, the fastback seatstays! Thats more associated with the 70s than the 90s I'd say.
I always think Gazelle was in their last efforts at making decent steel frames, and after those ones, they just gave up.

TVM-Bison-Gazelle must have been one of the last pro-teams to ride steel frames ...

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I would ride any one of those framesets without hesitation...straight fork blades or not. I think they all look great.
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I'm really liking that Team frame. :-)
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I happen to love straight blade forks, I really like the 731 OS-RVS frameset
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I know the article is in Dutch what means most are probably limited to watching (nice) pictures. I will give a brief explanation of the models:

The Formula frame was the most economical, but still handmade in Dieren.

The Champion Mondial AB was a slightly more economical and relaxed deriviate of the Champion Mondial AA frame. It is made out Reynolds 531C tubing.

The Team frame was the TVM/Bison team specific frame.

Brief on the CM AA: Reynolds 531C tubing, Campa dropouts, cable routing through tt, microfusion (Bertoli Aero) crown, lugs and bracket, chrome right chainstay and dropouts. Sizing from 49 to 66 cm with 1 increments.

The 731OS was made with Reynolds 731 tubing and the addition RVS in 731OS-RVS denotes Poppe & Pothoff Noblex stainless steel forkblades and tail. The polished sections are stainless. Very nice.

The 653-RVS uses Reynolds 653 with Noblex stainless steel blades and tail.

Next page shows the cross edition of the Champion Mondial.

The Alu-Pro uses welded 7020 aluminium tubing.

The Titanium Pro is the only ATB frame shown. It is out titanium and it is the same frame Raleigh put its decals on. Both companies were part of the Derby Group back then. Not made in Dieren of course, but the others are (on the Alu-Pro I am not sure)


I recall I have a review of the 731OS RVS somewhere. Tiny 'but': again in Dutch. Still fun for watching pictures maybe, so something for next scan session.
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