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Gazelle Bikes - any info out there?(5 posts)

Gazelle Bikes - any info out there?muncher
Jun 13, 2001 3:36 AM
Picked up one of these used last night, a "Mondial Championie" - French made it appears, 531 tube, looks to be 70s/80s by the graphics - really well made, this one set up as a CX, but would pass as roadie but for the brakes which are Marac . Got a Gazelle logo on the headtube and fork shoulders, which are crownless - Campy Record throughout (now set up as single speed).

Any info appreciated, as nice to know a bit of background on one's ride!

BTW - any single riders out there - what ratios are you running in what terrain?

M.
re: Gazelle Bikes - any info out there?climbo
Jun 13, 2001 10:51 AM
don't know much about them but as for gears, lsat season I ran a 38x17 for most races. This was a tough gear on some hillier courses but I found that I had to put up with that so I had a big enough gear for the rest of the course. In slop and deep mud I found the going tougher so I would think about a slightly smaller gear for bad conditions.
re: Gazelle Bikes - any info out there?Stampertje
Jun 13, 2001 2:18 PM
Gazelle bicycles are Dutch. They are still made today in Dieren, the Netherlands. I don't know about this model. My sister just got an old Gazelle Champion Mondial, but I don't know if it is the same model or build. Their website is at www.gazelle.nl. Dutch and German only, but if you fill out their form at gazelle.nl/HTML/info/informatie.htm and ask your questions in English, I'm sure they'll reply.

TVM rode on Gazelles (among other things...) in 1998. They still sponsor at least one Div. III team.

As for your second question, I ride a 42x16 fixed gear on mostly flat terrain. There are some rolling hills nearby, but I haven't had a lot of opportunities to ride yet. The 42x16 did fine when I did, though. I was undergeared on the downhills, rather than overgeared going up.
Thanks and memory lapse..muncher
Jun 14, 2001 2:29 AM
It's the same model as your sister has (it was late when I picked it up and I mis-remembered the name!). I thought that they must be a fairly good builder, as the frame is very nicely made. I set it all up for me last night, and commuted in this morning - very nice ride - light and quick, and like being on air compared to my usual Al ride!

Thanks for the web and gears tip - I'll drop them a line and see if I can get a little history.

Rgds - M.
re: Gazelle Bikes - any info out there?FrenchPress
Jun 13, 2001 6:43 PM
All I can add is that they are owned by Derby Cycles, the same people that own Diamond Back, Univega and Raleigh. Last I heard, it's the best money making line they own. Hard to find in the US.