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Now that it's gone, anybody know about Van Tuyl frames?(7 posts)

Now that it's gone, anybody know about Van Tuyl frames?cory
Feb 27, 2003 8:56 AM
Just lost out on a Van Tuyl frame on e-bay--I don't need another bike, but big frames are rare, it was pretty cheap and I have all these parts lying around... I found the Van Tuyl Web site, but it's in Dutch and my high school German would only take me so far. Good tubing (Columbus EL O.S.), brazing looked a little rough in the pictures. I dropped out when the price went over my Totally Unnecessary Toy limit, but now I'm curious. Anybody know anything?
Thanks--
yerp, uh-huhJS Haiku Shop
Feb 27, 2003 11:19 AM
my "training partner" rides a van tuyl 'cross bike (steel) purchased from the same ebay dealer you're talking about. in fact, he was quite pleased with the transaction and with the bike, and was considering buying a Ti 'cross bike from the same guy.

the bike he bought was a "team issue" for some belgian team, went from a race into the shop, into the box (still with mud caked on it in places), and to the US. seems the team racer's name was also on the top tube. the bike showed signs of wear, but turned out to be a tank. bomb-proof. my friend is all legs and weighs around 215, and raced 'cross like a bull in a china shop.

only real downside he found was the shipping time and effort: it took several weeks to arrive from holland, and the box was fairly well beat-up. bike in good shape, though. btw, he won a couple 'cross races on it, placed in a couple, and has also used it for many poor weather rides.

he's talked to the guy on the phone directly without any language barrier. i think via e-mail, too. if you want more info or direct e-mail contact with my friend, e-mail me:

cat5tattoo@yahoo.com

-J
ps, it's pronounced 'van tool' (like van halen/park tool!) (nm)JS Haiku Shop
Feb 27, 2003 11:20 AM
re: Now that it's gone, anybody know about Van Tuyl frames?heldveld
Feb 27, 2003 1:19 PM
You should have checked ealier that is at least the 3rd or 4th time he tried to sell that frame. No interest until this latest round. I was interested and got him down to $140 plus shipping, but my UTL is really low. You can't go wrong when you go Dutch.
re: Now that it's gone, anybody know about Van Tuyl frames?Jowan
Feb 27, 2003 2:24 PM
Been to the shop recently, they've got some very decent bikes at fair prices. Newest adition is the Van Tuyl "Tica", a titanium/carbon frame, much like the Merlin Cielo. I've seen both the Cielo and the Tica up close, the Cielo is a pure piece of art compared to the Tica, but at a price of Euro 2000,- the Tica is hard to beat. It was tested in a Dutch bike magazine recently and came out very well, a quiet ride it was stated.

I ride a Van Tuyl titanium cyclocrosser myself, very nice, especially when you keep the price of the frame in mind, euro 500,-. All Van Tuyl titanium frame's are made to his specifications in Russia, so thats why the prices are fair compared to others. Build quility is comparable to Airborne.

Jowan
re: Now that it's gone, anybody know about Van Tuyl frames?heldveld
Feb 28, 2003 8:39 AM
Any connection to the Jowan bicycle shop in Belgium?
re: Now that it's gone, anybody know about Van Tuyl frames?Jowan
Mar 2, 2003 1:57 AM
No, we just seem to have the same name. Would be nice to hace my own 'jowan' frame though.

Jowan