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'75 Gazelle Champion on ebay(6 posts)

'75 Gazelle Champion on ebayMSA
May 14, 2002 11:13 AM
Anybody know much about these frames? I am thinking of bidding on one on ebay.
Dutch ..nm53x12
May 14, 2002 11:45 AM
Translation please?MSA
May 14, 2002 11:57 AM
as in made in holland.....Spirito
May 14, 2002 12:19 PM
although i think the manufacturer was uk based prior to.

they are a known name and are mostly good materials and workmanship. beware though that a lot of counterfeit and redecalled bikes tend to come from holland so where possible check to see that the decals and paint and such ar original or that the seller knows the history of the bike.

you shouldn't have to worry too much as when people repaint and redecal a bike it is usually passed off as a colngao, deRosa, cinelli and the such. because gazelle aren't exactly top tier frames that are sought after by collectors you can be pretty safe in assuming that it is genuine. know you know why decals are so hard to find and if you do they are usually offered by professional restorers and only available with a full paint job otherwise we would all be riding $100 masi's.

good luck. they are ok bikes and some are very nice.

ciao
GazelleCT1 Guy
May 15, 2002 11:03 AM
Gazelle were owned by Raleigh in the UK, but were pretty independant and mainly served their domestic market - I think they might have returned to Dutch owners. Have seen a few bikes around, including some that have stainless steel seat and chain stays - far more practical than chrome. They also provided bikes for TVM in the early 90's.
So that's where all our bikes go!Stampertje
May 16, 2002 9:12 AM
They have indeed returned to Dutch ownership (response to post below). Most gazelles I see on the streets are nice, quality bicycles but nothing extraordinary - I wouldn't be at all ashamed to own or ride one (and they do have some Tour history) but they don't turn your head like a chromed lugged Pinarello. My sister has an older Champion Mondial (it must be, it has a 7 speed cassette) which is certainly nicer than what I'm still riding.