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Gazelle Champion Mondial A-Frame, 1981

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Gazelle Champion Mondial A-Frame 64cm ctc, Reynolds 531

Unbranded randonneur bars and Nitto Technomic

Gazelle fork of Reynolds 531 steel, simple chrome steel headset

1973 Campagnolo Nuovo Record 36h hub, unknown spokes, Italian Torelli branded clincher rims, 25mm Panaracer Tourgaurd tires

1973 Campagnolo Nuovo Record 36h hub, unknown spokes, Italian Torelli branded clincher rims, 25mm Panaracer Tourgaurd tires

Campagnolo Veloce compact crank, 50t-36t, Campagnolo sealed BB

Brooks B-17 Champion, Gipiemme 27.2mm post

SPD pedals and SRAM 850 chain

Maillard 7 speed 12-24 freewheel, Mavic 501 front and rear derailleur, SunTour bar-cons, Mafac Racer brakes, Esge fenders

Check out my Gazelle website!
Old and battered but still a sweet ride.

I acquired this frame to be ridden. Which is good, because it is NOT in any shape to become a garage queen, a showpiece or a display bike. Lots of miles on this one. Some neglect too, but mostly it just looks like it was ridden thousands and thousands of kilometers over the last 30 some years. Rust, superficial thankfully, chipped and scratches in the paint, grime, nicks. But straight and without dents.

Being an A-Frame it is already less fancy. No chrome, plain fork crown and BB shell. All function. And the function is a do-it-all frame. Gazelle had the average rider in mind with the A-Frame, the one that might race or just as likely put fenders on and cruise the landscape on scenic rides. But the rider likely would have a penchant for speed, no matter the activity, because that's what the Champion Mondials are all about.
My intent was to make it a comfortable but lightweight and easily driven bike, suitable for long distance rides in the spirit of the French randonneur bicycles. The components pictured above is mostly what went on the frame with minor adjustments. The French streak is maintained with the ultra cool and industrial looking Mavic derailers, the ubiquitous Mafac Racer calipers and a Maillard 7 speed freewheel. Randonneur bars, Nitto Technomic stem and a well broken in leather saddle makes the cockpit suited for hours, maybe days in the saddle. A few new parts also adorn this old Gazelle: A Campagnolo Veloce compact crank and Tektro brake levers (replacing the Campy ones on the picture)

I've had a modern Gazelle for some time, but this A-Frame is my first real vintage bike from those guys.

Wow.

Its ride exceeds all my hopes for this project.

Smooth, yet responsive.

Fast and with amazing acceleration.

Comfortable and untiring.

This one is NOT for sale...

Now I want an AA-Frame from the same era. Hang a complete Campagnolo Record group on it. Go real fast.

People who friended this bike mastronaut, fanta, Dario, georgecostansa, hollowgram5, esp, Empee, haijo, JackB, garas, cobrabyte, van, iamsomeguy, swardenh, OZYMANDIAzzz, datadatadaniel, the fumingator, horsus prudentus, Flacour, keeyop, A-ko, axe_somebody, eaglerock, Foxtrot, VintagebikePhil, kjellsnell, gravityhurts, Smiley, vqstaphbeard

Utterly classic!

Utterly classic! Added to the CM cluster.

Nice!!

This is a beautiful classic looking build.... Awesome!
Great website by the way (much inspiration)

Classy bike

I really like the fact that you bought this "to be ridden". These bikes are a class of its own and signs of use do much to confirm that. I mean, climbing the Alps (?) with it is more fun than putting it a dust-free garage innit?

Being Dutch, I've been riding Gazelles all my life and I own two now (one of which is described on my pages). The effort Gazelle has always put in making their a few steps better (and more expensive, too) than the competition has kept me a fan. The fact that a 30 year old Gazelle bike is a real common sight here in Amsterdam has much to do with that.

By the way, I'm a big fan of fivenineclimber--any ideas as to when you will be getting into that again?

AA frames are regularly on sale on Dutch auction sites such as www.marktplaats.nl and the like. They go for between €60 - €300.

Enjoy your A frame Champion Mondial!
Gazelle Champion Mondial | Approx. '83 | AA Special Frame

Really...

of rare excellence!



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