Gazelle Champion Mondial AA 731 OS
I have owned more then 50 gazelle Champion Mondials, but never had the chance to buy one that was built with the legendary Reynolds 731 OS tubing, till I bought this one. I bought the bike from Jan Foesenek an amateur cyclist from Sint Willebrord, a small village near the Belgium border. The famous cyclingstore "Wielerhuis Hubert" was also in this village, and offcourse this gazelle was also bought there. Jan told me a lot of stories about back in the days, the 80's. There where a lot of local criteriums and one of his best friends and cycling buddies turned out to be Johan van der Velde. They trained together, ate together and also Jan also came often to his home. Well we talked about a lot of stuff cycling related, but lets get to this wonderfull bike.
This gazelle Champion Mondial is build in 1993. And was at that time a truly special and rare bike. The frame itself is built with the rare oversized Reynolds 731 OS lugs and also uses the rare Silva Skema dropouts, which in my opinion are one of the nicest designed dropouts. Framenumber is 3792060, which indicates 1993. The bike is in a exceptional good condition. Mr Foesenek really cared about his gazelle, and you can see that, it has almost no visible damages, except some very small paint chips here and there..
This gazelle Champion Mondial is an very well preserved example of the early 90's build Champion mondial's. In the Gazelle hierarchy this was the top of the bill. Exactly these frames were used by a lot of pro team during the 90's. The frame itself is made out of the Legendary 731 OS tubes and decked out with a the last generation of the Dura Ace 7400 group group, the 7403. The paintjob on this bike is still in a very good condition and a typical 90's design. The chance that you will find another one is almost none.