Gazelle Van Stael – Step Over Frame
Stylish bikes usually compromise on a lot of things in the pursuit of good looks. However, the Van Stael compromises on nothing, and still comes out looking like a cracker.
The steel frame was inspired by the model Gazelle entered in the 1915 Tour de France. A hundred years later, the design is back, this time connecting nostalgic styling with modern components.
It’s a bona fide city bike, with full mudguards, Nexus hub gears, a chaincase, and an extra loud Basil bell. The Brooks Cambium handlebar grips and saddle set the bike off, and show how absolutely no corners have been cut in the bike’s finishing.
Robust quality is Gazelle’s trademark, and this is nowhere lacking in the Van Stael; the chain is a top-notch rust-resistant number from KMC, the cables run through braided housing, and all of the hardware is stainless steel.
The traditional step-over frame is the heart of the bike, and its steel construction provides both character and comfort. The glistening sandstone paint job looks smashing; retro and contemporary at the same time.
Two brilliant safety features found on the bike include the reflective strips on the tyre walls, as well as the combination of two different types of braking system. The front wheel makes use of a conventional, hand-operated rim brake, but the rear wheel is decelerated by a coaster brake built in to the wheel’s hub; by using two different types of braking system, you can be sure that you will always be able to stop quickly, regardless of the weather or road conditions.
The bike can be ordered with an optional front rack that complements the bike’s aesthetic while adding a decent level of utility.
- Brooks Cambium handlebar grips
- Brooks C17 Cambium saddle
- Steel side-stand
- Full-length mudguards
- Continental Sport Contact tyres
- Shimano Nexus hub gears
- Coaster brake (rear) and rim brake (front)
- Shimano Nexus 3-speed or 7-speed
- Retro lights package
- Optional front rack
Price including VAT:
- Nexus 7-speed with 2 handbrakes: £749