59cm Gazelle Race c.1967 Vintage Road Bike Frame

✓ Original vintage frame - built in the 1960s
✓ Lightweight for the era - just 2.9 kg
✓ Suitable for historic cycling events such as L'Eroica
✓ Thoroughly checked over & photographed in detail
✓ Worldwide shipping

Gazelle are perhaps most famous today for producing workhorses, the type produced in the hundreds of millions every year in Dieren, the Netherlands. Back in the 1960s however they were a much different beast. After the introduction of their 'Special Racing Division' in the 1980s, they assembled a professional cycling team sponsored by Dutch Cigar makers, Willem II. The most successful rider in the Willem II-Gazelle team was undoubtedly Rik Van Looy, but also included greats such as Harn Ottenbros & Peter Post to name just a couple. Gazelle's greatest years were yet to come, their most famous race frame, the Champion Mondial had been introduced to the world by the mid 70s and many famous partnerships followed.

Before the Champion Mondial came the Gazelle 'Race'. Lesser known due to its scarcity but by no means less important. It was this model that Rik Van Looy & Harm Ottenbros spent the latter half of the 1960s racing on. Built from Reynold's all-conquering 531 tube set with hand-cut lugs and a race-bred geometry the Race was ahead of it's time. With ample clearance and the ability to add mudguards these frames can be built into a period correct team race bike or a really practical vintage rider.

If you're taking part in L'Eroica or any other vintage event, this frame is of the correct age, so you won't be disqualified for being a rule breaker!

The frame's been carefully checked by one of our mechanics to confirm the alignment's correct and there's no damage to the threads. If there are any minor issues worth noting we will do so in the overview section below. Please take a good look at the detailed photos so you can see the cosmetic condition of the frame before you buy.

OVERVIEW


Condition Notes - Fork appears to be a re-enamelled replacement (minor variation in colour from the frame)
Era - 1960s
Country - Dutch
Frame Material - Steel
Tubing - Reynolds 531
Weight - 2.92 kg
Stock Code - U-F-R3V

SIZING


Size Guide* - Large (Approx 35" Inside Leg)
Seat Tube (ctc) - 59 cm
Top Tube (ctc) - 53 cm
Head Tube - 179 mm
Chainstay Length - 42.5 cm
Wheelbase - 101.5 cm

*This is just a guide, not a guarantee the frame will fit as every rider is different. If you're unsure of your size we'd always recommend trying out a bike with similar frame dimensions first.

TECHNICAL INFO


Rear Spacing - 126 mm
Front Spacing - 100 mm
Seatpost Diameter - 26.8 mm
Wheel Size - 700c/28"
Brake Fixing - External Hex Nut
Brake Drop - 55 mm
Bottom Bracket Thread - English/British/ISO Thread
Headset Thread - Standard ISO (24 TPI - British/Italian)
Headset Stack Height - 40 mm
Fork Crown Race - 26.4 mm (ISO)
Shifter Fittings - Downtube Band-On
Headtube Internal Diameter - 30.0 mm
Steerer Internal Diameter - 22.2 mm (Standard)

SHIPPING, TAXES & RETURNS

We've been safely sending orders around the world since 2010. There's a handy shipping calculator on the shopping cart page so you can see the cost of postage as soon as you've added it to your basket. Your order will be carefully packed and sent with tracking & insurance, we despatch most orders within 2-3 working days but larger items can often take a little longer to process.

We accept returns, please notify us within 14 days and ensure the item arrives back with us no later than 30 days after the order was received.

We don't charge VAT, however, if buying from outside of the EU please remember that there may be import duties to pay upon receipt.