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At Van Nicholas the research, design and fabrication process is a continuously evolving process with one aim: to create the best frames possible for their intended application. We believe that the best material for bicycle frame construction is Titanium. So aerospace grade Titanium is the only material we use. The fol owing pages explain why, in more detail. And the pages after that introduce you to our Road, Multi-sport, Touring / Cross and MTB bikes.We started out as a family company, and remain one at heart: for example my father, a keen cyclist al his life, is in charge of our team of engineers who hand-build every bike to order. But we constantly seek to evolve. New for 2008, is the Blaze – our first Multi-sport machine and a refined range of our own parts and clothing. These complement the most current, top-brand Group Sets and components we hold in stock so you can specify your Van Nicholas exactly how you want. And of course, if you want the ultimate option, we’l even custom-build one of our frames exactly to your individual dimensions. As founder and Head of Design of the company, I’m proud of the Van Nicholas range, so I am pleased you’re taking a closer look.Thank you and see you on www.vannicholas.com.Jan-Wil em SintnicolaasFounder and Head of DesignTitanium’s unique properties make it an excel ent In a traditional tube set maximum stress wil material for bicycle frame construction. Its high happen at the weld because it is a Heat Affected strength, low density, low modulus, excel ent Zone. For a butted tube, the maximum stress will fatigue and corrosion resistance deliver a skeleton be located away from the weld. The combination that is not only extremely strong and durable, of butted tubes and 3AL/2.5V Ti have a significant but also incredibly lightweight. advantage on weight, maximum ‘Von Mises’ Stress, deformation and safety factor over Titanium does not break down, rust or corrode traditional tubes.in any type of atmospheric environment. Titanium is so resistant to corrosion it does not need to be treated or painted. Moreover, we believe simply brushing the bare metal adds to its aesthetic appeal.The manufacturer of the Titanium tubing we use adheres to the strict ISO-9002 standards for quality, trusted by the United State’s top aerospace and defence contractors. Van Nicholas uses two different Titanium al oys to construct our frames. The traditional 3AL/2.5V Titanium tubing is the same high strength material used in the most advanced aerospace applications. It is drawn, seamless tubing that can be welded with the other tubes to form the bike frame. The tubes are cold-worked to provide additional strength to the material and the correct shaped tubing for the frame’s design. This creates an extremely lightweight and strong racing machine, where the geometry of the frame is tailored by working the tube sets to create the perfect ride. The Aeolus utilises seamless 3AL/2.5V double-butted Titanium tubing. This not only provides overal weight savings compared to traditional tubing, but also results in even less chance of failure.The advantages of using Titanium for frame building wil far outweigh any changes in fashion. > The combination of high strength and material formability gives Titanium a ride quality that is second to none. It’s stiff enough so energy is not lost through the tubing, but springy too, so road vibration is minimized enhancing comfort on long rides. > Fatigue life and corrosion resistance is better than any frame material in the world so Titanium lasts longer than any other material. In fact, we’re so confident of its longevity, al of our frames come with a lifetime guarantee. > Titanium has an excel ent combination of strength-to-weight and stiffness-to weight. Using thin wal ed 0.8 / 0.9mm Titanium tubing enables good fatigue life, but can avoid a harsh ride due to the inbuilt flexing that soaks up road vibration. > Titanium wil remain a premium material based on production processes required for manufacture and welding. > Every frame we make is custom drawn. Each tube set is designed to maximize strength and performance by using differing thickness of tubing, in addition to utilizing ovalization, and biaxial ovalized tubing. > Metals have better crash damage tolerance and can often be repaired. A few knocks in transit or racing do not normal y create hidden damage issues.Design - The Van Nicholas Aeolus is for the rider who wants the best. Period. Combining the ultimate Custom Drawn Double-Butted 3AL/2.5V Ti tubing in a compact design, it maintains the magical ride qualities Titanium is famous for, but also delivers a stiffness not seen before in a Ti frame. A climber’s dream, its acceleration and performance in the sprint make it a perfect choice for lighter riders and the weight-obsessed. The Aeolus demands the fastest of riders, are you up to it?“It’s a bit like being behind the wheel of a Rol s Royce… you don’t drive, you sort of float.” (Procycling, January 2007)Design mission: Super-light climberGeometry: CompactMaterial: Custom Drawn Double-Butted 3AL/2.5V Titanium Finish: High lust hand polishedSizes: 52, 54, 56, 58, 60 cm and custom Race-Road, Stage, ClassicRace-Criterium, CircuitTime TrialTriathlonSport EnthusiastSport Long DistanceSport AudaxSport TouringLoaded TouringDesign - The Zephyr’s award winning design is based on providing day-long comfort. The semi-compact dimensions are created to produce a lateral y stiff, yet vertical y compliant ride, with seat and chain stays that increase rear triangle rigidity and heel clearance. Comfortable for distance events, stiff enough for climbing and sprinting, strong enough to last a lifetime: the Zephyr is ideal for amateurs who want great performance without a ‘professional’ price tag.Design mission: Stage racerGeometry: Classic Material: Custom Drawn 3AL/2.5V Titanium Finish: Bright hand brushed Sizes: 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62 cm and customRace-Road, Stage, ClassicRace-Criterium, CircuitTime TrialTriathlonSport EnthusiastSport Long DistanceSport AudaxSport TouringLoaded TouringDesign - The Chinook’s traditional round tube construction and classic geometry has been designed to deliver sprint performance and precision handling, in comfort. It’s the perfect frame for riders looking for a lightweight, high performance solution with the magical ride and look of Titanium. Ideal if you’re looking to be competitive in Criterium-style events, it delivers plenty of acceleration and stunning value.“There is very little in the way of competition at this price point in titanium” (Cycling Plus, October 2006)Design mission: Circuit racerGeometry: Classic Material: Custom Drawn 3AL/2.5V Titanium Finish: Bright hand brushed Sizes: 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60 cm and custom Race-Road, Stage, Classic Race-Criterium, CircuitTime TrialTriathlonSport EnthusiastSport Long DistanceSport AudaxSport TouringLoaded Touring