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Information about Vitus

French bicycle manufacturer Vitus pioneered the design and manufacture of lugged and bonded aluminium bicycle frames. One of their top models of classic bicycles in the past and still today is the 979, which, because of its smaller tubes diameter, offered more comfort than other classic bike aluminium frames.

Vitus' innovative design

Being advanced in 1982, Vitus produced the 979 Carbone. At this stage this model was one of the first classic bicycle frames made of carbon fibres. Always looking for progression, Vitus developed carbon fiber semi-monocoque bike frames, like the ZX-1, which, among other Vitus classic bicycles, is one of the most wanted models of this brand.

Vitus built a strong partnership with Sean Kelly, one of the most formidable and successful cyclists who rose to prominence in the 1980s. According to Kelly himself, he rode Vitus bikes in no less than 80% of his professional career victories. Kelly was particularly linked to the Vitus 979.


Information about Gazelle

Gazelle was founded in 1892 in the Netherlands by Willem Kölling and Rudolf Arentsen. Initially they began importing English bicycles to resell. In 1902 their own production started under the name "Gazelle". They soon became very successful, especially exporting to the Dutch East Indies colony. As well as bicycles, Gazelle also produced motorised bicycles and tricycles, but recently decide to draw their focus back to non-motorised bikes. In 1992 the eight-millionth bicycle was built and for their 100 year jubilee the company was awarded the title "royal".

The expansion of Gazelle

Since it was founded in 1892, Gazelle has become the largest bicycle brand in the Netherlands and has an annual production of 350,000 bikes. Today they manufacture a wide range of high quality city bicycles and leisure bicycles.