A Special Van Nicholas Build

Yep, this one was special, because I was building it for my dad during the summer. He wanted to add a titanium road bike to his stable, and the Van Nicholas Chinook was perfect; a (more or less) horizontal top tube would give the classic positioning he was used from his steel bikes. He’d already bought himself a lovely NOS Dura Ace 7800 groupset, which was undoubtedly going to look great against the bare titanium, this along with a wheelset with old school Hope titanium hubs. So I brought the frame and remaining parts up to Wales, and built it in his garden on a lovely summer’s day.


Gotta love that Dura Ace packaging.


The lovely frame in question; the Van Nicholas Chinook.



Ritcheys ‘Classic’ bar and stem combo were a great match for the groupset, along with a polished silver Chris King headset.



Love these old titanium-bodied Hope hubs, the matching skewers finish them off nicely too.




And where would we be without some gratuitous shots of that lovely Dura Ace group.



The finished article. Needless to say, my dad is super chuffe, who wouldn’t be?