Duell bikes are now available to buy in the UK, and are being sold exclusively by London-based Mosquito Bikes.
Founded over 30 years ago in a small town near Amsterdam, the company specialise in building bikes from lightweight Dedacciai steel.
Frame builder and founder of Duell Jan van Dalen said: “I exclusively work with lightweight, tailor-made Dedacciai steel. Steel has never let anybody down. Nowadays with TIG welding I can build a frame as precise as possibly can be. Welds are cleaner than ever. Pretty much every single frame is custom built.”
And the popularity of more modern frame materials doesn’t put Jan off either. “I don’t care that a Duell weighs 300g more than a ‘modern’ aluminium or carbon frame,” he said. “It’s the ride quality that matters, the longevity and the reliability.”
There are three frames in the Duell range, with a choice of stock or custom geometry at no extra cost.
Vogue – £1,600 (£2,000 with carbon rear stays): Dedacciai 16.5 triple butted steel tubing, complete with a Deda Black magic full carbon fork and Silva integrated headset.
Passion – £1,300: Dedacciai 14.5 triple butted steel, oversized seat tube, but less oversized tubing in general than the Vogue, complete with a
Deda Black Drive
full carbon fork.
Performance – £1,100: Available as either a road or track frame in Dedacciai 12.5 steel, classic round tubing, complete with Deda Black Force fork and Silva integrated headset.
So, what do you think – which frame material do you prefer? What gives a better ride? Leave your comments in the box below.