First look: Van Nicholas Mistral
Van Nicholas have brought out a new titanium road bike costing just £1,249 (US$2,056). The Dutch company describe the 2010 Mistral as “the first ever opportunity to buy a Van Nicholas as a complete bike at an affordable price”.
Despite the low price, the bike is still hand-crafted and comes with a lifetime warranty. It is available in six sizes (50, 52, 54, 56, 58 and 60cm) and can be bought from UK distributors Cyclesense, who will ship to the US and Europe.
The frame is made of cold-worked 3AL/2.5V titanium tubing and comes with an Easton EC70 carbon/alloy fork. Shifters are Shimano 105, while FSA provide the compact chainset and front derailleur, plus an Orbit headset. Van Nicholas supply their own stem, bars, brakes, saddle and seatpost, while the tyres are from Continental.