Batavus Professional SL
Spring is coming! Offering excellent chassis for upcoming spring- and summerrides.
Fine quality Dutch thoroughbred made out Columbus SL tubing. The SL tubing is quite unique for this size Batavus frame, as normally larger size Professionals came with heavier SP tubing. This SL frame is among the lightest frame I had in my hands in this size. Only lighter 60 I recall was a Raleigh 753. With the original Super Record equipment it made a very light fast bike.
The frame is held together with Bocama Professional short point lugs and the bracket shell is an open example from Dardanne. The rear brake cable is routed along the toptube, what imo is the best way.
I personally have a weak spot for the Professional’s elegant appearance. The fade paintjob is typical for the era and the chrome adds an extra touch of class. Besides that a chromed surface is a durable finish of course
- Columbus SL tubing
- Bocama Professional short point lugs
- Dardanne ‘open’ bottom bracket shell
- Cinelli aero crown
- Campagnolo drop outs
- Chromed fork, driveside chainstay and dropouts
- Brake cable routing along left side toptube
- Braze on for front derailleur
- Braze on for race number
- Seattube: 60cm C-T
- Toptube: 575mm
Great for a rider, but falls short for entering concours d’ elegance events. Though the frame shows a nice gloss, there are paint imperfections. By far best noticeable is the spot on top the left seatstay caused by rubbing of the cable. The frame has one major bummer though: Under downtube near bottom bracket little brown spots can be seen in the paint. No loose particles, no, white coloured brown. You won’t notice it as long as you keep the rubber down. If you have the skills and an airbrush kit -or a friend with skills and kit- I could imagine you correct it, as it will certainly lift total impression to a very nice standard. Keeping it a bit greasy or properly waxed is another option. Structurally the frame is 100% sound.
Stronglight needle bearing headset, serviced and buttersmooth
Looking for 145 GBP shipped * SOLD *
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