Van Nic chinook

by bernieaidy   April 16, 2012  

Thinking Any Van Nic chinook owners out there.
Any reviews or comments would be appreciated.
In the market for ti bike but on budget,spotted this one
in 62cm frame.Im a tall rider 6ft5,hoping this might do the trick.
Thanks.

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I've owned my Chinook for just over 2 weeks now. It's a custom build with SRAM Force and Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels. I went for the Easton EC90 SLX Fork, the Van Nic Ti stem and seat post with Deda Zero bars and Prologo Scratch saddle.

I was fitted on the bike by the guys at Bike Science in Bristol. At 5'10" the stock 54cm frame was perfect.

I've done over 300 miles since collecting it and I couldn't be happier with it. I also ride a Genesis Equilibrium 20 and a Surly Long Haul Trucker, both steel framed and very forgiving comfortable rides and the Chinook fits right in.

Comfortable, fast, responsive, light, beautiful. I would heartily recommend it. Big Grin

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posted by netclectic [115 posts]
16th April 2012 - 13:20

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Nice one thanks for that.Hoping the geometry isnt too racy on it as Im more of a club/sportive rider.

posted by bernieaidy [21 posts]
16th April 2012 - 13:53

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The Mistral is meant to be more comfy geometry according to the cycling plus test recently.

posted by Super Domestique [1573 posts]
16th April 2012 - 15:20

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Yeah S D read that one.
Mistral was my 1st option but only goes up to 60cm frame and Van Nic don't custom build it.
Chinook only one off the peg at 62cm so looks like I'm just going to have to go faster.

posted by bernieaidy [21 posts]
16th April 2012 - 18:14

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The shop should still be able to fit you to it. There is a school of thought that the 'sportive' geometry bikes are un-necessary, and that the answer is simply to use things like headset spacers to make a 'standard' geometry frame fit the rider. That's pretty much how mine is currently set up. Not saying it's any better, just that it shouldn't, IMHO, put you off.

Dodging the saccadic masking

posted by notfastenough [2816 posts]
17th April 2012 - 8:07

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bernieaidy wrote:
Yeah S D read that one.
Mistral was my 1st option but only goes up to 60cm frame and Van Nic don't custom build it.
Chinook only one off the peg at 62cm so looks like I'm just going to have to go faster.

Sorry, I didn't know about the frame size.

The Chinook looks great. Hope you get one.

posted by Super Domestique [1573 posts]
17th April 2012 - 9:09

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Buy it, you won't regret it.
I picked up one second hand late last year and I'm delighted with it.
It's quick, comfortable and more than any other bike I own it just asks to be ridden faster.
I'm no racer and I don't find it uncomfortable at all, just great fun.

+1 for netclectic's 'Comfortable, fast, responsive, light, beautiful. I would heartily recommend it.'

Ah! Condor

posted by Bedfordshire Clanger [306 posts]
17th April 2012 - 11:12

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Thanks for the input B C.
I'm hovering over the'BUY IT'button as I read this!

posted by bernieaidy [21 posts]
17th April 2012 - 14:38

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bernieaidy wrote:
Thanks for the input B C.
I'm hovering over the'BUY IT'button as I read this!

Well? Have you clicked it yet lol.

posted by Super Domestique [1573 posts]
17th April 2012 - 15:09

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At Wits End Chickened out maybe later.

posted by bernieaidy [21 posts]
17th April 2012 - 16:34

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For what its worth I know the feeling.

Keep us posted.

posted by Super Domestique [1573 posts]
17th April 2012 - 16:58

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I have one. I bought it in 2007 and it is superb.
I'm 6'3" and have the 60cm frame with a 130mm stem.

I bought mine fitted with Ultegra triple with Easton EC90 fork and a handbuilt wheelset. I've have ridden it for about 10,000 miles, the longest ride being 220km and it is very comfortable, even on the cobbles of Flanders.

I intend to keep mine for life. I've recently upgraded it to Dura Ace 7900 groupset with C24 wheelset and Rotor crankset and the weight compares with my carbon race bike running deep section C50s.

posted by Old Cranky [276 posts]
17th April 2012 - 18:06

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How race like is it guys?

You may have seen my other thread about a possible new bike purchase. Tempted to get a Ti bike in the mix of contenders so this is interesting.

posted by Super Domestique [1573 posts]
17th April 2012 - 18:13

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I'd say you could race on it but you'll notice frame flex around the bottom bracket absorbing some energy. This is most apparent if you try it on a turbo trainer.

When I go from my Chinook to my carbon race bike I can tell the difference especially honking up climbs; the carbon frame is more rigid and transfers the power better.

posted by Old Cranky [276 posts]
17th April 2012 - 18:43

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I'm thinking it has to be Ti over carbon for longevity.
A lot more money but will hopefully be worth it.

posted by bernieaidy [21 posts]
17th April 2012 - 19:26

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I won't race but just want something that feels at least the same as the allez if not more race like.

Could get tarmac or pinarello but weighing up my options tbh.

How much have you seen the chinook for or are you building it up yourself?

posted by Super Domestique [1573 posts]
17th April 2012 - 19:48

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Fat birds have a frame fork & headset deal for £999.
Good enough deal if I want to build my own but judging by euro rate might be cheaper and less hassle just ordering full bike direct from V N.
Still stewing over it.

posted by bernieaidy [21 posts]
17th April 2012 - 21:21

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Thanks.

I had seen the complete bikes at fat birds. Both 105 and ultegra equipped. They are in range of what I am looking at. Weighing up how 'forever' I want the bike to be.

posted by Super Domestique [1573 posts]
18th April 2012 - 10:13

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You'd pay a lot more for a carbon frame with a lifetime warranty. And if you decide to part company with the VN then the used prices are good because of the warranty and reputation.

Parlee have a lifetime warranty and I was told that Trek Madone too. Any others?

posted by Old Cranky [276 posts]
19th April 2012 - 15:30

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Spesh have carbon frame / lifetime warranty.

posted by Super Domestique [1573 posts]
19th April 2012 - 17:43

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Bought my Chinook end of last summer as I traded in my carbon Cube litening for a winter bike. I'm also 5'10" and went for the 54 with their stock 105 setup though I did plumb for the ti seatpost.
My initial idea was to get another carbon bike this year but I'm sticking with the Chinook as I find it so good! While it's a couple of kg heavier than my last bike I really don't notice the difference that much and it's so comfortable to ride... smoothing over minor road bumps that always hammered my spine before (ti seatpost helps as well with this). I believe Van Nicholas beefed up the frame to make it a bit stiffer and I haven't noticed any flex (maybe not pushing hard enough!). I'm out 3-5 days a week, all year and the Chinook will be my only bike from now on. Might get a lighter set of wheels for the summer or upgrade the drivetrain over the years but a whole-hearted thumbs-up from me.

posted by Stefan M [8 posts]
24th April 2012 - 17:57

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After a lot of deliberating and time waisting I finally took the plunge.
Chinook 62cm frame in the shopping basket and waiting delivery.
Next problem which groupset?
Thinking

posted by bernieaidy [21 posts]
27th May 2013 - 20:42

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Well done mate, anything Campag will do. Now what about the wheels? More Campag should do the trick.

Ah! Condor

posted by Bedfordshire Clanger [306 posts]
27th May 2013 - 23:22

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Or more money? to kit it out! sound like a nice project;and a photo of the end result would be very nice.

posted by Mostyn [392 posts]
29th May 2013 - 6:51

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Looks like veloce for me BC.Have only ever used campag and I don't fancy lowering my standards to Shim. Any ideas on bar and stem? Was looking at easton aero but not sure which type is best for my height. As for the wheels I'm thinking of going hand made locally. My mrs is sick to the back teeth with all this research I'm doing for this but you know it has to be right 1st time!Mostyn I will be happy to post photo if I ever get to finish it.Need this done long before sept as Im organising cycle for diabetics to cross Ireland in a day?
Any diabetics out there fancy a challenge post me a message!
Big Grin

posted by bernieaidy [21 posts]
29th May 2013 - 19:46

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I've got a Chinook too, picked as something that would roughly match the geometry of my fixed road bike. Winging it's way along the lanes for a second year now, and no regrets Smile

The Srampagmano Tales

posted by bringmemyfix [21 posts]
1st June 2013 - 22:52

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