Now ready for its forthcoming Himalayan foothills adventure is this custom Van Nicolas, shown here on a test ride today. The build process saw experienced mountain tourist Ivan chose the specifications – to fit to his dream Van Nicolas titanium frame & Chris King wheelset – while I did the rest.  It’s dripping with bling but the bike is also 100% functional in its components choices, giving the bike comfort, sharp handling, a good strength to weight ratio, fantastic braking power and an extra wide gear ratio range.

Frame: Van Nicolas Zion 18″ medium (titanium)
Fork: Fox Float 32 100mm FIT (new)
Headset: Hope (new)
Stem: Race Face Atlas (new)
Handlebar: Race Face Atlas (new)
Grips: Ergon (new)
Brakes: Hope Tech 3 V4 (new)
Rotors: Hope Floating, front 180mm/rear 160mm (new)
Shifters: Shimano XTR 3×10 speed (new)
Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT (new)
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT (new)
Cassette: Shimano 11-36 (new)
Chain: KMC (new)
Crankset: Middleburn 46/34/22 (new)
Bottom Bracket: Shimano UN55 (new)
Pedals: Crank Brothers
Hubs: Chris King ISO
Rims: Mavic XM819
Tyres: Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 26 x 2.0″ (new)
Tubes: Bontrager (new)
Saddle: Adamo (new)
Seatpost: Thomson Masterpiece (new)
Clamp: Hope