Jan Willem Sintnicolaas has been a busy chap. Having been involved in bike companies for many years (working years ago as Airborne’s distributor, remember them? Then setting up Van Nicolas, them too) he sold up his interest in Van Nicolas and moved to Majorca to ride bikes and lead an enviable semi-retired life.
It seems that the allure riding bikes in the sunshine wears off after a while (though we’d be happy to try that out sometime) and Jan decided he wanted to get back in to designing titanium bikes again. In February, he launched J.Guillem Bikes – which is an odd name, pronounced “J. Ki-Jem” according to Jan – it’s simply ‘Jan-Willem’ in Mallorcan.
There are the usual Ti road bikes as you’d expect, but there are also a couple of 29er hardtails nestling in the range of brand new designs. One is the Tomir – a fully rigid bike undoubtably designed to be ridden very fast. There’s also the slightly more all round Atalaya, which features hub gears and a belt drive, with a neat bolt-through seatstay for belt fitting.
Bikes are currently only available through the online shop (link at the bottom) though they’re working to establish some dealers around the world but we’ll let you know if that changes.
The website is up and running now – https://jguillem.com/our-bikes and we’ll bring you a test of a bike when we can get our hands on one.