[FOCUS] What is a bespoke bicycle at Victoire?
Every bike from Victoire's workshop is a unique product, tailor-made according to the measurements, the needs and the desires of his future owner. Prior to your bespoke bicycle manufacturing, we invite you to come in our premises to define together in details the specifications and take your measures. Fours steps are necessary to do it:
Step 1: exchanging together
The interaction with our customer represents the basis of the production of the tailor-made bike. It enables us to understand his practice and his requirements. After that, we share our experience to guide the customer in making consistent choices according to his needs. As a result of the big diversity of the bikes we made since the beginning of Victoire and the variety of cyclists we met, we gathered a massive database. The position depends on the practice, it will be different if you are a regular racer or a randonneur who will ride during the Paris-Brest-Paris. Age, flexibility and possible injuries you may have had are also influential factors.
Step 2: the fitting
We have several tools available which enable us to take required measurements in static to define the geometry of your future tailor-made bike: size, height of the crotch, length of chest and arms. With all these datas, we can get an interval of positioning which will then be refined by the dynamic study.
Step 3 : analysis of the positioning on the current bike
We analyse afterwards your positioning on your current cycle in order to compare it to the theoretical positioning given by the measurements of the previous step. For this purpose we make you pedaling on a home-trainer. This stage helps identifying precisely the potential reasons of your pain.
Step 4 : dynamic analysis on the fit bike
The measurements in static associated to the analysis of the current positioning enable us to get a first theoretical positioning which is applied to our fit bike of test. The fitting must be absolutely done shortly before the realisation of the frame, once every components have been defined. Indeed depending on the saddle or the handlebar, the position and thus the geometry of the frame can be significantly affected. The Shimano shift levers are for example deeper than the Sram or Campagnolo ones making the distance between the saddle and the handlebar affected. The last and longest stage, involves a succession of pedalling tests after which we make the corrections of the necessary tuning to get the final positioning.
Once defined, the positions in the space of the bottom bracket, of the handlebar and of the saddle are precisely measured and taken back in our CAD (Computer-aided drafting) software for the drawing of the geometry.