Adrian's Victoire Veloce 953
Adrian's Victoire Veloce 953
After some years of triathtlon, Adrian has focused on cycling after his children birth :
" I had to pick one of three sports and ended up with the one I love the most. I love everything about cycling, the history, the magic, the myths, the style and panache. My favorite stories in cycling are the ones with the strongest cyclists winning the spring classics and the ones that takes solo victories in the most insane break-aways.I love riders like Steve Cummings, Cancellara and Boonen. Mathew Hayman win in Roubaix was pure magic. "
He rode most of the time on Swedish flat roads, but he likes to come in Nice, France, to ride the mountains above the French Riviera :
" My long-term dream is to get a second home in France in a place good for riding, it’s hard not to fall in love with the country, food and people and the mountains. "
Adrian discovered Victoire on the Internet :
" I did not have any connection with the brand before I decided to order a frame. I found some information but not a lot, so it was a bit of a chance, but I got so good response from the Victoire team and Julien so the fears were out the window in a second. I wanted something old school looking with some new technology and I also wanted something that looked classy and sober. Not a lot of bright flashy colors and logos. So the decision to go with Victoire was pretty simple. I was first looking at some American bespoke bikes but they all were too much of everything. I wanted a bike that I can use and ride a lot, not just a showpiece hanging on the wall. More or less I wanted a Land Rover Defender but as a bike. Rough but still classy and classic. "
Evolution of a bespoke project
Getting a Victoire tailored bicycle requires some patience. It is also a project that demands thought and discussion between the client and our team. A bespoke bicycle is very personal, thought according to the morphology, the demands and the riding of its owner. It is a bicycle designed to follow him during many years. That's why we have to pay attention to each specification of the project.
Most of the time, it evolves between the ordering and the fabrication. The new components on the market as well as the creations we present each week enable to our clients to mature their project in order to get a bike that meets perfectly their needs. In a world where everything becomes outdated very quickly, where you can get directly at home a product your ordered a few hours before on the internet, it is sometimes good to go against the flow to get a timeless object, unique and tailor-made, that will be able to span the trends and the seasons.
Adrian's project is a good illustration of this thought process. He initially contacted us for a Veloce in Columbus HSS steel. He liked the sober and clean style of our bicycles, without logos. However, the specification was not totally defined, even he had a precise idea of the geometry he wanted. It is based on his Specialized Allez with a few adjustment on the top tube length and the stem, as well as the headtube height. It was completed by two bike fitting to position him well on the bike.
Progressively, Adrian went for disc brakes. In a country where weather conditions can be hard, it is important to get an adapted braking. With the coming of the Flatmount standard on the market, we could met Adrian's demands on the style with an optimal integration. We selected the solution of the brazed bosses on the chainstays, after we validated it on our light randonneur bike of the Concours de Machines 2016.
Like most of the latest bicycles made in our workshop, it is made from Reynolds 953 stainless steel. Adrian liked a lot the aesthetic of this material, the only solution to show the work on the welds without corrosion, so he eventually decided to go for it instead of Columbus HSS steel. The stainless characteristic was also important for a bike that will ride in wet conditions, on roads sometimes covered with salt.
The choice of tubing
The mechanical characteristics of stainless steel offer an excellent balance between comfort and perfomance. They are perfectly adapted to Adrian's riding from the flat Swedish roads to the col of Southern Alps. The 953 range offers about 40 references. It is important to select the most adapted to the handling our client is looking for, taking into account his corpulence. For Adrian, the performance was important. The top and down tube are 90 degree opposed oval to get a wider contact area between tubing. With a same diameter, the frame is stiffer. The seatstays are 90 degree opposed conical with a small diameter to add some flexibility.
At last, the finish is inspired from our Veloce made for Rapha, with a gradation from black to clear coat from the top of the seat tube.
Adrian was use to Shimano shifting system, so he went for a Ultegra Hydro groupset. The only exception is the Rotor Power2Max crankset he has already used on other bikes. The wheels are handcrafted with tubular Ambrosio rims laced to Tune King/Kong hubs.