Audrey's Victoire Veloce
Audrey's Victoire Veloce
Pierre, assiduous triathlete, decided to offer a bespoke bike to his wife, Audrey, in order to share a bit more their common passion for sports. Audrey is a beginner. She rides for fun, with her husband and children. Though she did participate to a few triathlons, as well as the Ardéchoise for 4 days in 2016. A French handmade fabrication, along with modern and completely customizable steel frames convinced the couple to trust us.
Comfort and versatility were the key words for this project, in pursuance of a perfect match with Audrey’s riding. Consequently, her bespoke road bike was designed keeping pleasure and simplicity in mind. The handlebar is relatively high, and the drop with the saddle is low. As Audrey formerly rode exclusively with a flatbar, the adaptation to a road bike was simplified, and she can fully exploit all the possibilities offered by a dropbar. Brake’s access in low position is also facilitated, resulting in an increased security when braking downhill.
Our client has long legs and a relatively short chest, distinctive features of a feminine morphology. This is translated in the bike by a higher headtube and a shorter top tube so as to reduce the distance between the handlebar and the saddle. Likewise, the stem is shorter to eliminate the toe overlap phenomenon. This tends to increase the steering’s responsiveness, so we slightly opened the fork’s angle to stabilise the bike, in accordance with Audrey’s requirements. To further increase comfort, the chainstays are 420mm long.
For this project, we selected the tubings from Tange Prestige Japan, except for the seat tube which is a Columbus Spirit one. This range permitted the creation of a frame both light and comfortable. The 31.7mm toptube and the 34.9mm downtube match perfectly the 44mm headtube. They are really thin, being only 0.4mm wide. The 14mm seatstays are here to absorb the road’s bumps.
Reliability, simplicity and lightness guided our component’s choices. The SRAM Force 1 groupset enables Audrey to deal with only one gear control, without any worries concerning chain crossing risks. Our client insisted on a secured and reassuring braking system, no matter what the conditions are. Hence, it clearly occurred to us that we had to use hydraulic disk brakes.
In our creations, we certainly insist on the quality of the bearings. For this reason, we trust the Chris King brand which manufactures its bearings itself, in its workshop located in Portland, USA. The bottom-bracket, the headset and the R45 Disc hubs come from there. The wheels have been laced by hand, on carbon rims.
Audrey can now fully appreciate her bespoke bicycle. She planned to participate to a few triathlons and to do the Ardéchoise again in 2018.