Christophe's Victoire Versus
Christophe's Victoire Versus
Today, we present Christophe's bespoke bicycle, a Versus model designed for a versatile use, like his owner explains to us :
" The aim of my project was to have a versatile bicycle, but also a nice and performant product, as, it is primilarly a bike that I will use for my daily commuting. That's why I asked for a custom rack to carry my computer and my bag. The shape had to fit the KickFlix belt, very handy to secure the load. This rack will also be useful to travel for a couple of days with the bike. I also wanted this bike to be able to ride different kind of terrain : road, cycle lane, gravel... Moreover, when I commute, I have to cross tramway or sidewalk so the bike needs to fit wider tires : I chose to mount Mavic Allroad 30mm tubeless ones
On another note, I wanted to use my Victoire in a more sporty way. That's why I asked for a rack that can be quickly removed : there are only 4 bolts. My goal was to get a bike light and reactive, with a handling close to a road bike. My 14 years old son will get my former road bike, so I will take my Versus to ride with him and I have to hold my own ! "
For the equipment, Christophe chose Cantilever instead of disc brakes for two reasons :
" I am lucky to live in a region where it is not raining a lot and I pay attention to the weight of the bike because of my 1.71m size and my 57kg. I am very happy with the final result as my bike weighs only 8.5kg despite the pretty heavy saddle and tires. I tried to balance with the carbon seatpost and the single ring drivetrain. "
Our client wanted to build his handcrafted bicycle with most of the components made in France or Europe : the frame, the stem and the rack are tailor-made in our workshop, the saddle and the bar tape come from Gilles Berthoud and the crankset is a Spécialités TA Carmina. The wheels are handcrafted by Asterion with Tubeless DT Swiss RR460 rims laced to Aivee SR5 hubs. The seatpost is a Cyfac and the pedals are the new Time Link hybrid model. It can be used with or without SPD shoes. Only the Paul Components Cantilever brakes and the Chris King headset had to cross the Atlantic.
For the frame, we have selected Tange Prestige Japan tubing, combined with a 44mm headtube. The custom stem and rack are painted in metallized night blue, like the frame and the Columbus Mud fork.
Christophe gave us his first feedback at the end of his first ride with his bespoke steel bicycle :
" For my first ride, I chose a reference route : 39km and 500m of elevation including 6km at 5% and 2 steep and short climbs. With my road bike I usually do it in 1h23-1h25 with an average speed of 27,5km/h. My best time is 1h20 in 2016 with my Mavic R-Sys and Fusion Galactik tyres.
Today, a little wind disturbed me at the beginning but pushed me at the end. I have to say I was pretty stunned by my time : 1h23 and 27,8km/h of average speed with a gravel bike with 30mm tires, I did not expect that ! The comfort surprised me : my position is perfect. Both with my hand at the top or the bottom of the drop bar, I feel very good. Although a 1h30 ride is not enough to have a definitive judgment, I feel well on the Berthoud saddle too.
The single ring drivetrain works very well too. I was never limited by the development choice. The perfect precision of the Campagnolo Potenza has convinced me. I used to go for Shimano Ultegra, but I love the functionning of the Campy !
I do not know if it is the frame or the tires that make the bike so comfortable and easy to handle. It is really stable whatever the surface is.
In conclusion, congratulation to the team, my bike is a success ! It has been a long time project, I thought about it for about 2 years but now I just have to daily enjoy it ! "