Victoire started with accessories and frames for fixed-gear bikes that were distributed in different shops. We collaborated with Fixerati in Brussel for several years. This was when Daisaku discovered Victoire because he was practicing track bike at the time.
Track bike was interesting but the more I was riding the more I wanted to wander. I wanted to get out of town, out of the velodrome, and explore European countryside roads to compare with my well known roads from Japan. It is a lot of fun and this is how I started long distance.
Daisaku knew precisely what he wanted. A road bike that could do well on long distance rides and climb worldwide passes.
I first wanted to go for a Victoire Véloce in Columbus HSS with a sporty behavior and great ease of use to spend days on the saddle. But after discussing with Julien I was convinced that it wasn’t the best option and I trusted you for tubes choice.
After our feedbacks with Daisaku, we recommended Columbus Spirit tubes rather than HSS. HSS tubes are oversized, for example diagonal tubes are 44mm diameter. Our client morphology and practice advocate round Spirit tubes to enjoy all the aspects of steel (flexibility and stiffness) and have a lighter bike.
You will find on this Victoire Véloce different options available on our catalogue :
- Internal routing
- T47 bottom bracket
- Carbone integrated seat tube
On this Victoire, internal routing is only in the upper tube for rear brakes housing because transmission is SRAM Red Etap wireless group.
What asked for the most attention and time was the making of the seat post integrated with a carbon tube.
We welded the frame with steel Colombus Spirit seat tube for the steel/carbon mix. Then we machined it by hand to fill in the carbon seat tube. The steel tube is used as a coupling. This process, rarely used at Victoire is an aesthetic choice that allows to use an integrated seat tube and to save weight in comparison with a steel tube and seat post.
The paint job is very advanced. A gorgeous metallic blue tint on the whole frame, fork, stem and integrated seat tube. The aesthetic part is as important as the tubes and components choice. Finishes give this distinct Victoire look that makes you want to ride. This is why we advise our customers to think about it too for their project.
It’s hard to express how I feel at this moment but I am very impressed by all the work done in your workshop, with an attention to detail that we can’t find in the mass production.
- After more than 2000km since the delivery last November.
I was immediately struck by the comparison with the image of a steel bike I had in mind. The bike is stiff in the best sense. It rides well and easy to climb passes. With my Victoire, I can go for more than 200km rides with 4000m D+. It is a delight to ride and a lot of fun. My next big adventure with this bike will be the Shikoku island tour, which is around 1200km.