François' Victoire Veloce XCR eTAP

Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset

François' Victoire Veloce XCR eTAP

Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Brooks Cambium bar tape
Fizik Antares and Tune seatpost
SRAM Red eTAP crankset
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Chris King R45 hubs
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Sram Red eTAP
Chris King R45
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Chris King R45 Gold hubs
 Chris King Gold bottom bracket
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset

The handcrafted road bike project

François and his wife Martine are ones of our most loyal clients. They first trusted us by ordering a pair of bespoke Victoire MTB.  You can find François' one, a 29er with Shimano XTR Di2 groupset, among our creations. 

Very happy with their first experience with Victoire products, the couple decided to trust us a second time for a double bespoke road bike project :

"We are very happy with our Victoire MTB" says François. " I always had problems with my previous MTB. Even if I rode with a high-end full suspension, my Victoire is much more comfortable, I can be sat for much longer. That's why when we have started road cycling, ordering bespoke bicycles was self evident." 

For his road bike project, François wanted a performant bicycle.

 

 

The tailored geometry

Thanks to the bike fitting made in our workshop, we were able to determine the position the most adapted for François. We noticed that he has long femurs, so it implies an important saddle setback. On a standard bicycle, the solution is to use a setback seatpost, that makes the distance to the handlebar longer. You can compensate with a shorter stem, but it changes the mass balance, that can change the handling of the bike.

François wanted a light Tune seatpost, which is in-line. So we inclinated more than we use to do the seat tube. However, this solution makes the rear wheel closer to the frame. To avoid any contact between these elements, we could extend the chainstays, but it would not fit the performant handling our client wanted. The solution we chose was to braze the seat tube in front of the bottom bracket. We obtain a compact rear triangle, the good saddle setback and a clean style with the in-line seatpost.

 

 

Columbus XCR stainless steel tubing

François wanted a reactive bicycle. He is quite tall and ride a lot so we went for stainless steel Columbus XCR oversize tubing. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to get them. Despite an important order, we received a very few tubes in 2016. This frame is only the second Victoire frame - after Nuno's Veloce - made of Columbus XCR. 

Compared to the Reynolds 953 range that we use most of the time for our stainless steel project, the ultimate tensile strenght of XCR is slighlty below the 953 : 1300 Mpa against 1900 MPa. However, the XCR range is available in bigger diameter, with down tubes in 38mm and 42mm whereas the 953 stops at 36.4mm. It is interesting for performance oriented project, where stiffness matter. There are also seat tubes for 31.6mm seatpost, like on François' bike. The headtube is reinforced with our custom stainless steel rings ,and the dropouts are the 3D Paragon references.

 

 

The equipement

François likes high end products, but first of all reliable : "I do not like to spend time fixing the issues on my bike". He chose to trust the long years of development spent by SRAM on their eTAP electrical groupset. The wheels are laced by us with Stans NoTubes Alpha 400 rims and Chris King R45 hubs.

 

 

The style

François liked a lot the style of the "Ventoux" special edition of our Veloce. It was the base for the finish of his bike : he gave us carte blanche for the paint scheme. The result meets his expectation :

" I am really satisfied with the final result : it is chic, radiant and refined. The surprise was great, and now, I just want to ride it " 

Frame: 
Columbus XCR
Fork: 
Columbus FEL
Headset: 
Chris King Inset 7
Stem: 
Tune
Handlebar: 
Fizik Cyrano R1
Seatpost: 
Tune
Saddle: 
Fizik Antares
Bar-tape / Grips: 
Brooks Cambium
Levers: 
SRAM eTAP
Brake calipers: 
SRAM Red
Crankset: 
SRAM Red
Bracket: 
Chris King
Front Derailleur: 
SRAM eTAP
Rear Derailleur: 
SRAM eTAP
Front Rim: 
Stans NoTubes Alpha 400
Rear Rim: 
Stans NoTubes Alpha 400
Front Hub: 
Chris King R45
Rear Hub: 
Stans NoTubes Alpha 400
Front Tire: 
Michelin Power Endurance
Rear Tire: 
Michelin Power Endurance
Color: 
Special paint
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Brooks Cambium bar tape
Fizik Antares and Tune seatpost
SRAM Red eTAP crankset
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Chris King R45 hubs
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Sram Red eTAP
Chris King R45
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Chris King R45 Gold hubs
 Chris King Gold bottom bracket
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset
Francois Victoire Veloce handcrafted bespoke Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with SRAM eTAP groupset

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