Gilles' Victoire Véloce
Gilles' Victoire Véloce
Gilles has been the happy owner of a Victoire MTB for a year now . He rides it 3 or 4 times a week on the trails around Clermont-Ferrand. He used to ride by night, particularly in the morning before going to work, and he wanted to share this experience by organizing some "Nite rides". We took part in it several times, like in January when we could enjoyed the power of Hope R4+ lights.
He was really happy with this first experience with our product. The distinctive style of Victoire bicycles, the quality of the fillet-brazing work and the sensation to get a very personal bespoke bike, are many elements that pushed him to come back to us when the time to change his road bike came.
Gilles likes to go for long rides in the mountains, taking part to Gran-Fondo events like the Haute-Route or the Tour Transalp. Owner of a Cannondale Supersix, he constantly suffered pain in its back. Thanks to the fitting combined to the rides we shared together, we were quickly able to identify the origins of these problems. First of all, his frame was too large for him, and his saddle height 3 cm too high. At last, the bike was a bit too stiff for his pratice.
From this assessment, we adapted his bespoke Victoire Véloce. Gilles has long legs compared to his torso, so we reduced the length of the top tube compared to his Cannondale. The headtube is also a little bit higher for a 7cm drop between the saddle and the handlebar. At last, we orientated him to a wider bar, that fits more his shoulder span.
For his bespoke Veloce, Gilles wanted to keep the reactive side of his Supersix while increasing significantly the comfort. For this, we selected with care the tubing. The down tube is hydroformed from a 38mm section to save some grams. It comes from the Columbus Spirit range tubing, like the seat tube. The top tube and the seatstays get a very flat shape. It provides a better vertical flexion and increases the lateral stiffness. It provides a better filtration of the road imperfections while keeping a reactive bike. The seatstays come from the Max range but we orientated them 90° from the standard position.
Gilles has kept his Shimano Dura-Ace groupset and wheels from his Cannondale. The massive crankset does not match well the pure line of steel frames, that's why we selected the Tune Smart-Foot. This crank is almost as light as the best carbon ones on the market. The stem and the seat tube also come from the German manufacturer. The original Fizik Antares VS saddle was also replaced by a Tune Komm-Vor. Besides being very light, it is surprisingly comfortable. The Fizik handlebar completes the bike. The frame is painted with a new red clear coat, brighter than the one we used to use until now. .
First feedbacks and future projects
Gilles couldn't wait to ride his Véloce, so he went for a ride in the Sancy mountains during several hours immediately:
"I rode more than 200 km with the Véloce, it is fantastic! The Tune Komm-Vor saddle is really impressive during long rides. The bike is both reactive and comfortable, exactly like I asked ! It filters very well the road imperfections. The position is very comfortable and is very pleasant to look. It is very stable and handy when going downhill, and it is going very smoothly on flat roads. I can slighlty feel the excess weight compared to my former carbon bike in the climb, but it is largely offsetted by the comfort. I do not suffer from back pain anymore ! I will give you a more complete feedback after 2000 km and some sportives that are coming: Granfondo Vercors, Granfondo Ventoux and Tour Transalp during one week at the end of June."
Update of September 2016 :
Gilles rode a lot his bike during Summer 2016. He shares with us his feedback on the following link : http://bit.ly/2df7qwm