Jérôme's Victoire Versus
Jérôme's Victoire Versus
Cyclist for 20 years, Jérôme wanted a reactive road bike capable to explore back roads :
" I was looking for a bicycle both simple and resistant, efficient on the road and that enables me to discover gravel bike. When I go mountain biking, I use to avoid asphalt, and in return on the road, so it will be something new for me to mix terrains. I live about 1h from the Victoire workshop and it was important for me to get a French bicycle, handcrafted locally. "
Jérôme came in our workshop during half a day to see the birth of his bespoke bicycle.
Technical specifications of the project
When he contacted us, Jerome has already a precise idea of his bespoke bicycle project, sending a several pages specification document. It mentionned that he will ride this bike 60% on paved roads, 30% on unpaved ones and 10% on more technical trails. The frame had to filter the best road bumps. That's why we designed a front triangle with Tange Prestige tubing with a 31.7mm diameter for top tube and 34.9mm for down tube. Chainstays and seatstays come from the Columbus Zona CX range with double bending for gravel tires. The 44mm headtube is reinforced with our homemade stainless steel ring. It is combined with the tapered Columbus Mud Disc fork, to fit tires up to 38mm.
The options on our tailored bicycles are almost unlimited, so we can answer to exceptional demands : Jérôme wanted to be able to mount a Rohloff belt drivetrain in the future on his bicycle. So we designed the frame with this objective in mind : stainless threaded bosses are brazed under the down tube and the left chainstay to screw removable cable bosses to guide the Rohloff cables.
The dropouts were selected for their versatility : the Polydrop model from Paragon. They are built in two parts : a first one in stainless steel is brazed to the frame, a second one in aluminium is removable. It is available in 57 references to mount any type of drivetrain or brakes. The dropouts are also design to fit a beltdrive .
There is also an additional bosses on the downtube to mount a third bottle-cage.
The frame is also equipped to receive a rear rack and fender.
Jerome's gravel bike is equipped with a Sram Rival groupset, except the crankset that is a carbon Force one. The wheelset is a Hope 20Five. Seatpost and stem come from Thomson whereas a Brooks Cambium set completes the build with a C13 saddle and the matching bar tape.