Julien's Victoire Versus XCr
Julien's Victoire Versus XCr
After making a first bike for his wife, Julien, Victoire manager and co-founder, spent some weekends building his own frame, a stainless steel Columbus XCr Victoire Versus :
I designed my first frame, a BMX, in 2004, for the brand Superstar Bmx. It was the first of many that enabled me understand the influence of the different geometry factors on the handling of the bike. It might sound strange but since the creation of Victoire, and after I designed more than 300 bespoke bicycles, I never took time to build my own bike. I had the opportunity to train in fillet-brazing last year and to put this into pratice with the manufacturing of my wife’s Bellevue road bike. It was a great experience, and at the end of 2016, I decided to totally make my own bike.
For this project, I wanted to build an allround bike that feels comfortable both on and off road.
For that, Julien had to eliminate the toe overlap, even with wide tires. The main challenge on the geometry was to find the clearances for the different specifications around the rear triangle : a crankset with a road Q-Factor, a Thru-Axle, short 420mm chainstays, 42T chainring and WTB Nano 40mm tires. The seat tube is placed in front of the bottom bracket, to increase the clearance between the frame and the tire. This detail is essential in muddy conditions :
Compared to the previous bikes I rode, I’ve extended the top tube to 550mm and I use now a 90mm stem.
For this project, Julien has selected the stainless steel Columbus XCr range :
I went for the XCr tubing with double bending to get enough clearance for wide tires.
The down tube has a 38mm diameter with MAX shape and the top tube is 31.7mm oval and hexagonal. This configuration is close to the HSS range but looked less demanding with smaller diameter. Unfortunately, seat tube for 27.2mm seatpost are not available yet so Julien had to brazed an adaptor on the 31.7mm.
The dropouts choice was more difficult :
I wanted to go for the Flatmount standard but the Hope RX4 caliper I wanted to use was not compatible initially. So I decided to go for the Paragon Polydrop dropouts.
They are made of a stainless steel part, brazed to the frame, and a removable aluminium one. Available in many different standards, they enable to make evolutive frame like Jerome’s Versus for example.
It took several weekend to make this frame. It was intense but eventually, riding a bike you build is the best feeling !
We were lucky that Chris King trusted us for this project by offering us a set of exclusive Bourbon parts. Just a few sets were available for some show bikes. Julien selected R45 disc hubs he laced on H+SON Hydra rims with Sapim CX Rays spokes. The BSC bottom bracket is combined with a Rival crankset.
The drivetrain is a mix of SRAM Apex and Rival, the best quality-price ratio, combined a Shimano XTR 11-40 cassette and 42T chainring. The brake calipers are the new Hope RX4 with 140mm rotors.
The other parts come from Thomson and the bike is completed by a ENVE fork, customized with rack eyelets.
This bike was the first one with our new visual identity : the down tube logo, the headbadge and a "V" on the top tube. It allowed us to validate some choices. The emerald green matches perfectly the Bourbon Chris King parts.