Most used to practice some sort of speedy sports like boxing and tennis, Loïc decided to try out mountain bike and road bike ten years ago. Quite a hard rider, you can often found him on the roads of Paris area on sundays or in the high mountains passes when he can. Sometimes he even runs on triathlons.
Loïc found out about Victoire through different web articles and magazines.
I chose Victoire because it is traditional crafts but also open to recent technical improvements. My first wish was to gain more confort than my current bike and have a versatile bike that could be great on either Sunday rides, high mountain passes or even for longer excursions for a coupe of days. The hard part was to design a bike with a reasonable weight that could ride on steep slopes but also go on confortable rides with light weight bags. My postural study made me see two problems : my back is not very flexible and my bust is shorter than my legs. So my older bike was too big, with a strong drop that resulted in back and neck pains.
For Loïc, the postural study was important to find the adequate position for his morphology and also gain some confort. Our Bellevue was the appropriate bike for his requirements specification. An authentic, timeless road bike, our Bellevue and its features mix optimal ease of use and the option to be fully equipped for long rides.
To meet our client’s expectations, the frame, fork, stem and luggage carrier have been custom made in our workshop.
The frame is made from Tange Prestige Japan tubes with a 36mm head tube and a BSA bottom bracket. Loïc chose brake pads on the rims, the Cantilever allows 32mm tires as well as an easier maintenance. Next, we added the internal routing and mudguards and luggage carrier eyelets.
The fork is a Reynolds à raccord à fourreaux cintrés. It also has the Cantilever cleats brakes and the mudguards and luggage carrier eyelets.
Stem is from Victoire and eyelets have been included to use the décaleur for the Victoire stainless steel custom-made luggage carrier.
For Loïc, making the stem allowed us to adjust his position perfectly while having a very nice aesthetic bike.
Loïc was used to pedal lightly with a triple transmission, so we chose a 48x32 Praxis crankset with a SRAM RIVAL 22 transmission and its 11x32 cassette so he can face every situation. Cantilever brakes comes from Paul Components. This American manufacturer makes brakes that are quite MAFAC alike with a modern touch. Thomson seat post with a Brooks B17 Standart leather saddle, from the classic British saddler. Fizik Cyrano R3 Bull handlebar to help with our client low flexibility.
Wheels are hand mounted with aluminium Mavic Open Pro UST rims, Hope RS4 hub and DT Révolution spokes. We went for 700x28 Compass Chinook Pass tires, great quality tires with confort and performance.
Mudguards are made by our friends from CYFAC. And lastly, King Cage stainless steel bottle cage.
Loïc came to get his Victoire Bellevue in our workshop.
I immediately had two thoughts. The bike is beautiful, with a sleek finish and an attention to detail (internal routing, fixing brackets for brake lines front and rear…). And even before starting to pedal, I found the position much more confortable than on my previous bike.
Since Loïc was here, we took the opportunity to go for a quick ride to Gergovie on a rainy weather. Confort was the immediate feeling that he expressed. Then we let Loïc ride his bike for a couple of weeks before asking for his impressions.
I had the bad habit to put my hand too close to the stem, but I quickly got used to my new position, more appropriate for my morphology. Switching from two to three chainrings was good because the gear ratio was the same so I could still pedal lightly in steep slopes. Compared to a racing bike, performance are not impaired and the confort is much better. On the aesthetic side, the result is outstanding !