Marc's Veloce Disc
Marc's Veloce Disc
The initial project
We are working on more and more stainless steel projects and Marc's Veloce Disc is the latest of them.
Marc describes himself as a "sporty cyclotourist". He rides "seriously" for five years now, and he likes to take part into big events like l'Etape du Tour, the Ronde Van Vlaanderen or l'Ardéchoise.
More than a simple bicycle, Marc wanted a high-end and unique product. So the style was as important as the handling of the bike. After he discovered our creations on our website, the different feedbacks he read in the press or by our clients convinced him to go with us. He was looking for a comfortable and performant bicycle, with a compact geometry. He first wanted a Columbus HSS steel bike with standard rim brakes, but he eventually went for disc brakes and stainless steel tubing. The waiting time enabled him to mature his project to get a final result that matches perfectly his needs. We exchanged a lot with him during this period to guide him the best.
Marc had very precise ideas on some points, while leaving us completely free on other ones. This enabled us to optimize his bike by working on new finishing details.
The geometry was designed after the fitting made in our workshop. Marc wanted a bike with almost no sloping, and classic and sportive lines : some exchanges by e-mails enable to finalized the style of the frame before starting the fabrication.
The stainless steel tubing came from the Reynolds 953 range. This is the most high-end alloy on the market : it lasts for years and years and gives a lot of possibilites of finishing. The right chainstay as well as all the contact surface are in raw finish in order to not wear the paint. Small pieces of stainless steel are brazed on the headtube to protect the paint from the housing. Tubing was chosen in order to get a performant handling : the 34.9 mm bi-oval downtube make the bottom bracket stiffer whereas the bi-conic seatstays provide a better filtration of the the road bumps.
The Columbus Futura fork use Flatmount standard disc brakes, more compact and easier to set than Postmount. Marc chose some parts from Tune : Smartfoot crankset, seatpost and stem enable to get a final weight of 7.8kg. The Bontrager Aeolus 3 and the Sram Force22 hydro groupset complete the assembly.
At last, Marc gave us carte blanche on the finish of the bike. His only requests were a grey color and some raw parts in order to highlight the welds. So we took advantage of this opportunity to introduce some new finishing tools. We put different marking, like on the left chainstay or on the seat tube with the 953 logo or the downtube with the Victoire one.
Marc discovered the final finishing of his bespoke bike when he picked it up at the workshop last Friday. He took advantage of the weekend to do a first spin with his Veloce :
" I was really captivated by the discovering of my bike ! Aesthetically, it is exactly what I wanted. I totally trusted in Julien for the paint and the result is above my expectations. On the road, it is a delight ! I was supposed to be used to a comfortable bike with my Specialized Roubaix, but no : the Victoire is a magic carpet, it surfs on the road ! It is really efficient and performant. The only drawback so far is my legs ! It's a great joy to ride this bike, it has a big potential : we go fast without realizing it, the steering is direct and the breaking is super smooth ! "