Martine's Victoire Bellevue 953 eTAP

Vélo de route artisanal sur mesure en inox Reynolds 953 SRAM eTAP Victoire Bellevue de Martine

Martine's Victoire Bellevue 953 eTAP

Vélo de route artisanal sur mesure en inox Reynolds 953 SRAM eTAP Victoire Bellevue de Martine
Vélo de route artisanal sur mesure en inox Reynolds 953 SRAM eTAP Victoire Bellevue de Martine
Vélo de route artisanal sur mesure en inox Reynolds 953 SRAM eTAP Victoire Bellevue de Martine
Pédalier Sram Red
Vélo de route artisanal sur mesure en inox Reynolds 953 SRAM eTAP Victoire Bellevue de Martine
Moyeu Chris King R45
Vélo de route artisanal sur mesure en inox Reynolds 953 SRAM eTAP Victoire Bellevue de Martine
Fourche artisanale sur-mesure Victoire en inox Reynolds 953
Etriers de freins SRAM Red
Vélo de route artisanal sur mesure en inox Reynolds 953 SRAM eTAP Victoire Bellevue de Martine
Vélo de route artisanal sur mesure en inox Reynolds 953 SRAM eTAP Victoire Bellevue de Martine
Vélo de route artisanal sur mesure en inox Reynolds 953 SRAM eTAP Victoire Bellevue de Martine
Transmission SRAM Red eTAP
Vélo de route artisanal sur mesure en inox Reynolds 953 SRAM eTAP Victoire Bellevue de Martine
Vélo de route artisanal sur mesure en inox Reynolds 953 SRAM eTAP Victoire Bellevue de Martine
Fourche artisanale sur-mesure Victoire en inox Reynolds 953
Fourche artisanale sur-mesure Victoire en inox Reynolds 953
Vélo de route artisanal sur mesure en inox Reynolds 953 SRAM eTAP Victoire Bellevue de Martine
Vélo de route artisanal sur mesure en inox Reynolds 953 SRAM eTAP Victoire Bellevue de Martine
Transmission SRAM Red eTAP
Moyeu Chris King R45
Boitier de pédalier Chris King

The handcrafted road bike project

Martine and her husband François are part of our most loyal clients. They first trust in us by ordering a pair of bespoke Victoire MTB. You can find Martine's one in our creations section.

With François,  Martine has started to ride more and more in the last 5 years :

" Progressively, I realized that I needed a more performant bicycle. At the same time, we discovered Victoire".  

Very happy with their first experience with Victoire products, the couple decided to trust in us a second time for a double bespoke road bike project :

"We are proud to be part of the first Victoire customers, and to be ambassadors of the brand. Our MTB always catch the attention during our rides. Moreover, we like to trust in young people who start an exciting project and work well. If we are happy with their work, we are loyal to them." 

For her road bike project, Martine wanted a comfortable bicycle, cycle-touring oriented.

 

 

The tailored geometry

The bike fitting made in our workshop enabled to determine the ideal position of our client. She felt the most comfortable with the handlebar at the same level as the saddle. It enables to change easily her position to avoid any numbing in the hands. 

To get this position and avoid any toe overlap, the length of the top tube was increased and the stem shortened. The geometry was designed to provide a safe handling to the bicycle : the fork angle and rake were adjusted to increase the stability whereas the chainstays are 415mm long to extend the wheelbase.

The bottom bracket is designed to lower the gravity centre of the bike and avoid the use of a too long headtube while keeping saddle and handlebar at the same level. The frame has an important sloping to step over it easily, an important point for a 1,62m woman. 

 

 

Reynolds 953 stainless steel tubing

Why using high end stainless steel tubing - like Reynolds 953 or Columbus XCR - on cycle-touring oriented bicycle ? We start to get a good experience of stainless steel tubing, and we could realized by testing different configuration - like on the Veloce Rapha or the randonneuse of Concours de Machines - that it is as interesting for a performance oriented bike as for a comfort oriented one.

To present quickly some technical datas, in the Reynolds range, the tensile strength of stainless steel is 42% higher than the 853, their most advanced steel, and 100% higher than the 631, that is equivalent to the Columbus Zona. With the same diameter and thickness, a more high-end material will be more resistant. So, for a same resistance, we can choose a lower diameter and thickness for a high-end material tubing : it is precisely like that we can increase the comfort of a bicycle.

Martine's project, based on Reynolds 953 stainless steel tubing, is a perfect illustration. Thanks to her light weight, we could select small tubing for her Bellevue. It enables to filter well road bumps and save weight, for a handling equal to a frame built with bigger tubing of less prestigious material. 

For this tailored Bellevue, the top tube and the down tube measure respectively 28,6 and 31,7mm. They are butted with a 0,35mm thickness. The 1"1/8e headtube fit the custom fork also made of Reynolds 953 stainless steel. The bend of the blades brings additional comfort. 

 

 

The components

Like her husband, she chose an electric SRAM eTAP groupset : easy to use, a light push is enough to shift gears. With change the 50T chainring of the SRAM Red crankset by a 48T from Spécialités T.A, to get a ratio that suits perfectly her riding style. The SRAM Red 11-32 cassette complete the groupset. The wheels were laced by hand in house with 24H Velocity A24 rims and Chris King R45 hubs. 

 

 

The style

Martine wanted a bicycle mainly white, with some touch of colours. She selected the "Turquoise" for her Chris King parts and then she gave us carte blanche for the paint scheme of her handcrafted road bicycle.  So we selected a « Sahkir orange » to match the parts and the white. The right chainstay is left raw to highlight the stainless steel and the whole bicycle received a ceramic clear coat finish, the most resistant of our catalog. 

 

 

First impressions

It was a complete surprise for Martine when she discovered her bicycle, but she is really happy with the result :

"Wow ! Aesthetically, it is subtle elegant and feminine. I like a lot the association of colours. Moreover, I feel very comfortable on it ! "

Frame: 
Reynolds 953
Fork: 
Victoire custom
Headset: 
Chris King
Stem: 
Tune
Handlebar: 
Fizik Cyrano R3
Seatpost: 
Tune
Saddle: 
SMP
Bar-tape / Grips: 
Brooks Cambium
Levers: 
Sram E-tap
Brake calipers: 
Sram Red
Crankset: 
SRAM Red
Bracket: 
Chris King
Front Derailleur: 
Sram E-tap
Rear Derailleur: 
Sram E-tap
Cassette: 
SRAM Red 11-32
Front Rim: 
Velocity A23
Rear Rim: 
Velocity A23
Front Hub: 
Chris King R45
Rear Hub: 
Chris King R45
Front Tire: 
Michelin Power Endurance
Rear Tire: 
Michelin Power Endurance
Color: 
Special paint
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