Martine's Victoire Voyage
Martine's Victoire Voyage
Genesis of the project
Martine began cycle-touring 35 years ago. After she spent some times in the Pyrénées, she arrived in Auvergne where she rides with the Mozac Cyclo-Club. Several of her mates are riding Victoire and their positive feedback encouraged her to go for a bespoke bike. Jean-Paul and Agnès, as well as Patrice - respectively owner of a tandem and a Bellevue randonneur bike - are active riders and have already ridden their Victoire several tens of thousands of kilometers.
After she stopped touring during many years, Martine have come back to panniers recently. She went to our workshop with precise specification in mind : she wanted a versatile bike to go for trips on roads and paths, but also to take part to the club rides. Of course, her tailor-made bicycle must be comfortable and fit her morphology.
A bike without concessions, designed around our client
It is here where our technical expertise is important. We are able to offer her a bike she can not find on the traditional market. Each cyclist is different and no formula can determined the perfect geometry. That’s why when we design a bike, we don’t only take the measurements of our client, but we also consider his riding, his experience, his future projects as well as his position on his current bike. Martine took part to our Customer Weekend we organized last April. During the ride, we noticed that her pelvis was moving abnormally. This usually happened when there is a difference of length between the legs, so we advised her to visit a chiropodist to re-equilibrate her position.
Then, we were able to do a proper fitting. This step enables us to determine the position of the contact points of the cyclist (saddle, pedal and handlebar). We design the bike geometry around these three points to end up with a good balance of aesthetic and handling. The main difficulty for this project was to combine a short cyclist with the bulk of the components. Martine initially wanted a 700c bike but we oriented her to 650b for several reasons :
- it makes lower the center of gravity
- wheels are stronger, which is important during trips
- there is no overlap while keeping an optimal trail. Usually, production bikes are designed to fit the standard carbon forks. There is often only one rake available so it makes a big wheelbase on small bikes that you do not even find on medium ones. For this project, the fork angle, the rake and the distance from crank axle to front wheel were calculated to get a solution without concession. The trail on this bike is 56mm which assure a good handling.
We use also a setback seatpost, so we can have the right saddle setback as well as an optimal clearance for fenders and a short read end.
Martine is a light rider so the dimension of the frame - and tubing - is calculated according to it. The front triangle is made of Tange Prestige Japan tubing of 28.6mm and 31.7mm diameter. The 36mm headtube, the BSA bottom bracket as well as the bespoke steel fork add some comfort.
Frame and fork are handcrafted in house. The bike is equipped with proven parts like the SRAM Apex 1 HRD groupset. Only the crankset is a Force 1 with a 36T Garbaruk chainring. Wheels are the HopeTech XC that offer a great reliability. We also find a Gilles Berthoud saddles as well as their new wing mirror.
Martine just has now to tame her bike before going for trips in France and border countries.