Matias' Victoire Bellevue
Matias' Victoire Bellevue
For Matias, his bicycle was first of all a tool to commute daily. Then, it also became a way to travel and discover new places, with a first experience from Paris to Lyon. He is now an active cyclist with 10K kilometers in 2017.
Matias contacted us to build his future bicycle :
I am currently riding a Surly CrossCheck and I would like a bike lighter and more reactive for long distance rides, that would be also comfortable.
After we listened to his needs, our Bellevue model was the one that fitted the most his riding. The lead time between his order and the fabrication of his bike enabled him to think over his project. For example, he was not sure about the drivetrain :
I would like a triple chainset to get enough gears as I am not very powerful. However, there are a very few choices of triple chainset groupset. I would be glad to get your advices on this point.
We have found that the Praxis Alba 48/32 crankset would fit perfectly, with a SRAM Rival 11-32 drivetrain. It offers a 1 ratio on the shortest gear, so it enables to climb everywhere, even with luggages.
Matias initiallly went for pads braking but eventually went for TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes, to mount wider tires. Indeed, our client wanted to expand his possibilities with a bike capable of riding on unpaved roads.
Frame and fork
Matias’ bicycle gets the standard specs of a Bellevue : 36 mm headtube combined with a custom steel fork or BSC bottom brackets.
The front triangle is made of Tange Prestige Japan tubing, with small diameters and thickness to increase comfort. The rear is made of bended Columbus Zona seatstays and chainstays to get enough clearance for tires up to 35mm.
The frameset was also adapted to the stresses of disc braking with 12mm thru-axle. We used Syntace dropouts on the frame. They combine a neat design with a large area to weld the tubing. The Reynolds fork blades are also reinforced.
At last, we brazed different eyelets to mount a rack, fenders and bottle-cages. These eyelets are machined by a local sub-contractor according to our demands from 304-L stainless steel. It avoids " corrosion on these areas pretty exposed.
Matias’ Bellevue is mounted with Tune TSR 22 wheels. Laced with King/Kong MTB hubs and Tubeless Ready rims, they are both light and reliable.
There is also a Velo Orange front rack to fit a randonneur bag. He chose the very first Helmut Equipement Invader. With a capacity of 11 liters, this model is ideal for long rides. Matias chose the colors among an exclusive range for Victoire. Helmut products are all handcrafted with care in France.