Michel's Victoire Bellevue
Michel's Victoire Bellevue
The birth of a bespoke project
Michel come from the same region as us. He is riding as a cyclotourist for 25 years now and he likes mountain roads, "even if it is tiring!". He discovered Victoire in a TV report, and his idea idea to make a bespoke bicycle, in addition local, started from this point. A tailor-made bike is not only a handcrafted frame or a custom paint. We adjust each detail of the bike, according to your needs, your riding and your morphology, to build a bike that match perfectly your expectations.
The creation of the frame
Michel complained about of several pains on his previous bike. When he came to our workshop for fitting, we first analyzed his position on his previous bike, to identify the bad points. It is the first step of the fitting and we saw immediately that he was very badly positionned. So we started from scratch to determine the ideal position from solid foundations. For this, we start by placing the different point of reference in the space, and the we adjust step by step to find the optimal position.
After the fitting, we developped the specifications of the future bespoke Victoire road bike of Michel. His only demands was about the drivetrain. He wanted the same gears as on his previous bike, to climb easily. For the other point, he trusted in our experience and give us carte blanche. Our knowledge of the different tubing range allowed us to adjust with precision the handle of Michel's Bellevue. So we chose tubing from the Columbus Zona range, in small diameter, to match perfectly his riding and morphology.
The importance of the wheelset
The frame is not the only important element of a tailor-made bicycle, the wheelset plays also major role. We are looking for consistent built, to get a perfect balance in bike handling. That's why in most of the project the wheels are laced by ourself, from components selected with care. According to the number of spokes, their tension or the height and the material of the rims, we can match the wheelset handling to the frame one. Here, comfort and reliability were the key points. We laced the wheels from Hope Mono RS hubs on Vélocity A23 32 holes aluminium wheels.
The drivetrain selection
The drivetrain was the only Michel's demand. Although he likes hilly roads, he does not look for performance. The standard gears offered by manufacturers are sometimes not adapted to our customers. A 52 chainring is useless if you do not use it, that's why we often adapt the number of teeth. We chose for this Bellevue a "hybrid" Sram drivetrain. The crank is a Sram Rival22 46/36. We replaced the small chainring by Spécialités TA Syrius 34T. The rear derailleur comes from the Sram catalogue and allow us to use a bigger cassette.
The custom paint
At last, Michel chose a custom paint for his bike. He liked the FDJ team bike, so we worked on this basis to create the final design of his Victoire Bellevue. After several years of painting, you can now enjoy the final built!
The coming project
Michel registered in 2015 to the Tour de l'Hexagone, that is divided in two times. The West side in 2015, and the East one in 2017, 3000km for each. He did a part of the first step. Unfortunately, he broke his wrist in stage 12, after 2000km. Before going for the second part of the Tour in 2017, he will ride the 1000km of the first one he did not achieve in June of this year. This time it will be with a bespoke Victoire Bellevue. We wish him an outright success in this project.
Update of November 2016 :
Michel achieved his Tour de l'Hexagone last October. He admitted that his Bellevue helped him a lot during the trip :
" I am 99% sure that I would not achieve it with my previous bike. There is a huge gap with the Victoire ! I wanted a triple crankset at first but I decided to trust in your advices. Thanks to the adapted ratio (a 46/34 double chainring combined with a 11-36 cassette) I was able to climb everywhere. Moreover, the bike was very reliable during the trip, so I could travel without thinking about mechanical issues"
In his story, Michel details with precision how the technical choices we made on his tailor-made Bellevue helped him to overcome the difficulties to achieve his goal. You can find it on the following link : http://bit.ly/2ia73E6