Pascal's Veloce 953
Pascal's Veloce 953
Pascal discovered cycling in 2000 by MTB :
I liked to ride in the nature and the more fun spirit of MTB. I took part 7 times to the famous event La Forestière in Jura mountains. I progressively went for road cycling with years. I take part into one the biggest sportive in France, L’Ardéchoise, every year since 2003. I am now riding 3 times a week. I live in the south of Burgundy. The region is pretty hilly with quiet roads perfect for cycling. I am more a "rouleur" than a climber.
Pascal’s Véloce project was well thought. He rode a Cannondale Synapse, and wanted a more exotic bicycle. After hesitating between different builders and material, he eventually selected a Victoire bespoke bike :
I like the idea to come back to a steel bike and I like a lot Victoire’s creations. Having a bicycle made in France was also important for me, and your stainless steel offer eventually convinced me : I went to the workshop and tried the Rapha Véloce in Reynolds 953.
Pascal main demand was to get a comfortable tailored bicycle, on which he was well positioned. Indeed, he suffered neck and back pains on his previous bike. The bicycle had also to be stiff enough for his "rouleur" profile and get a good handling in downhill. At last, he aimed to get a unique bicycle with a perfect style.
Each demand of Pascal was studied with care to build a bicycle that fits perfectly his needs. To get a good balance between performance and comfort, we selected Reynolds 953 stainless steel tubing : a round 36.4mm down tube combined with an oval 31.7mm top tube make the front triangle. These shapes are less demanding that the bi-oval one we reserve to the more performance oriented model. The seat tube fits a 27.2mm seatpost. Seatstays are bi-conical with a 13mm diameter at each end. A small diameter enables to make a rear triangle that filter best the road bumps. The downtube with a bigger diameter combined with the PF30 bottom bracket are stiff enough for a perfect transfer of pedalling power.
To get the best position, the bike fitting was made in our workshop. During several hours, we analyzed Pascal’s position on his Cannondale in order to detect the source of pains , take his measurement and adjust the geometry of his future Victoire Véloce. We designed a geometry with a straighter seat tube angle to adapt the saddle setback to the Fizik seatpost. Headtube is also longer to get a comfy position without using spacers. It is protected by a stainless steel braze-on to protect the paint from the rear brake cable. An other braze-on is on the left chainstay.
The finishing is a mix of amethyst grey paint and clear coated raw areas. There is not any stickers, everything is painted, even the logos. It took about a whole day to our painter to paint the frame and the fork. They match perfectly the Pewter Chris King headset.
The different parts will be mounted by his local bike shop. It will definitely be a very high end build : SRAM E-Tap groupset, Fizik carbon components and Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon 40mm wheels.
And Pascal to conclude :
The frame is really wonderful. The color of the frame matches perfectly the headset. I do not regret being patient !