Philippe's Véloce single chainring
Philippe's Véloce single chainring
Our bicycles are totally tailor-made, according to the morphology, the riding and the wishes of our customers. So they answer to specific needs, that we take time to analyze with care. From designing to final building, each element is adapted to the demands of our customers. The Véloce we made recently for Philippe is the perfect illustration.
Analyze of the needs
Our customers have various profiles, from the one riding for years, who rode dozen of bikes, to the novice who has just discovered the joy of cycling. But all of them are riding their bikes with the same objective: enjoyment. However, this can be ruined by a bicycle or a position unadapted. The purchase of a bespoke bicycle allows you to get a bike adapted to your morphology and your riding.
Like many of the people who contact us, Philippe was complaining about pains, as it happens in his neck. Former racer, he conserved on his Cervélo R3 a racing position which did not match his riding anymore. When he visited us for measurement in order to make his future bespoke Victoire bike, we first analyzed his position on his Cervélo. The conclusion was clear: too long, with a too important drop between his saddle and his handlebar, Philippe was riding an unadapted bike. We then proceeded to the complete fitting, including measurement and analyze of the position on the jig to develop the geometry of his future frame.
Designing the frame
The geometry is a very important point in the creation of a bespoke frame, because it will determine your position and eliminate pain problems However, it has to be completed by tubing choice, that will determine the handling of your future bike. For this, we take the time to speak with our customers in order to understand their needs and their type of riding to create the most adapted bicycle. Philippe lives in Les Gets, a ski resort in French Alps, and ride exclusively in mountain areas. He was looking for more comfort and safer position in downhill, while keeping a high performance level. The choice was orientated to the Véloce, our sportive model, that match this spirit, and we adapted it to Philippe's needs. His road bike was designed with a long headtube and a short top-tube, to stand back up his position.
Philippe measures 1,68m for 60kg so it was not useful to use large diameter tubing for his program. We made the frame from Columbus Spirit tubing, less demanding than the HSS serie. The down-tube gets a 38mm diameter, the top-tube 31.7mm and the seat-tube 28.6mm, that brings a good balance between performance and comfort.
The creation of a bespoke bicycle is not limited by making a frame. The components choice is also very important. The wheels first of all, are the parts, with the frame, that determine the most the bike handling. That's why we are buidling handcrafted wheels. We choose with care the hubs, the spokes and the rims, and laced them together to adapt the handling to the specification. In this case, we have a perfect wheelset for a mountain use, with Vélocity A23 aluminium rims laced on top of the range Chris King R45 hubs.
The drivetrain is also unusual on a road bike, with the use of a single chainring. The observation was clear: he pedaled fast on flat terrain and did not pedal in dowhill. The Sram Force1 groupset with a 40T chainring and a 11x36 cassette is the best compromise for his use. Do without front derailleur allows to save weight and price, and increase reliability compared to a classic groupset.
The built is completed by a Fizik Cyrano R3 set of components and a Aliante VSX saddle. Philippe also bought the beautiful R1B Uomo shoes. In addition to be elegant, Fizik shoes are also very performant. Tested by a large part of the peloton, we have adopted them in the Victoire team (at our modest level) for a year now.
This Véloce model totally tailor-made for Philippe, is the perfect definition of a mountain road bike. Performant in the climb and easy to handle in downhill, with powerful brakes combined with alumium rims, it is the perfect partner to eat up Alpine passes.