Pierre & Charlotte's Victoire Voyage tandem

Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte

Pierre & Charlotte's Victoire Voyage tandem

Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte

More than a bespoke bike

Beyond a fitting and a choice of tubing, a tailor-made Victoire bike is a personnal object, full of history. It is part of a long-term project. First imagined, dreamed, it becomes more and more precise over the months, over the discussions, until it becomes a reality. The tandem made for Charlotte and Pierre is a perfect illustration of that, like Pierre explains :

We are both bike lovers. I ride in MTB for a while and Charlotte has followed me in this passion when we met 12 years ago. We tried riding on tandems several times during our holidays, and we are looking to get our own one since this time to enjoy it whenever we want. We went to bike shops to get information about the tandems on the market. According to our demands, they indicated Victoire to us for a bespoke project. This is how we discovered your work and decided to meet you.  

We liked a lot the "tailor-made" concept because we did not find something that suit our needs on the market. The idea to create something around a project and not a simple purchase was also important. This tandem is our wedding present and means a lot of things for us. It symbolizes the life together, the "do-it together" and the travel, which are important elements in our conception of life. We see it like a way to do sport together. Moreover with our young daughter Sophie in the seat or the trail, we are now three !  

At last, as living in Clermont-Ferrand, we really appreciated to make it in our home city. 

 

Specification

Charlotte and Pierre wanted a tandem comfortable, robust and able to carry heavy loads, but also that can be disassembled :

The aim of this bike is to go touring in France and abroad. So we needed a tandem that can be carry in a train or a plane, reliable enough to ride long distances on roads and tracks with panniers.

We built this tandem from Reynolds 853 and Columbus Zona 29er tubing. The fork was also manufactured in our workshop. We used Reynolds MTB fork blades and a tapered machined steerer tube in order to resist to the braking of 200mm rotors and the weight of the load. The frame design is optimized to step over it with a bended top tube that increases the sloping. To disassembled the frame in two parts, we used three S&S couplings.  

Touring with a tandem put a lot of strains on the wheels, so we decided to handbuilt it carefully. We attached a great importance to the choice of the components : Velocity A23 36H rims, DT Alpine spokes, SON dynamo front hub with a 15mm Thru-Axle and a Hope Pro4 at the rear with a 12mm axle and a reinforced steel freewheel. All these parts where assembled by hand with flax oil to avoid any losening. The frame has a clearance for tires up to 35mm.

The stocker stem is adjustable, and was made in our workshop. The tandem received a pair of Tubus racks at the font and the rear and a central kickstand.

 

Future projects 

We made our first rides on small routes in Vendée, on the French Atlantic Coast. Initially, we wanted to go to Peru with this bike for our honeymoon but unfortunately we could not. It is only a matter of time ! The birth of our little Sophie was a game-changer, so we will favoured the French and European routes for the first experiences, with the Vélodyssée at first. We also take care to limit our environmental impact and we would like to use it on small rides to visit our families during the weekend.

Frame: 
Victoire Tandem
Fork: 
Victoire
Headset: 
Chris King
Saddle: 
Gilles Berthoud
Bar-tape / Grips: 
Gilles Berthoud
Brake calipers: 
Formula Cura
Crankset: 
Truvativ Firex
Rear Derailleur: 
SRAM GX
Front Rim: 
Velocity A23
Rear Rim: 
Velocity A23
Front Spokes: 
DT Swiss Alpine
Rear Spokes: 
DT Swiss Alpine
Front Hub: 
SON Dynamo
Rear Hub: 
Hope Pro4
Rear Rack: 
Tubus Logo
Fender: 
SKS
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte
Le tandem en acier sur-mesure Victoire de Pierre et Charlotte

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