Simon's Victoire MTB 27.5
Simon's Victoire MTB 27.5
Simon is a long time friend with who some of us in the Victoire team have started MTB many years ago. He lives in French Alps, where the trails are steep, rocky and full of wet roots, so it is a demanding place for your bike.
I went at Victoire workshop in March for the fitting, and I could ride the Victoire Formula MTB. It enabled me to make a first feedback to Julien, that was a good start to design my frame. I was looking for a bike fun to ride, on which I feel confident even in the trickiest trails, with also a good pedalling efficiency. I had also a hidden objective : to get a bike around 12.5 kg.
The specification of his frame is close to our 29er models, which are fun while being very performant, but with a geometry adapted to Simon's demands. The position is slighlty higher, for more comfort and control in the steep downhill, with no drop between the saddle and the handlebar.
The 67° headtube angle is a compromise between the 66° angle on Loick's enduro hardtail, which is set to be stable at high speed, and the 68° angle we are use to put on the 29ers. The 425mm chainstays are 5mm longer than Loick's, in order to keep the front wheel on the ground in the steep climb, while keeping a fun and reactive bike.
The frame is made of Columbus 29r. Simon is a lightweight so we did not put any gusset to keep a refined line.
The components were also selected to answer the best to Simon's demands. He liked a lot the Thirty-Three fork on the Formula MTB, but he wanted more travel, so he went for the Thirty Five model in 130mm to charge more on technical trails. For the same reason he put a DNM dropper post.
He chose a HopeTech XC wheelset. The reliability of the made in England Pro4 hubs is proven for a while, and they are easy to maintain. There are a 300g difference between the XC and the Enduro model. Simon is a lightweight and he rides smooth so the lightest was a good choice for him.
The wheels are mounted with WTB Trail Boss 2.25 Tubeless tires. Their high volume and knobby tread design with the High Grip compound bring grip and comfort, whereas the TCS Light carcass ply does not penalized too much pedalling. They match the WTB High Tail saddle.
Simon choses a Sram GX groupset for its great value. The Shimano XT brakes are famous for their braking power and their endurance. At last, the cockpit is made of Funn parts with a 7mm rise Fat Boy bar and a 60mm Funnduro stem, for a maximum of control.
Simon stayed in Auvergne for the weekend, and we brought him on our best local trails.
" After three hours of driving, I am at last at Victoire's workshop. The magic happens when I discover the bike : it is beautiful ! I go for a quick spin in the street, I can not wait to ride it on the trails ! The final weight is 12,7kg ; with the big tyres and the components chosen more for their reliability than their weight, I am really happy.
The first ride took place in Massif du Sancy, a perfect terrain to put the bike to the test. We start by a smooth climb, a little bit muddy. I immediately feel good on the bike, it climbs very well ! We go then to a steep and slippery downhill, with big off cambers and wet roots. The bike goes where I want and the 130 mm of travel of the Formula 35 fork work well. We end the day by brutal singletracks, and even if I am use to ride a 150mm full suspension bike, I enjoy it.
The next day, we rode on the trails around the Puy de Dôme, where there are beautiful singletracks, fast and fun ! The bike is in his element, it is a great feeling to surf on the Autumn leaves and play with the terrain !
I have now to set the bike perfectly, mainly the fork in order to ride it at its best. Thanks to the Victoire team, and rendez-vous at spring for a long term review !