Tony's Veloce Disc HSS
Tony's Veloce Disc HSS
Tony is the happy owner of this Veloce Disc in Columbus HSS. For us, he shares his vision of cycling and his specification for this project :
How did you start cycling ?
" I have alway ridden a bike, and I tried different disciplines. I started by the MTB when I was young, and then, in 2010, I discovered fixed gear. I have immediately loved this way of riding. I met the guys at Caen Urban Bike who organized some rides and launched the Bike Polo in Caen, my home town. I got into this discipline in 2011 and I became totally addict. Then, in 2014, I replaced my fixed gear by a CX bikes for my daily rides. It is only in 2015, when I arrived in Paris, I really discovered road bike.
It is when he was doing Bike Polo that Tony discovered Victoire. We were involved in this scene through Greg Barbier, who was World Champion in 2012 with his team Call Me Daddy. We started our production of bespoke frames and Bike-Polo was a good way to test and develop them. Tony got a first prototypes, and then a second bike with couplings to travel easily during the tournament. We foud Tony again last year in Paris, for the Rapha Pop-Up Store :
In 2015, whereas I live and work in Paris for the Bicycle Store, your Veloce 953 road bike was on display at Rapha Pop-Up Store. During the opening ride, I rode with Julien and Greg behing the peloton because of a flat. It is on our way back to the capital I rode with Julien and we discussed well. We met each other again during the Pop-Up, and we shared the same vision of cycling. I loved your work and I wanted a a bespoke road bike, in steel and with road brakes, that fits my needs and my riding. Your craftmanship, your fillet and the frames' finish convinced me to go for this Veloce project.
What is your vision of road cycling ?
I ride for pleasure. I love to be in the nature, share my rides with friends and taking photos. Road cycling is also a way to go outside my comfort zone, to push my self. It is something I love in this discipline, that pushes me to ride more and further. I ride mostly around Paris and around Caen, in Normandy. I like to go at the West of Paris and in Chevreuse Valley when I am in the capital. When I am in Caen, my first reaction is to go in Suisse Normande.
What was your specification for this project ?
I wanted a comfortable bike for long ride, but perfomance oriented. For the equipement, I wanted disc brakes and light and quality parts from the best brands in my opinion. This Veloce had to be a dream bike, and to make it perfect, I wanted a unique style, both by its geometry, its paint as well as the different details. This criteria was as important as the components for me.
Tony's frame is designed for performance, mainly on flat roads. The bike is made to pedal at a high pace during a long time. For that, we selected Columbus HSS tubing, with a hydroformed shape and a big diameter. We add to that a PF30 bottom bracket, overized HSS chainstays and Max seatstays, and you get a stiff frame with a perfect power transmission.
The frame gets our latest options : stainless braze-on on the headtube - in order to avoid contact between the cables and the paint - , Flatmount disc mounts, or a stainless chainstay protection, directly brazed on the frame.
Like Tony said above, the style of his bike was a very important point. He wanted a unique design, different of our other builds, with a more modern typography than our standard logo. We were thinking about a change in our visual identity, so we took advantage to make a first test. Tony chose the color and the typography, which is used both for the logo, the chainstay sentence and the Columbus logo. Thanks to our new tools, we also made some Enve stencils for the fork and the stem.
Tony went directly to our workshop to pick up his bespoke road bike. We took advantage of the Winter sun to bring him on our local roads during our lunch ride. He shares with us his first feedback :
" I felt well postionned on the bike immediately. The feeling was very good , the bike is really smooth and filters well road bumps compare to my previous carbon bikes. In the downhill the bike is very easy to handle. The disc brake feeling is really smooth and progressive.
The geometry is exactly what I wanted. I also like the paint very much.
Until today, I did not ride a bike since September. Now I am determined to ride, and my first aim will be the Rapha Festive 500. I did not plan a precise schedule for 2017, but I would like to take part into event like Chilkoot's one. I want to travel, discover new places and meet new people. "
Follow Tony on Instagram @maisquefaittiti