Victoire MTB #1
Victoire MTB #1
By creating the new version of our website, we realized that some emblematic bikes of Victoire history were missing. We fill this void by coming back on these bicycles and their history, from their creation to now.
Our very first Victoire MTB is one of our iconic creation. It was one of the first one to be widely highlighted on the web when it was released in Februrary 2014. It is also the first Victoire bike of Matthieu, who did two internships in our company before being definitely hired in January 2016. He raced in cross-country for 6 years, including 2 years in Offroad Team, managed by Joel Petit.
For this bike, the specifications were clear: Matthieu wanted a bike fun to ride, while being performant. This frame is the result of long hours of research and development, mixing both the experience of Julien in bike design and geometry, and the one of Matthieu after all these years of XC riding. The frame is made from a mix of Columbus 29'r and Zona tubing for the rear triangle and the top tube, and the downtube is a Reynolds 853 DBZ. Heavier than a classic tube, especially on the bended part which is reinforced, it gives an original look to the frame. The bended seat tube, coming from a special serie, allowed us to use short chainstays, making the bike shorter and more reactive, an important point on a 29er. The Paragon Sliding dropouts allow to adjust the chainstays length and chain tension. The aluminium part can be change for more versatility, if you want to adapt a derailleur for example.
Matthieu chose a singlespeed drivertain and 29 inches wheels, combined with a Cannondale Lefty fork, paint by us to match the frame. These original choices gave to the bike an aesthetic that left no one indifferent. This model help Victoire to be known in the MTB world , thanks to a large diffusion on the web. It indifferent par nos soins. Ces choix osés donnèrent au vélo une esthétique qui ne laissa personne indifférent. Ce modèle contribua à faire connaitre Victoire au sein de la sphère VTT, grâce à une grosse présence sur le web. We were also featured in a 10 pages report in Velo Vert, the reference magazine in France.
Like most of our personal bikes, we chose Thomson components, like the beautiful titanium handlebar. The handcrafted wheels, built by us, are made of Tune Cannonball and Singlespeeder hubs, laced on No Tubes ZTR Crest rims with DT Revolution spokes. The original Michelin Racer tires are now replaced by prototypes models, the Victoire team taking part into product development. The singlespeed drivetrain is made of a Race Face Turbine 32T crankset, combined with a associé a Chris King 19T.
"This bike is my first Victoire, but above all my first 29er. Neither Julien nor me tested this standard before and we hear anything and everything about it. So the best was to make our own opinion about it. We spent a long time working on the geometry , sharing our experience. It was really important to have a fun and reactive bike in spite of the big wheels, and the final result is great. By the way, the basis of Victoire MTB's design is still the same. The bike is very reactive, easy to handle and performant. Beside, it is really fun to ride. It is always asking to play: manual, bunny up, acceleration... I am now riding it for two years and I still enjoy it like on the first day. I just moved on a Sram GX 1x11 speeds drivetrain when I did my first long distance race, and I keep it since this time. Even if the line is not as uncluttered as in singlespeed, the bike is more tolerant for a daily use."