Xavier's Victoire (Chris King Open House 2019)
Xavier's Victoire (Chris King Open House 2019)
Chris King is a brand like no other. It's been the bearings specialist for decades now, making the best headsets, bottom brackets and hubs in the world. Who else can offer a lifetime warranty on all of its components? When we received the invitation for Chris King Open House, we just couldn't say no. The Chris King Open House is an open doors day, of discussions between people from the bike industry and also an exhibition of artisanal bikes specificaly made for the occasion. For this forth Open House, eighteen frambuilders came to show their work featuring the two brand new 2020 Chris King colors.
We didn't expect this event and the invitation came quite late this year so we couldn't make a brand new project only for the occasion. Thankfully, one of our client Xavier was on the waiting list and it was almost his turn. The bike he signed for was our idea for the Open House. Very quickly, Xavier accepted to give us carte blanche for his project. The only instruction we had about the paint job was the color blue. Xavier wanted to play along and discover his bike online just like everyone else, on here or on The Radavist publication.
This project sums up our idea of the most versatile bike, ready for a paved pass or trails accross France. The frame is made from Columbus tubes, half stainless steel, half steel. The headtube, the bottom tube, the seat tube, the chainstays and the frame gate are Columbus Xcr, whereas the upper tube and the shrouds are Columbus Life and Zona. We used steel tubes because the shape and bends we wanted where not availbale in stainless steel. These shrouds are usually used for moutain bikes so we can fit in bigger tires. The upper tube has quite a flat profil so we can achieve an excellent side stiffness while enhancing the vertical flexibility. The frame has a few options like the saddle clamping in the shrouds or the internal routing.
We could chose between two new different colors for the Chris King components: violet and bourbon. The bourbon one was already familiar because it was supposed to come out two years ago and was cancelled last minute. So we went for this sober color which goes very well with the blue frame. The bourbon will be made in very limited quantity, with only three batches in 2020. Let us know if you want to get this Chris King bourbon color on your Victoire.
Frame and fork can fit wide tires (up to 700c*45mm ou 27.5*2.2), the electronic tranmission has a wide tranmission range (500%) thanks to the Sram Red AXS shift-brake paired with mountain bike cassette and tramission (Sram XX1 AXS derailleur and 10/50 cassette). The RockShox Reverb AXS seat tube has an engine and battery and is linked to the shift-brakes through the same electrionic system as the derailleur. A double action on the levers allows to lower or rise up the sadlle, a very handy system when going on a technical trail. This setting allows to have an extra battery on hand if the derailleur battery runs low. Fork and frame have bindings for the custom-made paniers made by our friend Rodolphe from Helmut Equipement. The three bags are part of a prototype program from Helmut, announcing the launch of a new X-PAC fabric line for next year. The frame bag is directly screwed onto the front triangle, which allows to do without straps and protect the paint.
This Vcitoire can become a road bike, simply by switching the wheels and lugagges.
Since summer and the Concours de Machines, we are setting up our paint booth in which we will eventually be able to paint all the Victoire. This project is part of the few paint jobs made since september. Xavier let us carte blanche on this one so we could let our tastes express and test out different technics. This frame is the first one paint in our workshop which has visible stainless steel sections. The frame was covered with a first layer of transparent primer. This primer protects the material and also provides a nice smooth adhesive surface for the paint. After the primer, the frame is entirely matted the get rid of all the surface defects. Once this step is done, the raw parts are covered. Then the frame has been covered with a triple color gradient in silver blue. From a deep night blue, the color lightens up slowly until the back of the frame. This operation requires many paint spray gun movements in order to achieve a undetectable transition. For the finish, the frame is covered with a very resistend ceramic varnish.
Our team wants to thank Xavier for his trust on this project, and for accepting to let his bike be sent on the other side of the world before even seeing of trying it. Xavier will get his bike in a few days and we will let you know his reaction.