JEAN-FRANÇOIS' XCR VICTOIRE VELOCE
JEAN-FRANÇOIS' XCR VICTOIRE VELOCE
Jean-François is a solo rider. He likes to wander around on small roads in the south of France, especially around the Mont Ventoux. He finished the « Cinglés du Ventoux" challenge several times, and likes long rides with uphill climbs. He usually rides between 130 and 200 km. He read about Victoire in the magazine 200, le vélo de route autrement . At the time, he was looking for his new bike so he decided to contact us.
I wanted a bespoke bike made in France that fits my morphology and that would be my very own. Victoire was able to meet my standards so I decided to start my project with them.
We had the same values and vision about the creation of his futur bike. He trusted us with the creation of our representation of the modern steel road bike, technically and esthetically : stainless steel bespoke frame from Columbus XCr range, ENVE components, Campagnolo wheels and transmission, Compass tires… A good selection of quality products from the best on the market.
Jean-François’ bike also has some special features :
- The first one is a request from Jean-François who is used to ride his motorbike so he wanted a reverse mounting : front brakes on the right side and back brakes on the left side. That seems rather trivial but we had to move the internal routing. Usually on the left side of the upper tube, we had to put it on the right in order to have a bending nice and neat.
- The second one is the transmission. Jean-François is now our first client to have a new Campagnolo Record 12V group on his bike. Thanks to our collaboration with the brand we were able to offer this innovation for all our Victoire clients since July.
As a majority of Victoire bikes’ owners, Jean-François came to see his bike in our workshop.
I tried to be ready for this but it still is a unforgettable moment. I believe I could have recognize it from thousands. My Véloce is beautiful, finishing touches are perfect, it’s wonderful to see.
After a few rides, Jean-François shared his first impressions.
I went on my first ride on a 60 km route that I know by heart. My bike is confortable, erase imperfections of the ground. It is surprising, nice and can’t be compared with my old carbon bike. It is quiet, no peripheral noises. On a flat track, the position is perfect, hands on the handlebar, or on the end. When the first uphill climb comes, the rhythm changes effortlessly and it’s almost easier to move your legs without necessarily going faster, it is hard to explain. It’s amazing during falls, the wheel follow my eye precisely. For the second ride of 110 km, everything is perfect and my first impressions are confirmed. You were right about the tires, they are not as effective my tubular tires but they play an important part in the confort, plus they almost make same noise. Climbing the Ventoux from the north side, my favorite. Leaving at 4 am to avoid heat and tourists. In the silence of night, it is delightful. 4 km at 2% is a lot better now (the position, the frame, bigger crank arms, the whole thing?). 21 km goes without realizing and the sunrise scene on the summit makes all the effort and the early start worth it. Downhill, my Véloce is a rocket, turns follow very easily and I even find myself getting my knee out in rapid turns… Next step, 200 km with 3000 m ascending elevation. And if everything goes well, I might go for a few days in a row.