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Cycles Victoire

Matthew Butterman

Thursday 29 September 2016

Cycles Victoire Veloce

Cycles Victoire, the French builders from near Clermont-Ferrand, produced a special bike for Rapha's pop-up store in Paris last autumn.

Cycles Victoire Veloce
Photo: Cycles Victoire

Cycles Victoire, the French bespoke builders from near Clermont-Ferrand, and winners of the 2016 Concours de Machines, will be displaying a top-end road bike at the Roc D'Azur mountain bike race and expo in Fréjus, France October 6-9.

The Victoire Veloce was built last autumn for the Rapha pop-up store that came to Paris. The bicycle is a top level, high performance offering from the French builders that strikes an ideal balance between light weight, comfort and performance.

Normal diameter (non-oversized) tubes of Reynolds 953 stainless steel still provide plenty of stiffness.    All photos: Cycles Victoire

Reynolds 953 stainless steel tubing is sourced for the frame. The high stiffness of 953 tubing allowed the builders to use smaller diameter tubes than what might be normally used from other tubing manufacturers. The result is a lively frame with the comfort and classic feel of steel that weighs just 1.6 kg (3.5 lbs).

Ultra-light THM Clavicula SE carbon crankset with 52/36 chainrings.

Rounding out the components for the full build are a multi-national mix of Campagnolo Super Record 11-speed mechanical shift drivetrain and rim brakes, an ultra-light THM Clavicula SE carbon crankset with 52/36 gearing, light weight stem, seat post and saddle from German manufacturer Tune, and American companies Chris King and Zipp provide the headset and handlebars, respectively. 

Stem from German manufacturer Tune is minimalist, but light and strong.

The result is a lightweight thoroughbred with comfort and classic looks that weighs just 6.3 kg (13.9 lbs) for the full build with Speedplay pedals. Matthieu Perrusset of Cycles Victoire told us that the Victoire Veloce has been chosen by Michelin to display their new road tire model, the Power, at the Michelin booth at the Roc d'Azur expo.

An American Chris King headset rounds out the top-of-the-line component specs for the Victoire Veloce.

Full Specifications

Frame: Reynolds 953 stainless steel tubing
Fork: Columbus Grammy
Headset: Chris King 
Stem: Tune
Handlebar: Zipp
Seatpost: Tune
Saddle: Tune
Levers: Campagnolo Super Record
Brake calipers: Campagnolo Super Record
Crankset: THM Clavicula SE
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record
Front Wheel: Tune Skyline tubular
Rear Wheel: Tune Skyline tubular
Front Tire: FMB Competition 22
Rear Tire: FMB Competition 22
Color: Special paint
Weight: 6.3 kg with Speedplay pedals
Price: 11 000€ ($12,320 USD)