This week’s Reader’s Rig comes from framebuilder Olivier Moly of Victoire Cycles in France, who shares the prototype hardtail he built to help shift his passion for thru-hiking onto two wheels. Learn more about Olivier and his “hiker” hardtail here…

Words and photos by Olivier Moly (@_molybdene_)

I’m Olivier, and for a long time, I’ve been passionate about long-distance hiking trips. I’ve done a few thru-hikes in France, such the GR10 and HRP in the Pyrenees, both of which are 860 kilometers. I also walked New Zealand’s 3,000-kilometer Te Araroa Trail. But, after those hikes, I dreamt of going farther in a short amount of time. And since finding a bike my size wasn’t an easy job, I started dreaming of building my own.

  • Olivier Moly
  • Olivier Moly

I built my first frame in 2016 with Matthieu Chollet from Pechtregon, who taught me the fundamentals. A year later, I was offered a job as a frame builder at Victoire Cycles (@victoirecycles). I’m now the workshop manager there, and I love my job, building bikes and working with the team to improve our builds.

I finally have a bike that’s polyvalent enough for all the forest and mountain trips of my dreams, but with a young family, it’s now hard to find the time to get out there for those long trips. However, I’m scheming up some plans for 2022.

  • Victoire MTB
  • Victoire MTB
  • Victoire MTB
  • Victoire MTB
  • Victoire MTB

Julien, the owner of Victoire Cycles, had the idea for this bike, and then I made the frame for it in our workshop. It was the first and only prototype D75 (D for Distance and 75 for the maximum clearance) for our other brand, Distance. I started calling it “La Chèvre,” which means “the goat,” as it’s ready to climb whatever is in front of it. I rode it for a while, and then Julien and I talked about how we could transform it into a bikepacking monster.

  • Victoire MTB
  • Victoire MTB
  • Frame Custom Victoire
  • Fork Formula Selva C
  • Rims Velocity Dually 27.5″
  • Hubs SON 28 (front) / Hope Pro 4 (rear)
  • Tires Teravail Coronado 27.5 x 3″
  • Handlebars Tumbleweed Persuader
  • Headset Columbus Compass
  • Crankset Shimano SLX
  • Pedals Shimano PD-EH500
  • Cassette Shimano SLX 12-speed
  • Derailleur Shimano SLX 1×12
  • Brakes Shimano SLX
  • Shifter(s) Shimano SLX 12-speed
  • Saddle WTB Silverado Medium
  • Seatpost Koryak dropper, 150mm
  • Stem Victoire custom
  • Front bags Ron’s Olive Fabio’s waxed Fanny / Ortlieb Fork-Pack
  • Frame bags Sea to Summit Big River / Tailfin Cargo Cage
  • Rear bags Ortlieb Fork-Pack and Tailfin Yellow Sea to Summit Big River
  • Accessory bags Sea to Summit on top tube
  • Racks Custom
  • Other accessories EnCase System Bar Kit One / Klean Kanteen 1.7L
  • Lights Sinewave Cycles Beacon (front) / SON (rear)
  • Victoire MTB
  • Victoire MTB
  • Victoire MTB

We worked on the idea of a rear and front rack to mount a minimalist set of stuff bags. I added some inserts to fix the Tailfin Cargo Cages and made a stem to support the front rack, which carries the Fabio’s waxed Fanny from Ron’s Bikes. The rear rack carries a Tailfin Cargo Cages on the top. There are two handmade fixtures on the sides for the Ortlieb Fork-Packs. The paint job was done by Julien, and he added a Daruma on the down tube, which is my custom branding for the bikes I produce at Victoire. The bike isn’t lightweight, but I love to ride it through the mountains in Auvergne. Next, I want to put some extra volume on the fork pack system, but that’s another story.

Victoire MTB

See more from Olivier on Instagram @_molybdene_.

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