Concours de Machines 2017 | Larix Bicycles
Our next post in the Concours de Machines 2017 series is courtesy of Larix Bicycles. Here, they talked to us about their submission in this year’s race and what they plan to do next.
The idea was to make a bike that was fairly uncluttered and simple. As a result, there wasn’t any major innovations planned in order to focus on keeping it functional.
In terms of geometry, it was important that the rider be well positioned first and foremost, with any adjustments made after the fact: a back triangle reduced just enough to compensate for the length of the bases, a modern high-performance steering socket, a steering angle that’s typically reserved for mountain bikes, and a long wheelbase for stability and comfort over long distances.
The team wanted to create stays with a rather pronounced double bend for aesthetics and an integration of the rear hydraulic caliper between the base and the shrouds. The paint job for the bike was inspired from the USA – simple, timeless, and original at the same time.
As soon as the Larix team signed up for the CDM2017 at the end of December 2016, they prepared a small schedule for the different stages of the project. From the very beginning, they were able to benefit from the help of Mavic for a pair of KSYRIUM ELITE ALL ROAD DISC wheels. They also had some specific ideas on the end result they wanted to achieve: steel frame, 1-1 / 8 sleeve, no mudguards, hydraulic disc brakes, fairly versatile developments, front package door and stand alone lighting.
The bike was further developed and defined until the end of March 2017. In parallel, they sourced all the parts and components before the final realization of the frame so as not to have any surprises during the integration process. This process was especially important as they had mixed Sram and Shimano for the transmission. The total integration of the lighting and charger with USB plug took longer than the manufacture of the frame itself, but the clean integration in the end made it well worth the while.
The bike was completed in early June.
Not being a competitive cyclist, the Larix team was originally worried about the competition. They didn’t have specific prep training in mind and mostly kept to their normal routine of just riding to work every day. Thankfully the courses offered weren’t too foreign thanks to prior experience on mountain bikes.
Looking back, the general consensus is that the courses were very well marked. They made it possible to test the bicycles which was the whole point. The bike performed well under these circumstances, and as a result, lots of information have been stored for future improvements and creations.
In the future, Larix Bicycles will continue to make more bikes, as well as a lightweight single-wheeler trailer. They will continue to improve their trade skills and manufacturing process, and try new materials.
Special thanks from them to all who organized the contest. And kudos to the other builders as well.