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One Hundred White Doves: Victoire Cycles Cento Road

One Hundred White Doves: Victoire Cycles Cento Road

Columbus Tubi celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2019 with the release of the magnificent limited edition Cento tube set, and this Victoire Cycles road bike is the first featured on Cycle EXIF to be built with it.

One Hundred White Doves: Victoire Cycles Cento Road

The Italian steel tube maker must be one of the most crucial contributors to the custom bicycle world, as they are suppliers to countless frame builders worldwide of the very material the bikes are made from.

One Hundred White Doves: Victoire Cycles Cento Road

One can only hazard a guess as to how many bikes they have indirectly brought into being during their one hundred year history and will continue to do so under the management of Antonio Colombo — son of the founder, Angelo Luigi Colombo.

One Hundred White Doves: Victoire Cycles Cento Road

The Cento tube set is a remarkable box of tubes, a plumped bottom bracket shell, head tube and accessories, limited to one hundred sets only, engineered to be assembled into the pinnacle of modern steel performance bicycles.

One Hundred White Doves: Victoire Cycles Cento Road

While not the first, France’s Victoire Cycles have most definitely fulfilled the Cento’s destiny. They invested in ten sets themselves and this pearl white machine is the first of the ten bikes that will be created with them.

One Hundred White Doves: Victoire Cycles Cento Road

A special mission was made to to the Columbus factory in Milan to pick up the ten boxes, construction began on this frame, built as a gift from Salvatore Lombardo to his son. Salvatore’s son is a racer and just needed to hand over his geometry stats to Victoire.

One Hundred White Doves: Victoire Cycles Cento Road

Upon completion and finishing, the frame was painted an angelic pearl white with beige logos and seat tube, which highlights the dove cutouts in the seat tube sleeve. The 1/10 edition number is etched in brass between them.

One Hundred White Doves: Victoire Cycles Cento Road

Salvatore is good friends with both Antonio Colombo and Valentino Campagnolo, son of Tullio and head of the company. Handy mates to have when building a bike. Naturally, it was finished with a Campagnolo Super Record 12v groupset and Bora WTO 45 wheels.

One Hundred White Doves: Victoire Cycles Cento Road

The dove is a powerful symbol in many traditions, including the military. It’s also the symbol of some of the world’s finest steel tubes and therefore, some of the world’s best bikes — which makes this Cento-tubed Victoire one of them.

PS: They still have seven sets left. Drop them a line if you’d like to make one of them yours.

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One Hundred White Doves: Victoire Cycles Cento Road