DMCX Spartacus: All Roads in Comfort

26 inches ain’t dead!

Today I will introduce you to my favorite bike: The Spartacus

It is a 26 inches “All Roads” Full titanium bike I envisioned first while riding Japan Alpine roads around Takayama (高山市), Gifu Prefecture when living in that area more than 10 years ago.

I wanted to build a totally versatile bike that is equally at ease on roads and off roads, able to be climb up Alpine roads and enjoying the snaking, hair pin cornering exhilarating down hill roads in total comfort.

Demonchaux Titanium bicycle sketch
26 inches Spartacus

I started the concept of designing 26″ wheeled road bikes in 2009 by building a first Beta version. Back then Disc brakes where not yet in full bloom for drop bar bikes so the 1st version was equipped with V-Brakes.

Now a decade passed since my first 26″ All Road bike iteration and along with some frame geometry fine tuning and the emergence of various standard helping me to create the perfect all mighty 26″ road bike. Read more

You are what you ride

There are so many type of bicycles right now compared than few decades ago.

When I was a kid, there was basically only one type of bicycle in France, they were all handmade with steel frame, Balloon tires, fenders, rack and “moustache” handlebar.

The wheel sizes started from 300 up to 650B/C or A, then if you were an adult into sport of cycle racing you could pick 700c bicycles with drop handlebars and without fenders and rack. Read more