Tour de France 2019 Bikes and Teams

176 pro riders took the start of the 2019 Tour de France 2019 on July 6th.

As the racers embark on a 3 weeks race journey over a great variety of roads I will keep close eyes on their bike settings.
Not all bikes are the same even within the same team and no two bikes have the same set up.
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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.

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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

Robert’s Ti Bike, from dream to reality

Few months ago Robert took the wise decision to hire my services to design his new bike.

Robert is a local rider member of the DMCX Cafe Racer crew and we have been cycling together for a couple of years so I already knew his riding style.

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Robert’s Dream Bike at Dream stage

Knowing the person riding style is helpful in the process of designing a frame that will correspond to the futur owner’s expectation and style.

The style refer to the looking of the frame and by extension the complete bike, but also the bike riding feels.

Robert wanted a “Do it all” bike that is equally comfortable for daily commuting in all weather condition but also performant in long sportive week end rides.

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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

What is DMCX for?

When I started my bicycle brand in 2001 a mathematician friend pointed out that my name was a bit long and difficult to remember.

It is true that my family name is long and being French means the spelling is not obvious as it ends with a “O” sound but it is spelled “AUX”.

My name being “Demonchaux” a lot of people including native French don’t know how to read it right.

Test yourself the correct reading quiz:

  • Is it “Demon” as “Devil & Demons” or like in “Café de Montmartre” ? (<- Hint ^^)
  • Does the last part read as in “Chorizo” or as “Gateau au Chocolat”? (<- Hint wink wink!)
  • What about the “X” at the end? Does it have to be pronounced or not?

After some thoughts my friend suggested shortening the name to make it easier to use for everyone.

DeMonChauX = DMCX

We ended up with DMCX standing for the first letters of each of the three syllables plus the X to give uniqueness to the shortened name.

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