Custom building a bike means you can tailor everything from the frame material to the geometry to your personal preference. Michiel Burgerhout, the owner of Project 12 Cycleworks, went one step further and tailored his bike down to the very trails he rides in the Netherlands.
Despite its reputation for flatness, there is a trail system in the east of the country that consists of several hundred kilometres of short punchy climbs and flowing singletrack. These trails left Michiel with a problem. He loved riding hardtails such as his patientZERO but they started to feel harsh on long rides, while his Vertigo full suspension
(with up to 150mm travel) was too heavy and progressive with too much travel for the humble elevation the Netherlands offers.
Project Victor DetailsIntended Use:
Dutch downcountryFrame Material:
73mm (120mm fork)Wheelsize:
29" front and rearHead Tube Angle:
3.21kg (frame and shock), 13.4kg (full build)Price:
€2,950 - custom frame, SIDluxe shock, any RAL color. More info: projectxii.nl
He first thought of the idea of making a soft tail around 4 years ago, but the concept was shelved until he was inspired by the Trek Supercaliber
and the introduction of the new RockShox SID last year
. 6 months of designing and building later he can reveal the first prototype of the Victor, a 73mm travel downcountry bike with geometry that's relatively progressive while still being efficient enough for long days on the bike.
Michiel thinks this could be the perfect bike for a lot of Dutch riders who want something that sits between a harsh XC bike and a trail bike that may be unwieldy on their mellow trails. He admits that the market for these bikes may not be huge but it has allowed him to find a niche that hasn't really been explored by any of the bigger brands.
Michiel currently runs the bike with 73mm travel using a 170x30 SIDluxe but there is the ability to expand that to 88mm using a 170x35 shock. The rest of the geometry comes from Michiel's patientZERO hardtail but adapted for a 120mm fork. This prototype model is tailored to his 1.75m height (5'9") with a reach of 460mm, a head tube angle of 66°, and a seat tube angle of 76.3°. Any customers will also be able to customise the geometry to their own height.
The intricate single-pivot gives a linear suspension curve
Michiel is really pleased with his early riding impressions. He says that the travel feels much more than 73mm and that it feels poppy on the jumps, nimble in the berms and it holds up well in the braking bumps (or Dutch rock gardens as he calls them). Despite its steel construction, the weight isn't sky high with the frame coming in under 3kg/6.6lb (3.21kg with shock) and this full build tipping the scales at 13.4kg/29.5lb.
Victor will be added to the Project12 lineup once testing on this prototype is complete and Michiel already has his first pre-order. The price will be around € 2.950 for a custom frame with SIDluxe shock in any RAL color. Next up for Michiel is a Mk4 version of the Vertigo full suspension bike that will offer more travel. For more info, click here
The types of bikes you dream about never disappeared. They just got so much better, just like every other type of bikes the last 15 years.
I did in fact read the whole article.....
I don't about that..I would say Dutch Downcountry describes a lot of people's trails.
also, the roughness of your local trails counts. I mean, even if 'my' hills are 250m high, trails are mellow and I feel 'overdressed' with my Ripmo
80mm of travel are more than enough to save your back of the thousands of hits caused by small bumps
I have a hardcore HT, and a modern geo 140/150 trail bike. And typically a goldilocks would be something in between- but not a 130 or 120 downcountry... something that is much closer on the scale to the HT. I guess what I'm arriving at is a softtail.
Ia that complete list of mountains and hills you have there?
Video doesn’t really do it justice. Those holes are pretty deep and it’s basically a big, sand pumptrack section.
It can be ridden super fast. Tons of fun.
i don't get it. why make this link if you just want the leverage ratio curve to be linear? You could have done that with a true non linkage driven single pivot. Easier and lighter. confused.
Hardtails are fun, but on the rough stuff, I really miss a bit of compliance on the rear end (yes, I'm not a spring chicken any more
if suspension would be set fully hard on "flowish" trails and only starting to work on really hard terrain, this could be a new category of bike - just saying
I would go even further and make a 160 front...and 100 or bellow 100mm rear travel. Bike would be a "hardtail", since rear suspension would be for saving the day on really hard terrain.
København is a great city! Beautiful girls, friendly people, nice bars/spots by the sea for a post work beer and a nice 6 days and a half long Summer.
I googled. Three hills. Four mtb trails. The highest hill is 160 m.
Until now, I thought "dutch downcountry" was called cyclo-cross.
Very beautiful bike anyway.
I wouldn’t even sit on that bike
The perfect bike for the gaper masses. And the lame flat trails they have close to home.
Sure, you can have jumps or tricks on level ground, but if a bike with travel this short is what you’re rocking, it’s not hitting yard gaps. It’s riding kinda lame flat trails.
If a cyclist uses the term peleton (correct spelling peloton) and you don't know what it means, you're the tool. And no, I don't have one-I fat bike or backcountry ski in the winter. Riding indoors is even worse than a riding sub 3 inch travel bike on flat trails.
Glad we can agree riding indoors is the worst.
Way more downvotes since then. Your comment finally made me give up on it.
You don't need to hit 30ft gaps to have fun. My hardtail is a blast popping off of roots and rocks on trails my enduro bike would be boring on.
This bike is neither a DJ style frame nor a big squish bike. It’s a gravel bike with a flat bar.
Looks like the name change is going well for you. Way more up-votes all of a sudden.
It would be okay with some drop bars and 700x40 tires.
Same geometry/travel is silly for a dedicated MTB. Giant Trance 29 adds a little more travel, loses nothing.