Discover Sandrine’s Manivelle N°53
This is the kind of project where trust is particularly important, since Sandrine came with a desire to use the bike, but no precise idea of how to translate this into the bike’s design or choice of components. Our role as frambuilders, and designers takes on its full meaning. The context: Sandrine commutes to work every day with train and bike, spending around 20 kilometers on her bike. After using a muscle bike for several years, Sandrine decided to switch to an electric bike. She then experienced a loss of autonomy with the battery draining, and complicated logistics with a heavy bike to install twice a day on the train. Her idea: get back to an unassisted bike, lighter and with better performance, to enjoy again simplicity and freedom a bike is bringing.
Sandrine listened and followed our ideas, giving us an enthusiastic carte blanche atmosphere, and adding amount of adrenalin when it’s time to unveil the project.
The delivery date is set for Thursday, November 02. The day before, Sandrine’s Manivelle N°53 was photographed from every angle. We’re delighted with the result, and can’t wait to unveil the project to its new owner. Sandrine arrives, a little embarrassed by a latent anaesthesia on her left cheek after some time spent at the dentis. It is hardly noticeable but which she imagines to be very visible. She told us several times that she didn’t want to be too visible, we understand too pointed out, when she will be on her bike. We sought an aesthetic for the bike that reflected this personality trait: lots of soul, wrapped up in an introverted, subtle appearance.
Sandrine discovers her Manivelle and her face regains its intense expressions, free of any anaesthetic. She’s delighted with the result, and we can tell she’s comfortable with the way the bike looks. She approaches it, takes it in hand, lifts it up, turns the handlebars, touches the saddle, grabs the frame.
It’s time for the first laps outside, although the rain has stopped for a few minutes but the wind is still strong. She’s off to a fast start, and we can feel her excitement and desire to have fun with her new companion. She finds it very pleasant, “it rolls so easily despite this wind going against me! So good.”
We’re taking some extra time to explain to Sandrine how to look after her Manivelle. We’ve opted for low-maintenance components. We chat some more, thanking by both sides for the trust we’ve placed in each other.
We wish you all the best, Sandrine!

Frame: Custom Manivelle, Columbus Zona // Fork: Custom Manivelle, Columbus Disc forks // Transmission: Shimano Deore 10V – 11-36 cassette // Crankset: Hope Evo 36-tooth // Brakes: TRP Spyre + Tektro levers // Front wheel : Mach1 26 ” + Alfine dynamo // Rear: Mach1 26″ + Shimano Deore // Hanger : Velo Orange Klunker // Headset: Stronglight // Saddle: Brooks B17 short // Tires: Schwalbe Billy Bonker 26″ x 2.10 // Stem: Velo Orange // Seatpost: Star Bar // Handles :Esi // Lighting : Busch&Muller // Luggage rack : Custom Manivelle// Mudguards : Velo Orange //


Delivered to workshop on 02.11.23