Three prestigious, high-end bikes from the most famous cycling nation in the world, put to the test in the cyclists’ playground of the French Alps
Three high-end bikes from top French brands take on the mighty Alps.
The Tour de France is the biggest sporting event in the world, with more people watching it than any other event, and as a country, France seems to be ahead of most when it comes to cycling. But given its prestigious history and the popularity of the Tour, the number of top end bike manufacturers is surprisingly small. This wasn’t always the case and many riders will no doubt remember the days of Peugeot, Motobécane/mbk, Gitane and Vitus bikes. While those brands have either disappeared or changed direction, there is still a handful of French manufacturers that continue to produce highly desirable bikes and what they all share in common is the unique French flair and traditionalist design that helps them stand out as some of the most iconic and prestigious brands in the World. We picked three endurancefocused bikes from the three biggest names in French cycling and took them to the heart of cycling, the French Alps, to see if any of them have that certain Je ne sais quoi that makes a superstar stand out.
Our bikes feel at home on the twisting hairpins of the Col de l’arpettaz