The New Cordoba is here in brand new colorways featuring fresh graphics paired with proven Aventon components!
We took our popular Cordoba frameset and supercharged it with some awesome new technology features:
- Tapered head tube for improved front-end stiffness and control
- Hydroformed seat tube that flares out at the bottom bracket for maximum power transmission and no watt-wasting flex
- Updated forged dropout allows a wider range of horizontal adjustment (chain tension)
As before, Cordoba is double-butted 6061 aluminum alloy, with the buttery-smooth welds you’ve come to expect from Aventon.
You certainly remember this beautiful tiny girl who impressed us last season with her 3rd place at the NMC, winning Tourn’Us crit and making a top 20 at the RHC Barcelona!!!
Here’s a few words from our sweet Camille Udny.
Can you introduce yourself? ASL you know ahah!!! And what are you doing for a living…
Camille, I’m 23, I live in Romans-sur-Isère in the Drôme (France), I’m working as a designer in the research department.
When did you start riding Fixed Gear bike? When was your 1st Fixed Gear Crit?
I’ve been riding fixed gear bikes since I was 17.
My first crit was in 2014 with the NMC (National Moutarde Crit).
Last season you were riding for Beastie Bike beside Domitien and Julien, how did it go? We all know that Julien can be a little difficult . (I’m being a jerk ahah sorry)
It went well, I can’t complain. I didn’t have much time to see my teammates, only catching 2 or 3 of the races.
I don’t live in Paris so it’s kinda tricky to create a good relationship between us, but they were there for me if I needed it.
How did you end up racing your 1st crit?
I ran my first crit at the NMC thanks to the ride group in Grenoble.
Those guys were racing and told me there was a women’s race and that I should come.
You took 3rd place at the 2016 NMC, you won Tourn’Us crit the week after and made a really good finale at the RHC Barcelona. Will you shine for us this year?!
I especially hope to reach the same level I was at last July/August!! Ahaha yes, those races still mean a lot to me!!!
2017 New adventures!!!
You have joined the Team Look Criterium, happy about it?!
I’m really happy indeed, I’ve created a great bond with Félix, Thibaud and François, I couldn’t expect anything better than getting into this lil’ family.
As well as joining this winning trio for conquering the fixed gear crits, you also started riding road bike and joined a club!!! What are your goals in this new discipline?
I can’t pretend i have any goals for those road races. I’m constantly discovering new things. I’ve got a lot to learn, strategy, etc….
The season has already started with Lyon crit, RHC Brooklyn where you had a tremendous crash but were more shaken than injured!!
You also raced two road races the Feminin GP in Ceignes and the French Cup in Pujols, how did you feel about yourself on those races?! How’s your training going, are you feeling ok or still feeling like a little something is missing?!
At the start of this new season, I’ve done 6 road races to be honest. I’ve started with the French cup of Chambéry where I ended up in the 2nd pack, in Ceignes the same, 2nd pack and in Pujols I gave up because of a fall,and once again more shaken than injured.
I’ve done a few other races with the pass and cadets category.
I’ve gota really good feeling about the races, I mostly miss technic but it’s in doing races that you’ll get that. About training, I let my coach take care of this for me.
After all this waiting for you this year, we can just wish you the best because you deserve it!
Now it’s your turn, you can say anything you want, thanks, arrivederci or maybe a massive argument
I’d love to thank all the «French Corner» who’s always supporting me on every race, François also Look and Mavic and the other sponsors giving us the chance to ride with great equipments. Then my family who support me.
And thanks to FHTN for this interview.
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You certainly know this team called “Team Look Criterium” that showed up last season with the L’Henry brothers !!!
I’ve spoken with François Février, the one who built this team from scratch with the renowned Thibaud L’Henry In’bo and former rider for Cinelli Chrome.
Can you introduce yourself ?
François Février, 32 years old, leaving in Annecy-Le-Vieux, working in Geneva (Swiss) where I hold a technical manager post in a 5* hôtel.
It seems like you started riding Fixed Gear bike in 2013. Did you do anything else before, and how did you end up riding this kind of bike ?
During 2000-2005, I used to descend a lot of mountain passes on street-luge, in France and abroad for the world tour’s stage.
At the time, I used to go to work with my skateboard. Every morning, my heart was skyrocking at 170 bpm when arrived. The day had not even begun and I was already exhausted, so I decided to change my mean of transport to relax a bit.
Huge mistake, 2 days after buying my Specialized Langster, I was already racing cars, doing 30/30 with the red lights.
A real passion was born.
Thibaud and you created the team while dining together at the Barcelona 2015 RHC, how did the 2016 season go ?
Yes, in 2015, we used to meet up with Thibaud for the qualifications and the Redhook Final. In Barcelona, we decided to combine our skills and create a team.
The idea : I find the sponsors, and he brings his noteriety.
His brother, Félix, seemed to be an asset to recruit. I apologize to the DMC…
2016 was a year of establishment, but it was wonderful. So many new friends made, discoveries and pleasure. Exactly what we were looking for.
Felix’s two victories in Paris accentuated our excitement for riding. It was very beautiful year, 2016.
A new season means new recruits! Can you tell us more about choosing our lovely Camille ?
I went to see her at the Red Hook last year. Aside from her great results, she had all the qualities to join us. She is an extraordinary person.
This team is also hers. Each of us bring his vision of the things, and even though I have the part of coordinating all this, we are 4 to share our point of view.
We are doing good and having Camille by our sides is very important for us. We are proud of her.
You, Felix and Camille already started this season, but in which race will you all compete together ?
2017 started well. Felix had a victory in Lyon, and a very nice 4th place in The Netherlands.
This year, we will or present for all of the Red Hooks, also in London for the London Nocture, Geneva for the Classic Crit, and in Dijon obviously for the NMC, and the Tournus Crit.
Then there is the NLcritseries in The Netherlands where the atmosphere is incredible. It is always pleasure to ride there.
Thibaud and Félix Lhenry are from the mountain bike word, with quite a nice palmarès. Any other activities than Fixed Gear crit for you ?
No, I only ride Fixed gear crit. By the way, I never ride a road bike before.
This year, Look provide us with magnificient road bike frames for our trainings.
I am so excited to assemble it to go down the mountain passes near my home.
Look and Mavic is a dream for alot of us, having these 2 French giants as sponsors. How did you do it?
These two sponsors are extremely valuable to me and now for the team. Without them, 3 years ago, nothing would have been possible. It all started with Mavic. I reached the right person and the right time.
The CEO of Mavic liked my approach, and the idea of sponsoring a Crit team came from him. Since then, we built a solid and trustworthy relationship between.
It’s a brand that I respect a lot, I am always like a kid in a candy store when I help them in the “race department”.
As for LOOK my journey with them started with a financial audit at work.
The guy had nothing to do with the bike world, and he saw my bike in my office.
I told him that it’s a bit heavy, and would like to get a new one.
And he replied and told mr that he was friends with Thierry Bourguignon, the sales manager for LOOK Sud Est.
I presented him with my project, and paf ! Just like with Mavic, “It really pleased them”.
I ended up with LOOK and Mavic as sponsors “without even racing once. ”
This year, both of these brands are our main sponsors, and the work we do with them is remarkable.
The relationship that our team has with these 2 awesome French brands is incredible.
I was really moved to see the CEO of Mavic at our Team Introduction in March.
It was a nice friendly gesture between Mavic and the team.
He even allowed himself to ride around the Annecy Lake with us in fixed gear. Brakeless of course.
How do you train in the off season and during Crit season ? Do you watch what you eat ?
I absolutly don’t care about my nutrition, but as long as I’m not a part of the Fat Belly Team, I’ll keep going like this.
It’s tough to reconcile my trainings with my new job in Switzerland. I’m used to riding my bike daily, and it helps me to keep a certain constistency.
Now, I ride after my work. Means during night, and weekends.
Now, speak for yourself ! Thanks, Dedication, declaration of love, whatever you want !
My passion for fixed gear has allowed me to meet so many people, and this is wonderful.
Thanks to Camille, Félix and Thibaud for sharing this passion with me. I want to also thank our sponsors, without them, nothing would be possible :
Look Cycle, Mavic Cycling, Deda Elementi, Selle San Marco, Triangle SAS, Sram, Nikevision, Sider, Slicy, Vélosophe, Till-Start. So much respect for what you do.
Also thanks to all our roadtrip mates!! But big up to our DMC friends.
Thanks to my wife Anaïs I love her more than anything. I’m sorry for all of this moments I’m away from home, I’ll make it up to you!!
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Photo by Caro Paulette
For my 1st interview, I couldn’t not start without my sweet sister from another mother, Fleur Faure.
She’s well known for winning her first ever crit, the NMC2 in 2014 and stole 1st place from the race favorite, Stefania Baldi .
Hi Fleur, can you introduce yourself for those who don’t know you?
Hi, I’m Fleur Faure, I’m 23 and i’m french from Aix-En-Provence (South East)!! Currently i’m studying and doing an internship program at Thales SESO.
I have been riding since I was 9 years old.
Photo by Mario Cranks
How did you start riding bikes and how did you start racing fixed gear crit races?
I was sick when I was a kid and because of some treatments I was a bit chubby. So my dad started making me do a lot of sports like cycling, which he practised himself to get ready for the ski season.
I got to the fixed gear crit pretty randomly after some track training at the Vitrolles velodrome (near to Aix-en-Provence) where Paul Vanotti used to be. He talked to me about it and I got curious so I tried it out at the NMC2.
I won and stole 1st place from the favorite Stefania Baldi
Photo by GingerBeard PHOTO
Thanks to this victory, everything became super fast for you. You got into the spanish Polo & Bike Team straight afterward!!! How have things been going since 2014?
David Gomez, P&B manager, contacted me straight after the race. Some other teams asked me to join them but I chose the 1st guys that gave me a chance.
I raced Gijon Crit, HQ of P&B. I finished 2nd behind Baldi because I didn’t make a right gear choice. Finally i did my 1st RHC in Barcelona, where I came 2nd once again behind Ainara Elbusto who had also started racing these kind of races.
I discovered a new kind of race and I enjoyed it from the very start and I wanted to go further.
In Milan, I ended up with a 3rd place which got me to the 3rd place of the Red Hook Criterium Series Championship 2014.
The new season (2015) starts with RHC Brooklyn where I came 2nd going up the inside of Kacey Lloyd but i couldn’t make it to Ainara.
In Gijon, Ainara beat me on the final sprint after a long breakaway together. In London, I made it to the Top 15 and for that I got the Top Antagonist* prize.
I ended the season with a 3rd place in Milan and again got 3rd place for the Red Hook Criterium Series Championship.
The 2 years with P&B taught me lot and I have only good memories of my time spent with them.
Photo by GingerBeard PHOTO
We all noticed your sponsor La Classica let you down before the end of the season (we aren’t concerned about the reasons!!), you got the RHC Milan without the whole team and with new bikes built the morning’s race.
This certainly made up your mind to join a new Team for the upcoming season, what’s happening for 2017?
I’ve no comment about the sponsor, they really supported us. I’m changing team that’s for sure, I don’t want to quit the crit scene and I can’t afford it all on my own.
I can’t say too much about it but I’m still with my sweet friend Kelli Samuelson who has been my discovery of this season.
Let’s be clear, I still get along with all my ex teammates from La Classica.
Photo by Caro Paulette
If I’m right, you were also riding on road for the italian team Cipollini while in your 2nd year with P&B, Are we going to see you again on some road races this year? Alone, new team, or only focused on fixed gear crit?
That’s a tricky one!!!
I keep practising road bikes and fixed gear as I can’t do one without the other, they complement one another.
Photo by GingerBeard PHOTO
Do you have any training tips to give to crit newbies who would like to try?
Cycling is easy but riding a fixed gear is not!!The most important thing to learn is knowing how to slow down your bike.
If you’re already used to riding curves it’s simple. You just need to not be afraid of touching your pedal because it won’t happen, the BB is higher on track frame (maybe not ahah).
Priority to the technique rather than tactics to make a safe race.
If you want to run this kind of race, you’ve got to train with a fixed gear bike, some people enter races without knowing how to break/slow down.
We race with a lot of people who are bad technically and it gets dangerous.
Photo by K.Franklyn
And for the end it’s up to you , you say anything you want like I’m pretty or you wanna make bad things to me ahah or just thanks and hi to our french mates!
A big kiss on Floriane’s butt also to all our FG french friends without exception.
I alway enjoy meeting you at the crits.
Thanks to FHTN for your interest on French riders and also to David Trimble (RHC Founder/Owner) for your sick organization!!
A big thanks to those who turn these competitions into PARTIES!!!
“So, people want us tell something about us. But, we don’t really have anything special to say.
We are just two random guys, who love bicycles. But not only because we like cycling… but also because we see it as a piece of art, with heritage, and culture.
Or let’s put it in a more dramatic way: This text and all the fancy camera and editing work in our photos is supposed to give you the feeling that we wanted to create a bicycle brand with heart and soul.
A brand with identity.
One that looks good, but also kills it on the battlefield. One that shows how we perceive the world.
But most importantly, a brand that represents us as modern cyclists, true to their traditions.”
Originally designed by Leader for crit racing using high quality carbon fiber from Japan, and built in Taiwan.
The original 3D designed rim is stiffer and lighter for crit racing with better handling on corning and aerodynamics for a strong sprint.
FRONT HUB:A165SBT 24HAERO HOLE BK REAR HUB:A166SBT 28H AERO BK LASER FIX-FIX type SPOKE : Pillar PBA1422 BK + NYLOK NIPPLE: Pillar alloy DSN BK 14.4mm NIPPLE SPACR 7.5X4.2X0.3, front 1 cross, rear 3 cross W/NOVATEC 18mm rim tape Nipple: made of alloy pro7 material which is super light. each nipple is 0.4g.