Cyfac are based in the Loire Valley, and have an illustrious history that includes victories in Grand Tour stages, world road race championships, and Monument classics.
Francis Quillon founded the company in 1982, and many of his early machines, made from exotic alloys, aluminium, and titanium, were disguised beneath the logos and paint schemes of sponsors when they made their appearance in the peloton. He later moved into creating custom-made, lug-less carbon frames for teams and individuals.
The company’s role as supplier to racing teams diminished with the prevalence of moulded carbon frames and the insistence of sponsors on the use of their own machines. While still producing frames in a discrete fashion for a few teams, Cyfac now manufacture custom made, carbon bicycles for private clients. The process involves Cycfac’s Postural System of measurement and a discussion of preferences for the frame’s ride qualities before work begins.
Cyfac also produce a limited number of ‘off the peg’ standard frames. Developed using software called CATIA, this is the CAD technology usually used by aeronautical companies (it was created by Dassault Systemes); Boeing and Bombardier, as well a numerous automotive manufacturers and notably Frank Gehry, the radical American architect.
We’re testing the Cyfac Absolu V2, equipped with super deep section Zipp 808’s, and the latest iteration of SRAM’s range-topping Red groupset.
The Absolu V2 is a carbon frame with a tapered 1 1/8” – 1 1/2” headtube with integrated headset and internal cable routing. The fork is a full carbon affair with a flowing profile, and there are options to use a BB30 and integrated seat mast. On this standard Absolu V2, a 56cm version, we measured a 560mm top tube with a 160mm head tube set at 73 degrees, and a seat tube at 72.5.
Our test machine is finished with a matte clear coat over the raw carbon, creating an understated, but head-turning appearance. The shapely top tube has a figure of eight profile, a flowing down tube, and delicate looking seat stays, which almost join at the junction with the seat tube. This is a visually appealing frame.
Much of the finishing kit on this test bike comes from Zipp’s Service Course SL range, which gives every appearance of simplicity and functionality. We’ll let you know. The Rido Rlt Performance Saddle completes the picture.
Frameset prices start at just under £4200 for sizes XS (50) to XL (58). Custom sizes are available at just under £5700.
Check back soon for a full review.