The French aerospace company, TVT, produced some of cycling’s first carbon fiber tubes. Their technology was utilized by various marques, including LOOK and Bottechia. Concorde, as well as producing some of the most recognizable steel frames of the 80s and 90s, also badged TVT frames.
Greg Lemond was carried to victory aboard a TVT when he won the 1989 Tour de France by beating Laurent Fignon by eight seconds on the Champs-Élysées. While the technology has progressed in the twenty-two years since, today’s carbon fiber race machines, though they owe so much to the TVT frames, distinctly lack the grace and agility of the originals.
This Concorde TVT is equipped with period-correct 8-speed Dura-Ace, Cinelli stem and bars and an American Classic post.
Many thanks to Andy ‘fyxomatosis‘ White for the superlative photography.