For lovers of custom-made things the appeal is two-fold — it’s both in the fit, and in the knowledge it comes from an individual who’s accountable for his craft.
“Beyond performance, the client’s commitment in the manufacturing process, the fact that he knows the craftsman, his techniques and the materials used, all this gives a soul to the bike.” – Daniel Hanart
At HERITAGE Paris, Daniel Hanart is to bikes what a tailor is to your favorite suit. A former racing-cyclist and frame expert (who has designed models used in record-breaking competitions), he makes sure that a bike will fit you as closely as a Savile Row jacket.
The company, created by Cyril Saulnier and the Billard brothers — Alex and Simon — turned to the roots of traditional French craftsmanship to find inspiration for a new era of customization. The result is a product as precise in its performance as it is aesthetically.
Just as you do at a tailor’s, each bike starts with a fitting that includes six measurements to ensure optimum comfort and efficiency. After that, options for accessory include everything from streamlined vintage connectors, two-color paint jobs, Japanese handlebars, English leather saddles, and Victoire hubs for the ultra-connoisseurs among us.
These pieces are meant to last. Meant to be used and reused. Even passed on to generations. Indeed, one person’s HERITAGE may be the next person’s inheritance.