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Civilian Bicycle Co. Vive Le Roi

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From sloppy autumn days to frozen, early winter mornings, cyclocross racing draws competitors and spectators alike to brave harsh conditions. The reason for this is tight racing, challenging courses, and an attitude that leans more on the fun-side of the competitive fence. The Civilian Vive Le Roi provides the durability and versatility these courses demand to get you out there rubbing elbows during the final, chilly days of the riding season.

Civilian has been around since 2005, but if you're not familiar with these sleek, well designed bicycles, that wouldn't surprise us. That's because, until now, Civilians were each hand crafted for individual customers by one person. Unsatisfied with what was available from mainstream manufacturers, Tyson Hart set out building frames under the Civilian brand in 2005 after attending UBI, a respected frame building school in Ashland, Oregon. Relying on a combination of extensive personal experience and close work with clients, Hart crafted cyclocross, commuting, and mountain bicycles.

These bicycles quickly garnered industry respect for their clean lines and efficient designs. You'll find that same attention to detail of those rare, custom pieces in the Vive Le Roi -- now packaged for the masses. The Vive Le Roi is constructed with Hart Design 4130 double-butted Cro-Moly for the right blend of toughness, compliance, and low weight. Traditional lines blend the timeless elegance of cyclocross bicycles with modern features like an oversized head tube, sliding dropouts, and disc brakes. The Vive Le Roi's shaped seat and chainstays provide excellent mud clearance and responsive acceleration. The stays are tied together with Tange Design sliding dropouts, and the 7075 T6 aluminum sliding pieces give you the option to go derailleur-less.

At the front end of the Vive Le Roi resides a Civilian Chubby head tube. This oversized junction delivers front end stiffness for negotiating rutted courses with ease, and it'll fight deflection from the powerful front disc brake and stout disc-specific, tapered carbon CX fork -- keeping the Vive Le Roi planted in high-speed turns, and stable under hard braking. Speaking of braking, you won't find any canti mounts on the Vive Le Roi. Now that the UCI has lifted the ban on disc brakes, cantis are destined to become obsolete as they did on mountain bikes.

Equipped with Avid BB5 mechanical calipers, and sporting mud-shedding 160mm front and 140mm rear rotors, the Vive Le Roi's ready to get dirty. SRAM Apex brake levers connect you to the calipers and provide excellent leverage and modulation. The right lever has a DoubleTap shifter to quickly and precisely control the 10-speed Apex rear derailleur. An FSA Gossamer crankset spins on MegaExo outboard bearings for hassle-free seasons of grimy competition. Keeping the cockpit nice and light are Ritchey alloy handlebars, stem, and seatpost. A lightly padded Velo saddle gives the support and comfort needed for a day hopping barriers, and perforated Velo tape ensures you won't lose your grip.

The Vive Le Roi rides on double-walled alloy rims with 32 spokes laced to Formula hubs. They're plenty durable for years of abuse and simple to service if the inevitable fall during competition occurs. Front and rear Kenda Kwicker 700c x 32mm tires have a semi-slick design with low-profile knobs for low-rolling resistance on hard packed courses, and aggressive side knobs for secure handling on muddy courses.

The Civilian Vive Le Roi comes in 50, 53, 55, 57, 59, and 61cm sizes, and it's available in the color Podium Blue.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
double-butted 4130 CR-MO
Cxar CX
Fork Material:
carbon fiber
FSA Orbit No.9 Tapered
[rear] SRAM Apex
Rear Derailleur:
39 t FSA Gossamer with bashguard
Bottom Bracket:
not included
11-32 t SRAM PG-1050
SRAM PC-1031
Brake Levers:
[front] SRAM BL500
Brake Calipers:
Avid BB5
[front] 160 mm, [rear] 140 mm
Ritchey Road Logic II Comp
Bar Tape:
Velo Perforated
Velo Comp
[front] Formula DC-91, [rear] Formula DC-32
32 hole Jalco DM-23
Kenda Kwicker
Tire Size:
700 c x 32 mm
Recommended Use:

sizing chart

Bike size by rider height


Geometry chart

Civilian Bicycle Co.

Vive Le Roi and Le Roi Le Veut
Size Seat Tube (C-C) Top Tube Seat Tube Angle Head Tube AngleHead TubeChainstayStandoverFork Rake
50 19.3in
74deg 72deg36.2in
16.3 - 17.3in
53 20.1in
74deg 72deg39.4in
16.3 - 17.3in
55 21.1in
73deg 72.5deg44.9in
16.3 - 17.3in
16.3 - 17.3in
16.3 - 17.3in
16.3 - 17.3in

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Is there any room for upgrading the wheels...

Is there any room for upgrading the wheels on this set up, e.g. to a set of Stans tubeless?


This bike is one that we get complete from the manufacturer and therefore we're not able to swap out any parts on it.

If you are still interested in it get in touch with us and we'll be able to get you a price for the wheelset you're interested in.

Let us know if you need anything else.

Unbeatable at this price

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had the 2012 version of this bike for almost a year now. I live in an area with tons of bumpy tarmac and gravel roads and this bike is great around here. I've raced in a couple of road events and a couple of mtb events with it as well (it's currently the only bike I've got). The 1 x 10 gearing put me at a slight disadvantage in the road events but, with proper road tires, it did a fair job of pretending to be a road bike. One of the mtb events had tons of gravel road and I did respectably in that one. The other was full on single track more suited to full suspension. I had fun and didn't die but the Vive le Roi is not the right tool for that job.

It's not all been perfect. My bike came with Quando hubs (they've changed to a different brand since then). Within a few months of getting the bike, a pawl broke in the freehub and caused havoc. The rear hub was well and truly ruined. However, Competitive Cyclist did the best they could under the circumstances (they didn't have any replacements hubs or wheels that would work at the time). They refunded me a fairly substantial sum that I put toward a wheelset from velocity that was lighter and stronger than the Quando wheels. Since then, I haven't had any problems with the bike (that I haven't cause myself by crashing it into things ...and all those problems have been completely understandable).

The only other complaint I could come up with is that the bike is a bit heavy. Mine (61cm frame) weighs in at about 11.3kg. Sure, I'd rather have a lighter bike but, at this price, something's got to give.

Overall, the bike handles great, looks good, has good durable components (except the Quando hubs which they've stopped using), and has to be the most versatile bike I've ever owned (which is great 'cause it's currently the only bike I own). I've ridden it almost 4000kms so far and am looking forward to CX season in the southern hemisphere. You won't find a better CX bike unless you're willing to spend at least 2x the price.

Would you be able to attach pannier to...

Would you be able to attach pannier to this bike ?

Panniers are kind of tricky. This bike doesn't have any eyelets that I can see from the picture for mounts, but there are some mounts that can go without eyelets. More than likely you could, but this bike is not specifically designed to handle panniers. Do you have a specific kind picked out? Front/rear/other?