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Unsatisfied with what was available from mainstream manufacturers, Tyson Hart set out building frames under the Civilian brand in 2005. Relying on a combination of extensive personal experience and close work with clients, Hart crafted cyclocross, commuting, and mountain bicycles. The distinctive cyclocross bikes saw action around the West Coast's popular 'cross series, and they quickly gained a cult following for their seamless balance of a fun-to-ride attitude, lively handling, and overall responsiveness.

The Le Roi Le Veut retains the same attention to detail that was developed through Hart's custom pieces, and it's packaged for the masses. The frame is constructed from 4130 double-butted steel tubing. This springy, lightweight steel helps keep your pocketbook flush, yet provides the durability and supple ride that cyclocross courses demand. Hart shaped the seatstays and chainstays to fight deflection while sprinting, but the construction won't beat you up on bumpy courses, or when jumping back on the saddle after a barrier hop.

At the back end of the Le Roi Le Veut, singlespeed Tange Design 7075 T6 aluminum sliding dropouts were integrated. The traditional front triangle is not so traditional, with the inclusion of a Civilian 'chubby' head tube. This oversized design provides front end stiffness for negotiating rutted courses with ease, and mitigates deflection from the powerful front disc brake and stout, full-carbon, CX fork -- keeping the Le Roi Le Veut planted in high-speed turns, and stable under hard braking.

Because Civilian is about purpose-designed, no-nonsense functionality, you won't find canti posts on its cyclocross bicycles. But, because of UCI restrictions, these posts have continued to plague cyclocross bicycles -- until now. The UCI has lifted the ban, and the Le Roi Le Veut is leading the disc brake movement. The Avid BB5 mechanical calipers and mud-shedding 160mm front and 140mm rear wave cut rotors are mated to Tektro RL340 brake levers, so you'll have all the power and modulation you need.

Disc brakes stop the Le Roi Le Veut, and FSA Gossamer cranks make it go. Flex-resistant alloy crank arms transfer power efficiently. They spin on Mega Exo outboard bearings to ensure mud and grime won't force the bottom bracket into the trash after a season of racing. The cranks carry a 39-tooth chainring, with an 18-tooth cog out back.

The Le Roi Le Veut doesn't come with a singlespeed-specific wheelset, as the 18-tooth cog rides on a standard Shimano compatible freehub body with a spacer kit. This design breeds versatility. All you need to do is add a cassette, rear derailleur, rear derailleur hanger, and shifter to make the Le Roi Le Veut a one-by-whatever-you-wish.

The Le Roi Le Veut wheelset consists of double-walled alloy rims with 32 spokes laced to Formula hubs. They're plenty durable for years of abuse and simple to service. Front and rear Kenda Kwicker 700c x 32mm tires have low-profile knobs. An alloy cockpit rounds out the build, with Ritchey aluminum handlebars, seatpost, and stem. Velo perforated bar tape and saddle complete the package.

The Civilian Le Roi Le Veut comes in 50, 53, 55, 57, 59, and 61cm sizes, and it's available in the color Royal Purple.

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20 miles in (experienced Rider)

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

So the shipping time with them having to "build and test" the bike took too long if you ask me. REPLACE THE SEAT (order a seat before the bike, it is horrible!) For a hilly area the gear ratio is great, if you live in a more flat area be prepared to switch it up which is super easy as the rear hub is shimano (took 8 minutes) The tires that it came with are great for dirt but I am switching over to road style as you loose so much power with them commuting distance. Here is the break down.. I will load video of the bike in action later when I get some good video and am not so damn sore.


- Nice welds

- Low Flex

- It looks better than in the pictures

- Easy to switch rear hub depending on needs

- Works great in bad weather

- Strong wheels and front fork

- Many midgrade components


- Shipping time (yea you said you built it tested it yada yada yada) for $75 bucks + and it being built the disc breaks should have gone on and flowed smooth, instead... spent thirty minutes re calibrating them at my friends shop

- Crap Seat... I feel like I got prison raped

- Cheap break levers (Im replacing with cane creek)

- Doesn't have pannier set up so you have to go with a seat post mounted (can hold up to 25 pds)

- Bar tape and ends are cheap

- Need to take the time to take the china grease out of the bike and put some good grease in the moving parts (even REI does this!!)

- Wheels though strong look cheap

Conclusion: I love this bike, it stands out its strong, it is good in multiple situations. It is not a track bike but it will get you there. Some of the parts that come with it are just crap (seat, break levers). Really should be drilled for pannier set up. Overall a beautiful bike, light weight (dont listen to the reviews you might see on other sites, compared to other steel frames this thing is a good weight) If you commute make sure to amazon some good tires, because the ones it comes with are evil for distance commuting on road

Kind of an oddball question, but would the...

Kind of an oddball question, but would the sliding rear dropouts allow you to use a flipflop hub and run it as a fixed gear, or would the disc brake prevent you from doing so?

I'm 5, 9 what size would you recommend the...

I'm 5, 9 what size would you recommend the 55cm is what I would normally go for but you and other sites only show the 53cm or 57cm ?

Is this bike compatible with fenders/rac...

Is this bike compatible with fenders/rack/pannier set up for commuting?