Mathieu Gillot was born in France in Le Mans, famous
city for it's endurance car race: the "24 Hours of Le Mans".
- Crazy about sports, he used to run half marathons
when he was young. As soon as he found
out mountain biking, he started competing XC (cross
to speed, he started downhill racing in a time when
dedicated full suspension frames were
rare and expensive in France and many
pilots were still using hardtail bikes. While
he was attending a Mechanic Engineer course, he started drawing and building his own
downhill frames for competitions.
- Mathieu had to moved to São Paulo, Brazil,
where he addopted the bike as
a mean of transportation in the city.
decided to draw
his first full suspension tandem. He built the
frame prototype and tested its geometry and
performance during several bike trails.
The full tandem prototype was
approved on Estrada
Real (Royal Road) running 650 km in 9 days,
starting in Ouro Preto to Paraty. Since
then, he started new studies and sketches for a new and
more sophisticated frame, 100% made in Brazil with a French touch.
In order to share his
passion about special bikes, he created the
Gillot Custom Bikes, a specialized company in producing
customized Tandem and downhill frames.
Mathieu starts producing tandem and downhill
frames answering to different kinds of costumer