Bike of the Week: Factor LS

Ready to race

Factor finally plunged into the gravel game with their own, lightweight, performance-oriented twist. Using the same frame design techniques used to achieve the sub-14-pound Factor O2 VAM, Factor claims their first foray into gravel acheives a frame weight of 950 grams.

Dubbed the LS, Factor’s new rig  is a “pure gravel racer”, built for speed with optimized compliance for the rough stuff. Factor’s LS  is designed for steady and predictable handling with its 100.5cm wheelbase and 72.3-degree head tube angle.

Building off Factor’s experience with industry-leading expertise in carbon fiber construction, LS features perfectly balanced geometry and stiffness. Diverging from traditional, pack-animal gravel bikes, the LS aids in immediate acceleration and climbing performance for aggressive riding to break free from the group without beating on the
racer.

The LS is built with an aggressive race geometry capable of accommodating up to 43mm tires. It is compatible with both 1x and 2x electronic and mechanical shifting. Mounts a plenty with spot for three bottle cages, a top tube Bento Mount, and space for a frame bag.

With the LS, Factor builds off the successes achieved by the Panaracer / Factor Gravel team and elite athletes Eric Marcotte, TJ Eisenhart, and Andrew Dahlheim in the US.

A complete LS with SRAM Force AXS, Black Inc Thirty Wheels, and a Black Inc Finishing Kit starts at $6,999.

STATS

Price: $2700 (frameset)

Weight: 950 grams (frame)

Sizes: 49, 52, 54, 56, 58

www.factorbikes.com

 

 

 

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