Factor best known for its high-performance road bikes, including the One and O2, supplied to top-level professional race teams is set to shake up the burgeoning all-road sector with the launch of its new Vista carbon road bike.
Vista is a response to the growing trend for road cyclists’ desire to push their rides ever further in terms of terrain, distance and diversity of riding surfaces. This all-new bike pairs Factor’s unrivaled expertise in crafting beautifully engineered high-performance machines with a host of innovative technologies designed to optimize handling and rider comfort wherever they choose to go.
No matter how technical, fast or rough the route might be, Vista is made to cope with every environment. Now no rider needs to be confined to smooth tarmac, but can instead master a mixture of challenging terrains and surfaces, with one incredibly capable, versatile all-road bike.
All-road optimized carbon layups
Factor’s extensive work in optimizing the carbon layup on every surface of Vista is an exercise in finding the best blend of stiffness and compliance for each key element: i.e. the frame, fork, bar-stem, and seatpost. With its own end-to-end design, carbon fiber manufacturing and assembly facilities, Factor is able to shorten the development time of each new model while simultaneously expanding the volume of prototyping and testing.
The Frame benefits from size-specific layups (there are five sizes, 49-58cm) that absorb road-buzz, shock and off-road roughness, without undermining its stiffness for direct handling characteristics and efficient power transfer. Careful attention is paid to the joint between headtube and downtube, and the “Power-drive” continuous downtube-chainstay section.
Vista’s frame is designed in conjunction with its OTIS-AR external fork (One Total Integration System – All-Road), a design paradigm originally conceived for previous Factor road models and optimized for Vista’s all-road specialism. The fork has its own layup specifications, and, like the chainstays, takes a 12mm bolt-through axle. Tire clearance can amply accommodate the 35mm tires it is optimized for.
Together their geometry creates a balanced stack and reach combination that encourages riding positions characterizing the all-road concept of getting the best from paved roads and beyond.
Being a wholly integrated unit, Vista’s OTIS bar-stem features the tailored carbon layup types, providing a stiff, lightweight unit with enhanced shock absorption. It has an ergonomic profile, aerodynamic characteristics and neat internal cable routing, and its height is easily adjustable with stacking spacers.
The seatpost’s strong long-fiber monocoque construction features a flat back and otherwise round profile to combine shock absorption and stability while resisting inefficient bobbing under high power. It has a one-bolt alloy clamp and is compatible with Di2 seat-tube batteries.
“We’re so excited to finally be able to share Vista with our partners and customers. From working with Ryder and David, to leveraging all of the experience we had gained from our partnership with AG2R La Mondiale, this new bike truly embodies the All-Road, “discover without limits” ethos. I believe our customers are really going to enjoy this bike.” Rob Gitelis, owner of Factor
Founded in Norfolk, Great Britain, Factor is known primarily for its high-performance road bikes and technical partnership with WorldTour team AG2R La Mondiale. Together, Factor and AG2R La Mondiale have developed racing bikes that have conquered some of the biggest races in the WorldTour, and it is this same technical insight that is powering Factor’s first category expansion beyond road racing bicycles.
For the design, development and testing of Vista, Factor sought out the expertise of former pro Ryder Hesjedal to provide technical assistance and rider feedback. While best known for winning the Giro d’Italia in 2012, the Canadian’s roots are in the rough, having started out as a mountain biker and winning Cross-Country World Championship medals at Senior, Under-23 and Junior levels. With Ryder’s pedigree, his insight was invaluable in testing and honing Vista’s adaptable and versatile ride characteristics.
Freedom of customization
Offering riders the best opportunity to personalize their specification, VISTA is designed as a system-integrated chassis comprised of frame, fork, bar-stem and seatpost. There is also a rolling-chassis option which includes Black Inc’s all-new tubeless-ready carbon Black Thirty wheelset.
Another chapter with David Millar
FACTOR has once again worked with long-term collaborator David Millar and his CHPT3 brand, creating a special-edition CHPT3 colorway of the new VISTA bike – Devesa. Inspired by the impressive Devesa Forest in CHPT3’s hometown of Girona.
Vista comes in two colorways: Stone Grey and CHPT3’s Devesa. The VISTA starts at $4,799 for the chassis option.