Press Camp Report: Factor Bikes

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Now in it’s 15th iteration, Press Camp continues to bring a range of cycling brands to a three day get-away with journos outside the hustle & bustle of the big, cavernous bike shows where no one gets any solid time to either talk, or ride, bikes.

Once again, the Silver Baron Lodges in Deer Valley, Utah acted as our home for four days as we engaged in hour long seminars with each brand to find out what the latest & greatest is that they have to offer.

Factor Bikes was first up. Although still little known in America, the brand is fast paced to change that by virtue of sponsoring the AG2R team and introducing a trio of bikes intended for the higher-end consumer.

THE ONE

Based on the radical Vis Vires that first launched the brand as a designer brand, the Factor One is the highest-end offering, but is not currently planned to be imported into the U.S. The OTIS (Otis Total Integration System) front end is a simpler version of the original twin spar fork found on the Vis Vires.

 

One of the more intriguing design details of the One is the split Twin Vane downtube. The under-the-chainstay rear brake, hidden seat binder and aero tube shapes make-up more of the aero package.

THE O2

The svelte O2 is the official team bike of the French AG2R team. All the frames are design dedicated for electronic drivetrains. The frame is made with a collection of standard, medium and high modulus carbon and is available in six sizes and two colorways.

THE 02 DISC

The newest bike in the Factor stable is the 02 Disc is based on a 740 gram frame that uses bolted-in (versus molded-in) aluminum inserts for all threaded parts (12mm thru-axles), and increased lay-up on the non-drive side to better respond the higher braking forces of the disc brakes. Like the 02, the disc model is dedicated for electronic drivetrains. The frame has room for 28mm tires and rolls on Factor’s own Black Inc. carbon wheels which use Ceramic Speed bearings. The metal flake tangerine finish is striking and the bike is available in six sizes.

 

No doubt the informative seminars (and bacon at the breakfast buffet) are notable, but the big sky rides outside of the Deer Valley resort are stunning.

 

 

 

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