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2017 Factor Bike 02 Ultegra Di2 Complete Road Bike

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$4,545.00
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2017 Factor Bike 02 Ultegra Di2 Complete Road Bike

 

Factor Bikes calls the O2 Ultegra Di2 Complete Road a "beautiful chameleon" because of its ability to do anything you could ask of a road bike. And when we write "anything," we mean rides ranging from multi-pass days in the high mountains to the cobblestone abuse of the Flemish classics. The frame is built-up with an equally versatile spec sheet, the standouts of which are Shimano's Ultegra Di2 shifting and Mavic's mid-depth Cosmic Pro Carbon SL wheelset. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better combination of race-worthy components without toppling over into the $10,000 range, and we think it's virtually impossible to find a frame that rides like the O2 at any price point.

The O2 doesn't have the OTIS head tube/fork construction or Twin Vane down tube of Factor's flagship model, but it does feature the same uncompromising carbon lay-up and a climb-happy 740g of claimed frameset weight. The low weight and deceptively responsive drive spine seem mutually exclusive, but Factor manages to bridge the divide while maintaining an admirable amount of long-mile comfort. It's not as smooth as an endurance-minded steel frame, but the O2 doesn't have the ass-on-asphalt punishment so common in the sub-800g, high-mod category.

The O2's characteristics are the product of a collaboration between some big names in the cycling industry and a big name in automotive aerodynamics. The project was started by bf1systems, a motorsport firm that dabbled in cycling with the revolutionary (and non-race-legal) Factor 001 and Vis Vires framesets. A group of two-wheeled visionaries recognized the potential of bf1systems' designs, snapped the Factor name and technology up, and have since translated it into race-legal framesets with the ultimate aim of sponsoring a World Tour team.

Though not as advanced as the One and One-S models, the O2's aerodynamic benefits are still readily apparent to the naked eye. The vertically oriented tubes' bullet-nose face and truncated tailing edge will be no surprise to anyone staying abreast of industry advances because the shape babysits airflow from the point the frame encounters it till long after it's detached and dissipated into wake. The abbreviated rear face is especially important for two reasons. First, it reduces the negative vacuum of trailing drag that traditional NACA tube shapes produce. Second, it doesn't turn into a destabilizing parachute when crosswinds and road conditions shift the yaw angle outside of a NACA profile's near-zero comfort zone.

The frame's aerodynamic features extend to such subtleties as a hidden seatpost clamp, tucked-away seatstays, internal cable routing, a Di2 junction box, and the inclusion of an integrated stem/bar unit designed to work as part of a drag-reduction system with frame and rider. Frankly, we expect this roster of wind-cheating features from high-end aerodynamic road frames; given Factor's penchant for going above and beyond what's expected, it's no surprise that they're all represented here.

The fact that the aerodynamics don't come at the cost of comfort is a surprise, though. We've got to stress again that the O2 isn't as buttery smooth as a classic, lugged steel frame or a heavy, carbon cobbles machine, but it does transmit a lot less harshness than the non-traditional tube shapes and seatpost would suggest. Maybe this is because of the low chainstay juncture and shape, or maybe it has something to do with the EM2 RGicarbon lay-up. Given one that one of Factor's co-owners has a 15+ year pedigree producing carbon frames for an impressive list of boutique brands, we suspect the latter might play a significant role. The O2's EM2 RGicarbon construction involves three different carbon moduli that balance the vibration damping and durable compliance of lower and middle moduli with the unyielding stiffness of Pitch Fibre, a material that is as unabashedly stiff and light as its name is unabashedly British.

Factor isn't shy about claiming that Pitch Fibre is the lightest, stiffest material that can be shaped into a bike frame, so you might assume three things here: 1) Pitch Fibre is extremely difficult to work with, 2) it's very expensive, and 3) Factor jealously guards the exact details of its lay-up schedule. You'd be correct on all fronts. The one insight Factor gives into its process is the use of a program called Fibersim, which Factor uses to "ensure that we put the waste into the garbage can and not into the frame." Fibersim helps the brand keep material to a minimum, resulting in fabric cuts and construction so discerningly meticulous that the process rates at the tippy-top end of luxury, a theme that's also reflected in finishing details like a Ceramic Speed bottom bracket.

 

  • A versatile road racing bike from the industry's newest giant
  • Lightweight stiffness for climbing and sprinting
  • Aerodynamic design with European motorsport pedigree
  • One-piece carbon bar and stem keep the cockpit aerodynamic
  • Black Inc. carbon seatpost and integrated clamp mechanism
  • Internal, sheathed routing makes for easy cable install
  • Pre-upgraded with electronic shifting and carbon race wheels
  • Generous clearance accommodates up to 28mm tires

 

2017 Factor Bike 02 Ultegra Di2 Complete Road Bike

 

Frame Material:

EM2 RGi Carbon Fiber

Fork:

Single Bayonet

Fork Material:

EM2 RGi Carbon Fiber

Headset:

1-1/8 - 1-3/8 in

Shifters:

Shimano Ultegra Di2 6870

Front Derailleur:

Shimano Ultegra Di2 6870

Rear Derailleur:

Shimano Ultegra Di2 6870

Crankset:

50 / 34 t Shimano Ultegra 6800

Bottom Bracket:

Ceramic Speed BBright

Crank Arm Length:

[sizes 49, 51] 170 mm, [sizes 54, 56] 172.5 mm, [sizes 58, 61] 175 mm

Cassette:

11 - 28 t Shimano Ultegra 6800

Chain:

Shimano CN-HG701

Brakeset:

Shimano Ultegra 6800

Brake Type:

direct-mount

Handlebar:

Factor Bikes

Bar Tape:

Factor Bikes

Stem:

Factor Bikes

Saddle:

Fi'zi:k Aliante R7

Seatpost:

Black Inc.

Seat Collar:

integrated

Wheelset:

Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon SL

Hubs:

Mavic Instant Drive 360

Skewers:

Mavic BR601 quick-release

Tires:

[front] Mavic Yksion Pro Griplink, [rear] Mavic Yksion Pro Powerlink

Tire Size:

700 c x 25 mm

Pedals:

not included

Recommended Use:

road cycling

Manufacturer Warranty:

limited lifetime on frame

 

GEOMETRY CHART

O2

 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Stem

49cm

45.6cm

51.5cm

49.5cm

36.7cm

9.5cm

70.5o

73o

6.8cm

40.5cm

90mm

52cm

48cm

53.5cm

52cm

37.6cm

11.5cm

72.2o

73o

6.8cm

40.5cm

90mm

54cm

50.2cm

54.9cm

54.2cm

38.4cm

13.1cm

73.1o

73o

6.8cm

40.5cm

110mm

56cm

52.5cm

56.5cm

56.5cm

39.2cm

15.4cm

73.5o

73o

6.8cm

40.5cm

110mm

58cm

54.8cm

58.1cm

58.8cm

40.1cm

17.8cm

73.5o

73o

6.8cm

40.5cm

120mm

61cm

57cm

59.6cm

61.1cm

40.9cm

20.2cm

73.5o

73o

6.8cm

40.5cm

120mm


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  1. Best selections and pricing

    Posted by Matt on 12th Dec 2018

    Best selections and pricing, easy and straight forward online buying and cheap shipping! (most time!)



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