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Designed in Britain. Ridden in France. Loved by all.
The O2 is Factor's most versatile bike and combines minimalist beauty with exceptional performance, riding lightly at a scant 740g for the frameset; it’s equally at home effortlessly consuming the mountains of France as it is rolling sublimely over Belgian pavé. Ridden by AG2R-La Mondiale's Romain Bardet onto this years Tour de France podium, the O2 offers the perfect blend of fast ascents and even faster flats.
Factor's attention to detail on the O2 is absolute, from precisely controlling the material and resin production process, right down to everyday practical detailing that ensures that assembly and maintenance are as refined as the ride itself:
Factor's frame laminate design and manufacturing process ensures that they put the waste into the garbage can and not into the frame; using a computer programme called fibresim, each layer is specifically cut to minimise any overlaps or extra materials where they are not required. The result: the strongest, lightest frame possible.
The O2 frame is made with three different carbon types, each selected for different performance characteristics. Standard Modulus, Medium Modulus and High Modulus Pitch Fibre. While the first two are common to the cycling industry the last – the Pitch Fibre – is far more rare because it demands specific skills to work with, and comes at a relatively very high cost. But Factor use it simply because it’s the lightest and stiffest carbon available for bike frames that can be manipulated.
The O2’s Svelte fork uses a 1-1/8" to 1-3/8" tapered steerer, an organically blended fork crown/headtube junction, and sculpted lowers that all combine to minimise the surface area of the fork, yield ultra low weight and be laterally stiff: the Svelte delivers a compliant ride that, together with wider, higher volume tyres (the Svelte is designed to clear 28c+ tyres) will smooth even the harshest pavé.
The O2 Dura Ace comes with a choice of an integrated bar/stem option for the optimum balance of lightweight, comfort and improved aerodynamics, or with traditional stem and handlebar option to maximise bike fit. The integrated system is extremely light, has a minimal frontal area, and is very comfortable. It comes with a removable direct-mounted Garmin computer mount, and is available in 15 possible permutations of width/stem length options for a precisely tailored fit comprising five stem length options: 90, 100, 110, 120 and 130mm; and three bar width options: 400, 420 and 440mm.
The O2 has ample tyre clearance to allow the comfort and performance benefits that come from using wider, higher profile tyres – up to 28c.
The hidden seatpost clamp contributes to the O2’s clean and uncluttered aesthetic and improves aerodynamics.
The BBright bottom bracket system is extremely light, exceptionally stiff and is compatible with the majority of aftermarket cranksets, including: BBright, BB386 EVO, standard Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo 24mm external-type cranks.
Frame - RGi Carbon construction, tapered/shaped 1-1/8" to size-specific lower head tube, compact pro race geometry, internal cable routing
Fork - RGi Carbon, Svelte, size-specific taper
Headset - 1-1/8" upper, size-specific lower, Ceramic Speed cartridge bearings, Factor top cap
Stem Factor - RGi Carbon integrated aero system
Handlebars - Factor RGi Carbon integrated aero system