Factor first appeared on the Pro-Tour scene in the 2017 Tour-de-France through their sponsorship with AG2R La-Mondiale and got off to a flyer with a podium finish by France's Romain Bardet. Romain used the O2 throughout the world's most-famous tour which helped him to look as strong as any of the GC contenders up the iconic Alps and Pyrenees climbs and descents. As well as coming kitted out with Black Inc. Thirty road wheels with ceramic speed bearings, this O2 spec comes fitted with Shimano Ultegra 8000 which provides smooth, fast and lightweight shifting. The O2 was built with three different types of high-modulus carbon, two of which are popular with carbon bikes but Pitch Modulus is rare and comes at a high price but earns it's value in off the charts stiffness and weight.
Factor used layup simulation software called Fibersim that enables us to model the exact size, shape, orientation and placement of every ply, and then add them up into a virtual build of a frame before ever cutting any pre-preg. This process allows Factor to put no more carbon fibre into the frame than is necessary.
Carbon Modulus Layup
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 rarer because it demands specific skills to work with, and comes at a relatively very high cost. But Factor uses it simply because it’s the lightest and stiffest carbon available for bike frames that can be manipulated.
Modulus Fibrous Technology
As with other Factor bikes, the O2 Disc uses three kinds of fibre: Standard Modulus, Medium Modulus and High Modulus Pitch Fiber. The High Pitch Fiber is as rare as it is expensive and our workers go through rigorous training to correctly use this material. Despite the cost and difficulty of working with it, we use it because High Pitch fibre helps give Factor bikes their low weight and signature ride quality.
Frame - RGi Carbon construction, tapered/shaped 1-1/8″ upper and 1-3/8″ lower head tube, compact pro race geometry, internal cable routing, rim or disc (flat mount) brakes
Fork - RGi Carbon, Svelte, rim or disc (flat mount) brakes
Headset - CeramicSpeed with CeramicSpeed/Factor top cover
Bottom Bracket - CeramicSpeed PF30 BB with Wheels MFG BBRight 24 mm reducers/adapters. Optional Spacer Kit: SRAM GXP and 30 mm BB386 cranks
Saddle - Fi’zi:k Arione R1 Carbon
Stem: Black Inc Integrated Barstem
Handlebar: Black Inc Integrated Barstem
Seatpost: Black Inc Seatpost
Front Brake: Shimano Ultregra BR 8000
Rear Brake: Shimano Ultregra BR 8000
Front Derailleur: Ultegra 8000, 11spd, braze-on
Rear Derailleur: Ultegra 8000, 11spd
Shift Levers: Shimano Ultegra 8000, 11spd
Cassette: Shimano Ultegra CS-R8000, 11-28
Chain: Shimano CN-HG701, 11 Speed
Crankset: Shimano Ultegra 8000 52/36
Tape: Factor Hi-Grip Tape
Front Wheel: Black Inc Thirty Road clinchers, CeramicSpeed Bearings, Black Inc + CeramicSpeed Hubset (HU-03), Sapim Aero Butted Spokes
Rear Wheel: Black Inc Thirty Road clinchers, CeramicSpeed Bearings, Black Inc + CeramicSpeed Hubset (HU-03), Sapim Aero Butted Spokes