Designed and built with no compromises, the FACTOR O2 delivers a high-performance ride capable of satisfying the demands of the fastest riders in the ProTour peloton. This is the weapon of choice of Romain Bardet and the AG2R team. To dance up the mountains, and storm down the descents.
Manufactured in FACTOR’s advanced carbon fibre facility to the highest standards, the O2 blends three different types of carbon, applied expertly to provide both high stiffness and comfort, depending where it’s needed. Every tube and section of the O2 has been engineered and developed for a ProTour level quality ride: maximum power transfer under load, but also vibration dampening to feel fresh after a 6 hour ride. All that in a sub-800g frame weight. This is the result of FACTOR’s expertise with carbon fibre manufacturing for over two decades.
The O2 does all that in style, with a slender profile that will subtly stand out in any group ride. Elegance, all-day comfort and high performance coming together.
- RGi Carbon fibre
- Svelte RGi Carbon tapered fork
- Asymmetrical, oversized downtube
- All-internal cable routing
- Stealth seatpost clamp
- Clearance up to 28mm tyres
- Electronic and mechanical drivetrain compatible
- Rim and Disc brake versions
- 7 frame sizes
DANCE UP THE MOUNTAINS
The FACTOR O2 delivers a high-performance ride capable of satisfying the demands of the fastest riders in the ProTour peloton. This is the result of meticulous geometry design work, structural carbon fibre layup optimization (for best power transfer at minimum weight) and a careful choice of components. To dance up the mountains, and storm down the descents.
The continuous downtube-to-chainstay structure of the O2 frame provides an unparalleled stiffness for minimum energy loss and maximum drivetrain performance. Using bigger and wider tubes with a more continuous shape allows us to use longer sheets of carbon fiber, for a stronger and lighter structure.
At the core of the Power Drivetrain sits the BBright bottom bracket shell. We choose BBright as it offers the widest possible BB shell for a smoother and stiffer transition from the wide, asymmetric downtube to the tall chainstays. All this while being able to lay the carbon fibre sheets smoothly in this area, with high compaction, without sharp or thin shapes that increase weight and decrease structural integrity. The asymmetric (narrower on the drive-side) BBright shell also improves clearance with small chainrings and powermeters.
A section cut of the BB are reveals the enlarge structure created by the gusseted joint between the downtube, seat tube and BB shell. The asymmet-ric, tall chainstays make use of all available volume for a more continuous blend into the BB shell, for extra stiffness at a low weight, while leaving room for 28mm tyres and large chainrings.
The FACTOR O2 features a visibly asymmetric oversized downtube, which is the backbone of the frame and largely responsible for the highly reactive and lively nature of the bike. Using FEA software and our internal test lab bench data, we have perfected the size and profile of the downtube for every size for superior riding characteristics.
Connecting the headtube to the bottom bracket and chainstays, the asymmetric downtube carbon layup is tuned for a perfect balance of torsional and vertical stiffness.
Up front, the O2 frame is complemented by the Svelte fork. Frame and fork have been designed together to work in unison with the highest performance in mind: lateral stiffness with some vertical compliance for comfort, excellent torsional stiffness for increased control while cornering and descending. All those great characteristics packed in a very light weight fork. Such a feat is the result of long hours of FEA (Finite Element Analysis) during the design phase, followed by numerous carbon layup prototypes and testing in the lab and on the road.
The Svelte fork uses a tapered steerer tube with a 1-3/8?lower bearing, with the crown integrated in the frame’s downtube for increased steering precision and aerodynamic gains.
The disc version of the Svelte fork largely follows the shape and size of the rim brake fork, to achieve the same high performance numbers, but with a slightly asymmetric design and specific layup to withstand the disc braking forces.