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by Shane Stokes
February 17, 2018
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Factor Bikes has updated its aerodynamic sprinter’s bike, the ONE, keeping many of its unique features but upping tyre clearance, increasing frame stiffness and further optimising its aerodynamics. Like many new aero race bikes being launched, the ONE is available in both rim (direct-mount) and disc brake (flat-mount) options.
The two most unique elements of the ONE are the Twin Vane EVO Split downtube and external steerer fork. The former is effectively two thin downtubes that run parallel with each other, together these use the full width of the BBRight bottom bracket and oversized headtube. These features, which claim to combine superior stiffness and aerodynamics to traditional designs, trace back to the Vis-Vires superbike, a bike initially designed by the motorsport engineering firm bf1systems.
The One Total Integration System (OTIS) external steerer fork combines with the OTIS Evo one-piece handlebar and stem, together, these offer complete internal cable routing (front rim brake cable excepted). The unique design allows for handlebar height adjustment without the need to trim the fork steerer or remove cables, as is often the case with integrated setups.
Both the fork and seat stays are widened to allow smoother air flow around the wheels. While the airfoil seattube, which contours the rear wheel, is wide enough to shield a 28c tyre.
The ONE is available in seven frame sizes, each now sharing geometry with the manufacturer’s lightweight 02 model. This was done for natural swapping between bikes for the Ag2R team. Complete bikes and framesets are available, starting from US$5,499 / AU$7,099. Visit Factor Bikes for more information.