Hot off the heels of its launch last month, the new Factor Ostro Gravel has arrived at BikeRadar HQ for testing.
Factor says the Ostro Gravel takes the “win-everywhere mentality” from the brand’s Ostro VAM road bike and, in keeping with that WorldTour-proven machine, has been “developed to dominate its category with incredible aero, superior handling, high stiffness and low weight”.
Bold claims indeed but, before we deliver our verdict in a review, let’s take a look at this decidedly premium build.
It’s all in the frame details…
Factor says the Ostro Gravel uses a blend of TeXtreme, Toray and Nippon Graphite carbon fibres – a blend that, according to the brand, balances lightweight with “a strengthened layup” for gravel riding.
The brand claims a 54cm frame in ‘Naked Grunge’ (a carbon weave finish with white graphics) weighs 900g. It’s only compatible with electronic groupsets.
Paired with Factor’s Ostro Wide Stance Fork, the head tube is particularly striking and, along with the cockpit, contributes to a claimed 9-watt drag reduction at the front end of the bike.
In terms of mounts, there’s the option for a bento box on the top tube, as well as mounts on the underside of the down tube near the bottom bracket junction for a third bottle or tool keg.
That’s it for mounting points. If you need to take more luggage with you, you’ll have to strap on bikepacking bags.
Factor says the Ostro Gravel can accept up to 700c x 45mm gravel bike tyres.
That’s not as wide as the clearance on some gravel bikes, with progressive machines aimed at bikepacking or more extreme riding having space for tyres upwards of 700 x 50mm, though it reflects Factor’s intentions for the bike.
As you’d expect from the brand, the front end is integrated, complete with CeramicSpeed SLT headset bearings.
In theory, you shouldn’t need to worry about changing those and having to undo the brake lines.
CeramicSpeed also supplies the bottom bracket, with a hint of blue on this otherwise stealthy machine.
The bottom bracket standard is T47A (T47 Asymmetrical), which uses the same threaded design as T47, only with the wider and oversized interface of BBRight.
Cervélo pioneered the BBRight standard and Factor was one of a few brands to also employ it. In terms of fitting your chosen crankset, the T47A means you’ll need to run a few spacers on the driveside.
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A tasty spec list
Our Factor Ostro Gravel, in its sparkly ‘Naked Grunge’ matte paint job, is specced with a SRAM Red eTap AXS XPLR groupset. There is also a ‘White Grunge’ paint scheme available.
It retails for £8,430 / €9,710 / $9,799 and the range starts from £7,060 / €8,120 / $8,199 for a SRAM Force eTap AXS XPLR build.
There is also a ‘premium package frameset’ option. This includes the frame, fork, bar/stem and a CeramicSpeed headset and bottom bracket, for £4,730 / €5,450 / $5,499.
This model comes equipped with a Black Inc Thirty-Four carbon wheelset, claimed to weigh in at 1,489g. The 34mm-deep rims, with a 25mm internal width, are built around Black Inc’s own hubs, which in turn feature CeramicSpeed bearings.
The wheels come set up tubeless out of the box with Goodyear Connector gravel tyres in a 700 x 40mm width – generally considered a sensible width for all-round gravel riding.
The finishing kit is also courtesy of Black Inc, with an integrated bar-stem wrapped in Factor’s own bar tape and, on our test bike, an out-front Garmin mount.
The HB02 carbon bar-stem features aero-profiled flattened tops and, on this 56cm test bike, has a 100mm stem length and 40cm bar width.
The one-piece HB02 bar-stem is available in 20mm width increments (36cm to 44cm) and stem lengths starting from 80mm, up to 140mm.
However, if you want to run your preferred handlebar and stem combo, Factor says you are free to as the steerer tube is round.
A proprietary non-round aero seatpost slots into the seat tube and a Selle Italia Model X BB FEC with alloy rails saddle fits on top.
All-in, our 56cm bike weighs in at 8.12kg without pedals.
We’re currently testing the Factor Ostro Gravel, so you can expect a full review on BikeRadar soon.