After a season in the Pro-Continental ranks with ONE Pro Cycling, 2017 sees Factor make the step up to WorldTour with AG2R La Mondiale. The Tour Down Under was the first opportunity to take a look at the French team’s race bikes for the upcoming season and while many features were announced last October, there were a few distinct changes.
While the AG2R La Mondiale bike featured Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 shifting, Mavic wheels and SRM power meters, the bike didn’t feature eecycleworks brakes, unlike the initial announcement last autumn. Further to this, one of Factor’s owners, former Tour de France Green Jersey winner Baden Cooke, outlined the bikes would feature CeramicSpeed oversized jockey wheels on the rear derailleurs. However, regular Dura-Ace 9000 series brakes and standard Di2 rear derailleurs were in place of these items on the Factor, although CeramicSpeed did supply the headset and bottom bracket.