Oliver Naesen enjoyed a top-twenty finish at the 2016 edition of Paris-Roubaix and has improved on his Classics pedigree this season with top-10 finishes at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne and Dwars door Vlaanderen. Naesen improved this further with a podium at E3 Harelbeke, and if not for the definitive crash on the Kwaremont with Peter Sagan and Greg Van Avermaet in the Tour of Flanders, we may have seen even more.
Naesen’s bike features a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070 groupsetJosh Evans / Immediate Media
As Naesen lines up for Paris-Roubaix this Sunday, we took a detailed look at the bike the Belgian rode during the 105th Scheldeprijs earlier in the week.
The Factor O2 is designed to be as at home in the mountains as it is in the cobbles of the Northern Classics. The minimalist design and unique colourway result in a bike that stands out in a generally conservative pro peloton.
The bike is equipped with a SRM powermeterJosh Evans / Immediate Media
AG2R La Mondiale lined up to Scheldeprijs with as yet unseen Mavic Comete Pro Carbon SL. The deep section aero wheels feature full carbon wheels and we expect a full release and further information in the coming weeks.
The AG2R La Mondiale were equipped with as yet unseen and unreleased Mavic Comete deep carbon rimmed wheelsJosh Evans / Immediate Media
In what is a relatively standard feature bike elsewhere; Naesen opts for a 44t inner chainring to make the most of a relatively flat Northern Classics season. The bike is equipped with a full Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070 groupset, paired with an SRM powermeter.
Naesen was running a 140mm stemJosh Evans / Immediate Media
Factor’s component wing; Black Inc provides the seatpost, handlebars and stem, whilst Italian brand Fizik supplies the saddle and handlebar tape.
Frame: Factor O2
Fork: Factor O2
Handlebar: Black Inc, 390mm
Stem: Black Inc, 140mm
Brakes: Shimano Dura-Ace
Brake / shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace 11-28
Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace, 53/44 with SRM powermeter