Factor Bikes has launched an all-road, adventure frameset, the Factor Vista . The bikes is the British brand’s first foray into a non-race-specific road bike and follows hot on the heels of the news that its partnership with WorldTour team AG2R La Mondiale has come to an end.
The all-carbon adventure bike is available in five sizes from 49–58cm and, like Factor’s aero-specific ONE frameset and time-trial model, features an external fork hinge and dubbed OTIS-AR (One Total Integration System – All Road).
Ryder Hesjedal, former Giro d’Italia winner and cross-country MTB world champion, helped with the development of the Factor Vista, which is optimised for 35mm tyres and available as a frameset only, or supplied with new tubeless wheels from Factor’s component wing Black Inc.
The Factor Vista features an external steerer that’s also seen on the brand’s aero models Factor Bikes
Each frameset size has a different carbon layup to retain the design characteristics regardless of frame size. Factor also takes this one step further by offering the frameset package to include frame, fork, integrated cockpit and seatpost as standard, all of which is designed specifically for the bike.
The Factor Vista has a Press Fit 4630 CeramicSpeed bottom bracket.
The geometry is optimised for tyre widths from 30–35mm Factor Bikes
The integrated carbon cockpit has a semi-truncated top section and resembles a unit normally seen on high-end race bikes. The seatpost on the Factor Vista uses the common design of a D-profile to offer a balance of stiffness and comfort.
The frame features lowered seatstays for increased comfort over rougher terrain and Factor says its down tube-to-chainstay carbon layup ensures high levels of power transfer are retained in the design, offering performance both on and off road.
The Devesa colour option is inspired by the Devesa Forest just outside of Girona, Spain Factor Bikes
The Factor Vista also features internal cable routing and is compatible with electronic or mechanical groupsets as well as 1x or 2x drivetrains through a removable front derailleur mount. The bike also features hidden fender/mudguard mounts.
Black Inc’s Thirty tubeless wheels, which are designed specifically for the Factor Vista, have a full carbon 30mm rim, 24 Sapim spokes front and rear and CeramicSpeed bearings.
The bike is available in the standard Stone Grey option Factor Bikes
David Millar, another former professional, also works closely with the Factor brand and, alongside the standard stone grey, a CHPT3 Devesa colour option is also available — which is said to be inspired by the namesake forest just outside of Girona, Spain.
Millar’s CHPT3 brand, which produces clothing through Castelli, has previously produced limited edition frameset designs for Factor.
The Factor Vista is available now and priced £3,750 / $4,799 / €4,690, see more at Factor Bikes.