Mikael Cherel’s Factor O2 gallery

AG2R La Mondiale’s 2018 all-round race machine

Loyal AG2R La Mondiale domestique Mikaël Chérel began his eighth season with the French WorldTour squad at this month’s Tour Down Under.

Despite being a size 56 frame, Chérel’s Factor O2 weighs just 6.81kg — a mere 100g above the UCI weight limit — and is the same build that Romain Bardet rode to third place at last year’s Tour de France.

The lightweight machine is paired with finishing kit from Black Inc, including handlebars, stem, bar tape and seatpost.

Wheels from Mavic and pedals from Look give the French team’s bike a taste of their home country, while Continental and Fizik provide the tyres and saddle respectively.

The French WorldTour team use the popular Continental Competition ALX tubular tyres
The French WorldTour team use the popular Continental Competition ALX tubular tyres

Along with Bahrain-Merida, AG2R La Mondiale are equipped with cranksets from power meter specialists SRM.

AG2R’s SRM Origin crankset is the only component remaining in the WorldTour peloton that is still utilising Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 series components in the form of chainrings. Bahrain-Merida have paired their cranksets with the updated Dura-Ace R9100 series chainrings.

The rest of the build does come in the form of Shimano’s latest Dura-Ace R9100 series groupset, however, and a neat number-plate holder from K-Edge completes Chérel’s build.

Click or swipe through the gallery above for a closer look at the Frenchman’s machine.

Full specification

  • Frame: Factor O2 RGi Carbon, size 56
  • Fork: Factor O2 RGi Carbon Svelte
  • Brakes: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
  • Brake/shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
  • Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
  • Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100, 11-28
  • Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
  • Crankset: SRM Origin 9000, 172.5mm cranks, 53/39
  • Bottom bracket: CeramicSpeed
  • Wheels: Mavic Cosmic Ultimate
  • Tyres: Continental Competition ALX, 25mm tubular
  • Handlebars: Black Inc Handlebar, 400mm
  • Stem: Black Inc Stem, 130mm
  • Headset: CeramicSpeed
  • Tape/grips: Black Inc
  • Pedals: Look Keo Carbon Blade
  • Saddle: Fizik Antares
  • Seat post: Black Inc
  • Bottle cages: Elite Custom Race Plus
  • Computer: SRM PC-8 (not photographed)
  • Other accessories: K-Edge number plate mount

Critical measurements

  • Rider’s height: 1.85m
  • Saddle height from bottom bracket (c-t): 795mm
  • Seat tube length (c-t): 525mm
  • Tip of saddle nose to handlebars: 595mm
  • Top tube length: 565mm
  • Head tube length: 154mm
  • Total bicycle weight: 6.81kg

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