Factor's Slick adds slippery storage for triathletes

Updated TT bike gets tri-specific features

Factor has launched the latest version of its Slick TT machine, which now includes some tri-specific features for riders who like to sandwich their cycling between bouts of swimming and running.

We got a good look at the Slick at last year’s Paris-Nice where it was being ridden in the TT by AG2R, and the latest version gets Factor's carbon StoraPak, a box that attaches to the back of the seat tube and which claims to come with no aero penalty, along with bosses on the top tube for a bento box and a BTA mount on the cockpit for a bottle cage.

The latest Slick adds the StoraPak storage box, which attaches to the seat tube
The latest Slick adds the StoraPak storage box, which attaches to the seat tube

The StoraPak has space for two tubes, tyre levers, a CO2 inflator with two cartridges, as well as a small multi-tool.

The Slick is an aero-everything machine, with virtually every element of the frame and finishing kit having an aerodynamic cross-section.

Its most distinctive feature is the Twin Vane Evo split down tube, as seen on the Factor ONE, which is designed to optimise airflow without compromising on stiffness.

The Slick's most distinctive feature is this radical split down tube
The Slick's most distinctive feature is this radical split down tube

At the same time, a front brake that’s integrated with the fork saves watts up front, while the Wide Stance fork and seatstays let air flow through the bike, rather than just around it. They also offer clearance for 28mm tyres.

Interestingly, the front derailleur mount is removable, making a super clear 1x setup a possibility — one that makes a lot of sense for flatter courses.

The Slick is designed to be adaptable to the needs of a wide range of riders, with both zero setback and offset seatposts available, along with 0 and 40mm stem stack options.

There are three aero extension options for the Slick, this one is the Ultimate
There are three aero extension options for the Slick, this one is the Ultimate

The cockpit assembly comes courtesy of fit specialists 51 Speedshop, and it offers three different bar extension choices along with a bewildering array of adjustments.

The Slick is available now as a 'chassis' for £5,000 / $6,300 / AU$8,595 which includes a frameset, cockpit, seatpost, headset and bottom bracket or a 'rolling chassis' for £6,550 / $8,100 / AU$9,995 which adds wheels on top.

Matthew Allen

Senior Technical Writer, UK
Former bike mechanic, builder of wheels, hub fetishist and lover of shiny things. Likes climbing a lot, but not as good at it as he looks.
  • Discipline: Road, with occasional MTB dalliances
  • Preferred Terrain: Long mountain climbs followed by high-speed descents (that he doesn't get to do nearly often enough), plus scaring himself off-road when he outruns his skill set.
  • Current Bikes: Scott Addict R3 2014, Focus Cayo Disc 2015, Niner RLT 9
  • Dream Bike: Something hideously expensive and custom with external cables and a threaded bottom bracket because screw you bike industry.
  • Beer of Choice: Cider, please. Thistly Cross from Scotland
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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