Factor has unveiled a new frameset called the O2 VAM, which the British brand claims weighs in at an incredible sub 700g, relying on advanced materials such as TeXtreme, Nippon Graphite pitch fiber and boron fiber to achieve its svelte proportions.
According to Factor, VAM stands for Velocità Ascensionale Media, a term created by the controversial sports doctor Michele Ferrari that examines a rider’s average “climbing speed” in relationship to his or her weight.
The O2 VAM expands upon several features of Factor’s outgoing O2 frameset such as a new carbon compression molding technique, allowing for better placement of the material via the use of “intricately detailed internal mandrels”, while excess resin and fiber have been reduced through the process of greater compaction to improve the frame’s strength-to-weight ratio.
Similarly, the 02 VAM’s fork has undergone a new design, using a revised fabrication process to both reduce weight and increase strength.
“Historically speaking, bike brands have always struggled with the balance between maximizing profit versus developing the best bike possible. After over 20 years in the industry, I decided to throw out the rules and challenge Factor with one simple goal: to develop the absolute best bike in the world. With the O2 VAM I truly believe we have achieved this goal, and I can’t wait for our customers to experience this bike,” says Rob Gitelis, owner of Factor.
While the geometry has remained essentially the same as its predecessor, the 02 VAM gets more clearance, providing enough room for tires up to 30mm, as well as a reshaped asymmetrical bottom bracket and improved internal cable routing and integration thanks to Factor’s Black Inc handlebar and stem combination.
The O2 VAM is available in both a rim and disc brake variant for $5000, with six stock frame sizes (49-61cm) to choose from, while color options have been limited to a raw, matte UD carbon finish with just a splash of black and red gloss detailing.
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