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Factor Launch Sub 700GM Frame With New 02VAM


FACTOR have released a major update to the 02 series with the 02VAM – a sub-700g road frame.

The O2 VAM (Velocità Ascensionale Media) is available immediately and, according to the company, introduces class-leading levels of integration, versatility, and ride dynamics into an ultra-lightweight package.
‘Manufacturing Breakthrough’ Say Factor
Factor say that not only does the O2 VAM challenge riders’ expectations for what is possible in a sub-700g road frame, but it also represents a breakthrough in carbon bike manufacturing.

“This is due to a revolutionary method of carbon compression moulding,” said a company rep.  “FACTOR was able to remove a significant amount of weight from the carbon lay-up by applying ultra-high levels of pressure to expel any unnecessary resin, thereby enabling superior ply compaction. The result is a frame that is not only lighter but also stronger than the O2.”

VAM frame only closeup
VAM front closeup
VAM Rim R45 side profile

Development work for the O2 VAM began in earnest as WorldTour riders put the original O2 through its paces between 2016 and 2018. Armed with rider data and feedback, FACTOR set about developing not just a successor to the O2.

The company say that natural evolution is clearly visible in the O2 VAM’s increased tyre clearance (30mm measured), improved cable routing and integration, all while maintaining the O2’s race-proven geometry. The result they say … “greater responsiveness and comfort, faster rolling speeds, and a more sculpted fuselage.”

VAM front fork and bars
VAM tire clearance

“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.” 

– Rob Gitelis, owner of Factor

Available immediately at all official FACTOR retail partners and through FACTOR’s website the O2 VAM comes in both rim and disc brake variants with a matte UD carbon colourway.

The O2 VAM starts at USD5,499 (around $AU 7900) for the chassis option, which includes frame, fork, seatpost, Black Inc barstem, CeramicsSpeed bottom bracket and headset.


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