The Factor O2 VAM represents 3 years of feedback, data, innovation, and design from Factor's O2 Project, culminating in a frameset that optimizes the original O2 in almost every area. Lighter, stiffer, better integration, greater tire clearance, the Factor O2 VAM rewrites the rules of ultralight bikes with unparalleled ride quality in a featherlight package.
Applying Factor’s ethos of zero compromises, the O2 VAM is the result of the most substantial engineering breakthrough in carbon bike manufacturing in decades. Using new methods to defy modern carbon bike manufacturing convention, Factor was able to optimise structural design while using the absolute minimum material possible, all without loss of stiffness or ride quality.
VAM is manufactured with a completely new method of carbon compaction. Pressurization greater than normal allows Factor to wring excessive resin from our base material, therefore making the carbon stronger, lighter and more efficient.
An optimized and strategic layup of mixed modulus carbon helps further define and augment VAM’S decisive handling characteristics.
A redesigned and optimised bottom bracket working in tandem with an updated seat tube provide the core of the O2 VAM’s ride characteristics. An industry first, VAM incorporates Boron within the seat tube. This allows a reduction in weight while adding both stability and strength. The resulting structural integrity is combined with a meticulously designed BB junction, providing instantaneous power transfer and in essence, serves as the beating heart of the O2 VAM.
There’s no asterisk next to the weight of the bike. VAM’s weight (or more precisely, its lack of it) is due to inspired design and manufacturing excellence. Instead of relying upon a collection of temperamental and difficult to obtain ultralight components to hit target weights, we challenged ourselves to deliver weight savings within the chassis. The goal? To allow the O2 VAM to be assembled with standard components, and its rider to enjoy the thrill of an ultralight, with the reliability and compatibility of standardized kit.
The rim brake version is compatible with mechanical and electronic drivetrains and now uses Direct-Mount standard, for increased power and easier adjustments. The O2 VAM also features an entirely new cable routing path, cable routing management port, and cable stops for mechanical shifting and brakes.
Optimized structure design and carbon layup and specific material choices, depending on the frame area and shape, allows us to use the least material without loss of stiffness, efficiency or ride quality.
The VAM O2’s race-tuned geometry features increased tyre clearance from the O2 of 30mm measured, integrated carbon headset top-cover options, both 5mm and 20mm, for a cleaner look and stem integration for different handlebar heights. The result: greater responsiveness and comfort, faster rolling speeds, and a more sculpted fuselage.
Frame Material: TeXtreme®, Toray®, Nippon Graphite Pitch-Based Fiber
Wheel Size: 700c
Fork: Svelte / Svelte Disc
Head Tube Diameter: 1-1/8 upper and 1-3/8 lower
Headset Included: CeramicSpeed
Bottom Bracket Type: CeramicSpeed
Cable Routing: Internal
Front Derailleur Mount: Braze Type
Brake Type: Rim
Compatible Components: Electronic and Mechanical
Seatpost: Black Inc.
Barstem: Black Inc.
Front Axle: 12 x 100mm thru-axle
Rear Axle: 12 x 142mm thru-axle
Recommend Use: Road Cycling
Manufacturer Warranty: 5 year limited lifetime warranty
Max. Tire Clearance: 30mm
Finish/Color: Nude Carbon UD – Matte Black Gloss with Red Decal Logo Finish
Frameset Showcase: https://www.flickr.com/photos/glorycycles/albums/72157710589184633