When Factor first premiered the O2, it was ridden to mountain top stage victories at the Tour de France and second place at Paris-Roubaix. As good as that version of the O2 proved to be, this revamped O2 is even better, thanks largely to improved manufacturing techniques that allow us to make the frame lighter, stronger, and more durable. Our ability to control every aspect of the manufacturing process allows us to optimize every aspect of the frame design. Advancements like the Svelte Fork increase control, stiffness, and comfort, while the tapered steerer tube enhances steering precision and introduces aerodynamic gains.
Always looking for innovative ways to make their bikes even better, Factor have used ultra high pressure molds when manufacturing the O2 frames. These molds remove excessive resin from the base material, which not only helps to keep the weight to a minimum, but also ensures a stronger, more efficient carbon frame. It’s an innovative engineering solution that translates directly into performance. This advanced manufacturing method allows us to create a stiff, responsive frame that also is comfortable enough for Paris-Roubaix cobbles and stable enough at high speeds to slice down an alpine descent.
The asymmetrical downtube forms the backbone of the frame, with the carbon layup focused on withstanding the various torsional forces each side of the bike will experience. The bottom bracket shares this asymmetric design to ensure the drive train side stands up to a WorldTour level power output. The rear triangle works to ensure solid acceleration through the drivetrain thanks largely to the beefy chainstays. The lithe seatstays introduce a comfortable level of vibration absorption without compromising the efficiency of power transfer.