Factor Bikes' One Road Frameset has a long, storied pedigree that began as a twinkle in the eye of bf1systems, one of Britain's preeminent motorsport design firms. The One's predecessors, the Factor 001 and the Vis Vires, pushed the boundaries of stiff, responsive handling and aerodynamic frame shapes beyond their logical limits???Ü~o far beyond, in fact, that they weren't race-legal. Given that prohibition, we admit that we regarded them as novelties but never really considered them viable for us because, well, we like to race.
Factor's stated aim is "to be the best specialty racing bike company in the world"; with the aerodynamically advanced One, the brand may well have done it. The One combines every bit of aerodynamic technology and frame construction expertise selectively sampled by Factor's other models, the One-S and the O2. The exception to this is the One Total Integration System (OTIS) front end, which is only featured on the One and which is what elevates the brand's flagship frameset to the lofty "best specialty racing bike" ambition. The One marks Factor's transition from the un-race-able novelties the brand was formerly known for to sanctioned startlines the world over.