This is a bike I would have loved to race on, unfortunately as a professional I never got to choose my equipment, everything I used and rode was chosen by the management and a contractual obligation. So, as weird as this may seem, it is the first bike I have chosen since I was 16 years old.
It came about because of my friendship with ex-racer Baden Cooke, who had joined forces with Rob Gitelis to form Factor. I didn’t have any ties with any other bike manufacturer and so was keen to be part of the project, the moment I met Rob and saw the first generation prototypes my decision was made.
I contributed not only to product development but ultimately the aesthetics. The Factor TT bike was named the ‘SLICK' because that was how I described it when I first set eyes upon the final version.
This Special Edition One is spec’d with a SRAM Red eTap drivetrain with CeramicSpeed pulleys added to the rear derailleur, in fact the entire bike is equipped with CeramicSpeed bearings. We created special plugs to close the ports for the Di2 wires for a clean, finished and aerodynamic surface.
In a nod to English heritage, we built it with Brooks’ C13 saddle, which I helped develop and is Brooks’ first performance saddle in more than half a century.
Stopping the bike are direct-mount EE brakes, the lightest rim caliper brake available and the most powerful brake you can put on a bike short of going to discs.
While racing for Garmin I saw first-hand the value of an aerodynamic road bike, but I also knew how hard it is to produce an aero road frame that has the responsive feeling of a traditional road frame. The combination of the Twin Vane Split Down Tube and race ready geometry and construction has allowed us to create an aero bike that can actually be ridden aggressively.
I also helped us develop OTIS, Factor's One Total Integration System, that sees the bar and stem integrated into a single unit and that bolt to an aerodynamic external steerer fork. OTIS is lighter, stiffer and more aerodynamic than a traditional bar/stem/fork combination.
Perhaps my most important contribution to the One may be its ride quality. The fact that the One rides like a great carbon fibre road bike is no accident. Those aero tube shapes don’t usually result in a bike that sprints well or offers any comfort on rough roads. I helped Factor find the right blend of stiffness, comfort and aerodynamic performance. As a result, the One isn’t just a special-occasion bike. It’s the bike I can ride every day.
There are only 51 bikes in the CHPT3 configuration in existence. Why 51? The number 51 has legendary significance in the Tour de France, it is considered to be the luckiest number, although nobody can really confirm why anymore, which sort of sums up professional cycling, it is steeped in myth and mystery.
We wanted the CHPT3 ONE to be understated yet still look different. Bucking the trend of the black on black we went for a dark grey, a colour I actually saw first on a Singer Porsche. It may look black, but when you look closely it is a deep gray. The Rosso Fuoco flashes are the same colour we use as reveals in our CHPT3 clothing. All in all this is my dream bike, and ironically will be the best bike I have ever ridden on. It is a shame I didn’t get to use it when I was racing, although saying that, it’s going to make me a damn good Café Racer.
I think this is the coolest bike I have ever had and I am quite proud to say that.
|Seat Tube Angle||74.0°||73.5°||73.5°||73.0°||72.75°|
|Head Tube Angle||72.5°||73°||73.25°||73.5°||73.75°|
|OTIS Bar (c-c)||400||420||420||440||440|