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Factor shows off its latest road bike for technophiles, the Vis Vires

Factor shows off its latest ro...
For the second time, Factor Bikes claims to have developed the world's most technologically-advanced road bike
For the second time, Factor Bikes claims to have developed the world's most technologically-advanced road bike
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A Garmin Edge computer is mounted at the center of the Vis Vires' handlebars
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A Garmin Edge computer is mounted at the center of the Vis Vires' handlebars
For the second time, Factor Bikes claims to have developed the world's most technologically-advanced road bike
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For the second time, Factor Bikes claims to have developed the world's most technologically-advanced road bike
Viewed from above
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Viewed from above
A specially designed, TSA-approved bag comes with the bike
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A specially designed, TSA-approved bag comes with the bike
The Garmin Edge bike computer, which is included with the Vis Vires (either a 510 or 810 model)
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The Garmin Edge bike computer, which is included with the Vis Vires (either a 510 or 810 model)
The Factor Power Crank
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The Factor Power Crank
The two Vis Vires models are built on the same composite frame
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The two Vis Vires models are built on the same composite frame
The Vis Vires weighs in between 15.2 and 16.3 pounds
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The Vis Vires weighs in between 15.2 and 16.3 pounds
The Vis Vires will be available as soon as August
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The Vis Vires will be available as soon as August
A Di2 battery is mounted in the seat post
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A Di2 battery is mounted in the seat post
Integrated ANT+ sensors are built into the frame
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Integrated ANT+ sensors are built into the frame
Brakes are located in aerodynamically efficient locations
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Brakes are located in aerodynamically efficient locations
Pricing for the Premium Dura-Ace model starts at £9,999/$13,051
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Pricing for the Premium Dura-Ace model starts at £9,999/$13,051
The Vis Vires features a dual downtube
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The Vis Vires features a dual downtube

This week Factor Bikes unveiled what could be a new gold standard for technophile road cycling fanatics obsessed with self-quantifying and monitoring. The company claims that its Vis Vires is the "world's most technologically advanced road bike," loaded with wireless sensors, an onboard computer and power crank.

It's a title that Factor is stealing from itself, after also bestowing the same title on the product of its partnership with Aston Martin – a two-wheeled version of the carmaker's One-77 supercar. While the One-77 road bike was designed as a sort of high-end luxury cycle for serious training (and priced accordingly at US$39,000), the Vis Vires provides much of the same, but comes with a price tag that's a little closer to earth.

A big part of the Vis Vires package is the integration of wireless ANT+ sensors, a name that will be familiar to many serious cyclists. The sensors come built into a lightweight frame, and pass data on to a centrally-mounted Garmin Edge bike computer for monitoring of heart rate, speed, cadence and power data. Other compatible ANT+ sensors can also be brought into the mix.

A Garmin Edge computer is mounted at the center of the Vis Vires' handlebars
A Garmin Edge computer is mounted at the center of the Vis Vires' handlebars

Unlike its Aston Martin-inspired predecessor, the Vis Vires will be sold in two different versions. The Ultegra Di2 model features its namesake Shimano electronic shifting system, along with a Garmin Edge 510 computer. It's available starting in January and comes with Factor Power Cranks for £7,999/$10,441 or with Ultegra cranks for £5999/$7,830. The premium Dura-Ace Di2 model includes the Factor Power Cranks, a Garmin Edge 810 system and will be on sale a few months earlier (in August) for £9,999/$13,051.

Factor's Power Cranks measure the power output of the cyclist's left and right legs individually to provide performance data including details on left/right leg power balance.The cranks will also be offered as an after-market product for use on other bikes.

The Factor Power Crank
The Factor Power Crank

Both Vis Vires models use the same frame, with the total packages weighing in at 15.2 pounds (6.89 kg) for the Dura-Ace and 16.3 pounds (7.39 kg) for the Ultegra model. According to a release from Factor, "Each also comes equipped with full carbon clincher wheels, custom all internal cable routing and an ENVE Composites Compact handlebar. Using industry juggernauts like Cervelo and Specialized bikes as benchmarks, FACTOR’s Vis Vires excels in terms of stiffness, aerodynamics, comfort and weight, specifically performing its best at high yaw angles."

See the Vis Vires in action and get a feel for the ride by watching the promotional video below.

Source: Factor Bikes

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1 comment
Fritz Menzel
Hmmm... Factor, Ultegra or Garmin... which crank do I go with?... Oh, what the hell, since it's Mummy & Daddy's money anyway, I'll just wait for the Garmin.