Factor Bikes & Team Israel Start-Up Nation Ride Together in 2021

Jan 15, 2021

Israel Start-Up Nation’s Perfect Racing Machine for 2021

After a successful first season on the WorldTour; Factor Bikes is proud to continue its collaboration with Team Israel Start-Up Nation and our partners Black Inc and CeramicSpeed in 2021.

Our latest innovation, the OSTRO VAM was released at the 2020 Tour de France. It was deemed outstanding by the team’s riders, who embraced the perfectly produced bike immediately after its release.

Winning on the OSTRO VAM

Dan Martin wins stage 3 of the Vuelta a España in 2020 – Image by: Bettini


Dan Martin rode the OSTRO VAM during the Tour de France and went on to win a stage on the new bike at the Vuelta a España. “From the very first moment, I realised Factor had taken a great step forward, basically combining the aerodynamics of the ONE with the lightness and comfort of the O2 VAM,” ISN’s climber says.

“Factor clearly listened to the riders’ needs during the development of the OSTRO and I am looking forward to working closely together with them in 2021 as well.”

The highlight of the great partnership between Team Israel Start-Up Nation and Factor Bikes is underlined by ISN’s team manager Kjell Carlström. “This is a fantastic bike for a large variety of different race profiles, as Davide Cimolai and Dan Martin proved in the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España, respectively,” Carlström says.

Factor Bikes, Black Inc,  CeramicSpeed & Team ISN: An incredible combination

A strong partnership between Factor, Black Inc & CeramicSpeed – Image by: Noa Arnon

Rob Gitelis, owner of Factor Bikes and Black Inc, is proud when he hears positive comments about the OSTRO. “Using our experience in developing bikes at the highest level of the sport, we have a pretty good handle on the requirements of the riders, something which is illustrated quite clearly with the OSTRO. A fast, lightweight bike that is comfortable to ride. The sort of bike that, as cyclists and racers ourselves, we’d like to ride.”

Gitelis continues: “With the OSTRO VAM we were able to listen to the initial feedback from the riders and then make some minor stiffness changes to accommodate their wishes.”

“Feedback from riders is always valuable and well-received by our engineering team,” Gitelis says. “Our unique position of owning our dedicated manufacturing facility means that we can react quickly to implement these kinds of changes.”

“The end result was a race bike that was considered perfect for both Andre Greipel and Dan Martin. It was very special to see Martin win stage 3 of the Vuelta a España in an uphill sprint finish on the OSTRO VAM.”

Continuing to develop

Chris Froome joins the team in 2021, pictured riding the Factor OSTRO VAM – Image by: VeloImages

Gitelis is looking forward to the 2021 season, “Between Factor, Black Inc & CeramicSpeed, we have a very effective partnership in place and it will only get stronger as we work together with Team Israel Start-Up Nation to help guide future developments.”

Martin S. Banke, Executive Vice President of CeramicSpeed, agrees, “As we already have a close partnership with Factor Bikes and Black Inc, we hope to strengthen the relationship with Team Israel Start-Up Nation even further and follow their season closely.”

Banke: “We are proud to be part of the team’s achievements in reaching new goals and we hope to see them at races all over the world throughout 2021.”

Carlström echoed the sentiments above saying, “Having had a great first season on the WorldTour with Factor Bikes, Black Inc and CeramicSpeed only makes me more excited for 2021.”

Team Israel Start-Up Nation will race in 2021 on the OSTRO VAM, ONE and O2 VAM.

Guy Sagiv rides the Factor O2 VAM – Image by: Ronen Tupeberg

Team Israel Start-Up Nation Factor OSTRO VAM

  • Frameset: Factor OSTRO VAM Flicker Edition
  • Wheels: Black Inc THIRTY / FORTY-FIVE / SIXTY
  • Bar & stem: Black Inc Carbon Integrated Barstem
  • Seatpost: OSTRO VAM Mid Depth Lightweight Seat Post
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
  • Additional: CeramicSpeed OSPW and CeramicSpeed bearings
  • Brakes: Swissstop
  • Tyres: Maxxis
  • Saddles: Selle Italia
  • Computers: Hammerhead Karoo 2
  • Power Meter: 4iiii

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Factor OSTRO VAM Frameset

Black Inc FORTY-FIVE Wheelset

Black Inc Integrated Carbon Barstem

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