Optimized structure design and carbon layup and specific material choices, depending on the frame area and shape, allows us to use the least material without loss of stiffness, efficiency or ride quality.
VAM’s obsessively detailed fabrication technology and selection of materials allows Factor to meet the twin challenges of creating a chassis to attack when the grade points skyward, yet one capable of carving through corners with authority when the course heads back to the valley floor.
O2 V.A.M. Chassis
VAM is manufactured with a completely new method of carbon compaction. Pressurization greater than normal allows us to wring excessive resin from our base material, therefore making the carbon stronger, lighter and more efficient.
An optimized and strategic layup of mixed modulus carbon helps further define VAM’S handling characteristics.
Until VAM, reduction in frame weight signified an equal decrease in ride quality. VAM forever alters this dynamic. Even as our lightest production bike to date, VAM is stiff and responsive under power, maintaining the superior ride and handling qualities justly regarded as the signature elements of all Factor Bikes.
A redesigned and optimised bottom bracket working in tandem with an updated seat tube provide the core of the O2 VAM’s ride characteristics.
Detailed Attention to Ride Quality
Widestance Seat Stays
Redesigned Seat Tube
Using Boron on the back of the seat tube allows for additional compliance without buckling.
Optimized Tyre Size
There’s no asterisk next to the weight of the bike. VAM’s weight (or more precisely, its lack of it) is due to inspired design and manufacturing excellence. Instead of relying upon a collection of temperamental and difficult to obtain ultralight components to hit target weights, we challenged ourselves to deliver weight savings within the chassis.
The goal? To allow the O2 VAM to be assembled with standard components, and its rider to enjoy the thrill of an ultralight, with the reliability and compatibility of standardized kit.
Such a feat is the result of long hours of FEA (Finite Element Analysis) during the design phase, followed by numerous carbon layup prototypes and testing in the lab and on the road.
The Svelte fork uses a tapered steerer tube with a 1-3/8″lower bearing, with the crown integrated into the frame’s downtube for increased steering precision and aerodynamic gains.
The disc version of the Svelte fork largely follows the shape and size of the rim brake fork, but with a slightly asymmetric design and specific layup to withstand the disc braking forces.
Integrated Carbon Headset
Both the rim and disc brake versions are compatible with mechanical and electronic drivetrains. The rim brake version now uses Direct-Mount standard, for increased power and easier adjustments.
At the Factor Carbon Lab our team of designers and engineers tested countless tube shape iterations in the relentless pursuit of speed, performance and aesthetic perfection.
|Seat Tube Angle||74||73||73||73||73|
|Head Tube Angle||71.3||71.6||73.1||73.3||73.3|
|Seat Tube Length||455||480||503||526||548|
|Stand Over Height||727||750||772||794||820|
VAM Specifications Chart
|Frame Set||Frame||Factor||VAM||TeXtreme®, Toray®, Nippon Graphite Pitch-Based Fiber|
|Fork||Factor||VAM||Svelte / Svelte Disc|
|Seat Post||Black Inc.||VAM||Zero and 25mm setback available|
|Barstem||Black Inc.||VAM||Reach 80mm, drop 125mm. Multiple stem lengths and bar widths available|
|Headset||Ceramic Speed||110 Series||1-1/8" bearings|
|Head Tube Diameter||1-1/8 upper and 1-3/8 lower|
|BB||CeramicSpeed||PF4630||Aluminium cups / CeramicSpeed bearings with Wheels MFG 24mm BBRight Reducers/Adapters|
|Max Tire Clearance||30mm|
|Brake Type||Disc and Rim|
|Front Axle||12 x 100mm thru-axle|
|Rear Axle||12 x 142mm thru-axle|
|Finish/Color||Nude Carbon UD – Matte Black Gloss with Red Decal Logo Finish|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year limited lifetime warranty|