All posts tagged Factory 5

  • Factory Five F5 Pista Hubs & Wheelsets

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    The guys over at Factory Five are known for not only bringing you some killer track and fixed gear bikes in Shanghai but also for developing their own line high-quality components; their world-renowned Lattice Chainring or the innovative F5 Titan 31.8 Quill Stem are perfect examples.

    So what’s the latest from Factory Five? Hubs and wheels of course, and they look damn good to boot.

    The F5 Pista Hubs are forged from 7075 aluminum, CNC finished and fitted with sealed-cartridge bearings sitting on chromoly axles. The Sherrif Staresque cutout flange is designed to distribute stress while keeping the overall weight down to just 490 grams for the set (including bolts).

    These hubs are available in 20h for the front and 24h for the rear with a flange diameter of 80mm and a BCD of 70.5. They’re up for sale no in black, silver and for a limited time, monster purple. Also, be sure to check out the F5 Pista Wheelset.

  • SRAM Omnium & Factory Five Lattice Chainring aka Omnilattice

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    When you’re in the market for a new chainring, it’s no doubt that there are number of worthy contenders: Sugino; 44rn; TA; Blackspire; FSA; you get the idea. Being out here in Shanghai, I’m really fond of the Factory Five Lattice Chainring. The lattice ring is designed and produced by the friends over at Factory Five, a Shanghai-based bike shop specializing in custom track bikes and components.

    Anyway, a couple months ago I replaced my entire drivetrain. I decided to throw on my second lattice ring and swap out my crankset for the SRAM Omniums. I also tossed on a gold Izumi chain for good measure. A few months of daily commuting and general riding later, I’m happy to report that all is well! The Omniums were noticeably (as expected) stiffer and the lattice chainring felt just as nice as my first one.

    If you want to see a bunch of other track bikes sporting the Omnilattice setup, head on over to Instagram and browse the #omnilattice tag.

  • Factory Five XCR Custom Touring Bike


    Damn, would you look at this thing? Talk about a beautiful bicycle that’s as functional as it is eye-catching. This custom built touring bike was just finished for a F5 customer who plans to spend the next few years trekking the globe; and what a fine machine to do so on. The frame is a custom-built  Factory Five Columbus XCR stainless steel touring frame and topped with a lovely mix of brushed and clear-coat finish. As you’ll see in the photos below, each and every cable is internally routed, which could be an advantage or drawback…depending on your preferences.

    As far as components go, it’s no holds barred; the bling level here is real. You’ve got a Dura Ace 9000 11 speed grouppo, H Plus Son Archetypes to a Supernova up front and Chris King in the rear, ENVE cockpit and saddle, Brooks C17 saddle, and an E3 Pro 2 headlamp & tail light. Oh, and don’t forget The Plug III.

    This is easily one of the raddest touring bikes I’ve seen in a while. While the STI shifters and 11-speed drivetrain would make me nervous while touring, they don’t detract from drool factor…this thing is supreme! Check out a few more shots below.

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  • Factory Five F5 Titan 31.8 Quill Stem

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    The F5 Titan 31.8 quill stem from Factory Five is something I’m sure so many people out there have been waiting ages for. Have you ever started to build up an old NJS bike or lugged road bike, only to realize those drop bars you have are 31.8 and not 25.4? Well shoot, now you gotta dig up some Nitto handlebars or something to fit the 1″ quill 25.4 clamp stem you’d otherwise inevitably be using. Bummer.

    Or maybe you want to swap out the drops for some risers without having to pull off your bar tape and brake levers? This 31.8 1″ quill stem from Factory Five will save you from countless inconveniences.

    They’re under $100 and currently available in silver at 90mm. Word is that they’ll be shipping on November 30th, so head on over to Factory Five if you’re in Shanghai or grab one online!

    Check it out in greater detail below.

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  • Bicycle Film Festival Shanghai


    The BFF (Bicycle Film Festival) has been running for 15 years now and traveled to over 60 cities, showing short films to over 1 million cycling enthusiats, bike folk and curious parties. This year, the 2015 Bicycle Film Festival is coming to Shanghai from November 5-8 at Anken Air (the building that Factory 5 is in), so don’t miss it if you’re in SH.

    Here’s the schedule:

    November 5
    7-11pm Photo Exhibition & Opening Reception

    November 6
    7pm “Cinematic Shorts”
    9pm “Fun Bike Shorts”

    November 7
    7pm “Urban Bike Shorts”
    9pm “Cyclique”
    After-party at Arkham

    November 8
    5pm “Cinematic Shorts” (repeat)
    7pm “Urban Bike Shorts” (repeat)

    Admission is 100 RMB per program and there are a few ways to get your tickets.

    -Pick ’em up at Factory 5 in-person at 667 Changhua Lu, Building S1, Shanghai
    -Get them online via WeChat, Taobao or the Factory 5 online shop.

    Can’t wait to check some of these films out!

  • Studio 191 at Factory Five

    A few months back, my buddy Elliot of Studio 191 threw a photo party at Factory 5 and my friend Theo Paul Santana was there to document it. Here’s a short that Theo produced from that night last spring. Enjoy.

  • New Factory Five Website!

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    The buddies over at Factory Five just launched a brand new website! Head on over and check it out. They’re offering FREE shipping within mainland China and international express shipping starting at just $25. For a 10% discount, just use the code: F5TENOFF .

  • Factory Five: Rolling Across Xinjiang


    I’m a little late on posting this, but a couple weeks ago the homies at Factory Five embarked on an incredible tour of the Xinjiang Province in the northwest of China. Xinjiang is one of the world’s largest country subdivisions, spanning over 1.6 million square kilometers and borders Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and Tibet.

    While I’ve never personally had the chance to explore this part of China, I couldn’t help but to live vicariously through the eyes of this crew, eagerly awaiting each update from their journey. The photos from this trip are absolutely breathtaking and reminded me of how much I miss bike touring. If the financials and work schedule allow for it, I’ll be planning a similar trip this fall. If only I had my touring bike (Soma Saga) with me here in Shanghai…

    Anyway, over the course of their tour they encountered quite the array of conditions; starting off in some snowy mountains and muddy roads, leading them into dry sandy deserts and finally coming up on some dry, rocky plains.

    I pulled some of my favorite photos from their journey and posted them below, but for the whole story you’re gonna have to check out the Factory Five Blog:

    Day One: From Wulumuqi To The Mountains
    Day Two: From The Mountains The The Desert
    Day Three: Around The Ancient Site of Turpan
    Day Four: Over The Flaming Mountains

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