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Check out Israel Start-Up’s Factor One Disc race bike

Peter Stuart
20 Dec 2019

Israel Start-Up Nation moves up to World Tour, and we peek at their new weapon of choice at their training camp in Israel

Israel Cycling Academy has very recently become Israel Start-Up Nation and is set to ascend into the World Tour with an impressive roster of newly recruited hitters and a brand new bike sponsor.

Factor has returned to the WorldTour after a year's absence, coming aboard to power the team to all of the Grand Tours and Classics races. While climbers like Dan Martin will likely ride aboard the O2 VAM, the beefy aero Factor One Disc is likely to be the weapon of choice for supremely powerful sprinters like Andre Greipel.

The One is certainly an eye-catcher, with its Twin Vane downtube (split in the middle) and external fork steerer, coupled with an extremely neat front end that hides all of the bike’s cabling.

That’s made easier by hydraulic hoses, as the entire team has committed to using disc-brake equipped frames. The team already seemed at home aboard sets of training disc wheels on the team’s first training camp in Israel this week.

However, for racing, expect a set of deep-section carbon wheels to complement the bike’s aerodynamically honed wind-tunnel tested frame.

Other than that, the bike is fully specced for the race season.

Spot the sponsors

On the chainset, we spotted a small 4iii module, part of the brand’s super-lightweight dual-sided Precision Pro power meter system.

Further back, we were encouraged to see a Ceramic Speed oversized jockey wheel on the rear derailleur - which offers increased efficiency and extremely slick aesthetics.

That’s complemented with a KMC gold chain, which again most likely mixes aesthetics with function, but we’re a fan either way.

Selle Italia and Elite seem to have finished off the build with saddles and bottle cages, while the finishing kit is Black Inc, Factor’s own brand.

Unsurprisingly, the bike is bedecked with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, which we expect to become increasingly ubiquitous in next year’s peloton.

With this colourway, subtle team branding and generally attractive curves, Factor’s Israel Start-Up Nation fleet will certainly be amongst the most striking in next year’s peloton.

*Camel not included

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