Tyler’s Factory 5 Low Pro Track

Another one of the Factory 5 track bikes that was on the bike tour was Tyler’s. This 61cm frame has quite the component kit on it. Most interestingly, one of five pairs of H+Son carbon fiber wrapped Formation Face rims. The aluminum rims were thinner, to compensate for the wrap, resulting in a lighter rim. They’ll never see full production, because they were a pain to fabricate, but they look great laced to Dura Ace 7600 36h single side track hubs. Tyler’s also riding Paul Royal Flush cranks, which he’s had for over four years in China with no issues.

This is the third prototype of the forthcoming Factory 5 aluminum low pro frame, with smoother welds. The final version will still have a few revisions. Factory 5 has been working on this particular model frame for over a year, revisiting the geometry before making the final version. It makes their motto “We Build. We Ride” even more fitting.

I wanted to photograph his bike after the tour, muddy and all, as a recording of how fucking dirty his bike got riding through China. I’m going to miss hanging out with Tyler. He’s like my metal brother in China…

Check out Factory 5’s current frame offerings here and more photos in the Gallery.

  • http://twitter.com/cezeOne cezeOne

    DAT CHAINRING!

  • David

    7600 durace? Or, at least thats what the front hub looks like it reads.

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      Typo on my part…

  • recurrecur

    Why the double dimple on the drive side chain stay?
    Or is that a dent?

    Nice, well-loved bike.

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      Crank arm / ring clearance for fat stays.

  • http://twitter.com/wandrngscholar Adam Miller

    Killer. The backdrop has almost as much character as the bike, and that’s saying something.

  • Micheal Boedigheimer

    I’ve enjoyed seeing this bike on you website/instagram, thanks for the profile! Talk to me about that bar tape, looks fun…

    • http://www.wearefactoryfive.com/ Tyler Bowa

      It’s Fizik Microtech Dual Tape – really comfortable, and very durable. I’ve put it through my washing machine twice now and it still holds up! What I like best about it is the internal bead that runs through the tape – very form fitting and long lasting.

      • Micheal Boedigheimer

        Thanks for the info, Tyler!

  • schue113

    How did the cones in those hubs hold up?

  • hans

    great photos dude. love the dirty bike postings

  • Icicle_bay

    Holy shit. Time for a new chainring, cog, and chain.

  • http://twitter.com/RasmusVedel Rasmus Vedel

    What brand/model is that bullhorn?

  • http://www.facebook.com/leo.wallin Leo Wallin

    Which handlebars are these?

  • Chester

    What ratio was Tyler running here?