Factory 5: Limited Edition F550S Frameset Dec 12, 2013

F55OS

Factory 5 has refined their F550 frame and debuted the F550S. 1 1/2″ tubing, carbon fork and a slick new paint job are just a few of the upgrades. See more information at Factory 5!

  • Zach Kahl

    Not sure why you would not wrap the bars before posting this shot? Sloppy.

    • Jaap

      a lot of people who ride fixed everyday ride without bartape, no need to hide any cables and you just need good gloves ;)

      • Zach Kahl

        That or the person just didn’t finish the build and took a glamour shot of the bike. Go ahead and think that it is completed without tape. Newp. Do you even ride fixed, breh?

        • Jaap

          Yes, on average 300 miles a week.. Not that it has the slightest thing to do with this (beautiful) bicycle. And I think it looks rather nice!

          • Zach Kahl

            Do you ride those 300 miles a week (not bragging) without pedals also? Or are your Strava miles only logged without tape but not without gloves?

          • Jaap

            Hahaha, no but I bought it without pedals. And I prefer bartape, just saying that a few of my friends ride without bartape daily.. I’m guessing they took a picture with this setup because this is what you get when you order 1! Makes sense right? No misleading pictures

          • Zach Kahl

            I think that completes most often come with bar tape. Stop over thinking the obvious; this bike wasn’t complete enough for a picture or post.

          • Jaap

            Well actually no, a lot of track bikes come without bartape (just do an image search of “track bike” ), this is because a lot of track riders prefer grips or nothing at all..

          • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

            You have to plug your bars and / or have at least grips to race…

          • Zach Kahl

            It is clear that you have no idea what you are talking about.

          • tyrone

            I hear Elmer’s glue is what they use on track bars for grip even when sweaty and torquing hard.

          • Jaap

            A good friend of mine finished 2nd (beating 1 of the italian iRide guys) and 8th (against the full FixedPott and FAST Amsterdam crew including Stefan Vis, the guy who won Red Hook Barcelona this year) in fixed criterium races, without bartape.. He’s the 2nd from the right in this picture : http://goo.gl/Cx8PzM seen on the very bike he did the crits on..

          • Zach Kahl

            Great. Your friend is the one guy without a helmet or bar tape. He is just as useless as you are, so stop trying and failing.

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

      As the builder of this bike, it was intentional to leave off the pedals and the bar tape. The saddle aside, I feel that pedals and bar tape / grips are two of the most personal items that any rider can finish their build with. We stock a lot of options for both in shop, and I’d rather whoever buys a build like this get to personalize the final ‘touches’ (hands and feet) the way they want. Cool?

      • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

        Thanks for clearing that up for the internet experts dude!

      • Zach Kahl

        As a fan of bikes and beauty shots, it was intentional to be honest about what I am looking at. In no way an expert, but obviously a possible customer who might look past an incomplete bike next to all the others that are actually done up enough to shoot. Take some criticism and take it lightly or understand what is being said. No pedals are seen often on new build/no mile bikes. No tape is flat out bad aesthetically. Somewhere deep down in the gut of truth, you and John are both on my side with this.

        • Devin Jones

          never will it be admitted though haha

        • Jaap

          he just told you that the “no-bartape-setup” isn’t sloppy at all and you somehow figure your right?

          • Zach Kahl

            you’re*

      • Zach Kahl

        Also, you might tell people what your frame is constructed with on your website. You are hilariously non-thorough.