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Old 11-24-2023, 01:16 PM
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Factor LS gravel bike, Vanessa

This is my 1st "new bike purchase" since I got my Duende in 2019. I have been riding 2 cyclocross bikes as gravel bikes, and when descending the rim brakes just haven't been good enough, so here we are with my first drop-bar disc brake bike.

It's also my first AXS equipped bike, and after a quick spin yesterday - well, that's going to take some getting used to.

Wheels are sub-1,200g, handbuilt by my LBS.
Berk saddle (of course)
MCFK seatpost
Enve gravel handlebars
Assioma pedals
Easton cranks (these were in the cabinet, but will be replaced eventually with something sexier)



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Old 12-02-2023, 08:21 PM
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Any thoughts on the bike after a week? I've been thinking of picking up a frameset and building it up with 35mm slicks. Use would be 95% paved but some light dirt to connect longer loops. I like that it has external cables, T47, and uses a standard size post and stem.
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Old 12-02-2023, 09:03 PM
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Nice and understated.
What bits got you to sub-1,200g on the wheelset?
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Old 12-03-2023, 05:53 AM
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Looks like fun bike!

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Old 12-03-2023, 08:57 AM
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I’m just curious as to how much this bike weighs? I was thinking about a Factor LS for a long time but recently purchased a Crux instead.
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Old 12-03-2023, 09:51 AM
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That's a good looking bike! Looks like you have some nice quiet farm country to ride it in too. Very good.
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Old 12-03-2023, 04:12 PM
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Agreed, that's nice looking.

Just curious -- are those Shimano MTB bodies mounted on Duo-Shis? Curious because the Favero site says the Duo-Shi are designed to mate to SPD-SL pedal bodies so I didn't think they'd be usable with off-road pedals (I know very little about Shimano pedals). Would be interested to hear how easy it was to pair those up.
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Old 12-05-2023, 09:31 AM
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Agreed, that's nice looking.

Just curious -- are those Shimano MTB bodies mounted on Duo-Shis? Curious because the Favero site says the Duo-Shi are designed to mate to SPD-SL pedal bodies so I didn't think they'd be usable with off-road pedals (I know very little about Shimano pedals). Would be interested to hear how easy it was to pair those up.
Yes, I have the shimano MTB bodies on the Duo-Shi spindles. Works fantastic. The only complaint is that they make each pedal go "out" 1cm, so your stance / q-factor goes up 2cm.

An my MTB I have the Assioma road spindles (aftermarket MTB bodies), but my boost crankset is 2cm wider, so both bike setups have matching q-factors.

Honestly I don't even notice the difference between those bikes and my road bikes.

But no issues at all.
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Old 12-05-2023, 09:38 AM
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Any thoughts on the bike after a week? I've been thinking of picking up a frameset and building it up with 35mm slicks. Use would be 95% paved but some light dirt to connect longer loops. I like that it has external cables, T47, and uses a standard size post and stem.
I took the bike out a bit over a week ago and had a fantastic ride. I was able to ride a nice long dirt road that I previously couldn't do on my cyclocross bike. It was awesome - the best thing though was descending - it was just so damn smooth. The AXS is pretty great too - I just wish that there was more adjustment on the sequential shifting setup.

Bike weight (incl. cages & ti silca computer mount) is 17.23#. The LBS said my tires were on the heavy side, but that's fine with me.


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Old 12-05-2023, 09:41 AM
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Nice and understated.
What bits got you to sub-1,200g on the wheelset?
DT-240 hubs, Sapim spokes, these rims that the LBS highly recommended: https://www.lightbicycle.com/AR25-di...symmetric.html
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Old 12-05-2023, 10:09 AM
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Beautiful bike and very impressive weight.
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This bike has opened up a whole new world for riding in the winter for me. Partly the disc brakes (so much better for the wet & dirty roads), partly the fat slightly knobby tires (gription). I have had a few days this winter where I have been able to ride in the light snow where I when I would have never ridden outside in the past.

It's been an absolute delight!

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Riding in the ice and snow on a bike like that is one of my favorite things to do!

I really like that model factor and would have one instead of my stigmata if it had been in stock in my size at the time.
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