Factor explains steerer failure at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and cautions owners not to overtorque

The WorldTour team experienced a 'batch issue' Factor says, but reminds owners that if they do experience problems, applying more torque is not the answer

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A month after Belgium rider Tom Van Asbroeck's steerer broke at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Factor has released information on the cause of the failure - reassuring owners that they don't need to be concerned about their own Factor Ostro bikes - though Israel Start-Up Nation is still riding alternative models.

The team riders have switched from the Ostro bike to riding the 02 VAM and One, having begun the season riding exclusively the Ostro.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.