Factor goes gravel with the new Vista

Factor says that its new gravel bike is designed for those who want to ride fast over different terrains

Factor Bikes has focussed exclusively on high end racing machines, with its bikes ridden for the last couple of seasons by the AG2R La Mondiale team of Romain Bardet.

But its latest offering is a bit different: the brand had launched the Vista, a gravel bike, which it says is designed for those who want to ride fast over mixed surfaces. It’s worked with 2012 Giro d’Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal to hone the bike’s handling characteristics.

According to Hesjedal: “I’ve ridden many Factor bikes in my retirement, so I was more than thrilled when Factor invited me to help them develop their first All-Road machine. Now that I can train and ride anytime, anywhere, the Vista’s versatility has quickly made it my go-to bike when I just want to get out and ride.”

Factor's bar-stem combo is designed to help soak up front end vibration

The Vista shares the hinged front end of the Factor One aero bike, but the trail has been adjusted for greater off road stability. Its rear end has been tweaked with skinny seatstays with a bend in them for extra compliance and there’s a greater bottom bracket drop to cater for the increased wheel and tyre diameter.

The Vista is designed for tyres between 30 and 35mm wide

Clearance on the Factor Vista is designed for tyres between 30 and 35mm, so the frame can’t take the extra-wide 40mm plus tyres of some other brands’ machines. As you’d expect, it uses disc brakes and thru-axles.

Factor had Goodyear gravel tyres on its Black Inc carbon wheels on the test bikes

Factor has its own bar-stem combo for the Vista, which it calls the Otis_AR, which has a flat section for bar top comfort, coupled to a skinny top to bottom design to add extra front end compliance.

The kinked seat stays add compliance

The Vista comes in five sizes between 49cm and 58cm. There’s a special edition Vista designed in collaboration with Chpt3, the design house of ex-pro David Millar, and featuring its latest Devisa colour scheme.

Prices start at £3750 for the Vista frameset.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.