Factor releases limited edition Bardet and Champs Élysées O2 framesets

Frames and complete bikes as ridden by AG2R La Mondiale at the Tour

Ahead of the start of the Tour de France, Factor bikes has unveiled two limited edition colour schemes of its O2 climber’s bike.

There was a Bardet Limited Edition bike last year too and like that frame, this year’s version has Bardet’s motto “Take the risk or lose the chance” emblazoned on the top tube. Let’s see if Bardet heeds that advice.

Factor says that its aims were to inspire Bardet, but also to raise funds for his children’s charity. Bardet said: “I’m delighted by this new bike. The design, colour and all-around aesthetics are amazing. This is a classy bike.”

Some words of encouragement for Bardet on the top tube

The Bardet Limited Edition will be sold in just 200 pieces. It comes with a mix of exposed carbon and silver paint. There’s also an image on the down tube of Vercingetorix, who united the Gauls in Bardet’s home region of the Auvergne to repulse the advance of Julius Caesar (it didn't end well). There’s a silhouette of local landmark - and erstwhile Tour stage finish- the Puy de Dome on the down tube too.

The AG2R team supporting Bardet will ride the Champs Elysées colour scheme

Factor says that all AG2R’s riders supporting Bardet will be on the O2 Champs Élysées bike for this year’s tour and that the frameset will also be available to buy, although limited to just 100 frames, available as either rim or disc brake specs. There’s a clear lacquer finish to show the carbon, coupled to “celestial blue” metallic paint.

Both the Bardet and Champs Élysées frames also come with water bottle cages and bar-stem from Black Inc, Factor’s component brand, as well as CeramicSpeed bottom bracket and headset bearings.

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The O2 Bardet frame will cost $5499 and the Champs Élysées $5249. Or for $18,460 you can buy one of 10 Romain Bardet replica bikes, with exactly the spec to be raced by Bardet. It’s kitted out with Dura-Ace Di2, Mavic Cosmic Ultimate tubular wheels and SRM Carbon cranks with a PC8 head unit. Factor even throws in a matching pair of Mavic’s £900 Comete Ultimate shoes.

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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.