By Michelle Arthurs-Brennan published
The long-anticipated news that Chris Froome will change teams for 2021 has been confirmed, meaning the seven-time Grand Tour winner will be riding a new bike next year.
The Ineos rider will move to Israel Start-Up Nation next year, ending a 10-year relationship with Sky/Ineos, where he could remain for the rest of his career.
The four-time Tour de France winner has taken each of his yellow jersey wins aboard the Pinarello Dogma. Indeed, the Dogma has seen six of the last seven winners through the race.
Froome's move will see him racing aboard a bike from Factor. The Norfolk brand signed a three-year deal with Israel Start-Up Nation, taking them from 2020 to 2023.
The team riders have the choice between Factor's One Disc aero bike, and the Factor O2 Vam Disc. In time trials, they race the clock on the Slick Disc.
Whilst the team's sprinters favour the One Disc, it's likely we'll see Froome aboard its lightweight stablemate. That's assuming the brand doesn't bring out a new model before next year.
All three bikes on offer are disc brake models - a big change for Froome, with Ineos currently racing on rim brakes. He'll still be using Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, with both teams using the same groupset.
All of the Isreal Start-Up Nation team bikes currently sport Black Inc wheels, seatposts, bars and stems, CeramicSpeed bearings and OSPS oversized pulley wheels, Selle Italia Saddles, 4iiii Power Meters, SwissStop Brake Pads and Maxxis Tyres.
The team wear Giro helmets, Bont shoes and the kit sponsor is Katusha.
Factor was launched in 2007, it was originally an engineering firm working in F1 and Moto GP - alongside the likes of Ferrari, Aston Martin, Lamborghini and Maserati. It moved into cycling in 2009, with the FACTOR001. Production bikes arrived in 2013, though the 'Vis Vires' wasn't UCI legal. The more conventional One, One-S, and O2 came a year later.
Commenting on the move, Froome said: “I’m really excited to be joining the ISN family. I look forward to challenging and being challenged by their talent and continuing to strive for the success that I’ve enjoyed up to now. ISN’s impact on the sport is rapidly expanding, and I’m energised to be along for the ride. I feel we can achieve great things together."
Cycling Weekly's Tech Editor Michelle Arthurs-Brennan is a traditional journalist by trade, having begun her career working for a local newspaper before spending a few years at Evans Cycles, then combining the two with a career in cycling journalism.
When not typing or testing, Michelle is a road racer who also enjoys track riding and the occasional time trial, though dabbles in off-road riding too (either on a mountain bike, or a 'gravel bike'). She is passionate about supporting grassroots women's racing and founded the women's road race team 1904rt.
Favourite bikes include a custom carbon Werking road bike as well as the Specialized Tarmac SL6.
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