The Factory Five 2013 Infographic

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It’s been quite a year here at F5 HQ… quite a year! We’ve had a few hundred bikes come through the workshop, built some pretty awesome whips, held the world’s largest regular night ride, toured every corner of the province, won every race we’ve entered and watched Fixed Gear China mature before our eyes. We couldn’t have done it without you. The only way we know we are doing the right thing is from the phenomenal feedback we get from everybody – keep up the good work and we’ll do our very best to let the good times roll! See you in 2014. No ride tonight, we’re going out to celebrate. We’ll be back in the new year with some special offers, new announcements and much much more. For now… hope you like our 2013 Infographic. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from team F5.

Holiday opening hours

We’re taking a festive break for Christmas. Below are our opening hours… if you’re waiting for a build with us, rest assured that our elves will be doing what they can to have everything ready for us to complete and take all the glory when we get back.

Tuesday 24th 10h30 – 15h30
Wednesday 24th to 1st   CLOSED
Thursday 2nd 13h00 – 19h00
Friday 3rd 13h00 – 19h00
Saturday 4th 13h00 – 19h00
Sunday 5th 13h00 – 19h00
Monday 6th CLOSED
Tuesday 7th onwards Open as usual

If you’ve any queries, shoot us a shoutout and if any of us are near a computer we’ll get back to you.

Tonight we no ride.

Not tonight. Now with all this rain. We’re all for a hundred people charging through the city streets but when it comes to those white lines, those leaves, those drenched grannies… we have to think of everybody’s safety too.

We’ll stay indoors tonight, or slip on the Hunters and sploosh around in the puddles. Tonight is not for biking. Not in a city on slicks with enough grime to lubricate a planetoid.

Don’t get us wrong. At the right time we’re all about getting doused and rolling forth. The right time is not on a spluttery tuesday night in Shanghai when the buses, the taxis, the blind scooters and the rogue mountain bikers are out there with their own agendas.

Limited Edition F550S Frameset

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The F550S represents our never-rest attitude. We’ve been working on this one-off frameset for a while and are excited to present a very limited run of something special. The base is the same geometry as our all-round-powerhouse F550. It is light, sturdy, nimble and awesome. We’ve refined it. Instead of an oversize down tube we’ve kept it to 1+1/8th inch throughout. It lend super-clean lines and reduce weight slightly. Weight reducing and game changing too is the addition of a carbon fork up front. The Seatpost diameter is 27.2mm, standard 68mm bottom bracket shell and a 1+1/8th inch headset. Sizing is from the center of the BB axle to the top of the seat post – which extends slightly above the top-tube. For the frame geometry drawings [click here] Instead of the industrial TIG weld we’ve applied a smoothweld at all the joints. It’s the same application as on our F5100, turning each corner of the frame into a beautiful transition between the tubes. Then, dress it in our 2014 team graphics and race logos. The F550-S. A pedigree. Included in the frameset is an F5 Carbon fork. It has a 35mm rake, aluminium 1+1/8th inch steerer and weighs barely a few hundred grams. We also offer a complete performance F550S build. Here’s the specification * 20/24h H+Son Archetype Rims * Low flange Gran Compe Hubs with bladed spokes * F5 Lattice Chainring * Fyxation session tyres * Thomson Elite Seatpost & collar * Thomson X2 Ahead Stem * Deda RHM-02 Road bars * Izumi Chain * Fyxation Pilot Saddle Â¥3,500 Frame and Fork Â¥9,200 Complete Build (just add pedals and bartape)

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Tonight we Roll – 10th December

We know Shanghai like the back of our hand. Join us tonight for a spin through our town.

We’ll show you the way we roll; in a great big pack, consuming the lanes like a rolling phalanx. There’ll be fixies, roadies, bmxers, hybrids, sunday shoppers and everything in between.

If you’ve got a bike and an adventuring spirit. Join us at 876 Jiangsu Lu for a 9pm departure. We’ll ride for an hour or so, stop for a drink and then ride some more… you’ll be home around 11h00-30, or drinking with us in a bar somewhere!

We have two requirements. Be safe and wear a helmet.

Also wear a mask if the PM count is high. These days the city is in a haze bubble.

So, see you before 21h00. If you need to do something to your bike, we close the workshop at 20h30.

Ride for Hope – This Saturday 7th

This weekend the six warriors in the Ride for Hope team are completing their epic Shenzhen to Shanghai charity ride. The final leg of the 1,200 km, 22 city journey will bring them 120km from Suzhou to Shanghai and we’ll be there alongside to bring them home. To take part in the celebrations the options for saturday are: 1) 13h45: meet at the Garmin store Xuhui (391 Guiping Lu, Xuhui 桂平路391号). It’s the first destination in Shanghai for the riders. Then they’ll be heading to the Jing’an and Pudong Shangri’La for photos and stuff and we’ll cruise 15-20km straight over to the Kerry Pudong for the official welcome party. 2) 16h00: head straight to Kerry Pudong for the big welcome. At the Kerry (on Century Park) there’ll be cheap food and half-price beers courtesy of the Brew for all riders and people who donate. It’s all for charity so we’ll be asking for Â¥200 donations which go straight to huge causes. Please let us know if you’re in – by confirming with us here – so that we can work out numbers.

We Ride Tonight – December 3rd

Want to join the most famous weekly bicycle ride in China? Saddle up and come over to Factory Five tonight.

We’ll take you through a shanghai you’ve not seen before. From the middle of a 100+ bike pack you’ll take a route that loops this city like it’s our local village.

All you need is a bike, helmet, lights and some pocket change for a drink at the stop. You’ll be needing a drink because although the pace is leisurely, sometimes we hit a straight and some people gun it. You don’t have to gun it… but you probably will.

Regardless of how or what you ride, you must do it safely. We are a big group and to avoid mishap think safety first or face a telling-off from us – or worse. And for pity’s sake, wear a helmet.

See you at 876 Jiangsu Lu for a 21h00 start. The workshop closes at 20h30.

F5Pista Custom: Max

Sometimes we put together a bike for a customer and hope they take their sweet time to collect so we can keep it in the workshop longer. Max’s F5Pista Custom is one of those builds. It has received more attention than almost any bike that has come through F5. Which is not a surprise when you see the photos. A classic sporting green and chrome finish, NOS Campagnolo details and those bars, oh man, they’re so slick. Classic, tasteful, timeless. We love it. If you’re looking to build something special of your own then get in touch or get started using our complete build configurator – starting at Â¥5,590. Here’s Max’s Spec: Frame : F5Pista Custom Fork: F5 Crown Saddle : Brooks B17 Special Saddle Rims : H+Son TB14 Hubs: GC Small Flange Hubs Cog : Miche pista sprocket Headset : Tange Levin NJS Headset Stem : Gran Compe ENE stem Brake System: NOS Bottom Bracket : NOS Pedals : NOS

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F5 Christmas Beer Bash

F5 Christmas Beer Bash 2014
Ho ho ho ho x4! It’s time for the 4th Annual Factory Five Christmas Beer Bash (4AF5CBB). This is our biggest ride-crawl of the year and if last time was anything to go by – it will be bell-jinglingly good. That’s if Jingling Bell comes. We’re sure she will if you will. We’ll be cruising around town, calling in and out of convenience stores and throwing down some christmas shapes courtesy of our rolling sound system. We’ll start at Factory Five and then head out into the christmas spirit. Layer up! You’ll be hot when riding and feeling brisk when we stand around laughing and joking about yuletide traditions in your country. Pre-register by shooting us an email to and secure one of our limited-quantity Santa hats. When: Saturday, December 14th @ 2pm Where: Factory Five Address: 876 Jiangsu Rd near Huashan Rd (map) 地址:江苏路876号5号楼靠近华山路

We’re hiring – Workshop Assistant

Factory Five is seeking a talented assistant to support it’s workshop and customer service activities. Based in F5’s super-cool workshop, the role involves working on all aspects of daily operations of a fixed-gear bike boutique, event organiser and online retailer. The position can be part or full time and you’ll spend most of your time in the workshop getting things done. The person we have in mind has an energetic can-do attitude and a desire to make customers happy. You’ll have a love for bikes and will be ready to get involved in building them. You don’t need to know how to do it – we’ll provide training. This is a super opportunity to join a young, awesome company. Only those with an intuitive and self-starting attitude who are prepared to push for success need apply. Interested? send a cover letter and your CV to