Chinese New Year Hours

This Friday is the first day of the Lunar New Year and the beginning of a week of celebration.

We’ll be closed for a few days and then will re-open on the 6th with our biggest sale ever.

Here’s the schedule.

Please note: Almost all businesses are closed in China… so we’ll ship all online orders on the 8th.

Thu 30th     10h30 to 21h00
Fri 31st to Wed 5th Closed
Thu 6th [SALE] 13h00 to 19h00
Fri 7th 13h00 to 19h00
Sat 8th 13h00 to 19h00
Sun 6th 13h00 to 19h00

FLASH SALE – Next Thursday

As part of our Chinese New Year sales celebration we’re holding a very special sale. Next thursday, Feb 6th, we’re offering 30% discount on everything. Frames, components, accessories. Its one-day only starting at 1pm. The sale only applies to in store purchases for in stock items – whilst stock lasts so head over early for the best offers. Here’s the small print – frame orders, custom builds and wheelbuilds are not included in the sale. We reserve the right to kick out any scalpers. Online orders, taobao purchases, emails are all excluded. We’ll accept cash and Chinese cards only.

Lattice Chainrings around the world

It has been just 6 weeks since we launched the F5 Lattice Chainring and the response has been phenomenal. We’ve had orders from all over the world, stock it in a number of shops and managed to run out of inventory a couple of times. We knew 49T would be the most popular but we weren’t sure quite how much… almost double that of the 48T version! The chainring has popped up on some amazing builds paired with the world’s greatest crankarms. When we saw it on Felix’s NJS adorned San Rensho we fell of our chairs. It looks so good alongside all that prestige. We designed it as a performance chainring too and those few grams less than a Dura Ace chainring really put a smile on our faces. Seeing it at the Toronto velodrome track on Leon’s Colnago Master Pista pushes us onto the next component in the family. More later. Here are a few of the builds out there that we’ve spotted that have the Lattice attached. Have one? Give us a and send over your photos.

Tonight we ride… and party!

We’re all having a special F5 night ride tonight. In honor of the Chinese new year festival starting this friday we’re going to throw a fixed-gear CNY celebration. We’ll cruise out of 876 Jiangsu Lu at 21h00 and loop our favorite streets through the middle of town to soak in the decorations. The ride will be a little shorter than usual. We’ll be non-stop until we get back to Factory Five, where we’ll having music and snacks and free beer. Everybody who comes to the F5 After-ride party tomorrow night will get an F5 Hongbao red envelope. It’s a tradition at Chinese New Year to give them to relatives… and we think of you like our F5 family so it seems only fair. What’s inside? Well that’s down to luck. A few people will be very lucky as we’ve got cash, accessories and even a Lattice Chainring or two to giveaway.

Plus one lucky person will be leaving on a complete signature F550 bike. It’s worth over Â¥5,000! So, if you’re on the ride just follow us home. If not, feel free to join us from 10pm onwards to join into the festivities. Drinks, snacks, hongbaos and good times are all whilst stocks last. Who are we kidding? The good times at F5 never stop rolling. See you tonight! Same as usual. Everybody welcome. Bring your bike, helmet, and lights. We close the workshop at 20h30 so come before if you need something done to your ride.

F550: Martina

F550: Martina

This saucy color scheme matched Martina’s bling Prada bag perfectly. She told us it was coincidence but we think otherwise! But we love the color so it seems do a lot of people. Martina kitted her bike out with even more saucier kit. Check it out: Frame: F550 Custom in hot pink Forks: Columbus Carbon Fork Headset: Dia Compe 1+1/8″ Headset Stem: A-Head HD Stem Steering: Fyxation Alterra Cafe bars & Deda wrap Rims: H+Son Archetype Black Hubs: Black Novatec hubs laced with DTSwiss spokes Tyres: Fyxation Session 28c Cranks: F5 Lattice Crankset Seatpost: Thomson Elite Saddle: Fyxation Pilot

F550: Martina F550: Martina F550: Martina F550: Martina

Xintiandi Crayfish Races


5 individual races 7:30PM | 8PM | 8:30PM | 9PM | 9:30PM


On Thursday, the Good Earth Project (the guys behind the Chongming Crayfish Festival) are holding a hilarious evening of Crayfish races.

It’s all going down at Barcino in XTD from 19h30. Factory Five will be there as race marshals (and we have a pedigree crayfish in the running).

All it takes to sponsor a competitor is a minimum nudge of Â¥50 and there’ll be prizes for winners. All the money goes to the One Foundation charity. The real winner, the fastest crayfish, will be retiring into a life of luxury in Kakadu’s aquarium! haha.

There’ll be happy hour drinks all night, custom cocktails and food from Madison…. so expect good times for a good cause. There’s even something about Cosplay mentioned in there.

Download the flyer here. We’ll be riding there from F5 at 7pm so join us?… or see you there. (Barcino is at 200 Taicang Rd on the North-west corner with Madang Rd).

Tonight we Ride

We were made to create power. Our bodies are generators… churning raw energy and heat into the world. Tonight we discharge, rolling into the city. We’ll course through Shanghai like a dose of radiance. You’ll be sweating before you know it. The cold has nothing on us. We will beat the winter like we do every time. Join us. Any bike, any style. You’re welcome to roll with us. Every week we take a different route through shanghai. Tonight we’ll be heading west and will finish in a bar near to where we started. You must wear a helmet. Lights too. Need work on your bike? come before 20h30. We leave 21h00 from F5. 876 Jiangsu Lu.

Factory Five Long Sleeve Club Jersey

Our collection of jerseys are a flagship of Factory Five. This is our winter classic club version. Long sleeved and warming with performance features. We chose a micro-fleece lining for the colder months. It’s high-wicking and super comfortable. Add to this a zippered security pouch, 3 spacious rear pocket and a comfortable classic fit and you’ll see where we put the effort to make this pop as piece of considered apparel for the thinking-person. Sizing is western-fit and slightly more close fitting to maintain warmth. Â¥550 : Click here to buy.

Last Week’s Ride

Last week we pulled off the big Shanghai loop. We hit some of our very favorite paths across the world’s greatest city.

We were a huge throng, seething along Fuxing lu in a bee line for the river. Breaking a sweat up along the Bund, we switched it back alongside the Suzhou Cree and hit the tunnels under the railway station. F5 put those on the map. We marked our territory with a few beads of sweat.

No rest, no need. We mixed it up over the creek and back through the megalopolis along Changing Road. Just enough time for a Jiangsu sprint and a drink before bed.

Here’s the route and if you use strava then don’t forget to join our club.

Complete F5100 build for sale

We’ve been busy in the workshop and have a couple of complete builds available for purchase immediately. If you’re looking for something to ride-away then we have the answer. This display build is based around our highest performance F5100 frame set. It’s in our signature raw and clearcoat finish with a series of matching components including high polish deep rims, novatec flip-flop hubs, our high pista trackset and racing drops. The fork on this frame is our glossy black lugged crown fork with a 1inch quill stem.

According to the build list, this bike should be Â¥6,480 but we’re feeling festive still and have it on offer for Â¥6,000. If you’re interested, give us a Our newsletter builds sell quickly so act fast or come over to the workshop at 876 Jiangsu Road (near Huashan)