There was a time in another realm of China when bikes really did rule the roost. They were everywhere, serving literally every transportation purpose from picking up the shopping, to dropping the kids off at school, to moving house.
One of the most cherished models was the classic 28inch transporter… featuring a double top tube. It was like taking a workhorse and strapping a camel to it’s back. These bikes were designed for heavy loads front and rear and could roll under a literal tonne of pressure.
Eventually they became obsolete, replaced by more capable and increasingly more cost effective flat-bed tricycles.
Which is why, in 2014, these frames are super rare. We’ve only ever got hold of them in ones and twos and they’ve built up into some of the most special bikes we’ve ever made. There are a just a few in our portfolio here, here and here.
Now, a few frames are back in stock. If you’re interested in building up a piece of history then get in touch.
Starting from $3,500 complete.
We were in Chengdu last weekend at the Berluti flagship store there. To celebrate the store’s 1 year Anniversary, we held a masterclass in handlebar wrapping for their most VIP of customers.
The masterclass in Chengdu is part of a series of collaboration events between Berluti and Factory Five. The first was in Shanghai’s IFC Berluti Masion. It celebrates the beauty of bicycles and the truly bespoke nature of cycling. We made the group get hands-on by first showing them how to wrap bars in Brooks leather tape… and then letting them try to do it themselves.
It’s much harder than it looks – though the results were very impressive – judge for yourselves…
The best of the best on this F5 Pista! Flamed at the lugs with raw tubes it’s been ridden around in Beijing by Storm for almost a year now. The complete build list is pretty impressive, check it out!
Frame: 58cm F5 Pista flamed at the lugs
Headset: Tange Passage
Saddle: BROOKS Cambium
Front Rim: HED 3
Rear Rim : H Plus Son Archetype
Rear Hub : Gran Compe
Crankset: PAUL Royal Flush
Stem: Gran Compe
Bars: Nitto RB010
Seat post: Gran Compe
Bar Tape: Lizard Skin
Pedals: MKS Gr-9
Straps : Restrap Diagonal
This classic rebuild features the ultra rare China Post green frame, with both front and rear mud guards. Complete with a BROOKS saddle, all chrome components and some killer cruiser bars, it’s the perfect city bike to cruise around Shanghai – rain or shine. We even threw on a pair of 38c gumwall tyres so that this beautiful ride can rip over anything!
Paul Component Engineering makes some of the most precise and beautiful components in the world. They’ve been doing it for 20 years and they’ll be doing it for many to come. One of their most reputable products is the unique Royal Flush Crankset – which features exactly what it sounds like; a heart, spade, club and diamond. Like all products we sell and distribute we test everything ourselves first.
We first started riding PAUL components back in 2009, before we had Factory Five. Fast forwards to 2014 and we’re the PAUL distributor in China. 5 years later and our PAUL components are still riding just as good as the day we pulled them out of the box. Notably the Royal Flush Crankset, which has seen over 30,000Km and all kinds of terrain. It’s been ridden on the road, through the mud, splashed in the rain and even guzzled some snow. After all that the teeth are not sharked, the crank arms are still stiff and straight and the anodize finish is as good as new.
We’re fully stocked on all PAUL cranksets, so if this sounds like the crank for you then be sure to get in touch. These things will endure the harshest conditions and last for years and years – It’s this attention to craft and performance that has made Paul’s work truly iconic.
It’s not too often that we build the F5100 unless it’s going to be something extremely special. When we heard what Felix wanted we just couldn’t say no. A satin clearcoat with gold decals, 1″ carbon fork, and all gold and brown trimmings sounded absolutely awesome. The end result is great and can be seen on the streets of Shanghai this fall!
Last week we had the pleasure of visiting the new YNOT retail shop in downtown Toronto, Canada. Their space is located on Queen Street West in the heart of the city, a fantastic location to draw in local cyclists and commuters. Using almost entirely refurbished materials, YNOT managed to put together a pretty cool store front that really shows the background behind their company. With sewing machines ready to service any of their products or create custom orders on demand, it’s like a mini warehouse – studio – hangout all in one.
Inside the shop you’ll find all of their killer products, including a small selection of apparel, a huge array of toe straps, and their new 2014 bag designs. We’re extremely proud to be representing their brand in China and have some great things in the works together for next year. If you’re ever in Toronto, be sure to check out their shop.