What a year! The last twelve months have been crazy for us here at Factory Five. We released the F550s frameset, sold more Lattice Chainrings than our wildest expectations and sent custom frames to over 35 countries.
In 2014 we held the world’s largest regular night ride, doubled our team and opened a new store in downtown Shanghai.
It has been downright amazing and we’ve got too many people to thank for supporting us. Couldn’t have done it without you. We have the unique chance to work with some fantastic people and inspirational brands.That’s what put’s a smile on our faces and a glint in our eye during the not-enough hours from waking up to rolling to bed.
Can’t coast, don’t coast. That’s the way we ride and the way we work at Factory Five. Expect more of the same in 2015. We’ll be throwing down a couple of very big events, launching a few new products and continuing to put the world’s fastest growing fixed-gear scene firmly on the map. Coming with? Join us, spend some money with us or shoot us a firstname.lastname@example.org – we love getting mail.
This is a completely one-off bike built around a prototype of our pursuit frame. We built it up and it has only been ridden to test. The geometry is downward sloping, which is sized at 61cm along the seat-tube. The tubes are lightweight aluminum and the whole bike is surprisingly light. The frame is completely raw.
Being a house build we didn’t cut any corners. It has a Lattice Crankset, Fyxation Gates pedals and YNOT straps. 36h deep profile wheelset currently installed as a freewheel… and a hightower riser to add some depth to the pursuit front end.
If you’re looking for a used bike with a big frame, this could be the one, they don’t come around very often. It’s in our workshop ready to go so give us a shoutout if you’re interested.
We’re here over the holiday and the store will be open. Need something for your ride, want to put together a new custom build, check out our second hand whips, drink a few beers, talk about bikes, buy yourself some winter riding accessories, head out for a ride, try on some clothes, tell us your life story, peruse the bags, borrow our internet, hang out like a boss – whatever – we’ll be waiting.
We’re basically closed on Christmas and Boxing Day and then open 1-7pm every day until New Year’s day.
Merry Christmas you guys, from all us guys at Factory Five. Hope you’re rolling happy wherever you are in the world. We’ll be cruising the streets of China, New Zealand and Indonesia over the holiday… and we’ll be open most days too, so call in for a beer, tune up your bike and spend some Christmas pennies.
Hope Santa bought you everything you deserve. He sure did with us, check out our shiny new headquarters.
Peace and love to all! team Factory Five.
You may have spotted this bike in our gallery from two years ago (seen HERE) – but it’s undergone a few upgrades and changes since then. With a new set of track wheels, crankset and saddle it’s not the ultimate definition of a high end cruiser track bike (if there is such a thing). Dig it and want to get something like it for yourself? Then shoot us an e-mail and let’s talk : email@example.com Full build specs below:
63cm Factory Five F5 Custom, Columbus Keirin Spirit, fillet brazed
Tange Levin NJS, Columbus Max Custom fork
Tange BB / Dura Ace NJS crankset
MKS Sylvan Track / Restrap Horizontal straps
49T Factory Five lattice chainring / 16T dura ace NJS cog
NITTO Jaguar NJS 90mm / Swept back batwing bars
Miche Supertype / BROOKS C17
PAUL high flange / H Plus Son TB14 / Fyxation Session 28c
PAUL high flange / H Plus Son TB14 / Fyxation Session 28c
Custom wood basket and rack
In a converted food-market a 150sqm shell became the Factory Five HQ. An office mezzanine sits above the full service workshop in the main 6 meter tall space. Raw brick encloses what is a secluded location which opens onto a private terrace. The workshop counter corners into a bar, ideal for hanging out with a beer whilst any work is done, or whenever.
Using reclaimed wood, OSB board and gas pipes all the displays were custom built with raw functionality in mind. They look pretty boss too! Every product has a home, a chance to truly represent those brands who are eponymous with fixed gear around the world.
Retail, workshop, bar and office all layer into what is the a clubhouse for cycling. We had big boots to fill stepping forwards with Factory Five. We’re kinda sure we did it!
Humongous thanks to our Architect: Linehouse
Photos by Benoit Florencon.
We moved recently, you might have heard. It started with needing just a little more space and ended with our new HQ in Jing’an. It’s bigger, better (we think so) and just makes a lot more sense. The Jiangsu Lu workshop was awesome – but here is even more awesomer.
We’re also part of a like minded community too, there’s our new friends at Aboro Boxing Academy upstairs, Reebok Cross Fit Gym next door and Becycle Spinning Studio opposite. We fit right in… and we have beer!
So, if you haven’t already. Come pay us a visit at 667 Changhua Lu. We’ll be waiting. Expect more of the same, only bigger and better. Events, parties, rides, custom bikes, rare items and the world of fixed gear. Let the good times roll!
Looking for the perfect christmas gift for a discerning rider? We’ve got you covered. Factory Five is bursting with items that they’ll never have seen coming from accessories to clothes to complete bikes. We also know what they’re looking for – heck they’ve probably been in here flicking through the bags already.
Come on over and let us take care of it… here’s a bunch of Christmas ideas from Factory Five…
Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho!!!!!
it’s time for the Fifth annual Factory Five Christmas Beer Bash. Join us as we take a festive cruise through Shanghai, stopping off at a few places along the way. If you haven’t been on a beer bash before – this is literally your last chance this year! They’re super cool too.
Meet here at Factory Five (New Location: 667 Changhua Lu) this Saturday the 20th at 2pm. We’ll roll out at 3pm, hit up a couple spots, grab a drink or two and loop back around for even more good times.
There’ll be music, cool peeps, a few drinks, a little rolling (mostly chilling). AAAAnd our friends at Asahi have shouted us a free beer or two for everybody… so hot damn you know we hit the big time!
What’s more. If you hit this link and RSVP in advance – we’ll give you a free Santa Hat (whilst stocks last).
See you on Saturday at 2pm?
We’ve been busy finalizing our space and getting back on track this past week, but this upcoming weekend we will finally photograph our new shop in all it’s glory. The space is something we are incredibly proud of and we can’t wait to show you all the details we spent hours upon hours designing. It’s really something quite special.
For now, here’s a bit of ‘shop pron’ to hold you over for the weekend. If you’re in town be sure to swing through 667 Changhua Lu and have a look for yourself – the beers are flowing and we’re here working on bikes. F5 is alive and better than ever before.