F5 XCR Custom: Josh

This is easily our favorite bike build of the year. This custom touring bike was built for Josh so that he can navigate the globe over the next few years. The frame is made with Columbus XCR stainless steel tubing and accompanied by a  Columbus Cromor custom steel fork, both brushed and clearcoated with killer custom decal work. The frame features inner cable routing for all cables: gears, brakes, and additional lighting electronics. Check out the component list below, and if you’re interested in something similar then drop us a line.

Frame: Factory Five Columbus XCR Custom Touring

Fork: Columbus SLX Cr-Moly Custom disc with inner cable routing

Headset: Chris King Sotto Vocce 1 1/8″

Groupset: Dura Ace 9000 11sp 50/34, 11-28T

Wheelset: Hplusson Archetypes laced to front Shutter Precision PD-8 Dynamo hub and Chris King rear, DT Swiss spokes

Brakes: TRP Spyre SLC

Stem: ENVE

Seatpost: ENVE

Bars: ENVE

Tape: BROOKS Cambium

Saddle: BROOKS C17 Cutout

Lighting/Charging System: Supernova E3 Pro 2, E3 Tail Light 2, The Plug III












F5 Holiday Sales

We’re feeling extra festive this year and want to show our appreciation for all the support we’ve received through 2015.

From December 1st to 23rd we’re offering FREE SHIPPING on all online orders – this includes all components, framesets, accessories and apparel – as long as we’ve got it in stock we’ll ship it for free!

For those able to travel to our Shanghai shop location, we’re offering 15% off all retail from December 1st to 23rd – this includes complete bikes, framesets, components, accessories and apparel – if it’s in the shop, we’ll apply the discount!

From all of us at F5, thanks again for a wonderful year and here’s to the next.


Holiday 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.

CLOSED: December 24, 25, 26, 27, 28

OPEN: December 29, 30

CLOSED: December 31, January 1

OPEN: January 2 and onwards..

From all of us at F5, we wish you Happy Holidays and wonderful ride into the New Year.


Soigneur Magazine – Now In Stock

We receive cycling magazines on the weekly, and this is by far one of the best we’ve seen. Soigneur Magazine hails from The Netherlands, and their combination of beautiful photographs, original story pieces and killer layout make it pretty damn hard to beat.

“ Soigneur was born in the Netherlands in 2012, when we set out to create an independent magazine celebrating cycling culture. The Dutch-language editions we’ve produced since have paid homage to the breadth of the sport, all over the world, both in writing and with photographs. Although a few English articles have appeared in our pages in the past, we now feel it is time to share our love for cycling — and print — with the world. Soigneur 00 brings together some of the finest stories, reportages, and photo-essays from our previous 14 editions. You’ll find tales of the past and of the present, of pros and of amateurs, of local heroes and of faraway places. Tales of suffering and of bliss. For the love of cycling.”

We’ve got copies in stock of the first inernational edition, going for just 165RMB. Roll through the shop and have a look for yourself!


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MASH Premiere Recap

This past Friday we hosted the official MASH Shanghai Premiere in our shop. Enthusiasts crammed inside, drinks in their hands, heads held high as we all cheered throughout the entire screening. All our copies of the MASH bookset sold out immediately, so if you want to get your hands on a set you can purchase them directly HERE, or shoot us an e-mail and we can help you out. Support the guys at MASH by actually paying for their film, don’t go and download it for free. If you want them to make another one then you’ll understand that support means everything. Thanks again to everyone who came out for such a killer night. (Thanks to our workshop manager Taco for the photos!)



[12/11] XMas Market

This upcoming Friday is the monthly Night Market at ANKEN Life. To ring in the holiday season it’s been Christmas themed, with even more vendors and offerings than before. Everything kicks off at 6pm and will run late. Catch you for a glass of mulled wine?


[12/5] XMas Beer Bash

Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho!!!!!

Tt’s time for the 6th 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 (667 Changhua Lu, Building S1) this Saturday the 5th 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). What’s more. If you shoot us a message in advance (shoutout@wearefactoryfive.com) – we’ll give you a free Santa Hat (whilst stocks last).

See you on Saturday at 2pm?


[12/11] MASH Premiere

This film needs no introduction. It marks the 10 year Anniversary of the world-famous cycling collective, MASH. Their vidoes of urban cycling have been at the forefront of all trend setting footage over the past decade. The latest full length feature film was released in September at the San Francisco opening party, and it’s finally making it’s way to Shanghai, China.


Mark your calendar. Friday, December 11th. The screening will start at 9pm sharp inside of Factory Five. There’s going to be a lot of people and we’re all going to have to squeeze in real tight, but it’ll be worth it. The screening is absolutely free and we’ll be running drink specials all night long.

The MASH Book and Movie Box sets will also be available for sale, 500RMB each. Inside you’ll get a 350 page color book plus the MASH 2015 video with an additional 1 hour of bonus features.


LAZER Helmets In Stock!

There’s nothing more important than protecting your melon. If you can do it in style, then that’s a total bonus. Belgium helmet legends, LAZER, make arguably the best designed bike helmets in the world. We’ve stocked up on a few models including the Genesis (1,075RMB), Blade (700RMB), Armor (600RMB) and CityZen (600RMB). Available in sizes M and L, drop by to see what fits you best!

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RESTRAP Frame Bags In Stock!

These just freshly landed at our shop in Shanghai. The ‘Carry Everything’ line from RESTRAP has been gaining traction quickly worldwide, and after seeing these bags in person it’s pretty obvious as to why. Their new frame bags are incredibly well built, waterproof and the perfect companion for any 100+ KM rides. Available in small (400RMB), medium (500RMB) and large (600RMB) – drop by the shop to have a look or e-mail us for further questions.