The Transcontinental Race: Jeff

The Transcontinental Race is a unsupported, single stage and has no set route. Participants race across the continent of Europe, testing their endurance. Already in it’s fourth edition, Jeff was lucky enough to race in 2015 and get another chance again this year. With last year’s race totaling over 4,300km and 30,000 meters of elevation, you’d think once would be enough. Luckily for everyone else not racing, live tracking is available He’ll be number 37 this year.


The control points are what determine how riders will pick their route. Having all parcours and control points be mountain passes and peaks, the tenuous total mileage sits around 3,800km with over 45,000 meters of elevation. The race will end in Canakkale, Turkey, which is the closest modern day city to the ancient city of Troy.

Besides following the trackleader’s website, you can also check social media with the following hashtags: #F5TCR2016, #TCRno4 and #TCRno4s37. Jeff will be race number 37 this year, so the last hashtag indicates his group and number, solo and 37. He’ll be trying to regularly post little snippets into instagram during the race, username: jeffliu

CP1: Puy De Dome
A volcanic lava dome that use to serve as an occasional stage of the Tour de France.
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CP2: Grindelwald to Furkapass
A high mountain pass in the Swiss alps with an elevation of 2429 meters. You might recognize this from the James Bond movie, Goldfinger.
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CP3: Passo di Giao
A mountain pass in the Dolomites with an elevation reaching up to 2236 meters. It’s one of the steepest climbs in the area.
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CP4: Durmitor, Montenegro
The highest point in Montenegro hitting 2523 meters.
Keeping mostly with the same components from last year, Jeff upgraded a few items:
Factory Five custom Columbus Spirit frame and segmented fork.
Thomson seatpost and stem
3T Aeronova bars
Fiziks gel and Lizard Skins 3.2mm bar tape
Profile Design T2+ aerobars
Profile Design side entry cages with Rouler Cycling bidons
Shutter precision and Novatec hub laced to Hplusson The Hydra rims with Pillar bladed spokes
Schwalbe Pro One 28c Tubeless tires
Shimano 105 Group 50/34 and 11-40T on the rear with the help of Wolftooth Components Tanpan
Shimano XT derailleur
Shimano Ultegra Pedals
Prologo Zero II Pas saddle (Thanks TSA for losing my original one, had to rush order one when i got to Europe)
TRP Spyre mechanical disc calipers
Supernova E3 Triple Pro front light
Supernova E3 tail light
Supernova The Plug USB charging system
Revelate Designs Viscacha saddle bag
Revelate Designs Tangle frame bag
Revelate Designs Gas Tank top tube bag
2X Revelate Designs Mountain Feedbags
Sea to Summit Spark I sleeping bag
REI Minimalist Bivy
Thermarest Neoair Xlite small
Giro half finger and full finger gloves (it might be snowing this year)
Small cable lock
Mission Workshop Orion Jacket
Uniqlo packable down vest
F5 NIghtshade bib and shirt
Merino Socks (2 pairs)
Petzl E-lite Headlamp
Garmin Edge 1000
iPhone SE
Sportful arm and leg warmers
Nike compression running shorts and tshirt
Giro Trans E70 cycling shoes
Topeak Mini-20 multitool
Topeak Race Rocket pump
Toe Covers
Neck Gaiter
Micro-USB Cable 2pcs
Small USB Battery pack
CR2032 (2pcs)
Small stuff
Daily Contacts
Riding Glasses
Antiseptic Wet Wipes
DZnuts Chamoise Cream
Toilet Paper
Kinesio Tape
Small Cable Lock
Sun Block
Spare derailleur cable
Tire Lever
Patch Kit
Spare Tube (2 pcs)
Spare Spokes and Nipples (2pcs)
Chain Oil
Zip Ties
Small Scissors
Electrolyte drops
Caffeine Pills

The Transcontinental Race: Josh

It was only just in December that we completed Josh’s completely custom XCR touring bike. Since then he’s been on almost every one of our group rides, constantly in and out of the shop and grown to be a good F5 friend.

Around the same time as completing his custom build, he applied to participate in The Transcontinental Race – and was given a starting position! Since then he’s been training non stop and is ready to ride starting Friday, July 29th.

We were able to pitch in and help Josh make a custom Nightshade jersey, which he’ll be wearing along with our Nightshade bib for the duration of his 3,700Km journey. His full bike specs are below, and you can follow him on Instagram here. Big ups to our friend Ewen who snapped these photos of Josh in his custom jersey alongside his XCR just hours before take off from Shanghai. Good luck!

Frame: Factory Five Columbus XCR Custom Touring

Headset: Chris King Sotto Vocce 1 1/8″

Groupset: Dura Ace 9000 11sp 50/34

Rear Cassette: 11-40 Shimano XT

Wheelset: Hplusson Archetype laced to front Shutter Precision PD-8 Dynamo hub and Chris King rear laced to H Plus Son Hydra, DT Swiss spokes

Brakes: TRP Spyre SLC

Stem: ENVE

Seatpost: ENVE

Bars: ENVE with ENVE TT attachment

Tape: BROOKS Cambium

Saddle: BROOKS C17 Cutout

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







IRD Now In Stock!

Our friends from IRD Modena set up shop in Hefei last year, and we’ve welcomed them with open arms to the scene here in China. We’ve recently stocked up on their ‘Car Is Over’ t-shirts, custom Ass Savers, bags, socks and have a complete Betulla Pista track bike along with a Pioppo steel frame.

T-shirts sell for 110RMB, Ass Savers for 80RMB, Bags just 70RMB, and socks for 119RMB. The complete Betulla Pista as seen below is 47,912RMB (or just the frame for 8,895RMB) and the Pioppo frame sells for 7,860RMB.

If you’re interested in any of this great IRD kit then swing through the shop!








The National Moutarde Crit in Dijon, France has grown to be one of the most anticipated fixed gear crits anywhere in the world. Riders travel from all over Europe to compete, and some even fly in from North America and Asia.

This year we’re pumped to be the Finale B official sponsor, offering up some components and killer swag. If you’re in France then definitely make your way over to the race. Full details can be found on their website here.



Fyxation Open – The PACK

This year marks the 3rd Annual Fyxation Open Fixed Gear Street Crit hosted by Fyxation, of course. The 4 race event takes place in Milwaukee and Chicago, with the first two stages already completed this past weekend. We’re super pumped to be one of the official prize sponsors, and to also be sponsoring The PACK from Montreal, QC.


During the first two races The PACK worked very well together and landed two 4th place team finishes, with rider Antoine Fabry taking a 3rd place finish overall behind Josh Tyrell from State Bikes and Nathan Labecki from GIANT. Well done so far!


The next two races take place on July 23rd and 24th – if you’re in Chicago be sure to check them out. Competition is stiff and paces are quick! The full current standings can be found HERE.


F5 Columbus Zona CX Framesets For Sale

We’ve been incredibly busy these last few months pumping out custom track frames, road frames and CX frames. In the midst of it all we haven’t had much time to build many stock frames, though we do have two CX framesets that are looking for owners!


Built with Columbus Zona steel tubing, the frame and steel fork together weigh 2.7Kg. These are designed for disc brakes, with a rear spacing of 135mm, headset size 1 1/8″ and 27.2mm seat post diameter. Rear brake cabling runs along the top tube, both shifter cables run on the bottom of the down tube and they are painted in glossy black with our F5 Race decals in a slick gold.




We’ve got both a 52cm and 55cm (measured from C-T) available and ready to build or ship. The price for frame and fork is 3,500CNY (525USD) plus shipping, which is 75USD.


If you’re interested in either of these frames or would like to know more then please shoot us an e-mail at – we can either build these into complete bikes or you can take the frameset and build it how you like, just drop us a line!