Four riders from Ag2r La Mondiale will be riding CHPT3 designed Factor O2 bikes in Paris Roubaix on Sunday. Oliver Naesen, Nico Denz, Julien Duval, and Tony Gallopin will pilot race rigs with the “ONEMORELAP” Roubaix-inspired graphics developed by David Millar’s creative design lab, CHPT3, in Girona.
“The ONEMORELAP design represents for us a mentality of going to the next level, no matter how empty you might be. It’s a feeling only a few races actually capture, namely the Tour de France and Paris Roubaix,” says Millar. “It was inspired by my own final race of Paris Roubaix in 2014. This collaboration with Factor is a reminder to each rider he always has one more lap inside of him.”
An exciting and big step for the design lab, this is the first time CHPT3’s work will be seen in the professional peloton. “We believe cycling has always been a beautiful platform for storytelling, but we are trying to push the edge of what’s possible, not just with the stories, but how they come to life through design,” adds Millar. “The ONEMORELAP collaboration with Factor is our first big opportunity to showcase our design ethos at the highest level in professional cycling.”
This collaboration with Factor is CHPT3’s first performance bike design and joins their collection of design collaborations with apparel, accessories, and folding bike brands.
Creative collaborations are one of the most powerful ways we are trying to push the cycling industry out of its comfort zone. Alone, any company can only ever do so much. But together they unlock new ways of working, new kinds of designs, new kinds of engineering and new materials that might struggle under ordinary industry circumstances. They think of their work as a creative laboratory for the cycling industry, where new ideas can come to life, and are available to people who want to ride with something a bit different.
In 2017, Romain Bardet rode the Factor O2 to a Tour de France podium. The frame is built using RGi carbon construction, has a tapered headtube, compact race geometry, internal cable routing, and an RGi carbon fork. In its standard blue design, the O2 will be raced by Ag2r La Mondiale throughout the 2018 season. Meanwhile, Naesen’s 11th place finish at the Tour of Flanders makes him a contender in Roubaix, which could make for an exciting one last lap in the Velodrome.
The OML Factor X CHPT3 frameset is available at select Factor dealers or for purchase at www.chpt3.com.