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New Factor gravel bike spotted at Crusher in the Tushar

Factor's new LS
(Image credit: Factor bikes Facebook)

Instagram is a fantastic way to waste hours of your day, but as well as allowing you to see everyone's personal highlight reel to make yourself feel worthless it occasionally gives us a sneak peek of what bike brands are working on.

Factor sponsored rider Dylan Johnson recently posted some pics from Crusher in the Tushar where he appears to be riding a Factor gravel bike that doesn't currently exist. Some careful stalking revealed he was also atop this bike at Unbound too.

It's too early to say what the bike is however, but it's visually a more aero-optimised package than the current out and out gravel bike in the brands range, the Factor LS, so it could be either an update to that platform or a new standalone model.

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What do we know?

Well, we have just a few event pictures to work on, but in comparison to the Factor LS the new model has a deeper headtube with a fork crown that is sculpted into the headtube area much more. The fork blades too are slightly deeper by the looks of things.

The rear end of the bike is visually very similar to the LS, with the same dropped seatstays, though this new bike seems to use a more aerodynamic looking seatpost; it's deeper in long-section, perhaps eschewing flex in favour of speed. 

The bottom bracket area is much more chunky, with the upper reaches almost extending above the front chainring, which is in keeping with what we've seen in new aero releases like the Scott Foil and Trek Madone, chasing aero and stiffness gains.

One for the best gravel race bikes? On the face of it we'd expect so.

If you peep Dylan's stories on his Instagram in the next few hours you can get a close up video of the frame, but there's no guarantee this'll hang around.

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A factor LS gravel bike

The current Factor LS, for reference (Image credit: Factor)

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Will Jones
Will Jones

Will joined the Cyclingnews team as a reviews writer in 2022, having previously written for Cyclist, BikeRadar and Advntr. There are very few types of cycling he's not dabbled in, and he has a particular affection for older bikes and long lasting components. Road riding was his first love, before graduating to racing CX in Yorkshire. He's been touring on a vintage tandem all the way through to fixed gear gravel riding and MTB too. When he's not out riding one of his many bikes he can usually be found in the garage making his own frames and components as a part time framebuilder, restoring old mountain bikes, or walking his collie in the Lake District.

Height: 182cm

Weight: 72Kg

Rides: Custom Zetland Audax, Bowman Palace:R, Peugeot Grand Tourisme Tandem, 1988 Specialized Rockhopper, Stooge Mk4, Falcon Explorer Tracklocross