New Factor 'Hanzo' time trial bike ridden by Chris Froome at the Tour de France

Factor Hanzo TT bike
(Image credit: Eurosport GCN)

The Stage 20 time trial of the 2021 Tour de France saw Chris Froome and his Israel Start-Up Nation teammates take to the start ramp aboard an as-yet-unreleased Factor time trial bike.

The bike is the same as the model that first appeared at the Giro d'Italia at the end of May, but at that time it was completely blacked out, devoid of any branding whatsoever, leaving no obvious clues as to the brand or model name. As a result, it was presumed to be a new Factor Slick, in replacement for the team sponsor's existing TT bike. 

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Josh Croxton
Associate Editor (Tech)

Josh is Associate Editor of Cyclingnews – leading our content on the best bikes, kit and the latest breaking tech stories from the pro peloton.

Josh has been with us since the summer of 2019 and throughout that time he's covered everything from buyer's guides and deals to the latest tech news and reviews. On the bike, Josh has been riding and racing for over 15 years.

He started out racing cross country in his teens back when 26-inch wheels and triple chainsets were still mainstream, but he found favour in road racing in his early 20s, racing at a local and national level for Somerset-based Team Tor 2000. 

These days he rides indoors for convenience and fitness, and outdoors for fun on road, gravel, 'cross and cross-country bikes, the latter usually with his two dogs in tow.