No recall for Factor Ostro customers after Israel Start-Up Nation steerer tube failure

Chris Froome Factor VAM
Chris Froome's Factor Ostro VAM (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Despite the snapped handlebar suffered by Mathieu van der Poel's Canyon Aeroad making all the headlines throughout recent weeks, it's not the only catastrophic cockpit failure suffered in the WorldTour this spring classics campaign. 

A few days prior to Van der Poel's incident, Israel Start-Up Nation's Tom Van Asbroeck was forced to switch to his spare bike at Omloop het Niewsblad, after the failure of his Factor Ostro VAM which left his steerer tube snapped in two. 

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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. He 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.