Factor 001 is a lightweight (under 7 kg including all equipment) carbon fibre monocoque structure with an on-board computer and performance monitoring system, incorporating various motorsport-grade sensors, a GPS and a radio transmitter, are integrated into the handlebars and throughout the bike-setting the world record for the most advanced bicycle.
Factor 001 is the result of a creative project to explore the transfer of design approaches, technology and materials from Formula One (where BERU f1systems is a supplier of various components such as electronics and composites to every team) to mankind's most enduring invention.
'I am very pleased that what started as a ‘clean sheet' design exercise to showcase our expertise in composites and electronics has delivered such a beautifully styled, scientific training device,' says John Bailey, managing director of BERU f1systems.
'Athletes and their trainers now have access to performance enhancement capabilities that are the norm in top-level motorsport, and individuals interested in an exclusive, high end, differentiated bicycle now have a serious alternative.'
Factor 001, the world's most advanced bicycle, will appeal to professional and semi-professional athletes competing at the highest levels in cycling and other sports; as well as personal trainers, fitness camp organisers, and affluent fitness training enthusiasts.
One of the key benefits of the bike for riders is its ability to collect laboratory-quality data, while being ridden outdoors.
Factor 001 boasts what are believed to be many firsts for the cycling world:
BERU f1systems is already in talks with various sporting bodies about future applications of the data measurement software. Factor 001 is available to order from BERU f1systems now.