Gallery: Factor001: The World’s Most Advanced Bicycle


Formula 1 engineering firm BERU is currently working on the The Factor001, a pedal-powered speedster that is being touted as the world’s most advanced bicycle. A marvel of modern engineering, the bike features an ultra-light carbon chassis, high-tech ceramic brakes, and a hard-wired system that stores biometric data such as heart and respiration rates.

The Factor001 comes equipped with ceramic brakes, a hydraulic braking system, and has an individually made-to-measure frame with a metallic finish. The bicycle also features a bevvy of high-tech systems including GPS, a radio transmitter, and a computer that can provide you with biometric and performance data after a ride. All that high-end technology will cost you however – it’s expected to retail at £20,000. Did we mention that it weighs 7 kilograms?

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  1. Raghu Rao December 2, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Just because it has a ultra-light carbon chassis, high-tech ceramic brakes,how does that make it a one of a kind? are you bringing new technology and changing that the whole concept of a cycle?

  2. leewingate October 4, 2011 at 9:19 am

    An interesting design but nothing ground-breaking ultimately. The ceramic brakes, although possibly lighter than equivalent alloy discs, possibly won’t work well in reality. Ceramic brakes work best at a high operating temperature which means unless your constantly going downhill with hairpins, the brakes realistically wont make a difference.

    A nice technical exercise, but as one person has already mentioned. Integrated bikes are already available at a quarter of the price, less weight and better performing components. sorry.

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  6. Graham thomas December 22, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    I have looked at electric bikes and have reconfigured to whole system so it recharges it self.
    any one inetrested in this please conact me

  7. nar99 March 17, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Throw in a small electric motor, solar panel wheel fairings and regenerative braking and there you have it – an electric motorbike – not a bicycle.

  8. cool user name March 11, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Most advanced upright bike it should say, make them as light as you want you can’t sustain faster speeds under pedal power without a more aerodynamic frame and rider geometry. And the most practical ( for open roads) and aerodynamic geometry for a bike is recumbent. It’s more comfortable on long trips and you can actually carry cargo while still being aerodynamic. This looks like a material engineer’s solution putting better materials into an old design instead of changing the design from the ground up. I’d be hesitant to call any bike design “most advanced” if it’s anything short of a design that can change geometry from upright ( for city and hill cycling) to a recumbent for highways and highest possible speeds on low resistance terrain. Throw in a small electric motor, solar panel wheel fairings and regenerative braking and there you have it.
    Still a cool conceptual project.

  9. Wuddel March 11, 2009 at 5:50 am

    No offense, but you can get most of that already for much much less money and with even lower weight. For example the top of the line Canyon roadbike at 5500 EUR. Throw in a Polar RS800CX with some options (800EUR or something) and you are all set. Just missing the carbon brakes.

  10. crackgerbal March 10, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    They need to lower the price if they want the average person to be able to use this bike.

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