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The Factory Five newsletter goes out every Tuesday. We’ve been sending out a weekly update on all things F5 since we opened in 2011. Expect news, products, bikes, rides and event information so basically everything that keeps us rolling.

More importantly, we often post special offers exclusively in the newsletter – we’ve gathered quite a following over the years and this is our way to say thankyou for clicking that email when it lands in your inbox every week.

Also in the newsletter is the shanghai night ride confirmation. We ride virtually every Tuesday unless it is raining or wet on the ground or we have something better to do. That’s pretty rare but the newsletter will have the definitive word on whether it is going ahead.

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F550 Custom : Nick

Bright orange paint job with rainbow sparkles, complete with all the best components. Wicked tall boy ride built up for Nick!

Here’s Nick’s Spec:

Frameset : F550 Custom
Saddle : Fyxation Pilot
Rims : H+Son Archetype
Hubs: GC Hubs
Crankset : Factory Five Lattice Crank
Seatpost : Miche Supertype
Stem : Thomson X2
Bars : DEDA RHM-02

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An American Alleycat in London

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We’re proud to be a sponsor of the upcoming Alleycat in London. If you’re in town on june 1st then head over to Bream Street and take part in something awesome organized by our friends over at The Fixed Life.

They’ve a bunch of prizes up for grab, including one of our coveted lattice chainrings.

Details are in the flyer, basically it’s £10 in advance or £15 on the day. Checkpoints will be relatively easy to find and released the way we like it – a few days before so that people from out of town get fair odds.


We’re hiring – Channel Developer

Factory Five is still seeking a talented salesperson to develop our China retail channels.

We work closely with a heap of awesome brands (including our own) and are looking for someone who can help us to push them even further across China and the world. The key responsibility of this role is to increase our B2B sales.

This involves:
- building on our database of domestic retail customers
- creating relationships with new buyers and introducing our products
- seeking marketing opportunities
- developing and curating the china F5 story
- working with our social media manager to spread max-love

This is an integral role which will steer F5. The person we have in mind has a couple years of sales or business development experience and is great at story telling. It will mostly happen in Chinese so you should be fluent or close enough… and it would help if you like bikes!

This is an ideal opportunity to join a young, fast moving company in a very new and dynamic market. Only those with an intuitive and self-starting attitude who are prepared to push for success need apply.

Interested? send a cover letter and your CV to

F5 Bike Flea Market – this weekend.

Join us on Saturday, April 26th from 14h00-18h00 for our spring bike flea market.

Bring those rides, components and accessories which are taking space in your garage (i.e. spare bedroom) and swap them with everybody else for things that you actually need.

Need something to complete your new ride for this season? Searching for some NOS Campagnolo components? Handlebars giving you a bad back? Answers will be waiting for you at F5 on the 25th.

We’ll be setting up tables outside and it’s free to get a space so come early to reserve yours. One man’s badly sprung OK saddle is another man’s rolling throne cushion so bring everything you’ve got.

Factory Five’s spare bedroom has been raided and we’ll have a heap of second hand parts and a few used bikes for sale.

Music, drinks and biking chat will be available as-standard and as with all things F5, let the good times roll.


This Weeks Night Ride – Glowing!

Night Ride Tuesday 14 april

This week we loaded up the loudspeaker and a thousand glowsticks and headed out into the neon Shanghai.

200 riders owning the street. through Xujiahui, along Zhaojiabang, up through the Former French Concession and along YongKang Lu. Then we split into two huge groups and rolled east to the Bund.

After a pause, we looped our way back into town. Keeping it short (20k) this week we wound up at the family mart on Donghu Lu and gave the locals something to talk about.

Find the route on Strava here. Each week we take a different route, most of the time we cover 25-35km.

F5 Wall Graffiti

Our friend and graffiti artist, Dezio, decked out our shopfront with this pretty epic image. It tells the story of a global bike race. We’re always finding new awesome details. Here are a few shots..

Factory Five Shanghai Bike Graffiti

Factory Five Shanghai Bike Graffiti
Factory Five Shanghai Bike Graffiti

Factory Five Shanghai Bike Graffiti

Factory Five Shanghai Bike Graffiti
Factory Five Shanghai Bike Graffiti

Factory Five Shanghai Bike Graffiti

Factory Five Shanghai Bike Graffiti

Click here for more graffiti on our flickr page

F5Pista Custom: Tu Nga

Incredible custom build centered around our F5 Pista steel lugged frame. Red metallic sparkle finish with chrome details, including chrome logos and a custom headbadge. Complete with BROOKS finishings, classic components and our lattice chainring. Killer build, so vintage and so sexy.

F5Pista Custom Classic Fixed Gear Tu Nga

F5Pista Custom Classic Fixed Gear Tu Nga

F5Pista Custom Classic Fixed Gear Tu Nga

F5Pista Custom Classic Fixed Gear Tu Nga

F5Pista Custom Classic Fixed Gear Tu Nga

Custom Bike & Frame Design

At factory five we design and build custom bikes every day. We know every inch of a fixed-gear bike and how to consider every aspect to achieve something unique, beautiful and, most importantly, functional for the right riding needs.

We assemble every build from our fixed gear workshop in Shanghai China. This way we can control every step of the build and ensure it is to our liking. Rest assured, if something doesn’t look or feel right – we’ll be on it.

We offer three levels of custom bike creation

  • » Tailored Signature Builds
  • » Bespoke frame finish
  • » Fully Custom frameset tubing and geometry

Tailored Signature Builds:

Our F550, F5100 and F5Pista frames in our signature colours are available to be built up to your choosing. Select from the hundreds of parts and components we offer to create exactly the type of build you like.

Looking for something for commuting prowess, cruising comfort or superlight racing? We can help you choose the right combination of frame, wheels, bars and everything else to achieve the right mix of function and style.

Bespoke frame finish:

Our frame painter has decades of experience with frame coating. We use the pantone system and can paint any of our frames with virtually any colour. Pricing for finishes starts at only ¥250 (US $35) for a single colour and increases from there to include:

» Metallic and sparkle finishes
» Raw, brushed and flame treatments
» Matte, satin and clear topcoats
» Partial or full chroming of tubes
» Two-colour fades
» Custom decals
» Application of existing decals

Fully Custom frameset tubing and geometry:

We can accommodate completely custom framesets. We can design and create a fully custom geometry using any of our tubing sets including the entire Columbus range. If you need something very special and exactly to your choosing then a custom frame allows complete control including:

» Flat or smoothweld joints
» Lugged or fillet brazed steel
» Custom dropouts
» Custom geometry
» Headset specification
» Braze ons and internal gear routing

Give us a shoutout for a custom price quote and to start the design process.