FACTOR has been a brand that intrigued us for as long as we can remember. Of course we saw their stunning bikes being ridden to victories by Romain Bardet in the Tour, but the chance to catch a glimpse of a FACTOR bike on NYC roads was few and far between. That was until we got in touch with Rob Gitelis, the owner of FACTOR himself. The Miami born, former winner of the Tour of Taiwan, Rob has dedicated his life to producing the world’s most advanced performance road bikes. He’s keen to help New Yorkers discover the ride of the future.
The FACTOR brand was founded in racing and engineering. The company was initially formed as a carbon fiber production and advisory firm for automotive racing brands including Ferrari, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, and many F1 outfits. Rob, the man who crafted bikes for many of the world’s top brands and pro riders, took over the leadership of FACTOR in 2015. His experience building the best bikes ridden in the peloton under different labels enables him to produce the highest quality carbon fiber racing bicycles in the world.
FESTKA was founded in Prague, Czech Republic by a few cycling racers and enthusiasts in 2010 and has earned the reputation as one of the most aesthetically jaw dropping and technologically advanced bicycle brands in the world.
FESTKA produces carbon fiber and titanium road, track and gravel bikes that are fully customizable and available in extremely limited quantities. FESTKA constantly aims to push the boundaries of design, and more often than not produces one-of-a-kind dream bikes that will turn heads for miles.
Isadore is a Slovakian cycling apparel brand founded in 2013 by former pro racers Martin & Peter Velits. The brothers literally live cycling. They grew up working in their parents’ bike shop before graduating to racing for top-tier World Tour teams including Quick Step, HTC Highroad and BMC.
After hanging up their racing bikes, the Velits Brothers founded Isadore to produce premium cycling apparel to riders of all skill levels. The brand is extremely devoted to producing locally sourced, manufactured and sustainable products, and much of their apparel is produced from recycled materials. Zip up an Isadore Merino wool jersey and you’ll never look back.
The Melbourne-based label MAAP burst onto the scene in 2014 and has created an [Australian] tidal waves across the industry ever since. Developed by a team of passionate cyclists with established backgrounds in the fashion and design industries, MAAP evokes a new perspective on the global sport deeply rooted in Melbourne’s colorful and eccentric flavor.
MAAP of course produces cutting edge kit using handpicked fabrics from Italian and Swiss mills, but also employs utterly unique color and design twists that converge to result in some of the most eye catching cycling kit on the planet. You will without a doubt have a fun time on the bike when you zip up some MAAP threads.
Q36.5 is an extreme vision of the future of cycling apparel. The Italian brand is obsessively focused on designing and producing the most technically advanced cycling apparel in the world, and operates under the principle of being a vehicle for continuous experimentation and innovation. The name Q36.5 derives from Latin term quaerere and references the study of the optimal internal temperature of the human body. All Q36.5 cycling apparel is designed to regulate and maintain the optimal body temperature of the rider, ensuring the highest possible riding comfort and experience.
Based in Bolzano, Italy in the foothills of the Dolomites, Q36.5 was launched in 2013 by Luigi Bergamo, who has over 25 years of experience at the highest level of the cycling apparel sector. Q36.5 partners with exceptional Italian textile manufacturers to continuously develop and experiment with various fabrics in order to produce the most uncompromising cycling apparel for high intensity riding and training. All Q36.5 fabrics and products are developed and manufactured in Italy.