One Pro Cycling is a British registered UCI Professional Continental cycling team founded in 2015. The team employs several well-known riders such as Matt Goss, Kristian Goss, and Steele Von Hoff, and hopes to gain World Tour status within five years. Steele Von Hoff raced in the 2016 Tour Down Under as part of the UniSA-Australia team, a composite team assembled anew for each edition of the race. Because of the nature of the UNiSA-Australia team, riders bring their own trade team bikes to the race.
Steele Von Hoff toted his One Pro Cycling Factor One S team bike to the 2016 Tour Down Under, which features the same split down tube design as the Factor One bike we featured a little earlier; the two models only differ with respect to their unique front ends. The One S may lack the integrated fork, stem, and bar of the Factor One, but there are still plenty of aero features. Click through to read more about Steele Von Hoff’s Factor One S and get a better look…
The Factor One S Aero seatpost, with the name of team rider “Stainless” Steele Von Hoff adorning the top and seat tube junction.
Shimano’s Dura-Ace Di2 electronic shifting group provides the power to shift gears, but Von Hoff rolls on the power measuring new 130BCD Verve InfoCrank Classic crankset, fitted with Rotor’s oval Q-Rings in 53/39. Von Hoff’s bike was the only rig we spotted at the 2016 Tour Down Under fitted with these non-round chainrings.
Von Hoff’s crankset turns on CeramicSpeed bearings. Speedplay pedals are remain relatively uncommon in the pro ranks in 2016 (mainly due to sponsor requirements), but Von Hoff relies on the security of the sprinter-oriented V4 version of the Zero pedal.
One Pro Cycling’s tubular wheelsets are supplied by Black Inc., with rims measuring 50mm in depth.
Black Inc. wheelsets spin on CeramicSpeed bearings.
Black Inc. are a relatively new player in the cycling industry world, but stepped it up to sponsor professional teams like Cult Energy during the 2015 season – and now, One Pro Cycling for 2016.
What appears to be a Hutchinson “ProTour” tubular, is in fact a rebadged Veloflex measuring 25mm in width.
The Factor One S eschews complex, aerodynamic integration around the handlebar area, unlike its Factor One brethren.
Von Hoff stretches out on his 56cm Factor One S, helped further by the -17 degree, 130mm FSA OS-115 stem, and full-on #slamthatstem membership. Team mechanics stick with the external Di2 Junction A box – accessibility is key when mechanics are on the road.
Von Hoff’s bike lacks heat shrink tubing to guide the Shimano Di2 wiring along the rear brake housing, something we spotted on just about every team bike equipped with that system. Steele was a relatively new edition to One Pro Cycling at the time these photos were taken, so we suspect the bike was built in a hurry for his appearance at the Tour Down Under, so he gets zip ties for now.
A bird’s eye view of Steele’s cockpit.
For braking, the Factor One S relies on a Shimano Dura-Ace 9010 direct mount caliper brake at the front end.
Note quite as aero as the full-on Factor One, the Factor One S still pulls aero tricks like its center-pull Dura-Ace 9010 direct mount brake hidden beneath the bottom bracket.
Factor One S Aero seatpost and Prologo X Zero II saddle.
Steele Von Hoff sits atop a Prologo X Zero II saddle fitted with the company’s CPC vibration damping treatment.
Steele Von Hoff aboard the Factor One S during Stage 4 of the 2016 Tour Down Under. Photo taken during my day riding along with the Lampre Merida team.
Steele Von Hoff finished the 2016 Tour Down Under in 81st place overall, 21:21 down on the overall winner, Simon Gerrans. Steele’s best placing was 10th place in stage 1 of the race, but considering Steele is a sprinter and former winner of the Australian Criterium Championships, climbing isn’t expected to be his forté. Good luck for the 2016 season!
Photos and article by Gravel Cyclist. Jayson O’Mahoney is the Gravel Cyclist: A website about the Gravel Cycling Experience.