The friendly Belgian professional cyclist is racing the 2020 season with the Team Israel Start-Up Nation.
Ben Hermans is racing mostly on the FACTOR O2 VAM Disc which is the Lightweight climbing bike model from FACTOR.
Ben had a tremendous year 2019 and have won several multi stages races including the Tour of Austria and the Tour of UTAH.
As I look at Ben’s racing result it seems like he is getting more performant over the years.
Ben Hermans is not a “pure climber” as he weight 72kg at peak form for 1m86 tall however he is definitely a climber hence the reason for him to race on the FACTOR climbing model.
Read further this post to find out more about Ben Hermans bike:
What is Ben Hermans bike size and fitting?
Which crank length and stem length Hermans uses?
What tires section and types does the Flemish Pro racer uses on his FACTOR O2 VAM?
A BIG THANKS to Ben for being very cooperative and giving me hints on his bike size, this is helping me a lot as I couldn’t find a lot of pictures of him on his bike this year to do some reverse engineering.
Thank you Ben! Follow him on Twitter @hermansben and Instagram
The Team Israel Start-Up Nation races on two main models in 2020, the FACTOR O2 VAM for the climbers and the FACTOR ONE for the powerful sprinters like Andre Greipel.
Ben Hermans is 1m86 tall and he is racing on a size 56cm FACTOR O2 VAM Disc 2020.
FACTOR does “suggest” the FACTOR O2 VAM size 56cm to riders from 1m75 to 1m80.
Ben is therefore using 1 size down compared than the manufacturer suggestion and that is well within the trend among pro riders.
The Factor O2 VAM frame is made of TeXtreme Toray Carbon with a mix of Boron on the seat tube to optimize lightweight and strength.
The O2 VAM represents FACTOR’s lightest frame designed for climbers.
Ben is racing with the BLACK INC 130mm stem / 420mm width Bar combo.
He uses 172.5mm Shimano Dura Ace crank length wit 54/42 chainrings for most races profiles.
Ben races with a Selle Italia saddle Pro Team Carbon rails model which is set at 795mm hight.
The distance between the tip of the saddle to the handlebar grip is 595mm.
Below is the full detailed specification and size of Ben Hermans:
Frameset: Factor One Disc 2020 size 56cm / Head angle 73.3 degrees / Seat Tube angle 73 degrees / Seat Tube length (C-T) 526mm / Top Tube 565mm (C-C) / Head Tube 142.5mm / Chainstay 406mm / reach 392mm / Standover 794 / Fork Rake 43mm.
Front brake: Shimano Dura Ace hydraulic calipers / SwissStop Yellow RS pads and SwissStop Catalyst 160mm disc rotor
Rear Brake: Shimano Dura Ace hydraulic calipers / SwissStop Yellow RS pads and SwissStop Catalyst 140mm disc rotor
Brake/Shifting levers: Shimano Durace Ace Di2 ST-R9170- 11 speed
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura Ace Di2 FD-R9150-F, braze-on
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura Ace Di2 RD-R9150 with CeramicSpeed OSPW cage/ceramic pulley wheels
Cassette: Shimano Durace Ace Titanium CS-9100 11-30T
Chain: KMC X11 SL Gold
Crankset: Shimano Dura Ace FC-9170 172.5mm length with 54/42T chainrings
Bottom-Bracket: CeramicSpeed PF4630 Aluminium cups / CeramicSpeed bearings with Wheels MFG 24mm BBRight Reducers/Adapters
Wheels: Black Inc 60mm Carbon Tubular rims laced with Sapim Aero spokes on Black Inc disc hubs and CeramicSpeed bearings.
Tires: Maxxis tubulars 700x26mm section and Maxxis High Road 700x25c Tubeless depending of races.
Thru-Axle: 12mm x 142mm thru rear axle
Stem: 130mm BLACK INC VAM Stem / Bar Combo
Bar: 420mm BLACK INC VAM Stem / Bar Combo
Bar tape: Factor High Grip bar tape
Pedals: Shimano Dura Ace SPD-SL
Saddle: Selle Italia Pro Team Carbon Rails
Seat Post: Factor 0/25mm adjustable setback
Bottle Cage: Elite Rocko carbon
Computer: Bryton Aero 60
Powermeter: 4iiii Precision Pro
Let me know if anything changes or missing and I’ll make sure to update the data of Ben’s Factor O2 VAM.
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