2018 Focus Izalco Race

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Focus basically did away with that Cayo business and embraced the Izalco. Previously, I think the Cayo was more of their touring bike, the Izalco line more about go-fast. I'm not sure there was actually that much difference in the geometry between the two. 

In any case, I rode an Izalco Max and it melted my brains a bit. It was sort of like renting a really expensive sports car for the weekend, then having to go back to your beater on Monday. I shouldn't have done it, and my current bike isn't even a beater.

What's relevant to you is that the Izalco Race is a full-carbon bike you can get for less than $2k (before taxes). It straddles the line between a fondo bike and race bike, which means when you want to get out of your saddle and sprint the last 200 meters to your cooler of beer, it's going to be snappy and responsive, and you'll have energy left because it didn't beat you up the previous 45 miles.

The other thing you need to know is that we have a run of these on the shop floor, which means you can take some of this sweet German-engineered carbon home with you as early as ... today.

Bring your helmet. Bring your shoes. Come ride one. We're here all week.

IZALCO RACE 105 FEATURES

  •  FRAME-INTEGRATED CABLE ROUTING AND FULL-CARBON FORK
  •  COMPLETE SHIMANO 5800 105 GROUP
  •  RELIABLE SHIMANO WHEELS AND CONTINENTAL TYRES

FRAME: Carbon SL, caliper, Pressfit 86 BB, 130 mm quick release dropouts, Di2 ready, internal brake cable routing

FORK: Carbon, caliper, 100 mm quick release

HANDLEBAR: BBB Basic, Aluminium, drop: 125 mm, reach: 70mm

SADDLE: Prologo Kappa 3 STN Rail

SEATPOST: BBB Basic, Aluminium, 27,2mm, 350mm, set-back 20mm

STEM: BBB Basic, aluminium, 31.8mm, +/- 7 degree

TIRE: Continental Ultra Sport II, 700 x 25C, Folding

SHIFTERS: Shimano 105 5800

BRAKES: Shimano 105 5800, caliper

BRAKE TYPE: Caliper

CHAIN RING: 2x

CRANKSET: Shimano 105 5800, 50/34T

REAR DERAILLEUR: Shimano 105 5800, 11-speed, short cage

SHIFTING TYPE: Mechanical shifting

CASSETTE: Shimano 105 5800, 11-28T

WHEELSET: Shimano WH-RS010, quick release, aluminium, 100/130 mm, 20/24 spokes, 17 mm inner rim width