The range topping Focus SL 1.0 features new Sram Red and Zipp 404’s (Warren Rossiter/BikeRadar.com)
What’s new from Focus Bikes in 2013? We travelled to their base in Cloppenburg, Germany to look at the range. Here’s what’s on offer in the road, urban and cyclo-cross areas.
Focus Izalco Team SL
Focus had huge success with the Izalco
winning Cycling Plus’s bike of the year this year, and numerous other awards
worldwide. They haven’t rested on their laurels though, and with the imminent
announcement of a return to the ProTour front line with a new team sponsorship
they felt the need to further improve the existing Izalco Team platform.
This has resulted in taking the Izalco
back to the drawing board. The frame has been optimised with regards to its
carbon lay-up, a new BB shell (which switches to the PF30 standard) is now all
carbon, and the weight of the all carbon drop-outs reduced. The frame now also
comes in two guises, one specific to electronic transmissions, one for
mechanical. Even small touches like the seat collar have been looked at with
the new carbon collar tipping the scales at a svelte 14g. The frame weight has
dropped below the magical kilo to a claimed 934g too.
The Izalco team range starts with the SL 4.0 equipped with
new Sram Red and Fulcrum’s new CPX2.5 wheelset at £3699, the SL 3.0 with
Campagnolo Record EPS, and Fulcrum Racing Zero’s for £5999, SL 2.0 with new 11
speed Dura Ace Di2 and DT Swiss Dicut RR21 wheels at the same price, and topped
by the SL1.0 with new Sram Red and Zipp 404 Firecrest wheels for £6499.
The remaining models under the Izalco banner use the
existing frame from this year, with one significant change. Gone is the 3T fork,
replaced with a new fork designed by the team at Focus for a better integration
into the frame and an all-carbon construction helping to keep the weight down.
The Campagnolo Record EPS equipped Sl 3.0 contunues its Italian flavour with
Fulcrum’s Racing Zero wheels
Ergoride platform takes the lightweight construction and handling
characteristics of the Izalco and adapts it to a lower slung compact frame
shape and a rear end designed to offer improved comfort over rougher road
The range topping 1.0 (£2999) comes with a Shimano Dura Ace 11 speed group,
and Rotor cranks and running on Fulcrum’s new CPX1700 wheels. Aftermarket these
will be known as the Racing Quattro’s and offer a true aero shape, including Fulcrum’s new
hub flange design – all in a tough package (the 1700 in the name denotes the
wheel weight for the pair). The Ergoride comes in three models with an
additional three women’s specific models.
The Ergoride 3.0 is available with standard or triple Shimano Ultegra with
Fulcrum wheels and a smattering of FSA parts for £1999
Evo was a brand new design for 2012, so for 2013 nothing much has changed,
though thankfully the range has expanded to more finish options and a much
wider price range. We’ve tested the Focus Cayo Evo recently and been hugely impressed with
its sharp handling and nicely balanced ride. That it can now be had for a
little as £1375 (6.0 Shimano 105 model) is a real bonus.
At the top of the Evo range is the 1.0, equipped with Campagnolo Chorus carbon
and Vision T42 carbon aero wheels it’ll set you back £2899.
own admission the previous aluminium platform was getting a little long in the
tooth so they’ve had the new Culerbro in development for the last couple of
years. The all-new frame is now completely triple butted, with the main top and
downtubes having a little more shaping in the form of hydrofromed touches. This
has added up to an all-in frame weight of around 1400g, and that’s good for what
is essentially an entry level road frame.
The slender seat stays are designed
to offer plenty more compliance over the previous aluminium model. Focus’s new aluminium road bike the Culebro has a five model range from the £649 5.0 Sora
equipped model to an Ultegra equipped version at £1399.
The Culebro is offered in two versions
with Ultegra, the range topping 1.0 or in our opinion this more interesting 2.0
with Ultegra mechs and shifters, and FSA chainset and Concept brakes for £999
Planet range from Focus is a series of Cannondale Bad Boy style tough commuter
bikes with the range topped by the very interesting Planet Carbon. Looking at
the all-carbon frame and fork complete with disc mounts front and rear, built with massive clearances for big volume tyres (or plenty of mud clearance) and
you’ve got what we think is Focus’s trial run for an all-carbon cyclocross
bike. Talking it over with Focus’s head of road bike development and it turns
out we weren’t far from the truth.
Carbon comes with Sram’s Apex group, fully hydraulic brakes in the form of
Magura’s MT2’s and a disc specific wheels and all-new Continental Urban tyre
(35c) designed in conjunction with Focus for the Planet range, all for £1459.
The rest of the Planet range features aluminium frames and a price range between
£649 and £999.
All carbon frame, hydraulic brakes, massive tyre clearances, the new
Planet Carbon would be a great basis for a cyclocross bike. As it stands for
£1459 it’s a lightweight and tough urban commuter.
expanded the Mares line-up with four carbon models, and four aluminium. The carbon
line-up is topped with a team replica model based on the Focus-Rapha bike, as
ridden by Jeremy Powers to US national champ status. The aluminium line-up
includes two disc equipped bikes, the racing focussed AX2.0 and the commuter
Focus-Rapha matches the spec of the pro bike as closely as possible, mixing
Easton EC90sl tubular wheels, Sram Red, and Easton carbon finishing kit. Making
for a lightweight (for cross) 7kg race rig. The Mares CX1.0 Rapha to give it
its full name will retail for £3999, and in limited numbers.
Bold paint, chromed cables and massive clearances for the CX4.0