Focus 2014 road bikes – first look

August 12, 2013 by  
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The new Focus Izalco Chrono Max time trial/triathlon bike, here in Ag2r team replica spec

The new Focus Izalco Chrono Max time trial/triathlon bike, here in Ag2r team replica spec (Warren Rossiter/Future Publishing)

  • The new Focus Izalco Chrono Max time trial/triathlon bike, here in Ag2r team replica spec
  • The front TRP brake on the Focus Izalco Chrono time trial/triathlon bike is heavily modified to fit within the fork profile
  • The head tube of the Focus Izalco Chrono integrates the stem, here in a low stack, flush-fit time trial version. The bike will also come with a 30mm rise triathlon stem, too
  • Profile supply their all-carbon Svet Zero carbon cockpit for the Focus Izalco Chrono
  • Horizontal dropouts allow for some adjustment to the rear wheel fit on the Focus Izalco Chrono
  • Campagnolo’s aero Bora Ultra chainset complements the Focus Izalco Chrono Max’s Record EPS groupset
  • The new Focus Izalco Chrono Max time trial range starts with the 105-equipped 3.0 at £2,499
  • The new Focus Izalco Chrono Max time trial range starts with the 105-equipped 3.0 at £2,499
  • The new Focus Izalco Chrono Max time trial range starts with the 105-equipped 3.0 at £2,499
  • The new Focus Izalco Chrono Max time trial range starts with the 105-equipped 3.0 at £2,499
  • We reckon Focus Izalco Chrono Max 2.0, with 11-speed Ultegra Di2 and a price tag of £3,499, is the pick of the bunch
  • The Focus Izalco Chrono Max 1.0 comes with 50mm Fulcrum Racing Speed wheels and the latest Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
  • The Focus Izalco Chrono Max 1.0 comes with 50mm Fulcrum Racing Speed wheels and the latest Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
  • The Focus Izalco Chrono Max 1.0 comes with 50mm Fulcrum Racing Speed wheels and the latest Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
  • The Focus Izalco Chrono Max 1.0 comes with 50mm Fulcrum Racing Speed wheels and the latest Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
  • The new Focus Izalco Max 0.0 was displayed on scales and hardly worried them, coming in at 5.3kg
  • The new Focus Izalco Max 0.0 was displayed on scales and hardly worried them, coming in at 5.3kg
  • The new Focus Izalco Max 0.0 was displayed on scales and hardly worried them, coming in at 5.3kg
  • The new Focus Izalco Max 0.0 was displayed on scales and hardly worried them, coming in at 5.3kg
  • The new Focus Izalco Max 0.0 was displayed on scales and hardly worried them, coming in at 5.3kg
  • The new Focus Izalco Max 0.0 was displayed on scales and hardly worried them, coming in at 5.3kg
  • The new Focus Izalco Max 0.0 was displayed on scales and hardly worried them, coming in at 5.3kg
  • The Focus Izalco Max 3.0 offers the same 725g frame as the astonishingly light 0.0. For your £4,399 you get full SRAM Red 22 and Fulcrum Racing Zero wheels
  • The Focus Izalco Max 3.0 offers the same 725g frame as the astonishingly light 0.0. For your £4,399 you get full SRAM Red 22 and Fulcrum Racing Zero wheels
  • The Focus Izalco Max 3.0 offers the same 725g frame as the astonishingly light 0.0. For your £4,399 you get full SRAM Red 22 and Fulcrum Racing Zero wheels
  • The Focus Izalco Max 3.0 offers the same 725g frame as the astonishingly light 0.0. For your £4,399 you get full SRAM Red 22 and Fulcrum Racing Zero wheels
  • The superlight Focus Izalco Max also comes in an Ag2r team replica spec for £5,999
  • The superlight Focus Izalco Max also comes in an Ag2r team replica spec for £5,999
  • The superlight Focus Izalco Max also comes in an Ag2r team replica spec for £5,999
  • The superlight Focus Izalco Max also comes in an Ag2r team replica spec for £5,999
  • The superlight Focus Izalco Max also comes in an Ag2r team replica spec for £5,999
  • The Focus Izalco Max 2.0 uses Campagnolo Record EPS complete with the seat tube-mounted internal battery
  • All the Focus Izalco Max bikes come with new Fi’zi:k bars, stems and seatposts
  • All the Focus Izalco Max bikes come with new Fi’zi:k bars, stems and seatposts
  • The Focus Izalco Max 1.0 uses new Dura-Ace Di2 and, like the EPS-equipped 2.0, has an internal battery
  • Focus’ aluminium Culebro has now become the Culebro SL, featuring a lighter frame with a tapered head tube and an all-carbon fork. This is the Tiagra-equipped SL 3.0 – at £799 it looks set to be good value
  • Focus’ aluminium Culebro has now become the Culebro SL, featuring a lighter frame with a tapered head tube and an all-carbon fork. This is the Tiagra-equipped SL 3.0 – at £799 it looks set to be good value
  • Focus’ aluminium Culebro has now become the Culebro SL, featuring a lighter frame with a tapered head tube and an all-carbon fork. This is the Tiagra-equipped SL 3.0 – at £799 it looks set to be good value
  • Focus’ aluminium Culebro has now become the Culebro SL, featuring a lighter frame with a tapered head tube and an all-carbon fork. This is the Tiagra-equipped SL 3.0 – at £799 it looks set to be good value
  • The standard Focus Culebro is still around, but only as the entry level 4.0 with Shimano Sora. It’s priced at £649
  • The Focus Culebro SL 2.0 comes with Shimano 105 and German-built Concept EX wheels at £899
  • Colour-matched components and cables add a touch of class to the budget Focus Culebro SL 2.0
  • Colour-matched components and cables add a touch of class to the budget Focus Culebro SL 2.0
  • At the top of the Culebro range is the SL 1.0. It’s specced with Shimano’s new 11-speed Ultegra for £1,099
  • Focus offer three women’s-specific versions of the Izalco Ergoride. This is the Tiagra model at £1,299
  • Focus offer three women’s-specific versions of the Izalco Ergoride. This is the Tiagra model at £1,299
  • The Focus Donna 2.0 comes with Shimano 105, is priced at £1,599 and comes in this love-it-or-hate-it black/orange/purple colour scheme
  • The Izalco Ergoride range is Focus’ offering for the sportive market. The 3.0 has Shimano 105 and is priced at £1,549
  • The Ag2r-inspired colour scheme comes in on the Focus Izalco Ergoride 2.0, with Shimano Ultegra at £1,999
  • It’s pretty rare to see Campagnolo featuring on anything but superbikes these days, so we like that Focus have opted for a classy Chorus group on their range-topping Focus Izalco Ergoride 1.0
  • It’s pretty rare to see Campagnolo featuring on anything but superbikes these days, so we like that Focus have opted for a classy Chorus group on their range-topping Focus Izalco Ergoride 1.0
  • The new £1,999 Focus Cayo Evo 2.0 looks great in this matte red-and-black finish
  • The Focus Izalco Team SL 4.0 comes with SRAM’s new 22-speed Force group, Fi’zi:k components and Schwalbe’s new One race tyres
  • The Focus Cayo Evo range is topped by the 1.0 – it comes with 11-speed Ultegra Di2 and is impressively priced at £2,899
  • The Focus Izalco Team SL 1.0 features new Dura-Ace Di2 and Fulcrum’s Focus-exclusive wheelset
  • The new Focus Mares AX 5.0 looks like a great commuter option, with fat slick tyres, disc brakes, mudguards, a rear light and a dynamo front hub and light
  • The Focus Mares AX 4.0 features an all-new aluminium frame with a tapered head tube and new fork. With Tiagra gearing and decent tyres in the form of Schwalbe’s Racing Ralphs, its £899 price tag makes it a decent first cyclocross race bike option
  • The Focus Mares AX 2.0 comes with new 11-speed Ultegra for £1,199
  • If your budget can’t stretch to the carbon Focus Mares CX 1.0, at £4,299, the hydraulic disc-equipped AX 1.0 comes in a colour scheme inspired by the CX 1.0 and at a much more affordable £1,399
  • If you like purist cyclocross bikes, Focus offer their lightweight carbon framesets with cantilever brakes. Th CX 5.0 has Shimano 105 and is priced at £1,599

2014 looks set to be a big year for German giants Focus,
especially in terms of road bikes. Two new platforms – the Izalco Max and Izalco Chrono – were announced in the French Alps back in July, and BikeRadar are currently in Cloppenburg, Germany, for the manufacturers’ main launch and more details on the upcoming ranges.

Click through our image gallery, right, for photos of all the road bike highlights, and stay tuned for information on Focus’ 2014 mountain bikes.

Izalco Max range details

The Focus Izalco Max range begins with the 22-speed, SRAM Red-equipped 3.0 at £4,399. The superlight 795g (56cm) frame is a constant throughout the
range, and the 3.0 is completed with Fulcrum Racing Zero wheels shod with
Schwalbe’s latest One tyres. 

Focus have also put together an exclusive deal with Fi’zi:k – all bikes in the Max range sport their saddles, and the 3.0 features Cyrano components including the R3 handlebar and R1 seatpost. Max bikes can be specced with a 50/34 compact and 11-28 cassette, or a racy
53/39, 11-26 trim.

Next in line is the 2.0, at £5,799. It shares the same wheelset as the
3.0 but gets a full Campagnolo Record 11 groupset and Fi’zi:k carbon R1
components. The Max 2.0 is also one of the first
complete bikes to feature Campagnolo’s new internal seat tube battery. 

Priced at the same level is the 1.0 – spec-wise, it differs by
running Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 11-speed (with an internal seatpost battery) and DT
Swiss DICUT RR 21 wheels.

The focus izalco max 3.0 offers the same 725g frame as the astonishingly light 0.0. for your £4,399 you get full sram red 22 and fulcrum racing zero wheels:

The Focus Izalco Max 3.0 offers the same 725g frame as the astonishingly light 0.0

For £5,999 you get the Max Team Edition – or, to give it its full name, the Max Team Ag2r. The bikes come in full team livery, including a colour-coded Fi’zi:k saddle and carbon Fulcrum Racing Speed tubular
wheels, plus a mechanical Campagnolo Super
Record group and carbon Fi’zi:k components.

At the very top of the range is the UCI weight limit-smashing Max 0.0.
It’s priced at £7,899 and comes with a raft of lightweight components contributing to its 5.5kg overall weight. It should be a climber’s dream, as it
features a DT Swiss RRC 32 DICUT carbon tubular wheelset that tips the
scales at a frighteningly svelte 1,090g. 

From the top of Fi’zi:k’s
range come the all-new 00 carbon handlebar and carbon braided
rail 00 version of the evergreen Arione. The drivetrain is SRAM’s lightweight
22-speed Red, and braking is handled by ultralight THM Fibula
brakes.

Izalco Chrono Max details

The Izalco Chrono Max time trial/triathlon platform uses knowledge gained from the
development of the Izalco Max road bikes, enabling Focus to pare the weight
down on the wind tunnel-optimised frameset.

The integrated cockpit handles the full internal
routing, keeping lines clean and wind-cheating properties at the fore. A
modified TRP brake system has been used, with the fork reshaped to allow the brakes to sit flush with it. The Trespas fork has deep (but UCI compliant) blades that broaden and deepen at the crown. Focus claim that this shape helps direct the turbulent air from the front
wheel cleanly down the down tube.

The rear brake is mounted at the bottom bracket, keeping things clean out
back too. The rear dropouts are horizontal, with internal adjusters allowing
you to tune the wheelbase and giving you a wider choice of tyres. Focus told us they’re seeing more and more
top riders switching to a 25c tyred over standard 23c options. 

They also
understand that a large percentage of the Chrono Max bikes will end up being raced by triathletes, so the bike will be shipped with a tri-specific stem, raising
the front end by 30mm. The inline pro-spec stems we saw on display bikes will be aftermarket options. Another feature that will appeal to
triathletes is the adjustable (75-79 degree) seatpost.

The front trp brake on the focus izalco chrono time trial/triathlon bike is heavily modified to fit within the fork profile:

The front brake on the Izalco Chrono is heavily modified to fit within the fork profile

The Chrono Max range starts with the 105-equipped 3.0, running
on semi-deep Fulcrum CPX 1700 wheels for £2,499. The 2.0 switches up to Ultegra Di2
(11-speed and with an internal battery) with the same CPX 1700 wheels, for £3,499.

The 1.0 retains Di2 (this time Dura-Ace) and gains
Fulcrum’s 50mm-deep Racing Speed carbon wheels and Profile’s Svet carbon cockpit. It comes in a pound shy of £6,000. 

The Chrono Max Team Ag2r (£7,799) completes Focus’ Ag2r replica lineup. It runs
the same 50mm Fulcrums as the 1.0 but switches to Italy for its
electronic Record EPS group. It also gains the super-aero, super-trick Bora Ultra carbon crankset.

Izalco Team SL changes

The launch of the Focus Izalco Max platform has signalled the end for the
second-tier, pro-level standard Izalco, but that’s meant the lighter Team
SL frameset has moved down the price scale. The SL 4.0 is now priced at £2,499
with SRAM’s new Force 22 group, Fi’zi:k components and Fulcrum CX 2.5 wheels.

The focus izalco team sl 4.0 comes with sram’s new 22-speed force group, fi’zi:k components and schwalbe’s new one race tyres:

Focus Izalco Team SL 4.0 

At £3,099 the Team SL 2.0 looks to be the bargain of the
bunch, as it sports the latest 11-speed mechanical Dura-Ace, Fi’zi:k components
and Fulcrum wheels. The Team SL 2.0 is £3,499 with SRAM Red 22, Fulcrum CPX 1700
wheels, and a Fi’zi:k concept carbon stem and seatpost and R3 Cyrano bar.

Topping the Team SL range is a full Dura-Ace Di2 bike with an internal seatpost battery, a Fi’zi:k bar and stem and Fulcrum CX 4.5 wheels. At £4,399
it’s not exactly cheap but is one of the most keenly priced Dura-Ace Di2
bikes we’ve seen so far.

Cayo Evo alterations

The Cayo Evo frame was only introduced within the last
couple of seasons, so it remains unchanged for 2014. However, Focus have restructured the range, topped with the 11-speed, Ultegra Di2-equipped 1.0 – with the cost set at £2,899 it promises to be another price-buster.

The Cayo Evo also gets its own team edition model. The
Ag2r Team Replica boasts a Campagnolo Chorus drivetrain and Fi’zi:k R5
components, and carries a price tag of £2,499.

The new £1,999 focus cayo evo 2.0 looks great in this matte red-and-black finish:

The new £1,999 Focus Cayo Evo 2.0 looks great in this matte red-and-black finish

Both the new 2.0 (£1,999) and 3.0 (£1599) boast the
latest version of mechanical Ultegra (11-speed) – the price difference is due
to the 3.0 getting a lesser wheelset and a Focus-branded FSA Gossamer chainset, as opposed to the 2.0’s Fulcrum 6.5 wheels and FSA Energy chainset.

The Cayo Evo range is finished off with the £1,399, 105-equipped 4.0. It
looks set to be a great value bike, and certainly one to watch at the sub-£1,500
price point.

Izalco Ergoride sportive bikes

The Focus Izalco Ergoride range is aimed directly
at the sportive rider and, in our opinion, is often criminally
overlooked. The series consists of three models, plus three women’s specific Donna versions.

The Ergoride 3.0 comes with a 105 drivetrain and Fulcrum CX
6.5 wheels for £1,549. Next in line, the 2.0 steps up to new Ultegra for an extra £400. The range is topped with a Campagnolo Chorus-equipped model – the 1.0 retains
the same Fulcrum wheels as both the 3.0 and the 2.0.

The izalco ergoride range is focus’ offering for the sportive market. the 3.0 has shimano 105 and is priced at £1,549:

The Focus Izalco Ergoride 3.0 has Shimano 105 and is priced at £1,549

The Donna 1.0 women’s specific bike comes with Ultegra at £1,999; the 2.0 gets 105 at £1,599, and there’s a Tiagra model at £1,299.

Entry level bikes

Entry into the Focus road range starts with the Culebro – the base model 4.0 comes with Shimano Sora and retains the double-butted
frame of the previous SL, for £649. The rest of the range comes with a fully
redesigned frame and an almost-unheard-of-at-under-a-grand full carbon
monocoque fork.

The standard focus culebro is still around, but only as the entry level 4.0 with shimano sora. it’s priced at £649:

The standard Focus Culebro is still around, but only as the entry level 4.0 

The Culebro SL frame now features a tapered head tube and shares
its geometry with the new Izalco Max. The SL range is topped by the Ultegra 11-speed 1.0 at a very keenly priced £1,099. The 2.0 gets you 105 for £899,
and there’s a new Tiagra-equipped 3.0 at £799.

Cyclocross bikes

The popular Focus Mares carbon cyclocross bikes get a significant
overhaul for 2014, with the disc models making the switch to full hydraulics courtesy
of SRAM. 

The range-topping CX 1.0 comes in Rapha team colours and now has SRAM Red 22
with hydraulic disc brakes for £4,299. It’s running on Vision’s new disc-specific
T40 carbon tubular wheelset.

The CX 2.0 has Shimano’s new Ultegra Di2 (with a mud-safe internal battery) and, more importantly, new BR-R785 hydraulic
road brakes. Disc-specific aluminium clincher wheels – DT’s R1900s – complete
the build, which is priced at £3,199.

The Mares CX 3.0 uses SRAM’s S-700 hydraulic disc brakes and
Rival gearing for £2,299. We’ve already got the bike in for a test, so look out for a
first ride review on BikeRadar soon.

The focus mares cx 3.0 features sram’s new s-700 hydraulic brakes and dt swiss’ x1900 disc brake wheelset:

Focus Mares CX 3.0 cyclocross bike

For those who still prefer their muddy kicks with cantilever brakes, Focus have the Ultegra-equipped CX 4.0 (£1,899) and 105-equipped CX 5.0 (£1,599).

The Mares can also be purchased in a lighter aluminium
form for 2014. The new frame gains a tapered head tube and full internal routing, so looks significantly slicker than the previous model. 

At the top of the aluminium tree
is the AX 1.0, with a SRAM Rival group and S-700 hydraulic disc brakes. We love the Team Rapha-inspired paintwork but are more impressed by its £1,399 price tag. 

The AX 2.0 has a higher-level group, in the form of Ultegra, but features canti brakes rather than discs. At £1,199 it looks to be a promising first race bike. If you really must have discs there’s the 3.0, with Shimano 105 and CX75 mechanical brakes, at the same price. For less than a grand, Focus offer the Tiagra- and cantilever-equipped AX 4.0 at £899. 

And if it’s a cyclocross-style commuter you’re looking for then the new version of
the AX 5.0 (£999) comes with Deore discs, Tiagra, super-fat Continental slicks, mudguards, and a very neat front hub dynamo driving an AXA Pico 30 front
light. A rear guard-mounted reflector and Fi’zi:k clip-in rear light handle visibility.

For more information on Focus bikes see www.focus-bikes.com.

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