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    Focus!

    I didn't find a gallery thread for Focus bikes, so here it is.

    Here's mine to start off with, a '13 Focus Izalco Pro 3, stock except for Fulcrum Racing Zero wheels and a Deda Zero1 stem. Wonderful bike.



    Post 'em up!

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    Right after I got my '13 Izalco Pro 3, with my RXLs...



    And a few days ago, with the Aeolus 5.0s I've been riding since February...



    Does this saddle make my azz look fat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by helgi View Post
    I didn't find a gallery thread for Focus bikes, so here it is.

    Here's mine to start off with, a '13 Focus Izalco Pro 3, stock except for Fulcrum Racing Zero wheels and a Deda Zero1 stem. Wonderful bike.



    Post 'em up!
    So now that you've had it a week, what are your first impressions? What did you ride previously to compare it to?

    There's not a whole ton of reviews out there on focus bikes

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    Re: Focus!

    Quote Originally Posted by sdw5012 View Post
    So now that you've had it a week, what are your first impressions? What did you ride previously to compare it to?

    There's not a whole ton of reviews out there on focus bikes
    There should be a few reviews, given that it was bike of the year for a publication or two. FWIW, I'm coming from a Colnago Master, and I liked the Izalco so much, I bought a 2nd a few months later (one compact crank, one standard):

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    How do they weigh in?

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    There really aren't that many reviews of the Focus roadbikes, maybe because RBR has older models listed?
    They finally added the Izalco Ergo R and I put up a short review. Here it is right after I got it, made a few changes since:

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdw5012 View Post
    How do they weigh in?
    "Weigh in" as far as pounds/Kilograms, or how they perform? I have SRAM Red/Force on either bike, with ~$350 wheelset on each, and they clock in at 16lbs-17lbs...my "cheaper" all SRAM Force bike has an aluminum seatpost, and may clock in closer to 18. Both feel significantly lighter, to both pick up and ride, than my steel Colnago with carbon fork...even the "heavy" one.

    FWIW, as far as handling, under hard acceleration on flats, I find myself picking up the front wheel off of the ground when also pulling on the bars. This on the bike with the compact crank. With the standard crank, there is a local 100M, 5% hill that I grind up on the steel bike while in the big ring, but mostly use the 39T on the daily ride...I actually sprinted it in the big ring, with the standard cranked Focus, because I felt like I could, and felt fresher than I usually do at that point in the ride.

    When I first rode the first Focus, the steering was twitchy as it had a really short stem, narrow bars, with the step and handlebars pointed "upwards". Once I got the correct size bars, flipped the stem and angled the bars properly, steering became much smoother, and it tracks really well through fast sharp corners. I finally became hooked when riding over some stretch of road where they are grinding up the street in order to repave. There are 1-2 inch "layers" of old road that are exposed, along with all the grind marks, and the Izalco just soaks it all up. I'm about 180lbs, and running tires at 98lbs rear/95lbs front. Riding over that section is bumpy, but not jarring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sdw5012 View Post
    So now that you've had it a week, what are your first impressions? What did you ride previously to compare it to?

    There's not a whole ton of reviews out there on focus bikes
    I've only had one other road bike, a Scott Speedster S20 that I rode for six years, so to me it's a superbike. I've done about 1500km on it now and still get excited just looking at it. Very quick and solid.

    Focus doesn't seem to have much presence in the US yet, but both the Cayo and Izalco are favorites with the UK magazines, winning bike of the year tests and so on.

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    Focus!

    Hi..
    Don't know if it fits in here, but still it's a Focus.

    Focus Arriba converted to roadbike...

    Just fitted Vredestein Fiammante Duocomp 23mm

    Weight about 10kg (My weight 95kg)




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    NIce Arriba conversion, Wahlstrøm! I have an Arriba as my trail/trekking bike, I would love to throw a drop-bar conversion on it and race it in the local cross series.

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    Focus!

    Thanks.. It a pretty decent ride..
    Just bought a Selle SMP saddle for it, as the one fitted originally, a Velo, has a hole in it, so it's sucking up water when it's raining..

    Still, would love a real road bike for summer, and then use this as a winter/commuting bike

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    Focus!

    http://m.bikeradar.com/road/news/art...rst-look-38103

    Focus 2014 line up looks sick. There are so many drool worthy bikes. Enjoy!

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    Re: Focus!

    Any news on when they are updating the online catalog? Would like to see more details on next year's izalco models so I can decide whether to pull the trigger on a 2013 or wait it out....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steinekenbda View Post
    Any news on when they are updating the online catalog? Would like to see more details on next year's izalco models so I can decide whether to pull the trigger on a 2013 or wait it out....
    Still no update on the Focus website. Looking at the Bikeradar article above I don't see any 2014 Focus road bikes with disc brakes, only Cross bikes. I think the Izalco Ergo would be a logical choice to add discs, similar to BMC adding them to their GranFondo line. Whether you need, or even like disc brakes on a road bike, I think the Focus brand will suffer without one to sell.

    That being said, I won't be in the market for a bike anyway... still loving my Izalco Ergo.

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    Re: Focus!

    2014 pics up on www.focusbikesusa.com but no details yet

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    I had a Madone 3.1 105 bike for about 2 years before i made the leap to a Focus. I wanted to go the SRAM route and ended up grabbing a 2012 Izalco Pro 2.0 last year.
    To say its a different bike and feel than the Madone is an understatement.. Whether its mental and i am trying harder or it truly is the technology.. my average speed increased over 2 mph on my group rides.. Very fast, but the geometry is different and definitely more aggressive.
    Had a pro fitting done and slapped some new 50mm Boyd clinchers on and man she flies.. much easier for me to maintain 20mph as opposed to my Madone.
    I still get fired up looking at her hanging up on the wall.. heading out for a ride this evening :-)

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    Here is my Focus Cayo 3.0 with Easton EC90SLs. With pedals and cages, it weighs 16lbs 5 ounces. Great bike. I have it set up for the century so excuse the bags and slightly upward stem. My back thanked me.

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    Nice cycle you got there Ranger!

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    I'll start by saying I think across the internet and even on YouTube there aren't many reviews on Focus because Germans aren't known for cycle/bike engineering. Since Germans are more widely known for their automobiles and the brand not getting proper airtime it shadows the awesome abilities and qualities of Focus bikes. As us Focus owners know they are great bikes that are underrated and can run side by side with some of the other popular name; Bianchi, Pinarello, Orbea, De Rosa, and the list goes on.

    My Focus Cayo 3.0 is my first ever really serious bike and first ever road bike. I didn't know the Focus brand until seeing the Focus FSL 5.0 mountain bike in an Italian shop. I wasn't really in the market for buying a bike, but I'd always had an interest in road riding so in October 2012 I decided to make the purchase. I really wanted the Cayo 2.0 which came standard with the Ultegra 6700 gruppo, but the only 2012 model left was the Cayo 3.0. I was so excited with the bike that I made a mistake by overdoing it on my very first ride. I rode about 82km which caused me soreness for 2-3 days; lesson learned the sore way. After about 800-900km I started to feel an urge to put my bike on a diet to get better performance, so I found myself ordering parts and spending money like I was insane. Well with all the money spent I can truly say that I have one bad azz Focus Cayo 3.0. Below are a list of the modifications that were made.

    Groupset: Shimano Ultegra 6700 from the Shimano 105
    Brakes: FSA Energy
    Crankset: FSA SL-K Light Compact 50/34 w/FSA Ceramic Bearing Kit
    Stem: FSA OS-99 (carbon)
    Handlebars: FSA K-Wing w/Integrated Cable Routing (carbon)
    Bar Tape: Lizardskin DSP 3.2 (white)
    Hoods: Hudz (white)
    Seat: Specialized Toupe Team Saddle (white & blue)
    Seat Post: FSA K-Force (carbon)
    Cables: iLink Alligator Covers w/Alligator PTFE Brake & Gear Wiring (black)
    Rims: Campagnolo Shamal Ultra 2-Way Fit (colored version)
    Tires: Michelin PRO Corse 4 (white)
    Inner Tubes: Slime Light 19-25
    Bottle Cages: Blackburn Carbon Bottle Carriers (1 blue/1 white)
    Padels: Look KEO2 Carbon Limited Ed.
    Computer: Garmin Edge 500 (neutral model) *will be upgrading to the Edge 810
    Cassette: Still original *in the process now of ordering a new one 11-28T
    Cell Mount: SlipGrip for Samsung S2

    Please any comments and or opinions. I tried to keep everything uniform and not stray from the bikes basic color scheme.
    Focus!-20130915_101115.jpgFocus!-20131203_164851.jpgFocus!-20131203_165104.jpgFocus!-20131203_165304.jpgFocus!-20131203_165116.jpg

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    Really nice bike! I'm just curious why did you chose the Fulcrum wheelset versus a Campagnolo wheelset?

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    Quote Originally Posted by colnagoG60 View Post
    There should be a few reviews, given that it was bike of the year for a publication or two. FWIW, I'm coming from a Colnago Master, and I liked the Izalco so much, I bought a 2nd a few months later (one compact crank, one standard):

    In case anyone is interested, I returned one of my "Focii" to Performance Bike shop in Columbia, MD (USA). As of yesterday, its still available. Its a 2011 Izalco, purchased new in late 2012, "small" (effective 52cm c-t), with full SRAM Red, but SRAM Force on front DR, and Crank (compact). I put less than 500mi on it, paint is pretty much flawless, and I only returned it because it was a "compact", and I didn't really need (2) of the same bike, with a 3rd in the background...again, replaced by the black/white Focus pictured on the right, bought from the same shop. I believe the price is less than $2,000.

    It will probably not be listed online, and the shop would need to be called to work out purchase/shipping/pick-up.

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