The new Focus Izalco Max 3.0 features SRAM Red 22 and a Fulcrum Racing Zero wheelset. At only 6.2kg out of the box it promises to never hold you back!
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As previewed in RIDE Cycling Review #61 Vol 3 2013
There is no flex from either the supersized Press-Fit 30 bottom bracket or the rear of this bike. Some race frames often tend to feel like they could go either way in terms of comfort versus stiffness. Often I get the feeling that the frame is riding me rather than the other way around, but this isn’t one of those frames.
Certainly there haven’t been many obvious compromises in the area of comfort, aside from the flex which comes from the 27.2mm seatpost. Not long ago it was all about going oversize: 31.6mm was predominant only a few years ago, but now skinny is coming back. Comfort, please – that seems to be the gist of the current trend. Yet this frame is neither harsh nor does it feel achingly stiff. Even when the road is less than perfect, vibration is muted. The Max is not trying to be an endurance bike, but a consideration for the team is always how fresh riders feel at the end of a race. If a frame is beating them up all day then they will be less able to perform at their best when it matters the most.
Part of this balancing act has been achieved through what Focus calls ‘Stable Stiffness per size’ (SSPS). In effect, it means that the lay-up and tube diameter of each size is different to ensure frames are appropriately stiff through all the size options available.
The day-to-day rigour of pro racing is undoubtedly different to how most of us ride our bikes. However, we do like to explore the link between how development of technology for the sport can be a positive for all of us and this story is a clear case of that process occurring. This new bike is better as a direct result of the partnership Focus has with its race teams. So many aspects of the final product have been influenced, for the better, by the demands of this environment. Trends are taken into account but only when they match the needs of the team… and the customer.
You might never race your bike, or you may do so at every opportunity. Regardless, without the commitment of sponsors like Focus to racing, development will cease to be continually pushed. And that would be a bad thing.
(*Please note: this prize is only open to residents of Australia.)
TERMS & CONDITIONS: 1. Competition commences 06 November 2013 & closes 20 February 2014. Prizes will be drawn at random in the offices of RIDE Media P/L, Suite 4, 52 Queen St Beaconsfield, NSW at 3pm, 20 February 2014. The first valid entry drawn will win the Focus Izalco value $7,499. 2. The promotion is part of RIDE Cycling Review – Issue 62. Entry is valid only with copy (photocopies OK) of the subscription form, which must be mailed to the supplied address (one entry per person only). 3. Entry is open to all residents of Australia and New Zealand (employees and the immediate families of the promoter and its agencies associated with this promotion are ineligible). 4. Prize is not transferable or exchangeable and cannot be taken as cash. The promoter is neither responsible nor liable for late, lost or misdirected entries. 5. Prize value mentioned is the recommended retail value as provided by the supplier and is correct at the time of printing. 6. All entries become the property of the promoter. 7. Winners will be notified by phone and in writing. The promoter is RIDE Media P/L (ABN Number: 33 086 301 742).