We take you inside the workshop to take a look at the coming together of the second of the two disc brake road bikes on test in #RIDE71 – this time it’s the Focus Izalco Max… Disc. Yep, this is a disc brake equipped beauty that weighs in at less than the UCI limit of 6.8kg (well, it’s 6,709 grams without pedals). Still, it’s an impressive piece of equipment that got good reviews for how it handled on the road.
In the workshop it received a three-star rating for ‘Preparation’, and four-and-a-half stars for both ‘Finish’ and ‘Quality’.
Jack Lynch is not stranger to hydraulic fluid (having built many a MTB during his years working in bike shops) but the fact that he had to disassemble the bike, weigh every component and reassemble it provided a few challenges…
“Focus has done its best to make things easy when assembling this bike from scratch. It’s a tough one to mark because the internal rubber sleeve for the rear brake was useful but the fact that the frame holes weren’t large enough to fit the brake hardware through is a downer. Bleeding disc brakes is the sort of thing that becomes easier each time it is undertaken so can’t be marked too harshly.
“External gear cables and a standard Aheadset ensure preparation was simple for the ‘standard’ elements of the test bike (if disc brakes are considered an anomaly).
“Inside and out, this Focus Izalco Max Disc is perfect.
“There was not a speck of carbon out of place or fleck of paint where it shouldn’t be. If the colour scheme was a little more adventurous it would have received perfect marks.”
To read the full ‘Build Report’ of the Focus, see p.204 of #RIDE71.
Below are 27 images from the workshop…
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