The new Focus Izalco Max was unveiled last week. It will be one of a handful of bikes that you can test ride at the Tour Down Under next January…

There are a few changes planned for the Santos Tour Down Under Village in 2019 but one constant is the display by PON Bike Australia, agents for a range of bikes in Australia – including Cervélo and Focus. With an even larger exhibition space booked for next January, there will be a huge fleet of test bikes available for the public to ride.

On the PON Bike stand in the village at Victoria Square (opposite the TDU’s race headquarters, the Adelaide Hilton) you’ll find a vast range of bikes, including the new Cervélo S5 and the redesigned Focus Izalco Max featured on this page.

The 2019 Izalco Max that was launched last week boasts six options, ranging in price from $10,499 to $4,499.

To book your test ride, visit the PON Bike stand at the Tour Down Under Village in January.

“Over the years, hundreds of cyclists have test ridden bikes during the Tour Down Under,” said PON Bike’s MD, Graeme Moffett. “It’s a great way for potential customers to sample the range.

“If someone is considering a new bike, they want to know how it handles and the test bike program is a great way to showcase products that we are particularly proud of.”

As a passionate racer himself, Moffett appreciates the finer elements of bike design and he knows the market well and understands that, while the discerning customer is likely to know what they want, a test ride will help them understand which bike is exactly right for their needs.

“We are very excited by the reception given to the S5 and early sales reports suggest that Cervélo has hit the mark with their re-think of what was already a very popular aero bike.

“The feedback we receive while the test ride program is a valuable resource for us, and it helps us refine our catalogue and ensure that Australian customers can get the bike they want, with the spec they want.”

For regular product tests and cycling interviews, visit RIDE Media’s YouTube channel.

The new Focus Izalco Max will soon arrive in Australian shops (with the 8-series bikes due in mid-December, and the 9-series will be ready in time to test at the Tour Down Under in January).


Pricing for the flagship road bike from the German manufacturer is very competitive, with all six options featuring disc brakes. The cost breakdown of the various offerings is as follows:

  • Focus Izalco Max 9.9Shimano Dura-Ace Di2: $10,999
  • Focus Izalco Max 9.8SRAM Red eTap: $10,499
  • Focus Izalco Max 9.7Shimano Ultegra Di2: $8,999
  • Focus Izalco Max 8.9Shimano Ultegra Di2: $6,999
  • Focus Izalco Max 8.8Shimano Ultegra: $5,499
  • Focus Izalco Max 8.7Shimano 105: $4,499