2012 Focus Bikes Highlights – Mares AX Disc Brake Cyclocross, Cayo Evo Road & Raven 29er Carbon Hardtail

2012 Focus Bikes Mares AX alloy disc brake cyclocross bike

Focus Bikes has joined the growing ranks of major bicycle brands offering a stock disc brake cyclocross bike with their new Mares Cross AX Disc.

The bike has an alloy frame and stocky carbon fork with mechanical Tektro discs. It’s built up with color matched components and a mid-level drivetrain spec of Shimano 105 and FSA Gossamer cranks. Perhaps the best part is that it’s MSRP is just $1,750 with an estimated street price of $1,600.

They’ve also got the new Cayo Evo, a heavily updated version of the Cayo road bike that’s a glimpse at the future for that model and the all-new Raven carbon 29er hardtail…

2012 Focus Bikes Mares AX alloy disc brake cyclocross bike

2012 Focus Bikes Mares AX alloy disc brake cyclocross bike

The frame has S-bend seat stays but no direct mount posts for either the front or rear brakes. The fork is  a freakin’ bulldog.

2012 Focus Bikes Mares AX alloy disc brake cyclocross bike weight

Complete bike weight is 22lbs 6oz.

2012 Focus Bikes Raven 29er carbon fiber hardtail mountain bike

The new Raven 29er carbon hardtail comes in three trim levels. The top of the line 1.0, above, gets Crank Brothers wheels, full XTR and an FSA carbon cockpit.

2012 Focus Bikes Raven 29er carbon fiber hardtail mountain bike

The full carbon frame borrows the internal cable channels from their high end road bikes. The top tube thins down as it morphs into some incredibly wide, flat seatstays:

2012 Focus Bikes Raven 29er carbon fiber hardtail mountain bike

The angled dropouts give room for the rear brakes to mount inside the triangle, then move into some beefy chainstays.

2012 Focus Bikes Raven 29er carbon fiber hardtail mountain bike

2012 Focus Bikes Raven 29er carbon fiber hardtail mountain bike

We weighed the 3.0 (left) and 1.0 to show the range. Weights are 25lb 14oz and 22lb 4oz respectively. Spec on the 3.0 is Shimano XT Black, FSA cranks and Magura MT2 brakes with DT Swiss rims. Retail range is $3,150 to $6,950.

2012 Focus Bikes Cayo Evo carbon fiber road bike

The Cayo has seen a lot of evolution over the past four years, first getting the hand-me-down Izalco frame from their top-end racing model and now a complete revision for the Evo, which will soon replace the standard Cayo.

2012 Focus Bikes Cayo Evo carbon fiber road bike

The chainstays get a flat mid section with a nice Di2 wiring port sneaking out the back. The headtube has a nice ridge angling back and cornering into a ridge down the top tube. We’d have weighed it, but these were bolted down. MSRP is $4,300 for the Cayo Evo 2.0 with Ultegra Di2 and Fulcrum Racing 5 wheels.

Comments

Rod - 09/23/11 - 3:52pm

I wonder if taking brake duties away from carbon rims will bring the price down.

SWANGARTEN - 09/23/11 - 6:13pm

The cost for rims is in the material and labor. Carbon only comes from a few places in the world and every carbon bit from bolts up to frames is handmade regardless of country of origin. The brake track/bead area is also very structural for MTB and CX rims. Even though the heat dissipation issue is null with disc brakes a bulk of the material needs to stay for strength. Using lower grade carbon would bring cost down but weight goes up very quickly to retain the same level of strength. Anything made from carbon worth riding(i.e. SAFE) is not getting less expensive and in the case of rims what you will see is fewer heat related clincher failures. And maybe some weight loss but don’t expect cost to go down.

härbert - 09/23/11 - 9:00pm

@SWANGARTEN…totaly agree
At least the drop of the heat related clincher failures will be next to zero.
In MTB I´m not aware of CarbonRims designed for the nearly disapered CantilverBrakes…
(exept you are fiercely using RoadRims on a Canti-29er… but in this case you deserve the bigbang)
And even in CX i havent noticed (any articles of) such failures, despite the common use of hi-end RoadRims.

BUT especialy in CX the the main advantage will become the wear of(f) wear!!!
You would cry how many Carbon wheelsets vanish into dust in one muddy CX-WC

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