Focus Bikes 2013 Highlights – Road, Cyclocross & Mountain Bikes
As you may have seen floating around the web, Focus Bikes has unveiled their full 2013 line in advance of the shows. Apparently, no US media was invited to the launch in Germany because, you know, only about 60% or more of our readers are outside the US and would care of such things. Anywhoo…here are the highlights in quick, easy to read form.
Across the range, they’ve bumped their warranty to six years (up from five) and implemented a crash replacement program that’ll give you a new frame for a discount off the MSRP - 50% in the first year, 30% the second year and 20% the third year.
The Mares CX Team Rapha Focus (above) gets a replica paint scheme. We saw this in person at Sea Otter and it’s gorgeous. Retail is $6,440.00 and it’ll get the same SRAM Red spec as what the team rides, including Easton EC90SL tubulars, Fizik saddle and pink bar tape.
Below that is the Mares CX 1.0 with Ultegra Di2 for $4190. Brakes are Avid Shorty Ultimates, no discs at the upper end of Focus’ cyclocross range yet.
While the top models of Focus’ cyclocross bikes aren’t getting disc brakes (mid level models will), the Planet Carbon borrows the Mares CX frame, puts discs and a flat handlebar on it and calls itself a fast commuter. There’ll also be an Alfine/Belt Drive equipped version that sounds like the bee’s knees.
2013 FOCUS ROAD BIKES
Izalco Team SL gets a completely new frame that changes from BB30 to PF30, is 200g lighter thanks to a revised layup and higher modulus carbon to come in under 1kg (average frame weight of 970g claimed) and will have different versions for electronic and mech shifting. Weight savings also come from removing all alloy from the headset cups and BB shell. It’s all carbon, baby.
The 1.0 above comes in blacked out with new SRAM Red and Zipp Firecrest 404 wheels.
The Izalco 2.o gets 11-speed Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 with the new DT Swiss RR21 DiCut wheels.
The Izalco Team SL 3.0 comes spec’d with Campagnolo Record EPS and Fulcrum Racing Zero wheels.
Take your drivetrain pic…all get the same basic frame (only difference is mechanical versus electronic) and all will retail for $8800 complete.
The Cayo got the old Izalco frame for 2011, then the new (fancier) Evo frame for 2012, which carries over for 2013 but with a wider range of price points and spec levels, starting at the top with the Cayo 1.0 (above) at $4,500 with Campy Chorus down to 6.0 at $2,150 with Shimano 105.
Cayo 2.0 and 3.0.
Cayo 4.0 and 5.0.
The Cayo 6.0 with (mostly) 105.
The women’s Izalco Donna 1.0 comes in at $4500 with SRAM Red’s recently introduced WiFli wide range gearing, which is a brilliant idea regardless of your gender.
2013 FOCUS MOUNTAIN BIKES
The Raven 29r 2.0 gets an interesting build for $6800 – Fox 32 Float 15QR Terralogic, full XTR drivetrain, a RockShox Reverb post and Crank Brothers wheels.
Drop down a couple levels and you’ll get a bit more traditional (and affordable) XC race spec in the Raven 29r 4.0. $3900 gets you a Fox 32 Float CTD 15QR, XT group and Mavic Crossride wheels.