Focus Bikes was founded in 1993 by cyclocross World Champion Mike Kluge & is based in Stuttgart, Germany. Focus has it’s roots in mountain bikes & now leads the way in producing high performance road bikes & e-bikes.
The Izalco Max – A Perfect Aero All-Rounder?
The Izalco Max is fast, aerodynamic, elegant & light – the perfect all-round machine? Check out Chris’ video review of the top of the line Focus Izalco Max Disc 9.7 – the bike currently proudly on display in our Hub window!
Focus Izalco Max Specification
- Price €6199
- Weight 7.9 kg (Size L)
- Available Sizes – XXS – XXL
- Groupset – Sram Force AXS
- Fork & Frame – MAX technolofy carbon
- Handlebar – Easton EC90 Aerobar
- Saddle – Prologo Dimension
- Seatpost – Izalco Carbon
- Stem – Focus Izalco
- Tyres – Conti GP 4000 SII 25 mm
- Wheels DT Swiss Dicut ARC1450
Warren Rossiter summaries his experience in his review for Bike Radar:
The ride is brilliant – firm yet forgiving. It’s comfortable enough for long, hard rides, light enough to climb with the best. The handling is sublime – nimble without nerves and with an agility that puts it up with the best of breed. Very impressive.
Cyclist Magazine takes a slightly more ciritical view of the 9.9 models & scores the bike 3/5 as they find the handling too lively:
Gran Fondo Magazine conclude that the bike is a great option for bike racers but note the light handling make it less suitable for more leisure-oriented riders:
With its sprinting abilities and playful handling, the FOCUS IZALCO MAX DISC 9.9 is a great choice for all the racers and crit riders out there. For tours and more leisure-oriented riders, it’s less appropriate due to the agile front and the comparatively low amount of comfort. While it’s a solid all-rounder, it’s just a bit too sporty to take the win in our test.
The Focus Izalco Max Range
The 9.7 comes in at €6,999 with the Sram Force AXS groupset. This bike can be upgraded to the 9.9, €8,999 9.9 Dura Ace Di2 or the 9.8 €8,499 Sram Red AXS version. For those looking for a similar ride feel without the super bike price tag, the 8 series starts at €3,099 for a Shimano 105 build & a light (but not superlight) carbon frame & non-integrated cables.