Focus Izalco Max

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Expert Review

The Izalco Max doesn’t have the strange bends and angles of comparable carbon racing bikes and at first glance, doesn’t look like anything special. However, there are small, strategically placed ridges along the headtube that not only increase stiffness over the entire frame but create very responsive and predictable steering due to their location.

Rather than adding massive amounts of extra carbon to the lower frame tubes like some other manufacturers, Focus has also designed the chainstays of the Izalco Max with a horizontal D shape to increase stiffness laterally while allowing slight flex vertically to provide comfort. Despite all of this technology it uses external cable routing which is normally only found on much lower grade bikes. What really ties this bike together are the Fizik cockpit and saddle which make it not only a fast bike but a very comfortable one as well.Rating: 4.5/5

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