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 Post subject: Focus Izalco Pro Stealth
PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 2:46 am 
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Fellow Weight Weenies,

I've been on this forum for a while and am constantly inspired by the Gallery. I'm from the U.S. and race collegiate during the spring. I got onto a good summer team this year and they hooked us up with these new Focus Izalco frames.

I've had a brief bike history, previously on a 2007 Marin Portino, 2010 Aerocat R505, and 2009 Look 585 Ultra. The Marin and Look were sold to further my bike buying habits and the Aerocat was stolen. This spring I raced on a 2012 CAAD10. The CAAD was my favorite frame so far and was our collegiate team bike. I'm going to keep it but it's getting stripped to outfit the Focus for now.

This will be my first "proper" build thread and I'm going to do it teaser style. I'm still waiting on the shifters, they should be here in a few days so the build is stalled for the moment.

Current Build List:

Frame: 2012 Focus Izalco Pro 3.0
Fork: Focus Branded 3T Fundo Team

Stem: 3T Team 110 (debranded)
Bars: 3T Pro Ergonova 40cm (sanded and painted) ---- 275.6g
Seatpost: 3T Dorico 27.2 ----- 189.0g
Cages: Arundel Mandible
Saddle: Selle Italia SLR TT ----- 140.3g

Crank: Cannondale Hollowgram SISL 172.5
Rings: Stronglight 50/36
Bolts: Omni Racer Ultra-Lite Bolts
Pedals: Look Keo 2 Max

Shifters: Campagnolo Record 11 ----- 345.5g
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record 11
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Centaur 10 ----- 95g
Chain: Gold KMC x11sl
Cassette: Campagnolo Chorus 12-27
Cables: Campagnolo Ultra Shift
Brakes: KCNC C7 Black
Cables: Campagnolo Ultra-Shift

Wheels: Custom Kinlin 30 rims - BHS Front - Powertap Pro+ Rear

Current Build:

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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 2:48 am 
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Here are some photos of what I have so far. I'm waiting on the shifters to be delivered so the build is stalled here for the moment. Right now I've got the headset, crank, f/r derailleurs, brakes, seatpost, cages, and stem installed.


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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 3:19 am 
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Any more full pics? That paint scheme looks incredible.


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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 4:37 am 
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congrats on the new bike. the finish looks top notch.

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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 3:46 pm 
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I will be anxiously awaiting future posts,Like the build list so far!


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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 6:56 pm 
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very nice indeed, just my kind of bike. looking forward to seeing the complete bike picture shot :thumbup:


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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 7:59 pm 
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Updated the photos in the second post with some better full-frame shots. I really like some of the stealth bikes on this site so I'm going as black as possible. First little project was stripping the clear coat and FSA logos from the headset top cap. Then I took the stripe off the 3T team stem. Next step was to take the white off the 3T Pro bars. That wasn't going so well so I took the sand paper to it.

While I was removing the white stripe the black started coming away too so I figured I'd strip it down to the aluminum and paint it up.

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Put it on the scale

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I taped off the parts that will be covered by the bartape and set to painting

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I'm happy with the result, it is more matte in person, the pictures make it look a little shiny/glossy. I'm also happy the paint didn't add a lot of weight to it. Long term, I'm shopping around for a set of these in carbon. I'd like to find some of these - 40cm 3T Ergonova - in team and then strip it down to the carbon. Just have to wait for a set that fit the budget or until the budget can accomodate a set.

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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 8:56 pm 
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Agree, frame looks really nice and the bars look like they match nicely with the finish of the frame.

Why does it say LSD on the frame though?!? :shock: :lol:


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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 9:04 pm 
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It stands for Liquid Shape Force Flow Design. Not sure how they just dropped the FF but it just says LSD.

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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 10:51 pm 
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The used LSD because 'Magic Mushrooms' would look a bit odd on the frame :lol:

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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 1:41 am 
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Bike is put together, cabled, and I took it out on the maiden voyage tonight. I'll write up a ride report after I put some more miles on it, but it's an awesome bike, love the feel. Right now I've only got my training wheels, they're Kinlin 30mm rims with a BHS front and powertap pro+ on the back and the set is a giant boat anchor (1760g). I have a set of custom 20/24 stans alphas (1195g) ready to go but need tires, also have some404s on the way, that should really finish this thing off.

It's coming in a little heavy right now, around 16lbs, a nice set of wheels, light tubes, and good tires should put it under 14.8lbs, I'd like to put it under 14.5lbs.

I'd love to hear what you think and suggestions for improvement.

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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 2:18 am 
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That's a racer


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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 3:23 am 
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Big drop...nice bike. :thumbup:

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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 5:17 am 
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Nice Izalco! Looks way better than mine!

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Very nice indeed and extra marks for putting your on labour into this bike. It looks a thoroughbred racer.


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