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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:17 pm 
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Back in 2014 I got myself a Focus Izalco Max. Fast forward 3 years to one day when I was cleaning it and found cracks through both chain stays.

It was sent back to Focus Australia to see if it was a warranty claim or not. Unfortunately Focus Germany ruled that it wasn't but Focus Australia were kind enough to offer me a frameset for half price and even more fortunately my old frame was covered under the home contents insurance.

So after a long time and with no further ado I wish to reveal the newest member of my family.

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Not a super light build by any means but there's a lot of room for the weight to decrease. I've got some titanium spindles and bow ties coming for the pedals as well as a few other bits and pieces.

Any ideas and suggestions about the build or weight savings are muchly appreciated.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 1:57 am 
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Man, that's CLEAN! Nice build. I would ditch the orange cable protective rubbers for black electric tape trimmed nicely, and remove a link from the rear brake cable to tidy up the cable line a touch. Other than nit-picking, this build is perfect.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:59 am 
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nd2rc wrote:
Man, that's CLEAN! Nice build. I would ditch the orange cable protective rubbers for black electric tape trimmed nicely, and remove a link from the rear brake cable to tidy up the cable line a touch. Other than nit-picking, this build is perfect.


Hit me with any an all nit picking that you want. Seeing I was building it up completely from scratch I didn't have any old brake cable to judge length by. I thought the rear brake length may have been a touch long but also I've never setup an eeBrake before. They worked and it was getting late so I left it at that.

Never thought of using electrical tap instead of the rubber bumpers. Thanks for the tip.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:06 pm 
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thats a great bike (nevertheless i personally am not the biggest fan of elctronical groupsets).

what i dont understand:how could focus-germany rule, that those cracks in the chainstays are no warranty claim?

otherwise fantastic build, only the heavy bb would bother me a little bit!


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:34 pm 
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I feel you on late nights and saying "good enough for now". Ha!

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:27 am 
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reedplayer wrote:
what i dont understand:how could focus-germany rule, that those cracks in the chainstays are no warranty claim?

otherwise fantastic build, only the heavy bb would bother me a little bit!


Focus Germany was of the opinion that the frame had been impacted or compressed in some way.

I'd never crashed it but there was on day when I was putting it on the back seat of my car and the wind blew the door closed hitting the back wheel.

That's the only time I could think it may have happened.

On the heavy bb setup. At some stage in the future I'll swap to a bb30 power meter. I just can't justify the cost when it is in perfect working order.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:37 am 
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Build looks good. It looks like you could go to a smaller frame and longer stem. You have the stem slammed and almost no seatpost - but that is purely aesthetics. Also I have used shrinkwrap around the cables to eradicate the orange bumpers or use generic black bumpers.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:42 pm 
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NiFTY wrote:
It looks like you could go to a smaller frame and longer stem. You have the stem slammed and almost no seatpost - but that is purely aesthetics.
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Yeah I'm probably right on the border between an xs or s frame with most bikes. I'm only 168cm (5ft6in) but a very solidly built (and too fat at the moment) guy. So on a smaller bike I just look and feel strange.

I'd love to have more seat post showing but alas it isn't to be.



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:53 pm 
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btothec wrote:

On the heavy bb setup. At some stage in the future I'll swap to a bb30 power meter. I just can't justify the cost when it is in perfect working order.


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absolutely comprehensible-those few grams, peanuts. just for the paper! :D


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:24 am 
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Have had a few different part arrive over the last week. So spent some time last night fitting them.

Swapped out the ultegra chain and 105 cassette for a kmc x11sl chain and a sram red cassette that I got for a reasonable price on eBay.

Stock stem got changed over to a kalloy uno with regular bolts and change the seat post clamp over to a lighter one.

Brought the weight down by around 200 grams. Other than changing the speedplay spindles and bow ties over when they come I think the build will stay like this until I can justify upgrading the wheels and crankset.

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