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 Post subject: focus izalco max
PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 4:50 am 
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anyone bought one yet.

cervelo's corporate sister brand beat out the some big names in latest round of comparison tests from german mags.

The following shows an overview of the frame set ratings:

Cannondale SuperSix Evo Black Inc. – 1.7
Cervélo RCa – 1.7
Corratec Mauro Sannino Prima – 1.6
FOCUS Izalco MAX – 1.3
Neil Pryde Bura SL – 1.8
Pasculli Altissimo – 1.7
Simplon Pavo 3 Ultra – 1.8
Trek Madone 7.9 H1 -2.0

http://www.focus-bikes.com/us/en/news/news-single/test/izalco-max-00-put-to-the-test.html?no_cache=1

http://www.focus-bikes.com/us/en/news/n ... no_cache=1

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 Post subject: Re: focus izalco max
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Just one thing: I've never ever seen any test by GERMAN mag which did not end up with the German frame/bike whatsoever as the best of the tested stuff. :)

Not that the frame is not great, just to remind you to always read these tests with a healthy amount of scepticity.


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 Post subject: Re: focus izalco max
PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 4:33 pm 
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So you just never saw the tests in which say, Scott or Cervélo came out on top.


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 Post subject: Re: focus izalco max
PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 4:36 pm 
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It's good. We have one in now. Quite stiff, front end is rock solid. Not particularly comfortable, but nothing in its category is. Rides similar to the new R5.

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 Post subject: Re: focus izalco max
PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 4:41 pm 
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VNTech wrote:
It's good. We have one in now. Quite stiff, front end is rock solid. Not particularly comfortable, but nothing in its category is. Rides similar to the new R5.



Are you implying the new R5 does not have smooth ride of the previous R-series bikes?


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 Post subject: Re: focus izalco max
PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:13 pm 
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Not quite as smooth, no. Perhaps because they twisted the seat stays? I don't know. Still smoother than others (including the Izalco). Izalco feels more like the R5 when you put power into it. Stiff BB area and front end.

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 Post subject: Re: focus izalco max
PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 3:15 pm 
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vejnemojnen wrote:
Just one thing: I've never ever seen any test by GERMAN mag which did not end up with the German frame/bike whatsoever as the best of the tested stuff. :)

Not that the frame is not great, just to remind you to always read these tests with a healthy amount of scepticity.


Meanwhile the same German magazine that rated the Focus Izalco Max tops, had a cross test done a few issues later where the following brands were chosen:
Fuji
Giant
Ridley
Stevens was fourth and the highest rated German brand in that testing.

And there are numerous tests from that magazine where other (US) brands win often (cough, C'dale EVO, cough) So, yes, we HAVE seen a GERMAN mag which ended up with a non-German frame/bike whatsoever as the best of the tested stuff.


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 Post subject: Re: focus izalco max
PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 4:26 pm 
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I have friends who ride focus bikes as team bikes.. All of them don't rate the bikes very highly.. I ridden a couple too and would discribe them as dull. If you want to spend 10+k on a ultra light yolo bike a focus should be very very low on the list :noidea:

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