Focus Izalco Max - Budget Build

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MountainAddict
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by MountainAddict

Just like everyone else on here, I bought a Focus Izalco Max Di2 frame off of piermontbike on eBay and built it up. More impressive than the weight of this build, is the budget. I sold my gravel/CX bike for $2,000 to fund this build. Found some other parts and Di2 bits in my tool box, along with some kit to sell, so ended up with an all in budget of $2,495. I realise that most people on here spend more than that on frames alone, but we're a family of four living off one income so it's essential to be smart with the limited discretionary funds I have.


Here's how it turned out:

After initial build
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After a few hundred miles to get position dialed in
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Finished build
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Ready to ride (with pedals, cages, and K-Edge) it weighs in at 17 pounds/7.7 kgs according to the shipping scale at work. I'm happy with that considering it's a 61cm frame and I'm 6' 5"/182lbs (195cm/82.5kgs). What I'm most happy about (as well as my wife) is that I came in under budget.

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jobvisser
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by jobvisser

That really is an impressive build on such a budget, well done man.

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jbaillie
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by jbaillie

Really good, no-nonsense build here. Those 17-18 frames are a steal at this point. Guessing shops will be doing similar things with the 2019 Cannondales (and all the other brands that switched to the cookie cutter frame design this year).

reedplayer
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by reedplayer

jbaillie wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 4:49 pm
Really good, no-nonsense build here. Those 17-18 frames are a steal at this point. Guessing shops will be doing similar things with the 2019 Cannondales (and all the other brands that switched to the cookie cutter frame design this year).
yes, absolutely ridiculous, how cheap frames of this quality/level can be (...and shows, how overpriced a lot of current frames for shure are...)

a good period to get one of those low price/high end frames, where appropriate just for keeping it as a reserve.

nice build, looks really good, despite the size!

floppyb
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by floppyb

Great build, love to see the prices as well!

MountainAddict
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by MountainAddict

@jobvisser - Thank you.

@jballie - Thanks. After seeing everyone else buy these frames and reading all the ride reports, etc. I figured even if I wasn't crazy about it I could sell it for a profit.

@reedplayer - Thank you. It's funny to see everyone's "sub 6kg build", etc. but then see like a size 52/54cm frame. For a big guy like me, I'm extremely happy to have such a light, snappy bike even if it isn't under the usual WW standard.

@floppyb - Thanks. I wish more people listed the prices like I did. It'd be fun to compare everyone's sub $3,000 builds or sub $4,000 build, etc. See who utilized their $ the best way possible.

MountainAddict
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by MountainAddict

Was planning on getting some light bicycle wheels built up, but a good deal came up locally for a set of Zipp 404s that I couldn't pass up. I broke a spoke on my Ultegra wheels a week or so ago (having just broken a spoke a couple weeks before that aswell) so I was using this as my excuse to upgrade.

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Swapped the GP4000s and cassette to the Zipps and put the wheels + new brake pads on the bike today. Just need to grab some valve extenders (and teflon tape) from the shop so I can use up my supply of tubes w 48mm valves.

Because this is a budget build, I'll try and get whatever $ I can for the SRAM cassette that the guy left on the wheels as well as sell off my Ultegra wheels.

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