WW Focus Izalco Pro build... On a budget

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by elronino

A brief history... Started riding in 2009 on a 2009 Trek 2.1.. Fell in love... I have since upgraded the 2.1 or white lightning to a full DA group and some new bars, stem and saddle. She tips the scales around 18 even loaded with EA70 wheels.

Now the fun part, I'm a clydes checking in at 205 race weight and 215-220 off season (i like to eat... so what) and love to really get after it sometimes... I yearned for something stiffer, lighter and more aggressive... Which lead me to my hunt for a weight weenie project on a budget... Budget: $1,200 US. Remember, this is a WW on a budget, key word BUDGET, meaning yes, I could have saved MORE weight with other components but I had a goal to stay within my maximum. So, yes, it can be lighter but at what cost? I also opted for a little but of style in my choices as well.

I landed an incredible deal on a frame and fork, Focus Izalco Pro, and this began my journey on the obsessive world of saving the ever so dreaded gram. I began my hunting on Craigslist, eBay and various forums, both stateside and abroad with the goal of sourcing as many new parts and pieces as possible but at the best possible price. Where it made sense, I purchased used parts from local club riders, of which I knew and had knowledge of the care they took in their equipment.

I'm working on my completed build list with claimed weight and actual weights as read on my digital scale. Also included are costs down to the penny (minus items that were already purchased and being re-used). This will be uploaded in a few days as I finalize the last few parts to come in...

Here's a taste at what I have going:
- 2011 Focus Izalco Pro with 3T Funda fork - size XXL (60cm)
- Easton EC90 46mm handlebar
- Easton EC90 110mm stem
- FSA SLK 350mm seatpost (still hunting for EC90 350mm 27.2 setback)
- SRAM Force Shifters (2010)
- SRAM Force WiFli rear derailleur (2012)
- SRAM Force braze on front derailleur (2012)
- SRAM Force brake set (2012)
- SRAM Force 175mm 53/39 BB30 crankset (2010)
- FSA steel road BB30 bottom bracket
- Shimano Dura Ace 7900 chain
- Shimano Ultrgra 6700 11-25 or 11-28 cassette (soon to also have a SRAM 1070 11-32)
- FSA headset with SRAM carbon spacers (stock)
- Lizard Skin DPS 1.8 bar tape
- Yokozuna Reaction Cable Kit in white
- LOOK Keo 2 Max carbon pedals
- Specialized Romin Pro carbon saddle
- 2 x Chinese knockoff carbon bontrager XXX lite bottle cages
- AEST titanium skewer set
- Easton EA70 wheels
- Michelin Pro4 Service Course
- standard weight tubes











I'll add more progress pictures and final build sheet as I complete procurement of parts... Still waiting on a few pieces to come in (BB and cables).

Sprinter trapped in a Clydesdale body
2009 Trek 2.1 full DA
2011 Focus Izalco Pro full SRAM Force
2010 Specialized Rockhopper

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by Stefano

Nice build! Quick suggestions to drop some weight:

1) planetx cnc brakes, they're plenty of stopping power at a great weight
2) crankset, the new red is stiffer than force, can be had for $350, and is much lighter
3) ward ti spindles, no weight limit!!
Also, the ec90 stem is pretty heavy, look into the ritchey c260

Have fun, looks like a blast! How do the Yokozuna cables ride? I'm on campy cables, wondering if its an upgrade?


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by Parlee2013

What are you thinking for the wheels?

You could razor-blade all the paint off too :lol:

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