Top-Level Road Racing and Comfort – Are the two Compatible?
November’s Bike of the Month, the Izalco Donna, attempts to master this combination
It’s ladies’ week at FOCUS. After Sabrina Schweizer was named November’s sportswoman of the month, the winner of the Bike of the Month category is now – yes, you’ve guessed it – it’s a ladies’ model! The name Donna graces all of the ladies’ bikes at FOCUS. When combined with the successful models in the regular racing series – such as the Izalco – the result is exactly the bike female cyclists dream of: “comfortable yet sporty”.
For those of you now pointing out with a tired smile that comfort is only for hobby or touring cyclists, we suggest you try out the Izalco Donna for a new source of inspiration. Isn’t it time to get a different perspective on the issue of comfort and high performance in cycling? Less hardship and, in return, better performance?
Top-level road racing and comfort – they don’t go together. Tough high-performance sport, extreme exertion, professional athletes battling against heat, hills and never-ending stages – most athletes at this level can’t and won’t talk about comfort. But in the professional racing bike scene it is exactly this combination that has been under discussion for some time now. Delivering high performance is all about supporting your body with ideal materials and, if not preventing performance-reducing tiredness, then at least delaying it. The terminology used to describe the topic of comfort is still somewhat inadequate for the field of high-performance sport. Even we are lost for words here. Cycling technology, on the other hand, is a little more advanced on this point. For some time now, enabling greater comfort has been a central consideration in the further development of racing machines for high-performance sport. There is a lot of talk about “flexing” of the frame, i.e. the possibility of at least slightly softening the effect of hard impacts caused, for example, by damaged asphalt. The latest frame geometries, as used for the FOCUS Izalco Donna and also the new Izalco Ergoride, feature a steeply sloping top tube coupled with a slightly higher-set head tube, thus ensuring a more upright sitting position and a pleasant shock-absorbing effect.
Finally, we recommend all racing cyclists to take a great deal of care and, where necessary, a long time when choosing the right racing bike and establishing ideal sitting position. And what’s more, FOCUS recommends that all ladies go ahead and give the Donna model a try.