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Four testers are unanimous in their decision: the Mares CX is the test winner

Scoring an excellent 1.9, the FOCUS Mares CX 0.0 came out top in a comparison of cyclocross bikes in the 11/2014 issue of Tour magazine.

"No other bike accelerates as well, and no other carves its way through the terrain with such ease and mastery, even at the limit," was the testers' glowing report on the Mares CX0.0's handling. The Mares features an unusual steering geometry for a cyclocross bike, with a flatter stem angle, longer fork stroke and long stem. While different from the rest of the field, the setup makes sense, as the test win confirms.

The high-quality components, such as the DT-Swiss carbon wheels, SRAM CX1 gearset and Fizik components, are visually rounded off with Schwalbe Rocket Ron tyres – designed exclusively for FOCUS.

Verdict of the Tour editorial team: "The Mares CX 0.0 is definitely the best bike. Super on the straight, yet extremely precise when cornering. You can really feel that the Mares is the lightest of the bikes we tested. The bike did what I wanted it to at all times," said the testers of their favourite.

In total, 11 cyclocross bikes were tested.