High-grade entry into the carbon segment
FOCUS Cayo 1.0 – June bike of the month
The FOCUS Cayo signals FOCUS’ entry into the carbon racing bike segment. However, anyone speaking about this year’s Cayo 1.0 as an “entry” model can only be thinking in terms of the top-of-the-range models from the Izalco line or of the new Cayo Evo frame platform. After all, it wasn’t long ago that the riders of the erstwhile Milram ProTour team were climbing onto a Cayo at the start of the most important road races. Team Katusha also relied on this frame at times last year.
As such, is only natural that the frame platform still be included as part of our product range, serving in 2012 as an entry model into the carbon class. FOCUS product manager Peter Kinzel has a tip for any rider facing the decision of whether to treat themselves to a carbon bike or whether an aluminium frame is good enough after all: “The frame is the heart of a racing bike. I would therefore always give priority to a good frame and a good fork over the rest of the spec. Other things can always be upgraded in the course of time. Buying a frame or fork at a later stage is more expensive and altogether a lot more trouble.”
And don’t worry: the spec of the Cayo 1.0 is nothing to be ashamed of. The following sentence, for instance, recently appeared in the specialist German magazine RoadBIKE: “With its distinct competitive spirit and top-of-the-range componentry, the reasonably-priced Focus is a real winner on the road.” (You can find a summary of the test report here.)
“An altogether attractive bike, with a professional feeling in the entry range,” says Kinzel. No more, but for that matter no less, needs to be said here about our bike of the month.