Versatile all-round racer
The Mares AX 4.0 was tested by aktiv Radfahren and stood out as being extremely versatile. In fact, as an all-rounder it is pretty much in a class of its own. As a result, it earned the rating “Very Good” and was tipped as a great all-rounder.
The Mares AX 4.0 is based on the successful Mares series cyclo-cross frame. However, despite sharing the same starting point, this bike is a little less purist than its big brothers. Its mudguards and lightly profiled Continental cross tyres make the Mares AX 4.0 an absolute all-rounder. The aktiv Radfahren editors share this view and attest that the Mares AX 4.0 model can equally be used for four alternative purposes: all-weather bike, cyclo-cross, road racer (with running tyres measuring 23 mm in width) and trekking bike (with luggage rack and lights). Testers' verdict:
“Fantastic concept: An all-weather racer! The Focus Mares AX 4.0 is a multi-purpose bike that is extremely enjoyable to ride. It fully deserves the label ‘all-rounder’.”
The FOCUS Mares AX 4.0 was tested in the racing and fitness bikes category. A total of ten bikes were tested, of which nine were rated “Very Good” and two were tipped as great all-rounders.
The whole test report can be found in: Aktiv Radfahren, issue 1/2-2012