Are you looking to match the performance of the Tour de France professionals, or just have fun with friends? Do you prefer long rides or fitness and fun races? FOCUS helps you decide which racing bike is the right one for your riding experience.
What sitting position is the best for you on your racing bike?
Our endurance racing bikes are suitable both for long tours on country roads and for spectacular cycling marathons such as the Ötztal Cycle Marathon or the Maratona dles Dolomites. The sitting position is athletic yet comfortable. These racing bikes offer maximum smooth-riding comfort.
Our racing bikes are designed for very sporty, race-oriented riding. The sitting position is very flat and aerodynamic. In other words, you sit in a very elongated position with your shoulders bent over the handlebars. These racing bikes boast maximum stiffness with minimal weight.
So, you’ve heard of cyclo-cross, but you're not entirely sure what it is? Would you like to ride at any time of the year? Would you like to head off on versatile and speedy off-road rides? Do you need a sporty bike that can overcome any adversity? Then a cyclocross bike is the perfect choice for you. Your companion through the mud.
The advantages of a FOCUS cyclo-cross bike:
. Cyclo-cross bikes can be put to universal use and are speedy both on-road and off-road.
. They’re equipped with an extremely robust yet lightweight frame.
. Cyclo-cross tyres have a deeper tread depth and are wider than tyres on a racing bike. This gives you better grip and comfort on off-road trails, in snow and in mud compared with a racing bike. However, cyclo-cross tyres are narrower than those of a mountain bike, which helps them "cut through" deep mud and throw up less dirt. You are faster.
. Thanks to the adapted top tube, the bike sits comfortably and snugly on the rider’s shoulder during the running sections.
. The disc brakes on your cyclo-cross bike ensure impressively reliable and powerful braking performance – even in bad weather.
. The cyclo-cross bike has greater ground clearance under the bottom bracket. So you can ride quickly around extremely tight bends without getting caught on obstacles.
. Cyclo-cross races are the real home of cyclo-cross bikes.
What are cyclo-cross races?
While cyclo-cross races are held primarily in Europe, they can also be enjoyed worldwide. They are particularly popular in Belgium and the Netherlands, where they are considered a national sport and are celebrated with frenetic folk festivals. But what exactly does it involve? Following a mass-start, there are several laps to complete on a marked-out cyclo-cross course, which is characterised by its technically demanding mud and sand sections. If these sections are on steep slopes, riders often have to shoulder their cyclo-cross. In other words, they have to sling their bike over their shoulders and run. Unless they are able to jump over them, racers also have to shoulder their cyclo-cross over other obstacles, such as tree trunks, hurdles or steps. Tight bends are yet another aspect of these races. Cyclo-cross races take place from autumn to spring, so the weather is usually cold and wet.