BikeRadar put our MARES FORCE 1 to the test and once again the MARES proved that FOCUS is benchmark when it comes to Cyclocross. With 4.5 of 5 possible stars the MARES FORCE 1 is close to be considered perfect.
Next to the used components which are absolutely race ready the editors and testers where impressed by the MARES frameset like it is used by athletes around the world like Jeremy Powers. Especially the vertical compliance that the MARES framest offers in combination with the FOCUS engineered CONCEPT CPX PLUS comfort seatpost caught the attention of the testers. „As for the fork and frame, Focus' carbon engineering delivers a light package that both accelerates eagerly and damps some vertical chatter. Granted, the big tires do most of the smoothing — more on that below — and the split-tube seatpost I'm sure contributes to the comfort with some flex. Still, the frameset feels like an ally rather than a foe when rattling around a ’cross course.“
BikeRadar’s editor verdict: The Focus Mares Force 1 is an exceptional cyclocross race bike: easy and efficient to accelerate, calm when cornering or rattling over rough stuff, and packed full of smart rider-friendly details like RAT, tubeless and clean routing. If the low-stack works for you, I bet you'll love this bike.