Road Cycling UK

The Izalco Max Disc takes things to a whole new level! elected the 100 hottest road cycling products of 2016 and crowned the FOCUS Izalco Max Disc Red the world’s lightest disc brake road bike. The reviewers were overwhelmed by the low weight: “The frame itself weighs in at 790g and the fork at 325g, meaning this could form the basis of a very light build indeed – and is just about as future-proof as it gets in the road bike market right now.”

“To simply call the Focus Izalco Max a disc brake road bike is doing a disservice since, tipping the scales bang on the UCI weight limit of 6.8kg, it’s the lightest disc brake road bike in the world. Lighter, in fact, than many non-disc-brake bikes.

Apart from being super light, there’s much more to the Izalco too as it manages to retain the stiffness of the rim brake model ridden in the pro peloton. It also has identical stack and reach figures, using Focus’ ‘stable stiffness per size’ concept whereby they vary carbon layups across the size range to make sure bigger frames perform just as well as the smaller ones.”

Verdict: Innovation and progress aren’t lacking when it comes to Focus’ flagship model, which is arguably the flagship model for disc-equipped road bikes of any kind.

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