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The Latest Focus Izalco Max Touts Improved Aerodynamics and Lighter Weight

Focus has-long claimed its Izalco Max to be one of the fastest carbon aero road bikes ever produced. But, the German brand has added another accolade to its flagship race model, touting it as being one of the lightest disc brake equipped bikes available as well.

According to Focus, the revised structure of the Izalco Max’s frame comprises no fewer than 671 individual pieces of carbon, which yields an impressive frame weight of just 890g in a size medium for its top-of-the-line 9-Series variant.

This combined with advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics and extensive wind-tunnel testing, Focus claims the latest Izalco Max is capable of shaving a minute and a half off a rider’s time over a distance of 50 kilometers, while maintaining a constant power output of 200 watts.

Additionally, the Izalco Max features a newly developed stem and aero handlebar that neatly tucks away all cables, while the negative 15° angle is used to compensate for the slightly raised position as a result of the internal cables.

The Izalco Max also features a more refined version of Focus’ R.A.T. quick-release thru-axle system, while carrying-over the brand’s proven choice of flat-mount hydraulic disc brakes and 160mm rotors all-around for optimal braking power.  

Other features that highlight the Izalco Max are a pressfit BB86 bottom bracket, D-shaped carbon seatpost, electronic groupset compatibility and enough clearance to accommodate tires up to 28mm.

The new Izalco Max 9-Series is available in six complete builds, along with a range of sizes from XXS to XXL, with the most expensive version being the 9.9 that comes complete with a Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 Di2 groupset, 48mm deep DT Swiss ARC 1450 tubeless ready carbon wheels.

The 9-Series is also available with either a SRAM Red eTap or Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset.

The more affordable 8-Series, which shares the same frame design, but a slightly heavier carbon content, is offered as Izalco Max 8.7 that’s equipped with a Shimano R7000 105 groupset, and Alex carbon wheels.

Focus also offers both an Ultegra Di2 or an Ultegra mechanical equipped model, which receive Novatec R5 carbon wheels.

You can learn more about the latest Izalco Max by visiting Focus’ website here

 

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