We see how Cycling Plus’ 2012 Bike Of The Year fares on our four ride review.


The Izalco has been crowned bike of the year 2012 by our sister magazine Cycling Plus. The combination of great frame and high quality components was a winning formula. Get on board and the ride is beautifully balanced. It sets the Izalco apart from the competition with a lightweight package and a smooth ride that manages to balance great comfort with fast response to pedal input and
brilliant handling.


On flat, fast roads the Izalco is an impressively stable ride. The Pro 3.0 accelerates swiftly, aided by DT Swiss wheels and excellent Continental Grand Prix tyres. When the roads get twisty, its impeccable manners give you confidence to push on harder. Out-of-the-saddle sprinting efforts are met with a strong rigid feel, so you know every single effort is being used to power the rear wheel, with nothing lost in unwanted frame flex.


The frame is very light, weighing just 7.78kg on our large 58cm model. When the hills start to get mountain-steep or long, we liked the compact chainset (50/34) and wide rear cassette (11-28). With a bottom gear of 34/28 we haven’t found a slope that the Pro can’t handle with ease. The responsive frame means that mid-climb out-of-the-saddle accelerations are instant and positive, making short work of any particularly sharp inclines.


The frame was designed for pro racing and has been used by Team Katusha. A perfectly balanced ride combines handling sharp enough for sprints and muscling through the pack, with a ride that offers enough comfort to handle huge miles. For the money we can’t think of a better all-rounder. With a frame this good as this you could upgrade every part and you’d have a bike every bit as good as a pro-level race machine. You can’t say that about many £2,000 bikes.

Contact www.focus-bikes.com
Weight 7.78kg (17.2lb)
Size tested 58cm
Frame & Fork Focus Izalco Team, 3T Rigida Pro T4 Carbon
Seatpost FSA SPL 280
Saddle Prologo Nago Evo
Stem FSA OS 190
Handlebar FSA Vero
Transmission SRAM Force
Brakes SRAM Force
Chainset SRAM Force
Wheels DT Swiss R 1850
Tyres Continental Grand Prix

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