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We test the Focus Izalco Team 4.0 in our latest first ride review

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Focus Izalco Team 4.0

Focus Izalco Team 4.0

This Team version is slightly different to the DI2 we reviewed earlier this year. It gets a super-light, full-carbon, tapered fork along with plenty of other spec upgrades. The ride is beautifully balanced, combining smooth-rolling comfort with stiffness under power and the immediacy you’d expect from such a light bike. The fact that it manages to integrate all this with fast, responsive handling is a brilliant achievement.

On the flat, the stiff, responsive frame and light wheels (DT’s 1450 Mon Chasserol) easily get up to race speed. The bike’s impeccable manners give you confidence to push on that little bit harder. Corners can be taken with confidence and there’s very little flex when out of the saddle. Maintaining a high pace takes a little more input as the wheels don’t quite hold speed with the same ease as a deeper aero wheelset.

The frame weighs less than a kilo and the forks around 300g, making the Izalco the bike you want when things  get hilly. The Team 4.0 is capable on longer, extended Alpine climbs, yet also adept at short, sharp inclines. When it comes to getting back down to sea level, the confidence-inspiring handling means you descend at speeds that have more to do with your bravery than the limitations of the bike.

The Izalco frame was designed for pro road racing and has been used in all the major tours, but it’s just as at home on a sportive or sporting tri course. The chainset can be had in a hill-friendly 50/34 or race-ready 53/39. We tested the 2012 spec model, but 2013 versions should be available soon. For 2013 the Izalco 4.0 gets a new lighter SL version of the frame, the new SRAM Red groupset plus Fulcrum 2.5 wheels.

Price £3,699
Size tested 58cm
Sizes 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62cm
Frame Izalco Team carbon
Fork 3T Rigida Team T4 carbon
Saddle Prologo C-One 50
Stem 3T ARX Team
Handlebar 3T Ergonova Pro
Transmission SRAM Red
Brakes SRAM Red
Chainset SRAM Red 50/34, 12/25
Wheels DT Swiss 1450 Mon Chasserol
Tyres Continental Grand Prix 4000S