The flagship model, Focus Izalco Team SL 1.0

Belonging to the home country of EuroBike, Focus Bikes of Germany had an impressive line-up of bikes; not just the top models but also the more affordable ranges and models for mere mortals like us. I had the privilege to speak to Mr Jorg Arenz, the Overseas Sales Director at Derby Cycle, the distributor for Focus Bikes in Germany. Mr Arenz enthusiastically gave me a quick tour of the latest offerings for Focus in 2013 as well as some insight on the upcoming trends in the worldwide bicycling scene.

The top road model, the Focus Izalco Team SL 1.0 has a brand new carbon lay-up and shaves up to 200g off its predecessor (depending on frame size) as well as reduced weight for its new internal cable routing system.

The down-tube of the Izalco Team SL 1.0. Note the massive BB. 

The venerable Cayo Evo road range has been revamped for 2013 with a wider choice of components and to match the budgets of different riders: the 6.0 model will come in a Shimano 105 & FSA component mix while the top 1.0 model will be equipped with a full Campagnolo Chorus group set.

The Focus Cayo Evo 6.0: You don’t have break the bank to get FOCUS-ed

Another notable range of bikes for Focus is their Raven series of carbon mountain hard-tails. For 2013, there will be a brand new Raven 650B model, appropriately so, as the 650B wheel-size will be touted as the new and upcoming trend in the world of mountain biking.

New Kid On the Block: The Focus Raven 650B

Mr Arenz says that for 2014, the 650B mountain bike and its related components will come in a big way. He explained that right now the pick-up for 650B is still slow due to the fact that the supply-chain side of things are still catching up as component makers are adjusting their production lines to match the upcoming trend.

We would like to thank Entro Cycles for helping us arrange a meeting with Mr Arenz.

A limited production model, Raven 29R with the latest SRAM XX1, anyone?