Bred by the German boffins at Focus as a 100% pure racing machine, the Izalco Max is as lightweight and fast as they come. Having been in the Focus road line up for a number of years, the Izalco Max represents the absolute pinnacle of modern road bike technology, with a superlight 750-gram carbon frame and sharp geometry designed for high-speed performance. This is likely why the Izalco Max has become the tool of choice in the Tour de France by the AG2R La Mondiale pro team, who favour the bike’s incredible low weight and agile handling for weaving up and through high alpine passes. If your preference is for a more relaxed riding position, then you’ll likely be better off checking out the Focus Cayo, which is Focus’ endurance road bike. But if you crave efficiency, low weight and responsiveness, and you’re in need of a high-tech criterium race weapon, then the Izalco Max is the right option for you.
The latest Izalco Max has split off into two different options: one with traditional rim brakes, and the other with hydraulic disc brakes. Both frames share the same high-modulus carbon fibre construction, which employs a tapered head tube and a PF30 bottom bracket to maintain chassis rigidity under hard sprinting efforts. Each frame size is made with unique wall thicknesses and diameters to help maintain the right stiffness to match the rider height and weight, which Focus calls SSPS (Stable Stiffness Per Size). For the disc model, Focus has equipped the full carbon fibre fork with a 12mm thru-axle to help lock down the front wheel. Also unique to the Focus Izalco Max Disc frame is a super short chainstay length, which combined with the tight angles and aggressive riding position, provides highly precise steering that is intuitive and crisp.
Looking for a no compromise race machine? The top-end Focus Izlaco Max Disc Team comes with the new SRAM eTAP wireless shifting system and hydraulic disc brakes for sharp shifting and braking. At the other end of the price scale, the Izalco Max Ultegra comes race-ready out of the box with a light and rigid DT Swiss wheelset and a full Shimano 11-speed groupset.
Drive trainUltegra Di2
Gear ratiosSemi Compact
Frame buildCarbon Pro