If you’re an experienced rider, you’ll understand just how important proper bike fit and comfortable contact points can be. For the inexperienced, having a bike that isn’t quite the right size, or has a sharply uncomfortable saddle, or has brake levers that aren’t within easy reach of your hands is all likely to contribute to having a rather lousy experience. Enter the Paralane Donna. Focus recognised that offering road bikes specifically for female riders would present a more comfortable and more enjoyable solution for those ladies who want to ride with the confidence and comfort that they deserve. The Paralane Donna is a women’s specific model that uses the same high performance carbon frame as the regular Paralane, but comes equipped with carefully chosen contact points such as a women’s specific saddle, a narrower handlebar and a shorter stem that better suit the female form. The result is a lightweight endurance road bike that is purpose-made for taking you further away from the city, and out to where you really want to be.
Like the Cayo Donna, the Paralane Donna is an endurance road bike. Compared to a traditional road race bike, both models feature a more upright riding position, and longer wheelbases to help deliver more stability for the rider. The Paralane Donna owever, takes this one step further. It features a lower centre of gravity to the Cayo Donna, thanks to a lower bottom bracket height. Combined with the longer fork lengs and the taller head tube, the Paralane Donna relaxes the riders’ posture to help decrease strain on your neck and shoulders. Also different is the added tyre clearance, with the Paralane Donna allowing you to fit up to a 35c wide tyre. Wider tyres offer more traction, but they also increase compliance for a smoother ride, which is especially noticeable when you’re riding rough bitumen back roads and dirt paths. These are the kind of surfaces that the Paralane Donna excels at, where its supple carbon frame and powerful disc brakes allow for plenty of confidence and sure-footedness when tackling routes that are a little bumpier and rougher than your average inner-city street.
The Focus Paralane Donna comes equipped with 12mm thru-axles front and rear, along with lightweight DT Swiss wheels and supple 28c Schwalbe ONE Race tyres. Combined with the Fizik women’s saddle and upright riding position, the Paralane Donna is a comfortable and versatile all-day endurance road bike.