Feature: Focus Cayo

Focus is a German company, founded by cyclo cross world champion, Mike Klugge. They have gone on to win many cyclo cross world championships, mountain bike world cups and world tour races, including stages at all three grand tours.

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Our feature bike, the Focus Cayo, falls into their endurance race category. For the most part, the frame has very similar geometry to their all- out racer, the Izalco, but has a slightly longer head tube. Features like the elbowed rear stays, which are also found on the Izalco, were all pioneered on the Cayo.

The frame of our feature is the Cayo Evo frame, the lightest and stiffest in the range. It also shares the Focus Evo fork with it’s big brother, the Izalco. This gives a total weight, to frame and fork, of around 900 grams.

Steering is done with a Full Speed Ahead K- Force carbon bra, which measures 42cm center to center at the hoods and flanges out to 44cm center to center in the drops. This is paired with a 3T ARX Team alloy stem, which is both light and stiff. The bars are wrapped in Fizik Superlight tape.

To match the bars, the bike is fitted with a Full Speed Ahead K- Force seat post in 27.2mm diameter. Perched atop the seat post is a specialized S- Works Power carbon saddle.

This Cayo runs a full Srame Red 10 Speed groupset. The shifters are Sram’s redesigned and more ergonomic double tap shifters. The front derailleur has a beautifully integrated Sram chain catcher to stop the chain from dropping off the small ring (but let’s be honest, no one ever uses the small ring anyway).

The brakes are Sram’s single pivot and very power Sram Red callipers. The Cayo frame has a pressfit 30 bottom bracket shell, so power transfer is handled by a Sram Red BB30 crank set with 53/39t ratio. At the back the cassette has a 11-25t ratio.

Fitted to the cranks are a set of Dura Ace PDR9000 pedals, providing a nice platform to put the power through.

The wheels are Blackspade Racing’s 55mm Carbon Clincher. These have an aerodynamic U shape to make cross winds more bearable. They are wrapped in Specialized Roubaix Pro 25mm tires. A nice little custom touch is the fluo yellow and red decals. Mavic titanium skewers keep the wheels in place.

A K- Edge mount on the handle bar hold a Wahoo ELEMNT GPS unit. The K- Edge mount is a very beautiful solution and is machined out of aluminium. Tune carbon bottle cages are mounted to the frame to keep the bottles where they’re supposed to be. A Wahoo cadence sensor is fitted to the non- drive side crank arm.

The bike weighs in at 7.1kg. The stiff and agile frame frame coupled with the slightly more relaxed geometry and the lightweight components makes this Cayo a very versatile bike. It’s perfect for long days in the saddle, but when pedal hits the metal, it is an extremely capable race machine, built with only the best.

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