Focus has taken to calling their Izalco Max, the “lightest disc road bike in the world”, and now they are making it even faster because #aeroiseverything. The aero road conversion of the Izalco Max Disc required a ground up redesign, from slippery tube shapes to integrating every bolt & cable, so what came out is an all new bike – still super light, but offering class leading aerodynamics as well.

2019 Focus Izalco Max lightweight, disc brake carbon aero road bike

More than just trying to make the fastest bike, Focus wanted the redesigned Izalco Max Disc to be lighter and more aero, but also to deliver excellent stiffness & acceleration into one good-looking bike. This is built to be your do it all race bike – easy up the hills, fast on the descents, and even faster on the flats and in the finishing sprint.

2019 Focus Izalco Max lightweight, disc brake carbon aero road bike
all photos courtesy Focus

The new bike’s shaping was developed and then refined over several stages in the GST wind tunnel to balance aerodynamics with Focus’ penchant for light weight. The result is a mix of Kamm tail & round shapes and reduced frontal area,  with most every frame opening tucked out-of-the-way.

2019 Focus Izalco Max lightweight, disc brake carbon aero road bike

In the end the aero updates deliver a sizable 6% overall system drag reduction including a rider and the same component setup vs. the previous Izalco Max. They say that translates to a 1 minute and 30 seconds savings over 50km at 200W of power output.

2019 Focus Izalco Max lightweight, disc brake carbon aero road bike

The new Izalco Max certainly isn’t the first to do this, but it looks like a solid iteration of what is becoming peak aero disc brake road bike.

2019 Focus Izalco Max light aero road bike – Tech Details

2019 Focus Izalco Max lightweight, disc brake carbon aero road bike

The new Izalco Max is a disc brake-only aero road bike to follow-up on the previous light all-rounder. Of course with the aero focus, now all cables are run entirely internally from the specially developed clamshell aero stem back to the brakes & derailleurs.

The result of the aero shaping then light carbon optimizing of 671 individual pieces of carbon is a 890g frame for the top 9-series bikes (without hardware) for a size M, and another 358g for the fork. Those little bits add another 49g, plus the weight of the axles. The slightly cheaper 8-series frame comes in at 1040g, plus 380g for its fork.

2019 Focus Izalco Max lightweight, disc brake carbon aero road bike

Focus maintains rider comfort (actually improving it a bit) thanks to a proprietary D-shaped seatpost and dropped seatstays that allows for some localized flex under the rider, even with the aero gains.

2019 Focus Izalco Max lightweight, disc brake carbon aero road bike

That carbon stem is somewhat unique in that is angled at -15° to get back down to an aggressive low position, after first rising up with the headtube to allow for smooth cable integration (and is available in 80-120mm lengths.) It also allows the use of a separate standard aero handlebar to give more rider choice, position flexibility, and ease of setup (& travel.)

2019 Focus Izalco Max lightweight, disc brake carbon aero road bike

Focus’s much talked about R.A.T. quick thru-axle system has been refined again for quick and easy use. The bike features 160mm rotors on flat mount disc tabs – that means you use 140mm rear calipers with 160 rotors on the bike, but the fork uses the standard flipped 140/160mm mount.

Even though it is disc only, Focus still intends this to be a lightweight race road bike, so you can fit up to 28mm tires, but nothing more. The bike does feature a tapered steerer, a pressfit BB86 bottom bracket, and is Di2 or mechanical shift ready.

2019 Focus Izalco Max light aero road bike – Geometry

2019 Focus Izalco Max lightweight, disc brake carbon aero road bike geometry

The UCI approved Izalco Max Disc is said to lower its bottom bracket slightly for more stability, but otherwise carries over its road race focused (and Tour stage winning) geometry mostly unchanged. The two extreme sizes – the XXS & XXL – did get updated to deliver better, more consistent handling for those small & tall riders. The new 2019 Izalco Max Disc is available in seven frame sizes, fitting a wide range of cyclists.

2019 Focus Izalco Max light aero road bike – Pricing & Spec

2019 Focus Izalco Max lightweight, disc brake carbon aero road bike 9.9
2019 Focus Izalco Max 9.9

The new Izalco Max Disc is available in six complete bike builds – three with each level of carbon spec. A frameset of each carbon version should be available as well. The most expensive is the 2019 Focus Izalco Max Disc 9.9 with a complete Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 Di2 groupset, a 48mm deep DT Swiss ARC 1450 tubeless ready carbon wheels, and a 9000€ price tag. The top 9 series frames also include a Red eTap & Ultegra Di2 option.

2019 Focus Izalco Max lightweight, disc brake carbon aero road bike 8.7
2019 Focus Izalco Max 8.7

The more affordable are the 8-series, which share the same frame shaping and features, but 150g of extra carbon. The cheapest is the 2019 Focus Izalco Max Disc 8.7 opting for a new 105 R7000 and carbon rims from Alex for 3000€. In between there are Ultegra Di2 & mechanical builds, with all of the bikes getting carbon wheels and 25mm tube-type Continental tires.

2019 Focus Izalco Max lightweight, disc brake carbon aero road bike

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31 COMMENTS

    • At least head tube angle are pretty consistence across sizes,
      consistently slack, and with 46mm fork rake, almost every size will handle slow and stable.

      • Pretty consistent? 3deg HT difference from XXS to XXL equates to approx. 25mm variation in trail. Sorry short folks, your bike is going to ride like crap. See Cervelo S3/S5 for fork offset/trail/consistent handling across sizes done right

      • More fork offset equals less trail, slacker HA increases trail. 46mm offset will steer ‘quicker’ than 44mm. It looks more like they are copying 29ers from a few years ago where to offset the slower steering of ‘wagon wheels’ they increased fork offset to speed up steering, here offsetting the slacker HA with less trail fork.

  1. “Lightest production disc brake road bike”?? Where do they come up with this nonsense? I can think of a few production disc brake road bikes that are considerably lighter…..Trek Emonda disc and Factor O2 disc just to name two.

    • You should read correct! Current max is the lightest road disc frame in the world. New one is more aerodynamic and not the lightest in world anymore

      • “Read correct!”??
        A Focus Izalco Max disc “standard non-aero” road bike does not exist/is not currently listed on Focus webpage. If it did, it still would not be the lightest production disc brake frameset in the world….see Trek Emonda disc. The Spesh Venge disc frameset is also lighter than this aero version. The Factor O2 disc which utilizes multiple truncated tube shapes and has significant aero qualities is also considerably lighter than this Focus frameset.

  2. The front-center distance is adequately long, unlike most performance bikes.
    I calculate that the L has a front center of 1010 mm, and the XL has a front center of 1024 mm.

    This might have to be my next frameset. Where are the frames made?

    • You might want to check your calculations again. The wheelbase on the L is 1010mm and the, and on the XL its 1024. That gives the L a front center of 612.5mm and the XL a front center of 626.4mm

      • > You might want to check your calculations again.

        haha… yes, I cut-and-pasted the wrong numbers. The front-center distances are 578 578 588 600 612 626 646

    • With a low bottom bracket and long axle-to-crown, head tubes measure shorter for a given handlebar drop from the saddle. I wonder if the low look is an illusion.
      Definitely made in Asia.

  3. Sounds like a good bike since it takes a lot of elements from bmc teammachine SLR and recent tarmac! I cannot follow their aero story with reduced frontal area – where?

  4. When road bikes were made of steel they all looked very similar. It seems we are entering another period whereas most bikes look pretty close to the same. I expect we shall see a few more that look much like this shortly. I rode the last Izalco and I really enjoyed the ride. I have high hopes for this one as well. I for one am glad to see the end of rim brakes too. I’d consider this bike if it were coming to the US.

  5. > This might have to be my next frameset.

    I just realized it uses BB86. Why did they have to ruin an otherwise nice frame by using BB86?

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