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Focus Freestyle splashes color on & off the bike

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Focus Bikes have dipped a few dropbar bikes into a rainbow to add a bit of color for  2018. The limited edition Freestyle designs add a whole lot of color to the otherwise monochromatic bikes, while the corresponding Freestyle apparel looks to manage the addition of matching color details without going overboard. The new color scheme is limited to five different dropbar road and cyclocross framesets – the Izalco Max & Disc, Izalco Race, Izalco Race AL, Paralane, Mares – but comes in a few levels of spec that should make it affordable for a wide range of budgets. Take a closer look at the bikes and kit below the fold…

Izalco Max Disc Dura-Ace Di2 road bike

There isn’t really any new tech on the bikes other than some new specs like the latest version of Shimano’s Dura-Ace & Ultegra Di2 components. The Freestyle line is topped out by this Izalco Max Disc and its rim brake counterpart both with the newest R9100 series Dura-Ace Di2.

In addition to the top level carbon Izalco Maxes, the Freestyle line also includes a carbon framed Izalco Race with either rim or disc brakes and a Shimano 105 group, plus the rim brake only aluminum Izalco Race AL also with a 105 group.

Paralane eTap endurance road bike

On the endurance road side of things the all black Paralane gets the rainbow Freestyle treatment as well. Focus has Freestyle versions of the Paralane both in the SRAM Red eTap groupset (above) and another build with Shimano Ultegra Di2.

Mares CX Force 1 cyclocross bike

For the cross racer you are already starting out with more color on the base yellow Mares frame, but the stripes still manage to brighten things up. The special edition Freestyle cross bike is available in this Mares equipped with a Force 1 build kit, and also in a black base frame with a more affordable Apex 1 complete build.

All of the Freestyle series bikes are available through your regular Focus dealer, and should be popping up in shops later this year.

Freestyle clothing

On the clothing front, Focus’ designers wanted to tie in the rainbow striped theme, so pulled together some Freestyle themed apparel for both on and off the bike. Most of the casual wear hide the rainbow stripes in small details throughout (like in the gray tee above) that peek out with a hint of color without being overwhelming. On the bike kit starts with the gray on black color theme of the majority of the Freestyle bikes and adds in the stripes in limited & asymmetric detailing.

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whatever
whatever
5 years ago

With the one exception, more dull black/grey bikes with a meaningless bit of color. For the amount of cash you are asking for those bikes, you can give me a color I want, end of story.

Champs
Champs
5 years ago
Reply to  whatever

Paint is superfluous and a significant amount of weight on sub-kilo wonder bikes.

If you’re the type to use the machine, then maybe the bike is a mere canvas, and its rider the medium. If you’re the kind of aesthete who’d rather look at the bike than ride it, maybe carbon isn’t for you.

whatever
whatever
5 years ago
Reply to  Champs

Hahahaha, so your excuse is that if you care about the color then you don’t ride. Yeah, logical. Hahahaha. You like black, fine by me. I don’t like black bikes, and won’t buy a black bike. You want me to spend thousands, you will give me a color I want. END OF STORY! Otherwise I will find somebody who will.

You don’t like that… Not my problem.

Robin
Robin
5 years ago
Reply to  Champs

I look forward to seeing the data that supports the conclusion that the mass of paint is significant factor in bike performance.

James Ehrman
James Ehrman
5 years ago
Reply to  Champs

You think the weight of paint on a bike frame is a “significantly amount”? I read the news a lot, and this is among the dumbest things I have read today. Please spare me the “x amount of grams of paint is whatever % of a 700 gram frame”. 200 grams of paint (which is a few coats of awesome looking paint) will have virtually no impact on performance, however if the rider thinks the bike looks amazing, results show that sort of positive thinking leads to gains. Fact. Good job shaming people who like having their bike look how they want it. Please don’t come to Happy Hour.

Carl
Carl
5 years ago

That Mares CX looks pretty decent, interested to see how they look in the real world when I get a chance to begin building these up in the fall.

Heffe
Heffe
5 years ago

These are really cool.

dustytires
5 years ago

Bottom line if color of a bike is the most important aspect to you, then you are not serious about performance, you are just a wanker that wants to look good in front of the bagel shop mid group ride. Anyone that is serious about their racing will seek out the best DEAL, including f’ing over his local dealer but switching shop teams, shopping online or piecing together parts kits from around the internet into a race worthy steed to smash out the miles on, a performance bicycle is a tool that will be abused, crashed, sweated on and dumped on eBay at the end of the current RACE SEASON and the money applied to a new whip for the next season. Want proof? look at all the ugly race bikes…

whatever
whatever
5 years ago
Reply to  dustytires

Hahahahahaha, someone feels a wee bit insecure. Who gives a da-n only about racing. Didn’t know Tour De France entry was a requirement. Glad I’m not so narrow minded that I think the only thing of value in a bicycle is a race. If the weight of the paint is too much for you to win, then you weren’t good enough to begin with. So the whole world should be black/gray as anything else is irrelevant. Sorry, but is a dull lifeless existence.

The press release to call attention to the addition of a minor amount of color to these bikes.. To which Focus failed, as all but one are still almost entirely black. Bottom line. Allot of people don’t give a d–n about a few grams, but do care about other things including but not limited to visibility. What’s more, there is lots of competition for basically equal bikes. And if I don’t like what is being offered by the brands, I will build my own, which is exactly what I did with my gravel bike. And if I can’t find a reasonable frame with technical/visual aspects that I like, then the Chinese are more than happy to supply whatever bottom bracket, color, etc I like. And for your next excuse of they don’t have the latest geometry etc. Don’t care, not racing, plus after 100+ years, geometry etc vary very little.

My point still stands. You want my $$$, give me what I want, or I will go to those that will. END OF STORY! You don’t like that…. too bad.

tyler
5 years ago

^^ well said LOL

Jamie Maguire
Jamie Maguire
5 years ago

The yellow cx’er looks like a 90’s Alpinestars mtb.

I think they all look pretty good which is saying a lot as I normally find Focus bikes to be as bland as hell.

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