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.
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.