Focus Cayo 2.0
Fast, plush and comfortable are the three words I’d use to describe the Focus Cayo 2.0.
Stepping onto any test bike is a gamble as they are unfamiliar and you have to pay attention to the little things, all while avoiding trouble on Auckland’s Roads. Turns out the Cayo was a delight, helped out because Roger, whose ride this is, is similarly sized to me.
A sense of refinement
The Cayo 2.0 is produced by a German company that (pardon the pun) focus on subtle revision of their models rather than baby and bathwater changes.
The Focus is an attractive looking bike that has nice attention to detail, for example the fork is all carbon, no metal dropouts. It is also typical of a German company that there is a certain level of refinement to the finish.
The trick bits
In 2014 the Cayo adopted the 11 speed Shimano system. However this year they have switched to the electronic Shimano Di2 Ultegra which is an absolute joy to use. Other major changes are the sweet CPX carbon stem and the switch to a Fizik Arione R7 saddle.
The wheels that come standard are Fulcrum CEX 6.5 which are an OEM version of the Racing 7/5 wheels. These wheels are not the fastest or lightest but they are well built perfect for the demands of training.
The bars are Focus own brand and did the job well for me. They are more of a compact bar than the traditional style, which meant the reach to the hoods was comfortable and getting on the drops for extended periods was not back breaking.
This machine had Reynolds E58 Aero wheels fitted with 25mm tyres which added to the smoothness of the ride. However the chassis strikes a great balance between stiff to convey your power to the road for fast cruising and compliance that means you are not beaten up while riding. The Carbon wheels will only add to the experience but this is a bike that will encourage you to ride longer.
This test bike was a large and has a 165mm head-tube, and a 995mm wheelbase with a 568mm top tube matched to a 570mm seat. So it’s not trying to be sportive-relaxed, but neither is it flat-backed fast. It’s a very easy place to get used and will suit the majority of riding you can throw at it.
The geometry also means the bike feels stable and connected to the road. The bike will inspire confidence to hit the corners on the twisty descents with a degree of fervour similar to Greyhounds chasing the mechanical rabbit.
The Focus Cayo 2.0 features the Shimano 11-speed compact 52/36 and 11-28 gearing which will suit the majority of riding in New Zealand as short of riding in Matamata and the Canterbury plains, there are hills everywhere.
Getting on the gear
Di2, go to your local shop and test a bike with the electronic shifters. Once you do, I am confident that you will be a convert. They are superior in every way and once adjusted never need to be touched unless you bang the hanger.
What’s the damage
Hot Cycles currently have this bike available at $4999.
- Sweet ride
- Well spec’d
- Good geometry
- You will likely in time want to up-spec the wheels
Final word: Highly recommended