Focus 2022 Izalco Max 8.9
With its super racy looks and high-performance geometry, one might expect the Focus Izalco Max 9-Series to handle like a machine built strictly for speed with less thoughts about comfort. And while it’s undoubtedly a fast bike, if we were asked to describe how it rides out on the road in one word, that word would be ‘smooth’.
Sure, Focus has packed this bike full of buzzwords -- responsive, stiff, aero, etc. -- and while that’s all there, the Izalco 9 just feels smoother than butter beneath you: like floating on a lovely carbon cloud. But don’t get it twisted, it still handles like a race car -- letting you really rail it through the corners -- and it’s nimble and light enough to shoot up the climbs too. It’s just that it feels so good while you’re doing it.
The previous generation of this bike was our most popular bike five years in a row, and we can now safely say this new generation is even better. But don’t just take our word for it: the huge increase in people riding these in the last year or so is added proof that Focus has truly nailed.
Finished off with a full Shimano 105 groupset and some slick carbon wheels, this bike is very tough to beat.
Limited numbers due in December. Pre-order now to secure yours.