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Focus Bikes 2013 road, urban and cyclo-cross

What’s new from Focus Bikes in 2013? We travelled to their base in Cloppenburg, Germany to look at the range. Here’s what’s on offer in the road, urban and cyclo-cross areas.

Focus Izalco Team SL

Focus had huge success with the Izalco winning Cycling Plus’s bike of the year this year, and numerous other awards worldwide. They haven’t rested on their laurels though, and with the imminent announcement of a return to the ProTour front line with a new team sponsorship they felt the need to further improve the existing Izalco Team platform.This has resulted in taking the Izalco back to the drawing board.

The frame has been optimised with regards to its carbon lay-up, a new BB shell (which switches to the PF30 standard) is now all carbon, and the weight of the all carbon drop-outs reduced. The frame now also comes in two guises, one specific to electronic transmissions, one for mechanical. Even small touches like the seat collar have been looked at with the new carbon collar tipping the scales at a svelte 14g. The frame weight has dropped below the magical kilo to a claimed 934g too.

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Shimano Dura-Ace 9000

Its been a busy year for Shimano with the launch of new entry-level road groupsets and electronic Alfine hub gearing, not to mention three new mountain bike groups – but it looks like they may have left the best till last. Officially unveiled today is a new 11-speed version of their flagship Dura-Ace road groupset

Shimano have given their top mechanical group a ground-up reworking for 2013, not just an extra sprocket on the cassette. We had the chance to try it out for ourselves at Team Sky’s European service course base in Kortrijk, Belgium with team riders Alex Dowsett and Michael Barry, who were both instrumental in the development of the new group.Dura-Ace 9000 has already been used in competition at the Tour of Romandie, in its raw finish prototype stage. We were allowed to ride prototype revision two – as close to the final product as it gets, with only the hood covers and small cosmetic details to be refined.

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Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070 – Sneak peek

Today’s big news is the launch of a new version of Shimano’s flagship Dura-Ace road groupset. But its electronic Di2 offshoot hasnt been forgotten – an updated version is in development. Its yet to be officially launched but Shimano did give us some information on what to expect from the new 11-speed Dura-Ace Di2 9070 series.

There must have been a temptation just to adapt the original Di2 7970 to cope with the extra sprocket out back. Instead, Shimano have gone for a wholesale revamp. As their UK distributors Madison put it: ‘They’ve proven it works, now they want to get it looking and working even better.’

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