The hydroformed aluminum frame has fairly neutral geometry (for a ‘road’ type bike) and looks like it will withstand a lot of abuse, though in fairness we’ve only taken it for a leisurely ride. If you buy it, you can use it like it’s intended: In the mud, rain, snow, grass, and asphalt.
We hope you haven’t yet had enough of our Focus postings, because we’ve got another great Focus in stock – the Mares Expert cyclocross bike.
What struck us first about this bike was the price. At $2200 it’s not entry level, but equipped with next-to top-end Shimano Ultegra components it’s a great deal. There’s no skimping on the other bits either, like Fulcrum Racing 7 wheels and an FSA Gossamer Pro Compact crankset. We also happen to like the cool looking carbon cable hanger for the front brake – it’s a small thing, but the details are often what sell us on the bike.