Focus 650b carbon hardtail, Ag2r team replica - Sea Otter 2013
By James Huang | Saturday, April 20, 2013 6.09am
Impressively, Focus equips the complete Raven 650b 1.0 carbon hardtail with genuine Shimano SLX hubs whose well sealed and adjustable bearings should last for ages. While the front hub uses a 15mm thru-axle, the rear carries on with a traditional quick-release James Huang/BikeRadar
Following the launch of Scott's new Scale 700-series of 27.5-inch carbon hardtails, German company Focus is now tossing its hat into the ring with its new Raven 650b 1.0 – a close cousin of the existing 26" and 29" Raven carbon hardtails but with specific geometry to accommodate the new 'tweener wheels.
Focus is offering the new Raven 650b 1.0 as a single complete build for now that includes a Shimano Deore XT 3x10 group, a RockShox Revelation fork, and house-brand aluminum clincher rims built around Shimano SLX hubs with a thru-axle front and quick-release rear fitment. Actual weight for the bike pictured here is right around 11kg (24.3lb).
Lots of Bs: BB30 bottom bracket shell on the 650b Raven
We've yet to ride the new Focus hardtail but the geometry looks promising with a sub-70° head tube angle, 425mm-long chain stays, and 28mm of bottom bracket drop. Suggested retail price is $3,950 and bikes are available now.
Well-heeled fans of European road racing, on the other hand, might find interest in the new Izalco Team SL Ag2r team replica bike. Built around the company's top-end Izalco Team SL frame, the new replica machine features a Campagnolo Record EPS electronic group, 50mm-deep Fulcrum Racing Speed carbon tubulars wrapped with Schwalbe Ultremo tires, and a fi'zi:k Arione saddle.
Ag2r replica bike, complete with Campagnolo Record EPS electronic group
The one major exception to the team spec is the FSA cockpit as fi'zi:k currently doesn't have its new bars and stems in sufficient quantities.
Suggested retail price is $9,500 and Focus will also offer a lower-priced version built around the Izalco Pro frameset with Campagnolo Chorus for $3,800. Shipping is scheduled to begin in July.
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