Milram’s Dominik Roels is in his third year with the German squad and his second aboard a Focus Izalco. At over 6ft and weighing 75kg, he has a powerful build and is hard on his equipment, requiring rigidity and durability.
The 2010 Focus Izalco offers this, and features various developments since last year’s model, which Jan, from Focus Bikes’ headquarters in Cloppenburg, Germany talked us through at last month’s Tour Down Under.
Most obvious is the new down tube profile – it becomes asymmetrical as it approaches the bottom bracket shell and flares towards the cranks to provide a platform better equipped to handle the loads associated with power transfer in this area.
Further stiffness is added by alloy inserts moulded inside the carbon tubing, which serve two purposes: providing smoother, rub-free guides for the internal cable routing plus the aforementioned rigidity in a key section of the frame – the junction of the top, head and down tubes.
This latest version of the Izalco also switches from standard threaded bottom bracket cups to the oversized BB30 standard, thus shedding weight and adding heel clearance while also marginally improving drivetrain stiffness. A quick survey of other bikes in the Tour Down Under peloton showed that the standard is continuing to gain hold among other teams and manufacturers as well.
The internally guided derailleur cable housing runs down and around the bb30 bottom bracket shell: the internally guided derailleur cable housing runs down and around the bb30 bottom bracket shellGreg Johnson/Cyclingnews
Milram continue with their componentary sponsorship from the likes of SRAM, FSA, Lightweight and Speedplay. Roels opts for an alloy bar and stem thanks to his track background; the need for strength and reliability outweighing the need for low mass.
Lightweight Obermayer wheels feature on the Team Milram bikes; while the frame gives up a little in the weight stakes, the renowned German hoops contribute to a low reading on the scales of 6.96kg, perilously close to the International Cycling Union (UCI) weight limit.
Milram use 22mm-wide continental tubulars on their lightweight obermeyer wheelset: milram use 22mm-wide continental tubulars on their lightweight obermeyer wheelsetGreg Johnson/Cyclingnews
One last key piece of equipment is Roels’ new Garmin Edge 500 computer. The 500 foregoes the on-board mapping display of its Edge 305 and 705 predecessors in favour of a smaller and lighter package with an updated and easier-to-use interface.
Should Roels opt to train with a power meter, ANT+ wireless connectivity on the Edge 500 will display his wattage, too, and all of the information can be downloaded later by team managers for evaluation.
FSA supply most of the cockpit gear, with an integrated headset, os99 (130mm) 6° stem and wing pro (420mm) bars: fsa supply most of the cockpit gear, with an integrated headset, os99 (130mm) 6° stem and wing pro (420mm) barsGreg Johnson/Cyclingnews
Frame: Focus Izalco Team
Fork: 3T Funda Pro
Headset: FSA Integrated
Stem: FSA OS99 (130mm) 6°
Handlebars: FSA Wing Pro (420mm)
Front brake: SRAM Red
Rear brake: SRAM Red
Brake levers: SRAM Red
Front derailleur: SRAM Red
Rear derailleur: SRAM Red
Shift levers: SRAM Red Double Tap
Cassette: SRAM PG-1090
Chain: SRAM Red
Crankset: SRAM Red (53/39, 175mm)
Bottom bracket: SRAM Red BB30
Pedals: Speedplay Zero stainless
Wheels: Lightweight Obermayer
Rims: Lightweight Obermayer
Front hub: Lightweight Obermayer
Rear hub: Lightweight Obermayer
Spokes: Lightweight Carbon 20 F, 20 R
Front tyre: Continental Competition Pro-Limited Allround tubular, 22mm