Back in 2005, Focus developed its very own carbon road frame, Cayo, which was the weapon of choice for teams such as Milram, Acqua e Sapone or Katusha for several years. However, the top-end in road racing became the Izalco Max, but Cayo didn’t leave the range, being turned by the German manufacturer into its own idea of an endurance road bike.
The most important feature of the second-generation Cayo is its weight, according to Focus officials, this mid-level, almost sportive frame tipping the scale at 880 grams (average weight calculated based on the 5 available sizes indivudal weight) for the disc brake version. However, the mechanical rim brake version is a further 20 grams lighter.
As expected for an endurance road bike, the disc brake option makes its way through, counting on 160mm rotors for both wheels, but at the moment details don’t abound. The two frames available for the 2 different types of wheels both feature mechanical, and electronical groupset compatibility, and in both cases the cable run inside the frame, thanks to Focus’s Cable Routing Plate technology.
Concerning the Cayo, set to appear in the 2015 range, Focus emphasised on best value, offering a good quality-price ratio for the given category it belongs to, while the Izalco Max remains the top notch road bike in absolute terms of on-road performance. Therefore, Cayo wasn’t built using the highest grade carbon, the manufacturer optimising the bike by providing it with an efficient geometry, and also playing around with the tubes’ shapes and thickness in order to reach the desired level of stiffness, and comfort. Putting it briefly, Cayo is, as stated in the official press release, „the perfect road bike for both rookies and ambitious Gran Fondo riders looking for a super-light road frame with less sportive geometry than the pure race Izalco MAX”. Of course, we wouldn’t support the „perfect road bike” claim, but Focus also considers that Cayo embodies „the best performance road bike at that price-point”, even if we don’t really know to what price point they are reffering to.
Focus also provided some comparison with other endurance road frames, and the 880-gram figure of the Cayo looks better than Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod Disc’s 1.092 grams, BMC Granfondo GF01 Disc’s 1.106 grams, or Specialized Roubaix SL4 Expert’s 1.149 grams.
However, Cayo has something in common with the Izalco Max, namely the fork. While Izalco’s fork is a one-piece design, with carbon fibres running uninterrupted from the steering tube to the dropouts, the Cayo’s adaption for disc brakes was modified in order to cope with the different loads imposed by these brakes. In any case, it maintains its one-piece construction, which enables reaching a weight of 380 grams for the disc brake version, and of 350 grams for the rim brake version.
Focus Cayo will feature in no less than 8 version, of which two feature disc brakes. The top end version will be the Cayo 1.0, a rim-brake, Shimano Dura-Ace equipped bike, while SRAM fans can pick between the Cayo 4.0 (SRAM Force) and the Cayo 4.0 Disc (SRAM Rival and SRAM Rival HDR-A1 brakes). The only electronical set that the new Cayo was equipped with is Shimano’s Ultegra Di2, found on the Cayo 2.0, and the lowest-specified version contains its specifications in its name – LTD. Shimano 105.