FOCUS Cayo 105 Ltd Edition 2010, £1200, www.wiggle.co.uk

 

German company Focus launched its first models in the UK in 2006 and has quickly gained a reputation for making some great bikes at very tempting prices. The Focus Cayo 105 Ltd Edition is no exception. In overall terms, the Cayo’s comfort really stands out.

This is largely down to a cleverly designed frame: Focus even increases tube dimensions as the frame sizes get larger, which it claims gives consistent performance across the platform. We found the Cayo delivered a ride that’s sharp and responsive, but still comfortable over long distances.

On our eight-mile commute, we loved the fast take-off, and the Cole Rollen rims and 23mm Schwalbe Lugano race tyres helped us increase our cruising speed by 5mph for the same effort. The Cayo’s design allows you to apply power in comfort, when you need it, without forcing you into an unbalanced position. That also means it's easy to change hand position on the FSA Vero Comp handlebars; even sprinters won’t find these too deep.

The Shimano 105 10-speed gears are well enough spaced to maintain a decent cadence on climbs and rapid progress on the flat, while the hours spent on the Concept Extreme saddle were among the most enjoyable we've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. 

Speed freaks might find the geometry a little relaxed, but that comes into its own on longer rides. For a 'budget' carbon bike, the Cayo's a great performer.

 

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