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These days, it can be said that racing bicycles has become the new "golf." We’ve all seen a “Race” bike where every square inch is made up of feather-weight carbon fiber (including the bottle cages), everything on the bike is aerodynamically designed to reduce the wind drag coefficient, and the drivetrain is… well, robotic. We’ve also seen how much these engineering marvels we call road bikes can run for. For the privateer racer and/or cycling enthusiast, dropping $5,000+ for something that doesn’t pedal itself may be unrealistic and downright blasphemous, and unless you’re a sponsored pro, you seek a steed to do it all. Do yourself a favor and take a gander at the Focus Cayo Evo 2.0.
Perhaps, you train and race regularly, but also enjoy the occasional conversational coffee shop ride or century for a good cause, the Focus Cayo Evo 2.0 is a rock-solid, performance-driven machine that delivers a high-end build that can win a road race or two, or three, and then get you comfortably through a Gran Fondo. At the end of the day, the Cayo Evo is a full-blown race horse which offers an aggressive, chiseled frame that can sprint, corner, climb and descend with bikes that are double the price. On top of the race-ready geometry, the Cayo Evo frame is packed full of top-end design features such as: a liquid-shaped designed top tube, lateral reinforced comfort seat stays, a tapered head tube, integrated cable adjusters, internal Di2 cable routing, full carbon dropouts, and a PF30 bottom bracket.
Built up with Shimano’s revolutionary Ultegra Di2 (Digital Integrated Intelligence) electronic group, the Cayo Evo 2.0’s drivetrain performance would be right at home amongst the pro peloton. Shimano Ultegra Di2 is directly cascaded down from Shimano’s Dura-Ace Di2 group, bringing the world’s only smart drivetrain to the broadest range of riders. If you’ve never had the enlightening experience of testing out Shimano Di2, you might be wondering what all the hype is about. First off, Di2 is all about its unsurpassed ease of use, meaning not only is the interface physically easier to engage, but maintenance is almost non-existent. Let us explain.
As contaminated cables and housing are the number one cause of degraded shifting performance, the Di2 system replaces cables and housing that constantly need readjusting with its E tube wiring system. The E tube wiring is durable and waterproof, and requires nearly zero maintenance once you’ve set it. To set the system, you simply plug into your PC (not MAC compatible) and let the provided E tube project software take over. The E tube Project software is insanely user friendly and accurate, making customizing your shifting effortless. Once set, it remains in tune for the life of the system, providing consistent shifting performance in any weather condition, regardless of the rider’s fatigue. Upon purchasing the Cayo Evo 2.0, the Jenson USA bike build team will update the firmware using the most current version of E tube Project software, enabling the Multishift function. Incase you aren't familiar with the Multishift function, it allows the rider the option of holding down the rear shift button and having it run through multiple gears.
Once all the techy stuff is out of the way, it 's then time to swing your leg over and get personal with Ultegra Di2. The Ultegra Di2 shifters are more ergonomic due to the fact that they don't have to be built around a mechanical system. The lower volume shape and 10mm of reach adjustability enables proper fit for a wider range of hand sizes. Since we are creatures of habit, the shift buttons are positioned exactly the same as the mechanical Ultegra group, so no “getting used to” needed there. The biggest difference is the greatly reduced effort needed to make a shift. Instead of pushing the lever, you now merely make the same effort as clicking a computer mouse.
Where Di2 really shines is in its derailluers. The front and rear deralleurs are programmed to communicate seamlessly to provide faster, smoother, and more accurate shifts at the touch of a button. You’ll see and feel the biggest difference over a mechanical set-up is in the front shifting. The front derailleur always knows the location of the chain on the cassette, allowing it to automatically move or trim the cage to one of 6 positions, virtually eliminating irritating chain rub. Again, there is no adjusting cable tension to compensate for increased friction, leaving little to no room for human error. One handy feature to mention about the rear derailleur is, that should you run out of battery, (which you’re given ample of indication before this should happen), the rear derailleur will automatically move the chain to the biggest sprocket, ensuring you the easiest gear for pedaling home. You should know that the rear derailleur has the capacity to handle a 28 tooth rear sprocket.
Lastly, the Shimano Ultegra Di2 uses a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery that fully charges in 90 minutes (1 ½ hour), and lasts approximately 1,000 miles before needing to be recharged. The Ultegra and Dura-Ace Di2 groups use the same battery and charger, allowing it to be used on either or. Upon purchasing the Cayo Evo 2.0, the Jenson USA bike build team will fully charge your battery so that the bike is ready to ride out of the box. The full Ultegra Di2 group weighs a scant 80 grams more than its mechanical counterpart, but when you think about less tuning-headaches and more riding, the 80 grams difference becomes obsolete.
The Focus Cayo Evo 2.0's race-optimized, Di2-only frame works seamlessly with the Shimano Ultegra Di2 platform to bring forth a bike that is begging you to summit, sprint, corner, tuck, and celebrate across the line. However, when it’s all said and done, the Focus Cayo Evo 2.0 is for anyone who prefers riding bikes to wrenching them.
Note: The Cayo Evo 2.0 2013 comes with a Fulcrum WH-CEX 6.5 wheelset which can be converted to 11-speed. To upgrade this bike to 11-speed, four additional parts (11-speed specific) will be needed: chain, cassette, rear derailleur, and freehub body. If your're interested in making this bike 11-speed, call our Gear Advisors at (888) 880-3811 about a Shimano 11-speed upgrade.
|Frame||Cayo Evo Carbon|
|Fork||Cayo Evo T4 Carbon|
|Wheelset||Fulcrum WH-CEX 6.5|
|Tires||Continental Grand Prix, 700X24c|
|Brakes||Shimano Ultegra light grey BR-6700|
|Shifters||Shimano Ultegra Di2 ST-6770, carbon levers|
|Front Derailleur||Ultegra Di2 FD-6770|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Ultegra Di2 RD-6770|
|Crankset||Shimano Ultegra FC-6700, standard 53/39T|
|Bottom Bracket||Shimano SM-BB6700|
|Cassette||Shimano 105 CS-5700, 12-27T|
|Chain||Shimano 105 CN-5701|
|Handlebar||3T Ergonova Pro|
|Stem||Concept PX, Carbon|
|Saddle||Prologo Nago Evo w/ Ti rails|
|Seatpost||Concept PX, Carbon, 27.2mm diameter|
Note: Components are subject to change without notice.
|Top Tube Length (mm)||520||535||543||565||580|
|Seat Tube Length (mm)||480||510||540||570||600|
|Standover Height (in)||27 3/4||27 3/4||29 3/4||30 3/4||---|
|Head Tube Length (mm)||105||110||135||170||200|
|Head Tube Angle||71.25°||71.25°||72.50°||73.50°||73.50°|
|Seat Tube Angle||74.80°||74.30°||74.00°||73.50°||73.50°|
|Chainstay Length (mm)||405||405||405||409||409|
|Stem Length (mm)||90||100||110||120||120|
|Handlebar Width (cm)||40||42||42||44||44|
|Crankarm Length (mm)||170||170||172.5||172.5||175|
In 2013, the Jelly Belly pb Kenda Cycling Team rode the Focus Cayo Evo throughout the race season.