Focus 2016 Mares Cx Ultegra

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Focus 2016 Mares Cx Ultegra


The Focus Mares CX Disc Ultegra cyclocross bike is the brand’s next to top of range crosser. We’ve put it through its paces in early season races and longer off road rides.


Technical changes of the components and errors excepted.

Frame Mares CC P2T 10 Carbon Disc
Fork Mares CX P2T 10 Carbon T4 Disc
Brakes Shimano RS685
Cassette Shimano 105
Rear derailleur Shimano Ultegra
Shifter Shimano RS685
Crankset Shimano Ultegra
Gear ratio front: 46/36 rear: 11/28
Handlebar fi'zi:k Cyrano R5
Stem CPX Carbon
Saddle fi'zi:k Aliante Manganese
Seatpost CPX Plus Carbon
Wheelset DT Swiss R24 Spline disc
Tires Schwalbe Rocket Ron Evo Focus Edition 622 X 33
Front derailleur Shimano Ultegra


Focus has a real cyclocross pedigree, having been founded back in 1992 by three times world cyclocross champion Mike Kluge. Its Mares is a bike with a full carbon frame with internal cable routing. It’s got a flattened top tube which is comfortable for extended shouldering and a tapered head tube.


The Focus comes with Ultegra shifting and Shimano’s neater looking RS685 hydraulic shifters. There’s some shock absorption built into the frame and more at the seatpost, where Focus fits its carbon CPX design with a Y-shaped split head. There’s also a carbon stem and Fizik Cyrano bars and Aliante saddle.

The thru-axle wheels are DT Swiss tubeless ready R24 Splines, shod with rather smart-looking (but not tubeless-ready) tan sidewalled Schwalbe Rocket Ron tyres. Focus uses its own RAT axles on the Mares. They are designed for very fast removal: the system has been timed at 12 seconds for a wheel change in an MTB race.


The Mares has proved a steady ship in its race outings. It corners predictably and the light but sturdy frame means it is both easy to lift over the hurdles and to lay down the power on the straights. The flip side is it’s not the most cushioned of rides, even with the CPX seatpost.