I've been surfing wiggle and bike exchange and came across this Focus Cayo (http://www.wiggle.co.uk/focus-cayo-105-ltd-triple-2011) It is pretty cheap. I currently have a 'vintage' 2002 Avanti Monza with full Ultegra 6700 groupset which I bought used for a steal. I am happy with it with the exception of serious slipping when I change gears on a hill - pretty much most of the time around my here.
What I want to ask is what are the current thoughts on the Focus brand? I want to go for the triple instead of the usual double chain rings because of the amount of hill work even leaving the house involves. The price tag seems incredibly cheap, so is there a catch?
Thanks in advance
Dam that is cheap Matt!
The Bike Station has the Focus Cayo 2.0 with Ultegra for $2799 on their website at the moment HERE.But you also got to consider Noel is providing quality fit, sound advice and full warranty as well as other things I may not think of. That is the kind of stuff you can't put a price on.
TBSM is great if you KNOW what you want exactly and know your sizing and are prepared to take a punt at getting it right.
As much as I want to save a few $, the risk of me getting it wrong, or something happening due to taking short cuts of any kind is higher for me as I am still not experienced enough to know better.
Hmmm what to do
'Hmmmmm what to do'
Buy a bike :)
We are waiting to see you on a ride again!
I'll be out again soon mate. Work has me under the pump including weekends. Of late I have been riding after work weekdays to get my fix.
I brought my bike through Noel at the Bike Station - but did bring his attention to the TBSM prices to help negotiations :-)
I did pay a bit more - but I also packaged a lot of other gear into the deal - and Noel has provided the first service free and bike fitting.
Additionally - I have some minor niggles getting the bike adjusted - and had issues with a wheel - Noel has been excellent getting these issues resolved, providing loan wheel etc..
My understanding is that TBSM will basically send you the bike and you have to assemble some of it yourself - can't remember the exact details now or what shipping costs were.
Certainly worth paying the extra dollars in my opinion going to the Bike Station as the service Noel provides is second to none - but some people just worry about the $$ only hence why I posted those prices\link
The $2799 price is RRP - and if Noel still has access to 2011 stock in your size - I am sure you can get a lot better price than that from him that is closer to TBSM prices.
Just after I brought the bike - a Sydney guy posted on another forum how he brought the Cayo 2.0 from TBSM from $2,000 - and still managed to get the free Garmin that Focus were offering with their bikes around TDF time last year - that sure burst my bubble at the time - but I have no regrets now :-)
That's what Im hoping for Matt.
I wanna support the LBS's here if I can, and in return get good service, so hopefully I can strike up a deal with the Bike Station.
Getting a DIY bike over the net is fine again if know what you are doing, but any number of things could go wrong that me as an inexperienced rider may encounter.
If your only issue is that it's slipping under load, wouldn't you just replace drivetrain parts? Cassettes and chains are cheap.
Oh wait, it doesn't fit. Maybe a shorter stem?
I'm on the shortest possible... which has made the bike super jerky (not turkey kind).
The slipping isn't that big a deal, really. I think the fit is a real issue because after a long ride, my neck aches pretty badly and gives me a serious headache.
I will head to see Bike Station's selection in the school holidays. It would be ideal to have a fit.
I'm up to three FOCUS bikes in my household o' bikes (one Izalco and two Mares). I love them all. Like Gus, I am keen to support shops and brands that put back into local events, charity and athletes through volunteering time, money and product! Focus have supported Port Adelaide CC in helping us run events, and also have generously donated bikes to raffle off to help us raise money to charities very important to our members. The Bike Station has provided mechanics to run a neutral service at cyclocross races, which is pretty cool too!
Thanks for that info Gemma.
Just a heads up, I put a deposit down on a Focus Cayo 2 last night after a bike fit. Really excited about it and will be picking it up on Saturday.
oh how exciting for you Shav!