The Focus Cayo 4.0 has a superb frame, that harmonises comfort and stiffness. Quality components and groupset make this package a great all round option for either racing or the Sunday club run
Complete SRAM Force 22 groupset
Long cage WiFli derailleur
Better wheels would seal the deal
Manufacturers often use a variety of frames within a model range but the Focus Cayo 4.0 frame is the same as the top of the range Cayo 1.0; it just has a different livery. This is down to Focus having a clever business model, whereby it can meet the demand of any particular model in the range. Should there be a shortage of Shimano 105 components, the frames can be repainted then sold with complete SRAM Force groupset instead.
Equally, if a particular model proves to be especially popular, Focus can quickly paint up the same frames into the required colour scheme. This German efficiency is transferred to the customer in a lower price.
Similar to the ‘rider first engineered’ concept that Specialized has employed with its new Tarmac frame, Focus offers SSPS, which stands for ‘stable stiffness per size’. This means that the different sized frames feature specific carbon lay-ups, to accommodate the variety of stresses placed on them.
Focus claims that this offers the optimum stiffness to weight ratio. Should you wish to upgrade to an electronic groupset, the frame is future-proofed and electronic ready.
The Cayo has the best spec of the bikes on test. We love to see bikes specified with a complete groupset, rather that a mish mash of bits with some stocking filler brakes thrown in. The Cayo comes with a full SRAM Force 22 groupset. Shifting is crisp and precise and the brakes are particularly impressive. SRAM’s ‘Yaw’ feature enables you to use the entire cassette regardless of suboptimal chain lines, and eliminates the need for trimming. Clever.
The 11-28 gives ample gearing, but the SRAM WiFli long cage rear derailleur means an 11-32t could be fitted if you were planning some very hilly adventures.
Thankfully the Focus Cayo 4.0 comes with 25mm tyres, and Schwalbe’s new Duranos are superb: they offer good grip and excellent rolling and can confidently be ridden in winter.
The Cayo is hugely enjoyable to ride. The first thing we noticed was the comfort; it does a great job of ironing out the road — not on the same level as a Trek Domane, but impressive nonetheless. The shock absorption doesn’t translate into a spongy frame, with the Cayo feeling lively and stiff exactly where it should be. Focus has got the carbon lay-up just right.
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We really liked the geometry on this bike — our size large had a stack and reach of 569mm and 400mm, putting it in-between ‘sportive’ and ‘race’ geometry. You can get low if you need to sprint, but it is also well suited to all-day comfort.
If you're looking for a bike for around £2,000, then the flash wheels on the Mekk Primo 6.2 may catch your eye, but the Cayo offers superb value too, just in other areas. A complete SRAM Force groupset is just the tip of the iceberg, with the saddle and finishing kit being top quality Fizik components. The Fulcrum wheels are heavy, but if you choose to upgrade you will be left with a solid set of training hoops. Focus bikes also feature a good four-year warranty.
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Oliver Bridgewood - no, Doctor Oliver Bridgewood - is a PhD Chemist who discovered a love of cycling. He enjoys racing time trials, hill climbs, road races and criteriums. During his time at Cycling Weekly, he worked predominantly within the tech team, also utilising his science background to produce insightful fitness articles, before moving to an entirely video-focused role heading up the Cycling Weekly YouTube channel, where his feature-length documentary 'Project 49' was his crowning glory.
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