Tour de France bike: Blel Kadri's Focus Izalco Chrono
Blel Kadri's Focus Izalco Chrono, Tour de France 2013
The Focus Chrono has been doing the rounds for a few years now, so it was about time that we saw an update. By the look of it, the new Izalco Chrono has had a quite an overhaul.
With the horizontal top tube and small rear triangle created by the low seatstay junction, the 2014 Chrono appears to have taken a few design cues from other bikes with an integrated front end and slimed down seat and chain stays.
The headtube takes full advantage of the UCI's 3:1 ruling, especially where the deep downtube joins with the top tube. The frame architecture and cable routing around this area shows some ingenious thought has gone into the Chrono from Focus's engineering team.
The forks have also had a re-design in order to allow for integrated V-brakes, and the rear ones have also been re-positioned to underneath the chainstay. The twin-pivot system the outcome of yet another TRP partnership.
Unlike most of the other time trial machines at the Tour, Blel Kadri's bike is berefit of data calculating abilities. This is in part down to the team running Campagnolo's time-trial-specific bulbous Bora chainset.
While everyone seems to be digitalised, Ag2r mechanics have stuck with mechanical shifting. While the downside means shifting is restricted to the bar extensions, it does give the rider an extra inch of arm extension to play with, again under the UCI measurement regulations.
Fulcrum Racing Speed XLR 80 and Racing Speed Disc both on Schwalbe Ultremo tubs
Campag Bora TT crankset 54/ 42
Rear brake underneath chainstay
Bars were wrapped with electrical tape to disguise Deda branding as the specific Izalco Chrono ones hadn't arrived yet