2021 Focus Paralane 8.8 105 R7020 Road Bike
The new FOCUS PARALANE is far more than just a standard endurance racing bike. The goal of FOCUS’ Stuttgart-based development team, comprising engineers, designers, product managers and keen cyclists, was clearly defined at the start of the project – to develop a racing bike with ideal ride characteristics for long distances on a variety of road surfaces and to combine this with innovative technical solutions to create the most exciting bike of its kind. Whether racing in a sportive (Gran Fondo) or negotiating dirt tracks while on an adventurous trip to the back of beyond, the latest innovation from Germany’s premium bike brand is ready to rise to all these challenges.
RIDE BETTER AND LONGER THANKS TO THE OPTIMISED ENDURANCE GEOMETRY
At the start of every new development process, both the market and the target customers need to be analysed. That’s precisely why, when designing the geometry, the FOCUS development team examined how a wide variety of racing bike riders sit on their bikes. From their observations at road races and sportives and, of course, while out on their own racing bikes, our team identified two broad categories of rider: the racing cyclist and the enthusiast.
With the Focus Paralane 8.7 Disc Adventure Road Bike you can ride further and have the confidence to explore new roads or even the odd gravel trail thanks to its comfort-oriented frame design. There is enough space in the frame to accommodate a maximum tyre width of 35mm that's perfect for soaking up vibrations and enhancing stability and control when the surface is uneven.
The latest Shimano 105 groupset benefits from the trickle-down technology from higher up in the range so you know it has the reliability to handle endurance riding, delivering consistent gear shifting no matter the conditions. For winter riding you can easily add mudguards and cables are routed internally, not only improving the look but also protecting the long-lasting performance of components.
- Maximum tyre clearance of up to 35mm makes it possible for you to ride on all paths
- Mount mudguards quickly and easily
- The endurance geometry has been designed for long rides with a comfort-oriented frame design
- Lightweight Shimano WH-RS171 wheelset
- R.A.T. quick-release axle
- Reliable shifting from the Shimano 105 groupset
COMFORT WHERE IT´S NEEDED
While developing the PARALANE, a great deal of work went into achieving enhanced riding comfort. “We want to offer people who are passionate about cycling a road bike that they feel safe and, above all, comfortable on – especially on long rides with a wide variety of road surfaces,” explains Fabian Scholz, FOCUS engineer. He and his colleagues spend a lot of time on finite element analyses (FEA) to find out what parts of the frameset are susceptible to vertical forces that can only be countered by a comfort-enhancing design. The FOCUS Comfort Improving Areas (C.I.A.) technology is the result of these analyses. Not only does this involve tube cross-sections and tube shapes; it also includes special frame designs that enable the forces acting on the frame – caused by uneven surfaces, for example – to be absorbed in critical areas, thereby giving the rider an incomparably smooth ride experience.
WATERPROOF OUT OF THE BOX
Because design is such an important factor in every FOCUS development, the FOCUS team worked together with Curana, the Belgian mudguard manufacturer, to design a special-edition mudguard for the PARALANE. The best thing about all of this is that a pair of these exclusive mudguards is included with every PARALANE, making the bike “waterproof out of the box.”
Almost invisible eyelets on the frame and the fork dropouts allow mudguards to be attached without sacrificing the aesthetics of the bike. In order to mount the mudguard between the seat stays, the FOCUS engineers developed the Fender Bridge Installer (F.B.I.) One of the development goals was the ability to offer optimum ride characteristics on an extremely wide range of road surfaces, which is why the FOCUS engineers developed the PARALANE with a maximum tyre clearance of 35 mm. As a result, a few minor adjustments are all it takes to transform the PARALANE from a thoroughbred endurance road bike to an adventure road bike, and it's then equipped for any experience.
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