FOCUS CAYO 4.0
THE SELL: Carbon all-arounder at a reasonable price.
THE TEST: The Cayo 4.0 exemplifies trickle-down economics, translating expert German engineering in high-end race bikes into a balanced, sprightly ride for the rest of us. A stretched-out cockpit (the area between the handlebars and seatpost) and longer wheelbase make it remarkably stable coming down. It's not the sveltest ride, due in part to the sturdier Shimano 105 components, nor is it made of the highest-grade carbon, so the road feel is more muted than snappy. But neither of those things is objectionable at this price point, especially considering the good looks and quality parts—including the sleek FSA stem and Continental tires.
THE VERDICT: A smooth, fast steed that won't break your back or the bank. 19.2 lbs (56); focus-bikes.com
HANDLING: 4.3 (out of 5)