Focus Culbero

Enthusiast: Smooth Operator; $2,000.

Focus Culbero     Photo: Photograph by Inga Hendrickson

Focus is better known for building high-end carbon frames, but as the Culebro demonstrates, they know their way around aluminum, too. The welds are as nice as we've seen on an aluminum frame, the carbon fork takes the edge off the vibrations that come with aluminum, and the Ultegra build is a great get at this price. And while nearly every tester raved about the aggressive handling and cornering ability, they were less impressed with the shifting performance of the FSA triple crankset and the somewhat muted feel to the bike as a whole. But these are relatively minor gripes for what everyone agreed is a remarkably smooth aluminum bike. 20.1 lbs (56 cm); focus-bikes.com
PEDALING RESPONSIVENESS: 3.6 HANDLING: 3.7

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