For 2009 Team Milram will be riding Focus bikes, launching the German-based company into the pro peloton for the first time ever. Focus were a bit hasty in painting up Milram liveried bikes at the recent Eurobike show, so had to resort to some black tape to conceal the Milram logo, until the deal officially commences in 2009.
To begin with the team will all ride stock Izalco Team edition bikes, as pictured, although with additional layers of carbon added to the top and down tubes to increase the stiffness to meet the demands of professional riders. Bikes will be fitted with 3T, SRAM, Continental and Lightweight components. The bikes are sure to turn heads when they first turn a wheel in anger next year.
There’s big plans at Focus. Rumours abound of a new frame to be released before the 2009 Tour de France, and while little details exist of its actual specifications, what we do know is that it’ll borrow much of the development that has already been poured into the company’s cyclo-cross bike. Focus will look to borrow the signature head tube and bottom bracket junctions to ensure Focus bikes stand out in the peloton. We’ll know more nearer the time.
The Walser time trial frame is the same as used by several riders in the Tour de France, although disguised of the fact (including most notably Stefan Schumacher), with the exciting prospect of Focus making this frame much more affordable to the general public with a TT bike planned for release next year. Ownership of one of the fastest and most sought after TT frames now got a little more attainable.