Just into the Velo Studio is the new 2015 Focus Culebro 1.0. This bike smashes the notion that bikes keep getting more expensive and is hundreds of dollars cheaper than the Shimano Ultegra bike I bought 15 years ago.
The Culebro 1.0 uses a triple butted aluminum frame, full carbon fork, and the fantastic Shimano Ultegra 11-Speed group with derailleurs, shifters, cranks, and brakes. Add to this great parts such as Schwalbe tires and well designed Focus Concept post, stem, and bar with stainless bolts and you have an unbeatable package.
2015 Focus Culebro 1.0: $1549
2015 Focus Culebro 2.0: $1249 (Shimano 105 11-speed)
2015 Focus Culebro 3.0: $999 (Shimano Tiagra)
Check out these comparisons from 4 popular brands:
Madone 4.5: $1979 – Shimano Ultegra with substitute 2-tier lower Shimano crank and generic brakeset.
Allez Comp: $1600 – Partial Shimano 105 Group with cheaper crank and brakes.
Allez Expert: $2400 – Shimano Ultegra with FSA carbon crank.
CAAD10: $2270 – Shimano Ultegra with Hollowgram crank.
Giant TCR SLR2: $1500 – Shimano 105 with 1-tier lower Shimano crank and brakes.
The result – you can get the Culebro 1.0 bike plus a helmet, shoes, clipless pedals, cycling clothes, and more and still have saved hundreds.