Focus has been quite clever with the Paralane’s design. Its endurance geometry (like Cervélo’s pricey C5) uses a longer fork and lower bottom bracket (BB), which means that far from the Paralane looking tall, or having a deep ungainly head tube, it retains a racy look and that’s despite having a very much endurance-biased 613mm stack and 395mm reach (on my XL/58cm test ride) — compared to the race-orientated Izalco Max that Focus’ pros ride, which is 30mm taller. I did switch a few spacers to above the stem to get a more aggressive position than was provided stock.

On the road, the Paralane feels every inch the modern disc road bike; the lightweight frame and fork are the basis for a stiff, direct feeling bike — and a feeling only enhanced by the RAT Evo thru-axles that anchor the made-for Focus Fulcrum wheels.

Out back, the Paralane feels solid, yet compliant. The clever design work at the back-end ‘pre-loads’ the slender seat stays and chainstays in a compressed form, so any bumps try and straighten the structure giving the rider an excellent level of compliance.

The seat tube is radically flattened just above the BB shell and again this is designed to flex more easily (like a leaf spring) so it works in unison with the clever stays. This is all topped by the brilliant CPX comfort post, which is specced in a Cannondale aping 25.4mm diameter.

Like Trek’s Domane, the Paralane’s back-end seems to work better the faster you go over poor road surfaces. It’s like you’re running fatter rubber than the brilliant 25c Schwalbe Ones and at a lower pressure too. Up front the super skinny and light fork is a good match for the 905g frame, it feels stiff and direct under steering, yet compliant when you hit lumps and bumps.