The Izoard Pro is made for athletes for whom value for money is more important than maximum individuality. Accordingly, it is not included in the extensive STEVENS custom program and available in the Ultegra version in Foggy Grey. Exactly this version was tested by rennrad-news.de at the beginning of spring.
Even before the first pedal stroke, the testers praised the large selection of frame sizes and the Hanseatic understatement, which merged carbon frame and Shimano Ultegra components in an elegant color. "The voluminous down tube has a comb tail profile like many road bikes have, which claim an aero-optimization for themselves (...). The top tube fits broadly against the head tube and tapers towards the seat tube - a possible indication of the high torsional stiffness of the frame set", the editors concluded and praised the "proper weight allowance of 115 kilograms at a low weight of 7.55 kilos (without pedals) of the bicycle itself.
In addition to the Shimano Ultegra groupset, the DT Swiss wheels, the Continental Grand Prix 4000 S II tires and the "sporty mountain gear ratio" with semi-compact crank that matches the model name – Col d'Izoard in the French Alps is a frequent stage destination of the Tour de France – were also well received in the test.
Thumbs up also for the company’s own Oxygen brand components: "The aluminum handlebar is comparatively round (...). A slight bend back on the upper bar provides a comfortable hand rest," reads the test report.
The carbon seat post also contributes to riding comfort, even if it cannot completely exploit its full damping potential due to the low pull-out height. On the other hand, testers liked the company’s own saddle brand that flexes visibly and "its shape with the small relief channel in the middle".
The processing looks very clean, the function was impeccable during the six-week test period.