This incarnation of the Cayo debuted back in 2013 – it’s gone from being called the Cayo Evo, and Cayo 2, to now simply the Cayo. What hasn’t changed though is the no-nonsense frame geometry and clever construction techniques that make it such a rigid, yet smooth and direct handling machine.
Our large-sized test ride is the equivalent of a 57cm standard road bike, and combines a sloping top tube with a 170mm head tube. The effective top tube length is 565mm and the seat tube – as you’d expect – is 57cm.
It makes for a fairly aggressive ride position that’s far more sport than sportive (or maybe more Grand Tour than gran fondo, if you’re reading this in the US). It’s not so low and flat-backed as to become uncomfortable if you find it hard to adopt a sprinter’s pose for anything longer than the final few hundred metres, but if you’re used to spending plenty of time up on the tops cruising and taking in the scenery you’ll probably find your perfect ride partner elsewhere. The short wheelbase of just 992mm will, however, find favour with anyone who likes to enjoy and exploit fast handling and nimble reactions to steering inputs.
The meaty front end oozes intent
Up front the Cayo has a really distinctive angular design. The huge head tube junction with its diamond-flared top tube integration looks fantastically futuristic (even on a bike that’s now into its fourth season).
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