We’ll get the basics of this bike out of the way first. It’s got 29er wheels. It’s got a carbon frame. It has no suspension at all. Some people say Germans don’t have a sense of humour. Anyone who’s been there knows that’s simply not true – and this bike is the proof of that.
On the face of it, this is a bike designed for the kind of marathon riding that’s highly popular on the continent. Think endless miles of fireroad, only broken by trails of moderate to low technical difficultly. Thinking in that way, the Focus makes a huge amount of sense. The carbon frame, rigid fork, fast rolling stock and minimalist 1x drivetrain keep mass to a minimum and efficiency to a maximum.
A sense of urgency
Broad chainstays give very direct power delivery from the single ring drivetrain
Stomp on the pedals and every single watt of power is fired through the carbon SRAM crankset, along the chain and thence to the rear wheel with an urgency that defies metaphor. It’s fast. Really, really fast. Riding local climbs without any particular sense of urgency left us higher up the Strava leaderboard than ever before.
Go at it with intention and no matter how hard you pedal, the bike feels like it still wants to gain speed – it’s just the meat sack on the saddle that’s holding it back.
Mad, bad and dangerous to know
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