With a 16.2kg weight, low-friction Fazua motor, and down-country effectivity, the Focus Vam2 guarantees to carry you past the 25km/h barrier.
Pissed off by that brick wall you run into on an e-bike if you hit the 25km/h limiter and the motor cuts out? Nicely, the answer to your issues could possibly be the model new Focus Vam2 SL, an e-bike that guarantees to interrupt down that invisible barrier and take you quicker than ever earlier than.
Minimal suspension journey, a light-weight chassis, and Fazua’s vitality environment friendly Trip 60 motor all provides as much as a bundle that Focus is assured will improve your abilities and ship ‘infinite enjoyable’. It’s an all-new mannequin for Focus, however one which builds on the Fazua-equipped mid-power Jam2 SL and the full-fat Thron2, Jam2, and Sam2. If we’re speaking concerning the greatest light-weight electrical bikes on this class, it’s towards brief journey mid-power e-bikes such because the Trek E-Caliber, BMC Fourstroke AMP LT, and Rotwild R.X275.
Focus Vam2 SL have to know
- Mid-power e-bike with 125mm of journey and 29in wheels
- Fazua Trip 60 motor has 60Nm peak torque, 450W peak energy, and a 430Wh inside battery
- Adjustable head angle
- Claimed weight of 16.2kg for the highest Vam2 SL 9.0 mannequin
- Three mannequin vary beginning at £5,099
Flex-stay body design to avoid wasting weight
There’s a two-prong method to constructing what Focus describes as a motorbike that ‘seems like a MTB’, ‘with all advantages of an e-bike’. The primary is a light-weight chassis. At 2,172g (dimension medium) the body isn’t a lot heavier than a typical XC race body. Sure, it’s important to add all of the e-bike bits to that, but it surely’s nonetheless spectacular on condition that the Vam2 SL body is licensed to class 4, which principally signifies it’s robust enoudh for all however bike park hucking. One of many key parts of this svelte design is the pivotless rear finish. By utilizing the flex of the carbon, Focus has accomplished away with the dropout pivot, a transfer that sometimes saves 1-200g. There are two carbon lay-ups obtainable, with the cheaper body discovered on the 9.8 and eight.7 fashions including 373g in response to Focus.
Fazua Trip 60 motor provides energy, effectivity, vary, and a pure journey really feel
Additional to the burden saving measures, Focus has gone with the Fazua Trip 60 motor – one in all our favorite e-bike motor models – for its mix of energy, vary, and effectivity. It’s a low-friction system, which implies it’s simpler to journey with much less help, and the limiter is much less intrusive, so you’ll be able to nonetheless speed up previous 25km/h on flowing singletrack with shallow gradients. A beneficiant 430Wh battery is cocooned contained in the down tube, giving a really conventional body look that distinguishes itself from the bloated full-fat e-bikes we’re used to seeing. And even with 400W peak energy (boosted to 450W for 12 seconds in the event you push the controller ahead), it’s straightforward to recover from 1,000m of climbing from a single cost. As but there isn’t any vary extender, however in response to Fazua, a 210Wh unit is coming.
4 body sizes and a down-country vibe to the geo
Shifting on to sizing and geometry, the Focus Vam2 SL has typical down-country angles, with a head angle that may be adjusted between 65.5º and 66.5º. The efficient seat tube angle is a comparatively slack 75.5º, however one that’s designed to work higher with the extra gradual climbs and lengthy seated sections which are sometimes encountered when using a extra XC/down-country bike. 4 body sizes are supplied, with a 420mm attain on the small, 450mm on the medium, 475mm on the big, and 505mm on the XL. Chainstay lengths are brief for an e-bike at 440mm, however about in step with what we’d count on on a mid-power design.
Focus Vam2 SL mannequin vary
Focus Vam2 SL 9.0, £9,699
The flagship mannequin comes with the lightest body layup for a claimed weight of 16.2kg (medium). Suspension comes from Fox, with a 34 Float Manufacturing facility 130mm journey fork, a Float Manufacturing facility shock, and a light-weight Fox Switch SL Manufacturing facility dropper publish. Additional weight financial savings are made with the Focus MTB One Piece SL bar/stem unit and Mavic Crossmax XL R carbon wheels. Transmission is SRAM X0 Eagle AXS and the Vam2 is shod with fast-rolling Schwalbe Nobby Nic/Depraved Will tyres in SpeedGrip compound.
Focus Vam2 SL 9.9, £7,599
For a £2k saving, the Vam2 SL 9.9 makes use of the identical body because the 9.0, however drops the spec down a peg or two, so the claimed weight rises to 17.5kg. There’s a Fox 34 Float Efficiency fork and Efficiency shock, Shimano XT drivetrain, and DT Swiss HX 1700 alloy wheels. It nonetheless will get the one-piece carbon bar and stem and fast Schwalbe tyre combo.
Focus Vam2 SL 9.8, £5,999
At 18.4kg (claimed weight) the Vam2 SL 9.8 is one other kilo heavier. It will get the fundamental Fox 34 Float Rhythm fork and DPS shock, a Shimano XT drivetrain and Magura MT Path brakes. The Race Face AR27 wheels are wrapped in Maxxis Dissector/Rekon tyres.
Focus Vam2 SL 8.7 £5,099
Lastly the entry-level 8.7 nonetheless will get a carbon body however with the heavier lay-up. Suspension comes from a Suntour Raidon 34 fork and RockShox Deluxe Choose+ shock. Shimano offers the Deore drivetrain and Magura the MT Path brakes.