RAVEN – Focus 2016 Part 1 with video

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Barney popped along to the dealer launch of the new Focus 2016 in Rhupaulding  range to take a look at the new and shinies from the German brand. And they’ve got some rather nice stuff cooking…


This is Markus Schulte-Lünzum’s Raven. He’s a bit quick.
Markus looks moodily stage left

First up is the Raven – a new 27.5 or 29er hardtail firmly pitched in the XC camp. Much like Trek though, for 2016 Focus have attempted to dial a little comfort in. They’ve not done this with a pivot at the junction with the seat tube and the top tube, but rather with a cunning carbon layup and design in the same area. The carbon here is designed to flex fore and aft – and coupled to a very narrow interface between the seat tube and the bottom bracket as well as a 27.2mm seatpost, it’s supposed to give a lovely comfy ride (considering). It’s got 435mm chainstays, a nice roomy cockpit, 74.5 degree seat tube and a 69.8 degree head angle. modern and fast. The top whack model also sports a 1x SRAM XX1 drivetrain, and RS-1 forks.

That comfier seat/toptube interface
RS-1s go all the way

DSC_0152They QR is also a cunning easy-fit number, which is probably easier to demonstrate with video… So here’s Philipp Klein, Focus Mountain Bike Guru, to talk us through it:

Prices for the Raven start (for both the 29in and 27.5in versions) at £1499.99, and go up to £4,999.99 for the top-bling version you see here.

For more details click here!

Comments (2)

    885g!!! Blimey.
    Less than 2 lb

    Very nice, but I’d be worried about breaking it.

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