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…
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.
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.