As you may have read already, Focus has just launched the brand new JAM². It’s a 140mm travel full suspension mountain bike that’s based on the existing JAM platform, and it looks very similar. With the new JAM² model however, Focus has integrated a custom Li-Ion battery into the downtube of the JAM, and paired it with the brand new STEPS E8000 system from Shimano. With the assistance of a 250W motor and multiple modes to choose from, Focus believes the new JAM² allows you to pack in more trails and more fun, in the same amount of ride time. Big claims indeed.
During the launch of the Focus JAM² in Frejus in the south of France, I had the chance to ride one of the new pedal-assisted trail bikes. While I’ve been somewhat ambivalent about e-MTB’s for the most part, my ride on the JAM² provided me with two firsts. It was my first experience with the new Shimano STEPS E8000 system, and it was also my first experience on an e-MTB that actually handled like a normal mountain bike. Seriously.
Want to know what Focus has done differently? Then check out this video below on the new JAM².