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We’ve been riding the Focus Raven2 9.9. Rarely have we seen an E-Bike with such a bent for speed and such an uncompromising design. Focus has fitted a lightweight Fazua motor, which together with the carbon frame pushes the weight down to just over 15 kg. Read on to find out whether this E-Hardtail fulfilled our expectations out on the trail.
Focus Raven² 9.9
|Area of Use||Cross Country|
|Travel||100 mm (vorn)|
|Battery Capacity||252 Wh|
|Weight (w/o Pedals)||15.4 kg|
The Focus Raven2, equipped with a Fazua motor, has been on the market and splitting opinions since 2017. Thanks to the compact motor and battery, the carbon frame is sleek and timeless in its design, though it retains a clear sense of purpose. Even at a glance, the E-Hardtail looks unwavering in its go-fast ambitions. The Focus Raven2 is available in two different specs – the top-end 9.9 model that we tested is available for € 6999.
You can find other E-Mountainbike news, reviews and comparisons here.
The geometry aligns itself closely with the unpowered Focus Raven. Only the chainstays are slightly longer. The electric Raven’s chainstays measure in at 454 mm, in comparison to the unpowered’s 435 mm. The Focus Raven2 is available in small, medium and large. The 69.8° head angle is steep and suggests agile and lively handling. Finally, thanks to the high-end carbon frame paired with the lightweight Fazua system, Focus has managed to keep the weight of the Raven2 to a sensationally low weight of 15.4 kg (size M).
Available sizes: S, M, L
Measured standover: 740 mm (Size M)
Weight: 15.4 kg (Size M)
|Seat Tube Length||Sitzrohrlänge||420 mm||460 mm||500 mm|
|Top Tube Length||Oberrohrlänge||592 mm||608 mm||628 mm|
|Head Tube Length||Steuerrohrlänge||104 mm||107 mm||130 mm|
|Reach||Reach||420 mm||435 mm||450 mm|
|Stack||Stack||620 mm||623 mm||644 mm|
|Head Tube Angle||Lenkwinkel||69,8°||69,8°||69,8°|
|Seat Tube Angle||Sitzwinkel||74,5°||74,5°||74,5°|
|Chainstay Length||Kettenstrebenlänge||454 mm||454 mm||454 mm|
|Wheelbase||Radstand||1119 mm||1135 mm||1158 mm|
At the heart of the Focus Raven2 is the Fazua motor-battery unit slotted into the bulky downtube. The E-Hardtail is fitted with a lightweight RockShox SID fork which provides 100 mm travel. The Shimano XT drivetrain offers 11-gears and is renowned for its smooth shifting. Just as you’d expect to find on the cross-country circuit, the tyres are a pair of narrow Schwalbe Racing Ralph tyres. They roll quickly and suit such a racy E-Hardtail extremely well. Focus offers the Raven2 in two variants. We tested the top of the range “9.9”.
- Fork RockShox SID RL (100 mm)
- Drivetrain Shimano XT
- Brakes Shimano XT
- Motor Fazua evation
- Battery / capacity Fazua / 252 Wh
- Tyres Schwalbe Racing Ralph
- Cockpit BBB bar, Carbon (720 mm) / BBB stem
- Seat post BBB FlyPost
|Frame||Rahmen||F.I.T. Technology Carbon frame, 148x12 mm, internal cable routing, Post Mount 160 mm|
|Fork||Gabel||RockShox SID RL, 15 mm QR, Oneloc remote, 100 mm travel|
|Shifter||Schalthebel||Shimano XT 8000|
|Derailleur||Schaltwerk||Shimano Deore XT 8000, 11-speed|
|Cassette||Kassette||Shimano XT 8000, 11-46T, 11-speed|
|Cranks||Kurbel||FSA Hollow Carbon, direct mount|
|Brakes||Bremse||Shimano Deore XT M8000, 180 mm / 160 mm|
|Wheels||Laufräder||DT Swiss M1650|
|Tires||Reifen||Schwalbe Racing Ralph Evo Addix Speed 2,25"|
|Seat||Sattel||Prologo Scratch X8 carbon rail|
|Seatpost||Sattelstütze||BBB FlyPost, carbon, 27,2 mm|
|Bar||Lenker||BBB, carbon, flatbar, 720 mm, rise: 0 mm, backsweep: 9°|
|Stem||Vorbau||BBB Race, aluminium, 31,8 mm|
|Display||Display||Fazua Evation 1.0 remote|
|Battery||Akku||Fazua 250 Wh|
|Power||Leistung||60 Nm, 250 W|
|Price (RRP)||Preis (UVP)||6.999 €|
Motor & Battery
The compact Fazua Evation 1.0 motor weighs just 2 kg and is neatly integrated into the down tube thanks to its compact dimensions. The 252 Wh battery and lightweight motor are packaged into a cylindrical unit, which – if desired – can be completely removed from the E-Bike. Unlike the other torque-monsters on the market, the Fazua produces only a nominal 60 Nm of torque, which is noticeable out on the trail. The motor engages smoothly, works silently and is not intrusive on your riding at all. Sporty riders will love how this motor behaves – eBikes have never felt so natural. Over the 25km/h assistance limit this motor continues to be a joy to ride, with no pedalling resistance at all. The capacity of the 252 Wh battery is relatively small, though it does only weigh just under 1.5 kg. That lets you carry a spare battery in your rucksack easily.
The handlebar mounted remote is easy to actuate and the assistance mode is identified by its corresponding colour. Green – lowest assistance level (75%, 125W), Blue – mid-level assistance (150%, 250W), Pink – highest assistance mode (240%, 400W), White – no assistance.
The Fazua Evation 1.0 system is very smart, but also unique and unlike traditional E-Bikes. The motor often doesn’t have enough grunt to get up the steepest slopes and the small 252 Wh battery means this isn’t an endurance machine. If you’re usually rolling along the trails on unmotorised mountain bikes, you will find a great partner in the Fazua system. However, if you mostly ride eMTBs, you might be expecting more and could reach your physical limits quickly – compared with the Fazua motor, other systems just fly up the hills.
30,47 km / 676 metres vertical
1 h 30 min
Quoted figures for range tend to be on the optimistic side so we like to test bikes for ourselves, draining a whole battery and seeing how far the bike will go. For this test we managed 30.47 km and 676 metres of ascending, staying in the highest power setting throughout. Please note that these values in no way represent rigorous or normalised testing. Instead, they should be seen as ballpark figures. Using lower assistance modes increases the range significantly too.
You can find the exact details of our test ride with the Focus Raven² 9.9 here.
On the Trail
When it gets steep, we start to sweat.
Riding uphill, it quite quickly becomes obvious that the Fazua motor’s power isn’t actually all that much. The 60 Nm at 400 Watt peak power does provide some support, but doesn’t really offer what a certain competitor would dub “uphill flow”. The e-bike demands us to put in a significant amount of effort to get up some of the steep ramps on our home trails. Whilst the geometry lets you easily shift your weight and keep the front wheel planted, on chopped up sections of roots or rocks, this E-Bike nary has a chance to make it up smoothly. More often than not those sections require us to get off and push.
Damn, the saddle gets in the way!
With an E-Hardtail like the Focus Raven2, certain compromises are inevitable. Everything is tuned towards reduced weight for maximum sprinting performance. That means that this E-MTB is fitted with small rotors (180/160 mm), requiring a lot of arm strength to actuate the brake lever on long downhill sections. The narrow 720 mm bars also require a lot of strength to manipulate for precise direction changes on rough terrain.
The fitted carbon seat post offers a lot of comfort, but has some clear disadvantages in comparison with a dropper post. It’s exactly on more technical downhills where we would often wish to be able to get the saddle out of the way.
In short, whilst we can get down anything aboard the Focus Raven2 9.9, it requires keeping the reins tight and careful control, because otherwise we risk being bucked off by this fiery racehorse.
The Focus Raven2 9.9 absolutely flies on manicured trails with smooth corners on rolling terrain. The stiff carbon frame and outrageously low weight, paired with the characteristics of the Fazua Evation and the resistance free decoupling of the motor above the 25 km/h assistance limit make it a lot of fun to rag this E-Hardtail along the trails. It’s an intoxicating experience and almost makes us feel as though we could give the pros a run for their money – we’re sure we could finish them off in a race, in the nicest possible way of course.
This E-MTB has very balanced handling and despite the 720 mm bars is easy to manoeuvre. The Schwalbe Racing Ralph tyres offer good traction on dry and hard ground. We also have to praise the RockShox SID fork which offers top-class performance. It has a plush ride and uses its 100 mm travel very effectively.
- Mini disc rotors Whilst smaller rotors, especially on such a tuned E-MTB, help to save some weight, we don’t think it’s worth it. Small disc rotors don’t have a place on E-Mountainbikes and we would recommend fitting larger ones.
- Narrow bars The 720 mm carbon flat bar is too narrow for our liking. Steering requires a lot more input and it feels a little “claustrophobic”. Wider bars would improve the handling here.
- No dropper post Just fit a dropper!
- Small battery capacity This cuts both ways, but we still feel we ought to mention it. The compact battery has a capacity of only 252 Wh. Obviously that means that it is a small and lightweight unit, but it also means significantly less range for those who ride with more support from their motor.
Summary: Focus Raven² 9.9
“Outrageously light &
extremely well designed!”
Beautiful, timeless and really nice to ride – those are just a few words to describe the Focus Raven2. The handsome carbon frame and lustrous finish are truly a sight to behold. Thanks to the Fazua motor, riding above the 25 km/h assistance limit is also a lot of fun and the low overall weight of the bike means that at times, it’s hard to tell that you’re riding an E-Bike.
The Focus Raven2 9.9 is an E-Bike that sits between two different worlds. We would call it a “support hybrid” because whilst it provides some help on the uphills, it never delivers that true E-Bike feeling. If you’re keeping an eye on your fitness and want to train hard without excessive peak efforts, we can happily recommend this E-MTB to you. If you’re looking for powerful support in order to find your uphill flow, this model is hard to recommend.
Would we buy this E-Hardtail. Yes! The handling above the 25 km/h limit and the low weight make the Focus Raven2 an absolute racing rocket! Thumbs up for this beautiful E-Hardtail.
- very light
- well-executed design with excellent integration
- easy to pedal and ride above 25 km/h
- doesn't provide that traditional E-Bike-feeling
- small 252 Wh battery capacity
- no dropper post fitted
What do you think of this E-Hardtail? Is the power of the Fazua motor enough for you?
About the test
On our test runs, we usually stay in the highest assistance mode and drain the battery completely at least once. We then publish our results on our Strava account.
Our loop has everything we need to test what our E-bikes are capable of:
- Tight uphill trails with roots, rocks and loam
- Flat trails with small climbing sections
- Fast and flowing downhills
- Long gravel trails up- and downhill
E-bikes are subjected to our route multiple times to allow us to draw our conclusions.
We tested the Focus Raven² here:
- On the trails around Bamberg, Germany. The riding provides narrow and tight trails with rooty, rocky sections, steep and technical uphills as well as flowing downhills.
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I ride everything: E-Enduro, E-Trailbikes, hardtails, downhill, road – I enjoy it all, whether it’s E-assisted or not. I’ll admit that I do quite like having a motor on the uphills though. There’s lots to love about flowing trails; natural or built. The only thing I hate – switchbacks.
- Fahrstil / Riding style
- Verspielt und flowig / Flowing and playful
- Ich fahre hauptsächlich / I mainly ride
- E-Enduro, E-Trailbike, aber auch XCO, DH und Road / E-Enduro, E-Trailbike but also XCO, DH and road
- Vorlieben beim Fahrwerk / Preferred suspension setup
- Straff und schnell – ich möchte wissen, was unter mir passiert / Firm and reactive – I like feedback from the trail
- Vorlieben bei der Geometrie / Preferred geometry
- Langer Reach, kurzer Vorbau, breiter Lenker / Long reach, short stem, wide bars
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Focus Raven² 9.9
- 0 to 120 mm Travel (Hardtails and Full-Suspension)
- 100 to 150 mm Travel (Hardtails and Full-Suspension)
- 120 to 150 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
- 150 to 180 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
- more than 180 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
- max. Drehmoment zwischen 30 und 60 Nm, Akkukapazität unter 500 Wh
- max. Drehmoment zwischen 60 und 90 Nm, Akkukapazität über 500 Wh
- max. Drehmoment über 90 Nm, Akkukapazität über 500 Wh
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