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Focus Raven² Pro Tested: Focus bikes first came into existence in 1993 when their founder Mike Kluge wanted a better bike on the market than what he could find. Their development story has been successful through the years and as the E-Bike sector came into existence they have created a serious range of innovative bikes. Their push to be the first serious brand with an integrated battery came about in 2016 with the Jam² and Bold². Focus now want to be the first to market with a sporty lightweight E-Bike that rides and feels like a normal bike – their answer is the Raven². We tested the Focus Raven² Pro in Riva del Garda/Italy, right after Focus had just completed their epic Trans-Alp Challenge in only 27 hours using two Raven².
- Focus Raven² Pro – In Brief
- Focus Raven² – Technical Data
- Motor & Battery
- Focus Raven² Pro – Hands On
- Focus Raven² Pro – On The Trail
- Conclusion – Focus Raven² Pro
- Testing Procedure
- Price Comparison: Focus Raven² Pro
- Further Information On The Focus Raven² Pro
Focus Raven² Pro – In Brief
Lightweight and fast …
The Focus Raven² Pro is a fairly revolutionary product that Focus has developed because they wanted to try to find performance bike handling characteristics in the E-Bike realm. Their philosophy is to make a bike for themselves, if it doesn’t exist. Focus want a bike that you can go places on and experience things that are for what they call, “special moments”. They want people to do different things, not just go further. The Focus Raven² Pro is a Carbon framed E-Bike based around their successful Raven XC platform. The Fazua motor and battery design is about full integration and fits inside the carbon downtube. The Fazua system used, has a bottom bracket transmission unit, motor and the battery. The motor is a completely new design that has almost no resistance for the rider when passing 25 km/h. The bike weighs about 14 kg / 30,8 lbs (medium size) and can be ridden fast with a natural bike feel. The price is competitive compared to some recent high end E-Bikes. Focus are the first to have created a new type of performance expectation in the E-Bike world.
The Price starts at 5.999 € (RRP) | Bikemarkt: Focus Raven² Pro kaufen
Focus Raven² – Technical Data
Standover height: 814 mm (Framesize L)
|A||420 mm||460 mm||500 mm|
|E||454 mm||454 mm||454 mm|
|F||68 mm||68 mm||68 mm|
|G||104 mm||107 mm||130 mm|
|H||501 mm||501 mm||501 mm|
|I||44 mm||44 mm||44 mm|
|K||620 mm||623 mm||644 mm|
|L||420 mm||435 mm||450 mm|
|B||592 mm||608 mm||629 mm|
|J||1119 mm||1135 mm||1158 mm|
|Frame||Rahmen||Carbon, 148x12 mm,
internal cable routing, Post Mount 160 mm.
|Fork||Gabel||Fox 32 Float SC Performance, remote,
110x15 mm QR, 100 mm travel.
|Shifter||Schalthebel||Shimano Deore XT 8000|
|Derailleur||Schaltwerk||Shimano Deore XT 8000 11-speed|
|Cassette||Kassette||Deore XT, 11–46 T|
|Brakes||Bremse||Shimano XT M8000 180 mm / 160 mm|
|Wheels||Laufräder||DT Swiss M1650, 622 x 25,
148 x 12 mm / 110 x 15 mm.
|Tires||Reifen||Continental RACE KING 2.2 SL|
|Seat||Sattel||Prologo SCRATCH X8-blk|
|Seatpost||Sattelstütze||BBB Carbon, 27,2 mm, 394 mm|
|Bar||Lenker||BBB, Aluminium, Flatbar, 720 mm, 0 mm Rise, 9° Backsweep|
|Stem||Vorbau||BBB, Aluminium, 90 mm|
|Motor||Motor||Fazua Evation, 60 Nm, 250 W|
|Display||Display||Fazua Evation 1.0|
|Battery||Akku||Fazua Evation, 250 Wh|
|Price (RRP)||Preis (UVP)||5999 €|
Motor & Battery
Details About The Focus Raven² Pro
Innovation starts here.
The Fazua motor unit is an interesting design. The total weight of battery and drive section together is 3.2 kg. With the transfer bottom bracket unit added in, the total weight is around 4 kg. The frame was reinforced to support the motor, which added an extra half kilo to the frame. It’s one of the lightest weight performance motor units on the market. Fazua who were a Munich based start-up that have become serious – their unit will be seen on other companies E-Bikes in the near future. Their system is about a natural feel on the pedals and low weight.
The Motor unit uses a special reduction system with a ratio of 54:1 motor-to-output, producing 60 Nm of torque. The gears are made of a special plastic and operate up to 60 degrees optimally (an industry standard). The system has two reduction gears, with the final drive being a planetary gear. The motor can spin up to 4500 rpm. Rider inputs of 100 rpm are recommended as a maximum cadence. The motor torque performance reduces to 90 % after 85rpm. Final drive is through the bottom bracket, which also has a second freewheel unit.
The motor/battery section connects into the drive section with a three bladed connector. This modular design allows the system to be rattle free, cable free and quick to swap in and out. It also allows the user to completely remove the motor from the bike and have a non-E-Bike that can be pedalled as usual. The rear chain stays are therefore completely normal in length and the same as the Raven XC bike. Handling is close to, if not the same as the Raven, apart from the weight penalty. The motor is made in Switzerland, assembly takes place in Germany.
The Fazua battery is a 250 Wh design that is based around Samsung e35-18650 cells. The battery on its own weighs 1.35 kg and can be removed from the motor unit. The whole system together is IP54 dust and water resistant. The power connectors on all parts of the battery and motor are the standard Rosenberger connector with power and data passed through the six pin layout, which is magnetic. The battery can’t be charged on the bike, but release of the battery is really easy and one of the quickest we have ever used, with a push button latch on the top of the downtube.
The remote is a custom unit designed by Fazua that has only the battery life display. The LED brightness changes to match the ambient light automatically. The remote has two positive feeling power selection buttons on top.
- Motor: Fazua Evation 60 Nm
- Battery: 250 Wh
- Power: max. 250 W
- Display: Fazua Evation 1.0
Focus Raven² Pro – Hands On
Lightweight and almost indistinguishable from a non E-bike
Focus have created a product with a quality of finish that is distinctive of a high end product. The frame has been created with 547 pieces of separate carbon ply. On the normal Raven there are “only” 234 carbon pieces. It’s a complex lay up that needs to be done very precisely during the construction phase. This product is not an after thought or just a hole in a larger carbon tube. Apparently it took six weeks and numerous prototypes to arrive at the perfect combination of carbon layup.
The motor integration is the star of the show. The power pack is seamless in design and silent in operation. The bottom bracket area and rear triangle is the same as the normal Raven. This means the geometry is exactly the same as the non-assist version. It connects in easily and the battery is removed if needed for charging or swapping out. The bike can be ridden without the unit in place, which saves 4 kg in weight if so desired – it has no drag penalty when pedalling.
The choice of product specification is in our opinion all well-thought-out, with decent brakes, good gears and a responsive lightweight fork. The DT Swiss wheel builds are precise and lightweight. The body position and overall feel of the bike is exactly as we would expect of an XC race bike.
Focus Raven² Pro – On The Trail
Ride like a normal bike, but go further.
The Focus Raven² Pro feels lightweight uphill – riding performance is exactly as one would expect of the normal XC version when it comes to steering, which is precise and grip, which is positive. The motor is particularly interesting uphill: We discovered after playing with different gear combinations that, when you spin at about 70-80 rpm, the motor gives its best support. If you sit there and try and be a passenger in turbo mode, the bike does not respond. The Raven² has to be ridden like a normal bike – don’t stop pedalling or take the pressure off the pedals. What’s different about the motor is most noticed by the rider when you switch the motor off and you realise that the motor is actually giving you an extra 200 W of support, which translates into a significant help uphill.
In technical sections, if you stop pedalling, the motor does not suddenly pick up the power as before, you need to rebuild momentum again – this is a feature of the low weight of the motor. This bike rides like a normal bike, except you can go significantly further. The recent Trans-Alp challenge took in 16,000 metres of climbing as an example.
The Raven² descents like a XC bike should.
The Focus Raven² Pro is an XC race bike, it has not been designed to charge descents at warp speed. That being said, we did find that we were able to descend at a fair pace. Cornering at speed is a bit sketchy compared to an E-Trailbike, but that’s to be expected. In the hands of an XC expert this bike will perform exactly as a non E-Bike XC machine. These qualities related to the ride feel have been refined over the last 20 years.
The bike was silent and the fork performed well. We took on some rocky trails and it appeared that the tyre combination, although not great at cornering, was puncture resistant and sturdy in the face of what we threw at it.
It doesn’t feel like there is a motor on the bike in most situations.
Let’s be clear: The speed of the Focus Raven² Pro is fast. It’s a bike that flows around the trails smoothly and confidently. We found we could maintain at least 5–8 km/h more than on a normal XC bike. Keep the rhythm up and you will cover at least double to three times what you would normally, if you are soft with your inputs.
We liked the way the motor performed on rolling trails and flat sections. It’s imperceptible to when it kicks in or is off. Only on corners or slight uphills can you feel the bike’s power assist cut in – the Fazua motor developers have done an excellent job regarding maintaining a completely natural ride feel with no pedal resistance.
The bike setup for XC riders was pretty much down and an ideal setup. If you wanted more of a trailbike feel, then more aggressive tyres and a shorter stem with a dropper post would be the extras to add.
Conclusion – Focus Raven² Pro
The Focus Raven² Pro is another advanced development jump in the bike market. The technology of a battery and motor combined keeps bike weight down and gives a “natural” feel to our riding. We are clear that anyone, who wants a sporty, fast XC bike, is going to like the Raven². The price is actually pretty impressive for the level of technology present, and we look forward to seeing, what comes off the back of this bike in the rest of the market.
- Quality finish
- Sporty riding is completely possible
- We would like slightly more aggressive tyres
- Dropper post option please
We have ridden the Focus Raven² Pro around the trails of Riva del Garda, Italy. We rode flowing XC single track, smooth roads, tight uphill trails, and rolling hills.
- Riva del Garda, Italy: Here there are many different types of trail, including hard Enduro trails. We spent most of our time on XC trails.
Tester-profile Alex Boyce
- Name: Alex Boyce
- Height: 183 cm
- Weight (with riding-gear): 95 kg
- Inside leg: 88 cm
- Arm’s length: 69 cm
- Torso: 67 cm
- Riding style: soft, jumps preferred, every terrain, Uphill in turbo-mode
- What do I ride mainly: E-Bike, Enduro, Gravel.
- Preferred suspension: Responsive and direct steering, Plus-Tires
- Preferred geometry: Wide bars (800 mm), long frame, chainstays mid-length
Is Focus setting the stage for bike development?
Price Comparison: Focus Raven² Pro
|Price: € 5,999.00|
Shipping: € 0.00
Further Information On The Focus Raven² Pro
Text & Edit: Alex Boyce | eMTB-News.de
Photos: Alex Boyce, Christoph Laue
Focus Raven² Pro – Summary
- 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)
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