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Focus Bold² Plus Pro tested: We spend a lot of time on high performance Enduro, All Mountain and Trail E-Bikes – so having the opportunity to test a Tour/XC eMTB is a good opportunity to focus the mind on what different parts of the riding public want out of a E-Bike. The Focus Bold² Plus Pro is a high end specification eMTB that fits with Focus’ philosophy of unlocking more trails and allowing riders to go further. We took a close look at the product to understand better what you can do with an eMTB hardtail.
- Focus Bold² Plus Pro – In Brief
- Focus Bold² Plus Pro – Technical Data
- Motor & Battery
- Focus Bold² Plus Pro – Hands On
- Focus Bold² Plus Pro – On The Trail
- Conclusion – Focus Bold² Plus Pro
- Testing Procedure
- Further Informationen on The Focus Bold² Plus Pro
Focus Bold² Plus Pro – In Brief
Lightweight and quick to accelerate
Not all riders want a complicated full suspension E-Bike. With this in mind Focus created the Bold² with 120 mm of travel and plus size tyres. The result is a bike that can do quite a lot. It’s not going to win prizes for extreme riding, but it’s not supposed to. The complete bike weighs only 18.9 kg and with the fixed rear end rockets up to 25 km/h faster than any other bike we have ridden uphill and downhill. We found the build quality and integration to be very high quality, and we appreciated the “explore” qualities that Focus tout as the strong point of the Bold².
The Price starts at 5.899 € (UVP) | Bikemarkt: Focus Bold² Plus Pro kaufen
Focus Bold² Plus Pro – Technical Data
Standover height: 720 mm (Framesize L)
|A||Framesize||410 mm||440 mm||470 mm||500 mm|
|B||Toptube||593 mm||603 mm||623 mm||643 mm|
|E||Chainstays||460 mm||460 mm||460 mm||460 mm|
|F||BB Drop||60 mm||60 mm||60 mm||60 mm|
|G||Headtube||100 mm||110 mm||130 mm||150 mm|
|H||Fork Length||531 mm||531 mm||531 mm||531 mm|
|I||Fork Rake||51 mm||51 mm||51 mm||51 mm|
|J||Wheelbase||1156 mm||1170 mm||1192 mm||1215 mm|
|K||Stack||626 mm||635 mm||654 mm||672 mm|
|L||Reach||410 mm||420 mm||435 mm||450 mm|
|Fork||Gabel||RockShox Yari RC, 120 mm|
|Shifter||Schalthebel||Shimano Deore XT Di2 8050|
|Derailleur||Schaltwerk||Shimano Deore XT Di2|
|Cassette||Kassette||Deore XT 8000, 11–46 T|
|Cranks||Kurbel||Shimano Steps E8000, 34 T|
|Brakes||Bremse||Shimano XT 8000, 200/180 mm|
|Wheels||Laufräder||DT Swiss XM 1501, 148 x 12 mm / 110 x 15 mm|
|Tires||Reifen||Schwalbe Nobby Nic, 27.5" x 2.8"|
|Seat||Sattel||fi'zi:k Tundra M5|
|Seatpost||Sattelstütze||RockShox Reverb Stealth, 125 mm|
|Bar||Lenker||Pro Koryak Di2, aluminium, flat, 760 mm|
|Stem||Vorbau||Concept Trail 31.8 mm|
|Motor||Motor||Shimano Steps E8000|
|Battery||Akku||Custom 380 Wh Internal|
|Price (RRP)||Preis (UVP)||5,899€|
Motor & Battery
Details About The Focus Bold²
A fun bike …
With the Shimano Steps E8000 motor, Focus have chosen to use their own battery to maintain a high level of integration, lower weight and a slender look to the frame. This, though, comes at a price: The 380 Wh battery is on the smaller side of electrical capacity. Which means for heavier riders the range or altitude might be reduced compared to a 500 Wh battery. However, there is a solution: Focus have provided the ability to install a second battery. This might not be to everyone’s liking and adds an additional cost to the bike, but with 380 Wh, we would say about 80 % of our bike routes that we regularly ride are possible. Back at the launch in 2016 Focus suggested to us that for very long rides the concept was, to use the internal battery to transfer to the ride location and the extra frame battery to ride the trails, then transfer back on the frame battery. Our recent test showed that with two batteries, it’s possible to go more than 70 km, which isn’t bad.
Focus with all details have chosen their own custom power switch which glows in the dark and lights whenever you move the bike if it’s switched off to help you find it. This combined with the disc mounted speed sensor, give the electric system more of an innovative feel than others on the market. The extra cost of the second battery at 499 € might be worth it for those, who like to do really long rides.
- Motor: Shimano Steps E8000
- Battery: 380 Wh
- Second Battery: 500 Wh
- Power: max. 250 Watt
- Display: Shimano Steps 8000
20.4 km / 583 hm / 1 h 05 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 20.4 km and 583 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. Here you’ll find all the details of our test ride.
Focus Bold² Plus Pro – Hands On
A fairly priced, good quality product
The Focus Bold² Plus Pro is a quality product. All aspects of its design and construction have been thought about in detail. Focus were the first well-known company to come to market with a Shimano motor. They also chose to use a Shimano XT Di2 shift interface, which means you have one of the highest tech hardtail bikes on the market. Despite the high tech the Bold² manages to maintain a simplistic feel to it, partly due to the level of integration across the product. The frame finish and product specification justifies the high price in our opinion. We could not fault it for the Bold’s in-the-hand feel and up-close attention to detail regarding the design and features like the battery cooling vents.
The 120 mm of travel and plus size tyres give enough of a smooth ride to the Focus Bold² Plus Pro to be considered a capable off-road machine. The inclusion of the RockShox Reverb hydraulic seat post and robust wheel set means that if you wish to ride in a more sporty fashion on All Mountain trails, then it will be possible. The ride position and wide bar is certainly a good choice for a stable ride in off-road conditions. We found the large size to be adaptable to all types of riding style and the quality fork choice to be tuneable enough to give a comfortable yet precise ride.
Focus Bold² Plus Pro – On The Trail
Lightning quick on the climbs
The lack of suspension on the rear of the Focus Bold² Plus Pro means immediately the type of riding and trails that one might approach is not going to be super technical. We found that the Bold² was in its happiest state when riding smooth single trails or rolling hills and gravel/mud access roads uphill. We did try riding some technical single trail uphill. There we felt that the rear wheel might not grip as well as its full suspension cousin when it’s particularly rough. However, it was notable how efficient and speedy climbing was on smooth trails. The rider can get up to speed very quickly to the regulation 25 km/h. Combined with the extremely fast Shimano XT Di2 shifting, you have a bike that responds immediately to the rider’s inputs. Tight uphill corners, short steep climbs – the Focus Bold² Plus Pro flies up all of them with precision and speed. Although we have not been able to measure it, we are interested to know if this translates to more range for your battery and less wasted energy?
Smooth winding trails downhill are fun with the Bold²
The Focus Bold² Plus Pro is not an extreme downhill machine. It can do downhill on fairly technical trails without too much fuss, but as soon as the trail becomes rocky and repetitively technical the Bold² will be out of its depth. This can be compensated for by the rider somewhat by using your core muscles to hold a strong positive body position and let the bike move under you. However, that does become tiring very quickly.
If the trails are smooth then the Bold is well specified with a solid braking and wheel package to give a lot of fun. Even after long descents, grip and speed control is constant and docile. The bike is stable and not going to surprise you with any speed wobbles or unstable movements. The weight is well distributed lower in the frame to give an almost non-E-Bike feel to it. The wide tyres and wheelset give a very secure feeling regarding descent characteristics and compensating for the extra weight.
Easy to ride past the 25 km/h limit
Touring around and exploring the countryside is what we found the Focus Bold² Plus Pro to be incredibly strong at. The bike is comfortable to ride for long periods and gives the rider the ability to enjoy many types of riding. We spent a lot of time on discreet trails around fields and across valleys, as we looked to expand our riding zone and connect up singletrails with previously unknown transfer routes. As the ride is so efficient and spritely, even riding along gravel roads is fun. It’s also easy to ride past the 25 km/h limiter – the bikes weight does not hold you back. It’s also one of the first bikes which we have spent a fair amount of time on in the “Eco” power mode. This greatly expanded where we could get to and gave us an almost “pure” mountainbike feel to the ride.
One main upgrade to consider is the second battery. If you have the spare cash and don’t mind the weight penalty then we think it’s a good idea if you like to explore a lot. Our Tester also found the use of clipless pedals improved the ride feel. Although he uses flats mainly on most of his rides, when he switched to some clipless pedals, the pedal efficiency was notably greater especially on climbs.
Conclusion – Focus Bold² Plus Pro
The Focus Bold² Plus Pro was a surprising bike. Hardtails with the correct tyre pressures and suspension setup can be comfortable bikes to ride and explore long distance on. It’s not going to win a prize for extreme descents – but it will win a prize for fun exploration.
- quality finish and specification.
- low weight.
- quick on climbs.
- battery life is reduced with internal battery only.
- fairly expensive
We have ridden the Focus Bold² Plus Pro all over Tuscany, Italy. We rode everything you can imagine: from flowing, smooth, tight uphill trails, to long rolling hills with trails that followed the contours of the hills and smooth descents into valleys.
- Location: On the trails around Punta Ala, Florence / Italy. Here there are many different types of trail, including hard Enduro trails. We spent most of our time on the smooth hilly trails. Punta Ala also gave us a chance to try some technical uphill trails as well.
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
Are you willing to pay extra for innovation? How big do you think a battery needs to be?
Further Informationen on The Focus Bold² Plus Pro
Text & Edit: Alex Boyce | eMTB-News.de
Photos: Alex Boyce, Prisca Tozzi
Bold² Plus Pro
- 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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