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Auf schnellen Trails wie diesem macht das Ghost Hybride Kato FS 6 AL eine Menge Spaß!
Auf schnellen Trails wie diesem macht das Ghost Hybride Kato FS 6 AL eine Menge Spaß!
Das 2017er Ghost Hybride Kato FS 6 AL
Das 2017er Ghost Hybride Kato FS 6 AL
Rahmengröße S
Rahmengröße S
Rahmengröße M
Rahmengröße M
Rahmengröße L
Rahmengröße L
Rahmengröße XL
Rahmengröße XL
Das Cockpit
Das Cockpit
Das Heck wird von einem normalen Viergelenk-Hinterbau kontrolliert
Das Heck wird von einem normalen Viergelenk-Hinterbau kontrolliert - Gangwechsel erfolgen mit der beliebten Shimano XT-Schaltung.
Fox Rhythm 34 Float-Federgabel mit 140 mm Federweg an der Front
Fox Rhythm 34 Float-Federgabel mit 140 mm Federweg an der Front
Der Motor funktioniert wie gewünscht, sanft und leise
Der Motor funktioniert wie gewünscht, sanft und leise - durch ein Software-Update wurde die Performance nochmals deutlich verbessert.
Die Batterie wurde beinahe nie entnommen. Es ist kein Spiel spürbar und die Abdeckung der Ladebuchse ist noch intakt.
Die Batterie wurde beinahe nie entnommen. Es ist kein Spiel spürbar und die Abdeckung der Ladebuchse ist noch intakt.
Testfahrt Ghost Hybride Kato FS 6 AL
Testfahrt Ghost Hybride Kato FS 6 AL
780 mm breiter Lenker mit alle Bedienelementen
780 mm breiter Lenker mit alle Bedienelementen - alles wirkt sehr aufgeräumt.
Anstiege sind sehr komfortabel.
Anstiege sind sehr komfortabel.
Spielen, Spaß haben, springen
Spielen, Spaß haben, springen - das Ghost Hybride Kato FS 6 AL macht alles mit.
Das Ghost ist ein super All Mountain- oder Trailbike
Das Ghost ist ein super All Mountain- oder Trailbike
Die Plusreifen vermitteln viel Stabilität bei hohen Geschwindigkeiten.
Die Plusreifen vermitteln viel Stabilität bei hohen Geschwindigkeiten.

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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.

A stable and enjoyable ride
# A stable and enjoyable ride

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

Is it an E-Bike?
# Is it an E-Bike?

Focus Bold² Plus Pro – Technical Data

Geometry

Standover height: 720 mm (Framesize L)

Geometry click to expand

Geometry Focus Bold²
# Geometry Focus Bold²

  SMLXL
AFramesize410 mm440 mm470 mm500 mm
BToptube593 mm603 mm623 mm643 mm
CHeadangle67,5°67,5°67,5°67,5°
DSeatangle74°74°74°74°
EChainstays460 mm460 mm460 mm460 mm
FBB Drop60 mm60 mm60 mm60 mm
GHeadtube100 mm110 mm130 mm150 mm
HFork Length531 mm531 mm531 mm531 mm
IFork Rake51 mm51 mm51 mm51 mm
JWheelbase1156 mm1170 mm1192 mm1215 mm
KStack626 mm635 mm654 mm672 mm
LReach410 mm420 mm435 mm450 mm

Components

Plus size tyres give stability
# Plus size tyres give stability
Air intakes for battery cooling
# Air intakes for battery cooling
Touring rack mount points
# Touring rack mount points
Good brakes that don't fade on long descents
# Good brakes that don't fade on long descents
Quality frame finishing
# Quality frame finishing
One of the nicest bar layouts we have used
# One of the nicest bar layouts we have used
An excellent choice to have this seat post specified
# An excellent choice to have this seat post specified
Wide rims give a stable feel to the tyres in corners
# Wide rims give a stable feel to the tyres in corners
Quality motor integration
# Quality motor integration
Components click to expand

FrameRahmen6066 Aluminium
ForkGabelRockShox Yari RC, 120 mm
ShifterSchalthebelShimano Deore XT Di2 8050
DerailleurSchaltwerkShimano Deore XT Di2
CassetteKassetteDeore XT 8000, 11–46 T
CranksKurbelShimano Steps E8000, 34 T
BrakesBremseShimano XT 8000, 200/180 mm
WheelsLaufräderDT Swiss XM 1501, 148 x 12 mm / 110 x 15 mm
TiresReifenSchwalbe Nobby Nic, 27.5" x 2.8"
SeatSattelfi'zi:k Tundra M5
SeatpostSattelstützeRockShox Reverb Stealth, 125 mm
BarLenkerPro Koryak Di2, aluminium, flat, 760 mm
StemVorbauConcept Trail 31.8 mm
MotorMotorShimano Steps E8000
DisplayDisplayShimano Steps
BatteryAkkuCustom 380 Wh Internal
PowerLeistung250 W
WeightGewicht18.9 kg
Price (RRP)Preis (UVP)5,899€

Motor & Battery

Details About The Focus Bold²

The Shimano Steps E8000 motor
# The Shimano Steps E8000 motor
A slim downtube with battery and external bottle mounts.
# A slim downtube with battery and external bottle mounts.

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.

The custom power switch
# The custom power switch

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 details click to expand

  • Motor: Shimano Steps E8000
  • Battery: 380 Wh
  • Second Battery: 500 Wh
  • Power: max. 250 Watt
  • Display: Shimano Steps 8000

Distance Information

Focus Bold² Plus Pro test run – 380 Wh battery
# Focus Bold² Plus Pro test run – 380 Wh battery

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.

Battery or bottle mounting rail
# Battery or bottle mounting rail

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.

A well designed machine with a great colour scheme.
# A well designed machine with a great colour scheme.

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

Uphill

Smooth uphills in the countryside are efficient.
# Smooth uphills in the countryside are efficient.

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?

Downhill

Simple single track downhill is comfortable on the Focus Bold²
# Simple single track downhill is comfortable on the Focus Bold²

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.

Flowing single trails are fun.
# Flowing single trails are fun.

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.

Trail

Exploring the countryside is where the Focus Bold² Plus Pro wins
# Exploring the countryside is where the Focus Bold² Plus Pro wins
Our exploration is rewarded with this view.
# Our exploration is rewarded with this view.

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.

Tuning Tips

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.

Pro

  • quality finish and specification.
  • low weight.
  • quick on climbs.

Con

  • battery life is reduced with internal battery only.
  • fairly expensive
Gentle smooth climbs are a pleasure
# Gentle smooth climbs are a pleasure - the hardtail means good/correct tyre pressure for the current surface conditions is essential.

Testing Procedure

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

Expand for tester-profile

  • 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

Website: www.focus-bikes.com
Text & Edit: Alex Boyce | eMTB-News.de
Photos: Alex Boyce, Prisca Tozzi

Bold² Plus Pro

range of use
XC: 9/10 – Trail: 7/10 – All-Mountain: 5/10 – Enduro: 3/10 – Downhill: 2/10
Motor + Battery
Shimano
Battery Capacity
380 Wh
Range km/mi
Distance
12.4 mi
Climbing
1,913 ft
Duration
1:05 h
Bike Weight
41.7 lb
System Weight
240 lb
Uphill
9/10
bad
excellent
Downhill
5/10
bad
excellent
Motor
9/10
weak
extreme
Value for Money
7/10
too expensive
perfect
Sitting Position
9/10
upright
stretched
character
8/10
playful
stable
Explanation of “Range of Use”
XC:
0 to 120 mm Travel (Hardtails and Full-Suspension)
Trail:
100 to 150 mm Travel (Hardtails and Full-Suspension)
All-Mountain:
120 to 150 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
Enduro:
150 to 180 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
Downhill:
more than 180 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
Erklärung zum Systemgewicht
Das hier angegebene Gewicht ist die Summe aus den Einzelgewichten (E-Bike, Fahrer, Rucksack usw.), welches bei unserem Reichweitentest zum Einsatz kam.
Preis:
5.899 €

Autor:
Wertung:
5
Datum: 22. September 2017
Aktualisiert: 22. September 2017

Fazit:

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.

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    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.


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