Focus VAM² SL 8.7 Review

  • 5799 €
  • Carbon
  • FAZUA Evation Ride 60
  • 130 mm
  • 430 WH
  • 125 mm
  • 2024
  • 29"
  • 19,1 kg
With the VAM² SL 8.7, the German manufacturer Focus is building a light eMTB for all those who don't plan on tackling very rough trails. With 130 mm, the bike is deliberately designed for easy terrain. In order to provide uncompromising riding fun, Focus has deliberately focused on lightweight construction.
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Even steep ramps are surprisingly easy to climb with the Fazua motor. With its boost function, which provides 450 watts of support for a short period of time, the Fazua Ride 60 reduces the gap between light and classic full-power motors. At the moment, hardly any other light motor offers such a good combination of natural support, dynamic power delivery and capability. The average range can become a problem especially for long mountain bike rides. The integrated battery gives developers constructive freedom when designing the frame. However, to charge it, the bike always has to be brought near an outlet.

At a glance

The most importanten ratings of the VAM² SL 8.7 in comparison to the competitor bikes of following categorie: (6000) .

Carbon is considered a premium material in the bike industry. In the price range about 6000€, aluminium is usually the frame material used. With the carbon frame, Focus can clearly differentiate itself from many competitors. Rough descents take away some of the fear thanks to the average chassis. At the brakes, Focus middle class four pistons in front and two pistons in the rear brakes by Magura are used. The drivetrain and components have a subordinate but not to be neglected importance when it comes to EMTB. Even the bike brand product managers know this and don't aim too high with mostly average components. The handling of the bike is pleasantly balanced due to the moderate geometry. This allows you to intuitively control the bike over the trails. The bottom bracket is high, which costs handling points. This tends to make the rider stand on the bike. On other EMTBs it feels better integrated. Due to the short chainstays and the shallow seat angle , when climbing steep sections, it requires active weight shifting to prevent the front wheel from lifting. The scale stays at 19,1 kg with this model. That makes the VAM² SL 8.7 one of the light Trailbikes.

Value for money

If you are keen on value for money, this is your chart. It shows you at a glance how much bike you get for 5799 €.

Conclusion


Expirience with the Focus VAM² SL 8.7

Overall, an outstanding handling speak a clear language. The VAM² SL 8.7 is a good bike with a high fun factor for downhill rides. Only a mediocre chassis and a middle ground brake system mar the overall picture. With 6 years of guarantee, nothing can go wrong in the long run.
Ludwig Döhl - emtb-test.com
Focus VAM² SL 8.7 Review
Ludwig Döhl
Bike enthusiast and founder of emtb-test.com

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technical Details

Je steiler der Winkel des Sitzrohrs ist, desto effizienter können Sie in die Pedale treten.

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Sizing of Manufacturer
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Wheelsize
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29
29
29
29
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Stack
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602
602
620
639
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Reach
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420
450
475
505
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Top Tube Length
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576
606
635
670
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Seat Tube Length
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390
420
440
460
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Seat Tube Angle
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75,5
75,5
75,5
75,5
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Head Tube Length
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100
100
120
140
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Head Tube Angle
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65,5
65,5
65,5
65,5
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Bottom Bracket Drop
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35
35
35
35
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Bottom Bracket Height (absolut)
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Chainstay Length
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440
440
440
440
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Wheelbase
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1161
1191
1224
1262
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Standover Height
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  • Motor FAZUA Evation Ride 60
  • Display LED Hub + Ring Control
  • Battery 430
  • Frame vam
  • Frame Material Carbon
  • Fork SR Suntour Raidon 34, 110x15 mm, 44 mm rake
  • Spring Unit air
  • Remote-Lockout yes
  • Damper Rock Shox Deluxe Select+, 210/50 mm, hardware: 25.0 x 8.0 mm, no Bushing
  • Gearrange 510%
  • Drivetrain 12
  • Gear Lever Shimano Deore M6100, 12-speed
  • Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore M6100, 12-speed
  • Crank Samox EC40 ISIS
  • Cassette Shimano Deore CS-M6100, 12-speed
  • Brake Set Magura MT Trail
  • Brake Rotors 203/203
  • Rims RaceFace AR27, 622-27, 32H
  • Front Hub Shimano MT410, 15x110 mm
  • Rear Hub Shimano MT410, 12x148 mm
  • Tires Front Maxxis Dissector, 2.4 Exo, 61-622
  • Tires Rear Maxxis Rekon, 61-622
  • Saddle fi'zi:k Taiga
  • Seat Post Post Moderne dropper post PM-MT171, 31.6 mm
  • Stem FOCUS C.I.S. 2.0 MTB stem, 35 mm, aluminium
  • Handle Bar Aluminium, 800 mm, rise: 12,5 mm, backsweep: 9°
  • Handle Bar Width 800
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