Focus VAM² SL 9.0 Review

  • 10999 €
  • Carbon
  • FAZUA Evation Ride 60
  • 130 mm
  • 430 WH
  • 125 mm
  • 2024
  • 29"
  • 16,2 kg
With the VAM² SL 9.0, 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. Fans of XXL tours are greatly restricted by the VAM² SL 9.0 with only an average range. Who wants to remove the battery for charging or storing, will be disappointed with the VAM² SL 9.0. The battery is firmly built-in.

At a glance

The most importanten ratings of the VAM² SL 9.0 in comparison to the competitor bikes of following categorie: (11000) .

The suspension travel at the fork qualifies the VAM² SL 9.0 for only touring on challenging single trails. In this area of use, the Fox chassis works quite well. Especially for heavy riders, the Focus brakes could be a problem. With two pistons they only decelerate averagely. The shifting and the rest of the components are always in the shadow of the engine when it comes to electric mountain bikes. Nevertheless, Focus doesn't skimp here and instals very good components. The moderate head tube angle provides a good compromise between stability and agility when going downhill. The reach is also right there in the middle ground. 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. When I looked at the weight of the complete bike, my jaw actually dropped. With 16,2 kg, the VAM² SL 9.0 is a real lightweight. Especially going downhill, the good geometry of the VAM² SL 9.0 really shines.

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 10999 €.

Conclusion


Expirience with the Focus VAM² SL 9.0

Friends of gravity should jot down the VAM² SL 9.0. With an excellent handling and a good chassis, the Focus is a real trail rocket for flowy trails. But a middle ground brake system are of course points of criticism that one should be aware of before purchasing. A generous warranty also speaks of sustainable business practices. With 6 years of warranty, Focus sets the bar high!
Ludwig Döhl - emtb-test.com
Focus VAM² SL 9.0 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.

SIZE XXS XS S M L XL XXL
Sizing of Manufacturer
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M
L
XL
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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 FOX 34 Float Factory 29, 110x15 mm, 51 mm rake
  • Spring Unit air
  • Remote-Lockout no
  • Damper FOX Float Factory , 2-position lever, 210/50 mm, hardware: 25.0 x 8.0 mm, no Bushing
  • Gearrange 520%
  • Drivetrain 12
  • Gear Lever SRAM AXS POD Ultimate
  • Rear Derailleur SRAM X0 Eagle Transmission, 12-speed
  • Crank Rotor eKAPIC RF Link 29
  • Cassette SRAM XS-1295, 12-speed
  • Chain SRAM XO Eagle, T-Type, Flattop
  • Brake Set Sram Level Ultimate Stealth
  • Brake Rotors 203/203
  • Wheel Set Mavic Crossmax X LR 29, carbon, 622-30, 15x110 mm / 12x148 mm
  • Tires Front Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.4 SuperTrail SpeedGrip
  • Tires Rear Schwalbe Wicked Will, 2.4, SuperTrail SpeedGrip
  • Saddle Prologo Proxim W850 Nack
  • Seat Post FOX Transfer SL Factory, 31,6mm
  • Stem FOCUS MTB One Piece SL Cockpit, 800 mm, rise: 25 mm
  • Handle Bar FOCUS MTB One Piece SL Cockpit, 800 mm, rise: 25 mm
  • Handle Bar Width 800
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