Focus VAM² SL 9.8 Review

  • 6899 €
  • Carbon
  • FAZUA Evation Ride 60
  • 130 mm
  • 430 WH
  • 125 mm
  • 2024
  • 29"
  • 18,4 kg
With the VAM² SL 9.8, 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 9.8 with only an average range. The battery is securely attached to the down tube and cannot be removed for charging or storage.

At a glance

The most importanten ratings of the VAM² SL 9.8 in comparison to the competitor bikes of following categorie: (7000) .

Carbon frames are rather the exception in the price range of about 7000€. With the carbon fibre chassis, Focus thus sets clear accents compared to the aluminium competitors. The Fox chassis provides safety and traction, even when the trail gets rougher. However, it comes to its limit at high speed. The mid-range brakes from Magura do their job but could be a bit firmer. The power of the four pistons in front and two pistons in the rear setup is only average. At the drivetrain components and the rest of the parts, Focus uses average parts. When it comes to the geometry, Focus does not go completely crazy. The head tube angle and reach values were chosen with care. The result: A balanced riding behaviour with a good combination of playfulness and straight-line stability. The low bottom bracket height will likely be a sticking point for trail riders, as it negatively affects handling. 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. With its 18,4 kg, the VAM² SL 9.8 is one of the lighter E-bikes. The competition is often significantly heavier.

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 6899 €.

Conclusion


Expirience with the Focus VAM² SL 9.8

Friends of gravity should jot down the VAM² SL 9.8. With an extremely good handling, the Focus is a real trail rocket for flowy trails. But a mediocre chassis and a middle ground brake system are of course points of criticism that one should be aware of before purchasing. The generous warranty of 6 years proves that Focus stands behind its products.
Ludwig Döhl - emtb-test.com
Focus VAM² SL 9.8 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 Rhythm 29, 110x15 mm, 51 mm rake
  • Spring Unit air
  • Remote-Lockout yes
  • Damper FOX Float DPS, 210/50 mm, hardware: 25.0 x 8.0 mm, no Bushing
  • Gearrange 510%
  • Drivetrain 12
  • Gear Lever Shimano Deore XT M8100, 12-speed
  • Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT M8100, 12-speed
  • Crank Rotor eKAPIC RF Link 29
  • Cassette Shimano Deore CS-M6100, 12-speed
  • Brake Set Magura MT Trail
  • Brake Rotors 203/203
  • Rims RaceFace AR27, 622-27, 32H
  • Front Hub Novatec D041, 15x110 mm
  • Rear Hub DT SWISS 370 Hybrid, 12 x 148 mm, Microspline
  • 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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