The all-new Focus Atlas is the brand’s first true gravel bike. And instead of trying to create some super gravel racer, Focus calls this a gravel bike “made to lose”. The idea is to build a reliable all-surface, all-rounder that’s as happy to ride gravel fast or slow all day, as it is ready to head off on a bikepacking adventure…

2021 Focus Atlas versatile, affordable alloy gravel bike

Blending lessons learned on the cyclocross Mares and all-road Paralane, the new Atlas focuses in more on longer endurance rides off tarmac. Focus says they built the Atlas to escape a must-be-first mentality and rather celebrate the small wins like “commuting through the park to get to the office or going on a short weekend trip with friends on the bike into nature”.

2021 Focus Atlas gravel bike, versatile affordable alloy gravel road bike, complete bikepacking setup
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“The Atlas is not made for winning races, setting world records, or beating people. It’s made to lose. Lose your mind, lose track of time, to lose yourself. It’s for getting out in nature, having adventures, meeting people, and generally just having a great time.”

Gravel Tech details

2021 Focus Atlas gravel bike, versatile affordable alloy gravel road bike, frameset detail

The alloy frame is meant to balance light weight & durability without breaking the bank, and is paired with a full carbon, tapered steerer carbon fork with internal cable routing.

2021 Focus Atlas gravel bike, versatile affordable alloy gravel road bike, mounting options

Designed to be ready for bikepacking, the Atlas gets plenty of mounting points – four cage mounting points on the frame, anything cage mounts on each fork leg, plus rear rack mounts and full front & rear fender compatibility. There’s even an optional non-driveside dropout attachment for those wanting to fit a 18mm standard kickstand.

2021 Focus Atlas gravel bike, versatile affordable alloy gravel road bike, tire clearance rear

The Focus Atlas has clearance for up to 700c x 47mm wide tires, with a machined chainstay yoke that helps keep tire & chainring clearance wide with compact 425mm chainstays, while managing clean cable routing. Focus say you can also set it up with 650b wheels too, but dropping down from the stock 700x45mm WTB Riddler tires to anything 650b that fit, would have sizable impacts on BB height & fork Trail figures.

2021 Focus Atlas gravel bike, versatile affordable alloy gravel road bike, front end angled

Focus’ CIS cockpit integration solution delivers fully internal routing for the frame & fork to the benefit of bikepackers looking to mount a handlebar bag up front.

2021 Focus Atlas gravel bike, versatile affordable alloy gravel road bike, CIS internal cable routing

Instead of going for a fully aero setup, this CIS setup routes cables through a port in the upper headset cap, then down into the fork steerer. That maintains cockpit adjustability and compatibility for mechanical shifting while allowing for a completely hidden setup down the road, if desired.

2021 Focus Atlas gravel bike, versatile affordable alloy gravel road bike, headtube side

And there’s still downtube cable ports for alternate setup flexibility

2021 Focus Atlas gravel bike, versatile affordable alloy gravel road bike, frame sketch

Much like they did on their e-road bikes, the Atlas gets Boost rear end spacing for improved stiffness and wheel durability. Calling it Gravel Road Boost, DT Swiss & Novatec mountain bike hubs get laced into gravel-ready rims for all build levels. Besides the 148x12mm rear & 110x12mm fork thru-axles, the Atlas also gets a BSA threaded bottom bracket, flat mount discs and 160mm rotors, a 27.2mm seatpost

Endurance Gravel Geometry

2021 Focus Atlas gravel bike, versatile affordable alloy gravel road bike, group ride

Although the rear end is relatively short, the Atlas was built to be “a rather long bike”. With longer frame reach and shorter stems, Focus gives the bike more of a stable trail bike ride off-road.

2021 Focus Atlas gravel bike, versatile affordable alloy gravel road bike, endurance geometry

The Focus Atlas comes in a five size range (XS-XL) with a ride character derived from the popular all-road endurance Paralane. And rather than just cutting the same tubes shorter for the smallest sizes, Focus claims “Stable Stiffness Per Size” much like the do on their carbon bike layups so all riders get the same feel & performance

Focus Atlas gravel bike – Pricing, option & availability

2021 Focus Atlas gravel bike, versatile affordable alloy gravel road bike, Atlas 6.9
2021 Focus Atlas 6.9

Focus’ new alloy gravel bike is available in four complete builds, all with Shimano GRX gravel groups. The top-spec 2500€ Atlas 6.9 gets GRX 810 with a 1×11 groupset and DT Swiss low profile gravel wheels at a complete bike weight of 10.5kg.

2021 Focus Atlas gravel bike, versatile affordable alloy gravel road bike, Atlas 6.8

The mid-level 2000€ Atlas 6.8 opts for a GRX 600 setup, with the close gear-spacing of a 2×11 drivetrain and a weight claim of 10.8kg.

2021 Focus Atlas gravel bike, versatile affordable alloy gravel road bike, Atlas 6.7
2021 Focus Atlas 6.7

And the most affordable 1600€ Atlas 6.7 drops down again to GRX 400, with a 2×10 speed group at 10.95kg complete.

2021 Focus Atlas gravel bike, versatile affordable alloy gravel road bike, Atlas 6.7 EQP studio
2021 Focus Atlas 6.7 EQP studio

The entry spec also gets a second 1800€ Atlas 6.7 EQP option, already built fully-equipped with a commuter-ready Shutter Precision dynamo hub-powered LED lighting setup, full-coverage fenders, and a rear rack at 12.8kg. Out of the box, ready for daily life on the city streets, or more all-surface travels.

2021 Focus Atlas gravel bike, versatile affordable alloy gravel road bike, bikepacking start

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17 COMMENTS

  1. Those look really good, with the exception of the super-long geometry. With such long reaches you need to run short stems, which doesn’t work for those of us tied to Redshift suspension stems.
    The Knolly Cache also has this issue.

  2. Is the fork thru axle a typo at 12x110mm? Hopefully it’s 12×100 or 15×110. The anything triple mounts on the fork are a bit low for carrying (and safely) reaching for water bottles. With a full frame back access to bottles on the fork legs is the next best spot.

    • @Jman, 12mm thru-axle with 110mm Boost spacing is what they say. It’s also the same Road Boost they agreed to do with DT Swiss on their e-bike Paralane2. The cage mounts are low for extra low weight distribution of heavy loads, of course prioritized over precariously reaching down to the fork to grab a water bottle while riding.

  3. Why don’t they call it what it is, a drop bar mountain bike. Now all that needs to be done is move back to straight handlebars and trigger shifters and be done with it.

  4. Great looking bike in my opinion. Love the clean cable routing and traditional “look” chainstay, in a time when so many other brands have gone to that copycat dropped right-side chainstay design.

    I have raced several different Focus cyclocross bikes over the years and found them to be well designed and thought out – this looks to be as well.

  5. Like the looks but ouch, the price €2500 for the top model is inflated to €2966 in Sweden. For a few hundred extra you get the carbon Nuroad C:62 Race from Cube.

    Any chance there will be a shootout including the Focus Atlas 6.9 and maybe C-dale Topstone 0 among other 2021 alu gravel models in the price range?

  6. I think it’s a really nice bike especially the 6.8. However ,and I have let Focus know this, I find it very misleading when the publicity shots / review videos have 35mm deep Alexis rims laced in. Which look great in my opinion. Then they sell it with something completely different which just looks “normal” . Bit of a crappy trick that. Focus did get back and say thank you for bringing this to our attention. (bla bla bla) are we supposed to think they didn’t notice there were different rims laced in to all the review bikes. Bike Radar did a cracking review of this bike. I thought I’m having one of those. Then I noticed the rims weren’t on it or even an option!

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