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2023 Focus Raven Hardtail Goes Downcountry

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The Focus Raven has received a down-country overhaul for 2023 with an all-new carbon frame based around 29″ wheels and a 120mm fork. Looks smart, doesn’t it? The new frame sure does strike a fine pose, indicative of its more progressive geometry numbers suited to bolder trail-riding intentions.

Focus Raven Downcountry Hardtail

2023 focus raven hardtail mtb frame storage head angle adjust
The 2023 Focus Raven gets a 120mm fork combined with a longer top tube and shorter stem for improved stability and more responsive steering

While Focus has always described the Raven Hardtail as its race-ready cross-country bike, the 2023 Raven is something of a departure from that; this longer, slacker offering is designed around a 120mm travel fork. Offset headset cups allow for head angle adjustment between 66.5° and 67.5°, and the downtube now boasts a storage compartment for the safe-keeping of trail side repair essentials. Certainly, the new Raven appears to be a far more versatile hardtail mountain bike with much broader appeal.

Outside of the subtle geometry changes that will come about through adjustment of the head angle, i.e., seat tube angle, bottom bracket height, etc., geometry of the 2023 Raven is otherwise fixed. All four frame sizes (S-XL) get a 435mm chainstay length, a 74° seat tube angle and a 65mm BB drop. Reach stretches from 415mm to 485mm.

Seat tubes are considerably shorter than those of the predecessor; now 400mm in Small, allowing for the fitment of a longer travel dropper seat post. Head tube lengths are shorter, too, helping to keep the stack height in check – countering the addition of 20mm suspension travel. A complete geometry chart can be found at the foot of this article.

The striking pose of the 2023 Focus Raven is surely helped by its internal cable routing, integrated through the stem and headset before entering the frame. Thereafter, it is partially guided by internal sleeves inside the downtube. Integration is not everyone’s cup of tea, particularly from a maintenance stand point, but it does tidy things up somewhat. Elsewhere, more of a practical consideration is made with a SRAM UDH in place of the proprietary derailleur hanger we saw on the previous model.

Pricing & Availability

2023 focus raven 8.7
A frame only option is not available

The 2023 Focus Raven is available at three price points, starting at € 2,199 for the Raven 8.7. Highlight components include a RockShox Judy Silver Fork, a SRAM SX 12 Speed Eagle Drivetrain, SRAM Level Brakes and Maxxis Rekon tires. Claimed weight is 13.4 kg for the size medium. Get it in Heritage Blue / Stone Blue only.

2023 focus raven 8.9

The middle-ground is occupied by the 2023 Raven 8.8, retailing at € 2,799 €. Component upgrades include a Fox 34 Float Rythm Fork, a Shimano Deore XT/SLX 12 Speed Drivetrain, Shimano SLX M7100 Brakes, Race Face ARC27 rims, and a Post Moderne Dropper Seat Post. Claimed weight is 12.9 kg for the size medium. Get it in Blue Green / Carbon Raw or Light Grey / Carbon Raw.

2023 focus raven hardtail mtb downcountry

The 2023 Focus Raven 8.9 tops the range at € 3,599, boasting a RockShox SID Select Fork, a SRAM GX Eagle 12 Speed Drivetrain, SRAM Level TLM Brakes, a DT SWISS X1900 Wheelset with Maxxis Rekon Race tires, and a Post Moderne Dropper Seat Post. Claimed weight is 11.6 kg for the size medium. Get it in Silver / Carbon Raw only.

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Joenomad
Joenomad
11 months ago

What is down country in MTB speak? More niches in MTB bikes than road/gravel bikes.

Seraph
Seraph
11 months ago
Reply to  Joenomad

Downcountry bikes are basically overforked XC bikes with burly components. Like, if you took an Epic and put on a 130mm fork and 8″ rotors, and low durometer tires with Cush Core.

Mike
Mike
11 months ago
Reply to  Seraph

DC bike is basically the same XC parts but with ridiculous geometry – 67° head angle etc…

I hope in few years time manufacturers will go back to old cable routing outside the headset, just like they go back to BSA BB.

Dustin
Dustin
11 months ago

What a joke. At first glance I thought it looked great, but their new “shorter seat tube” is still probably the longest on the market per size. 480mm on a large is ridiculous unless you’re targeting fire road climbing and using a 27.2 seatpost without dropper routing.

Dirt McGirt
Dirt McGirt
11 months ago

Yo. TF does “down country” even mean??

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