Focus carbon XC hardtail gets a eMTB sibling in new Raven²

Using the same lightweight, low-profile Fazua drive motor and battery that we got a close look at earlier this summer in their Project Y road/cross concept, Focus bikes has the first e-bike in the Project Y family ready to ride (and buy) – the carbon XC hardtail Raven². To see what the new eMTB hardtail could handle, Focus sent two of its pro Focus XC racers – Florian Vogel and Markus Schulte-Lünzum – to tackle the Heckmair route, the original mountain bike route crossing of the Alps and the precursor of the Transalp way back in 1989.

The route adds ups 400km/250mi of riding and 16,000m/52,500′ of climbing in what normally means 5 days on the bike. With a goal of 36 hours straight for the pair on the new lightweight production e-bike, it was meant to be a new type of ride to the test. Just last week the pair finished the ride rolling into Riva del Garda in just 27 hours & 20 minutes. No word yet on how many battery changes they needed to make it, but for sure that’s something we’ll share when hear back.

Focus Raven² carbon e-bike XC hardtail

The Raven² is the first of the Project Y bikes to make it into production, adding the lightweight Fazua Evation e-bike drive system to the already light carbon World Cup XC race hardtail Raven. Sharing that same low-profile, integrated Fazua e-bike drive motor+battery, the idea is providing a small degree of smooth motor assist, while preserving the feel that you are pedaling up hill, not being pulled along.

The Fazua packs just 60Nm of torque in the 250W motor and is backed up by just a 250Wh battery giving it about 1/3-1/2 as much total power assist as most e-bikes.  That is of course a conscious choice by Focus who choose to develop the Project Y bikes with a light and natural ride feel as priority. The result they say is a hardtail e-mountain bike weighing just 13kg/28.7lb.

The 29″ Raven² gets a full carbon frame in three frame sizes, with modern long/low/slack geometry, Boost spacing, 100mm Fox forks, and the Fazua drive system in the open underside of the downtube.

The new Raven² will be available by December 2017 in two specs. The standard black Raven² sells for 5000€ with a mix of Shimano SLX & XT components and a Fox 32 Rhythm fork. The red Raven² Pro steps up to a Fox 32 Float Step Cast fork and a complete XT groupset.

Focus-Bikes.com & FocusTransalp36.com

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panyagua
panyagua
4 years ago

They have completely lost their focus. This equals cross country skiing with a ski-doo. Try next riding a roller trainer with an e-bike.

theo
theo
4 years ago

E-Bikes are the devil.
They don’t belong on trails.
This isn’t e-bike rumor.
It’s a motorcycle.

Now that the ridiculous default e-bike posts are taken care of, the integration on this one looks pretty good.
Solid component build too!

Pete
Pete
4 years ago

I don’t want no d*mn assistance!

Pete
Pete
4 years ago
Reply to  Pete

BTW it’s hilarious that these manufacturers are trying desperately to make their e-bikes look like real bikes.

RideBike
RideBike
4 years ago

I think Focus might be the only company out there designing an e-bike I’d consider riding. I want to ride it, not be along for the ride like some of the more powerful bikes out there. Let me explore more but still feel like riding a bike…which is what this bike looks to do.

Knarf
Knarf
4 years ago

If u don’t like them then shut the front door pedal assit is here and its not going anywhere but up

Wuffles
Wuffles
4 years ago

Wooo- support stops to swap out batteries! Much Eco! So Environmental!

Anyone want to bet what their time would have been if they had to pedal those lumps of lithium when they ran out of charge?

Next time just take a freaking dirt bike, it’d be faster. This idiotic marketing stunt deserves all of the scorn. All of it. Every last bit.

Eric
4 years ago

Biking is supposed to be hard. That is what makes it rewarding. If I were planning a multi-day epic ride, the point would to enjoy the ride and have as much fun as possible, to sweat, to hurt, to be rewarded. Not get through the ride as fast as possible. That is not the point!
The industry is trying sooo hard to get us to accept E-bikes.
But I hope it never happens.
Keep the “E” off of bikes. We have enough E shit in our lives.

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4 years ago
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John
John
4 years ago

Thank you BikeRumor for giving me a platform to express my self-righteous indignation about a subject that doesn’t interest me.

For some unknown reason, I chose to read about this subject that doesn’t interest me. In the future, I’ll probably continue to read about it and express my self-righteous indignation.

I’m SO MAD!

JBikes
JBikes
4 years ago

I’ll give people leeway to buy whatever they want, but I really, really do not understand the point of a hardtail e-mtb. Why would anyone choose this over a FS? Double as a commuter?

Carlos Portugal
Carlos Portugal
4 years ago

Fantastic product to improve and extend bike riding, ebikes are a great to training thus using the same geometric don’t waste time on the road bikes

Samwise
Samwise
4 years ago

@Eric … cycling is supposed to be whatever you’d like it to be. Your comment is ridiculous.

Ron
Ron
4 years ago

Surprised by the vitriol in the comments. I’m not interested In e-bikes myself, but there must be a market for so many manufacturers to be getting into the game. Heck, in another 20 years, I may find myself having to choose between less ambitious rides on a traditional bike or covering the kind if ground I do today on an e-bike.

Iboy
Iboy
4 years ago

It’s like telling scuba divers they should not use air tanks. Nobody can do the same the same on a normal bike what they can on a e bike, does not matter who you are it elevates your abilities. It’s your choice but please reserve your comments until you have tried, otherwise you will just keep on showing off your ignorance.