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Focus JAM 8 updates playful 150mm all-mountain trail bike, now in carbon too!

2022 Focus JAM Carbon all-mountain bike, nose tap
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Focus has added a new premium JAM Carbon option to their popular and playful 150mm 29er all-mountain bike.  Debuted last spring in alloy, the Jam now gets a lighter carbon option to take on any trail terrain, and any type of mountain bike riding.

2022 Focus JAM Carbon all-mountain bike, toy bike

They call it the new toy on the shelf…

2022 Focus JAM Carbon all-mountain bike

2022 Focus JAM Carbon all-mountain bike, angled
c. Focus, ride photos by Roo Fowler

These next-gen Jams shift up with bigger wheels & travel towards more aggressive riding  (up from 140mm & 27.5 wheels of the past Jam).

2022 Focus JAM Carbon all-mountain bike, complete

More aggressive geometry, new flip-chip adjustability, bigger wheels & tires… just like the alloy version last year, this new Jam Carbon is a big step up from the previous generation, a bike that’s much more capable than ever as the big brother to their Thon trail bike.

JAM Geometry & FOLD suspension

2022 Focus JAM Carbon all-mountain bike, geometry

The new Jam Carbon gets the same modern long & much slacker geometry upgrade as the alloy bike. Available in four 29er sizes (S-XL) the carbon bike gets a 65°/65.5° headtube, 44mm offset forks, and a forward position on the bike for stable, but playful descending.

Combine that with a steep 76/76.5° effective seat angle to pedal back uphill better, too.

Plus, the addition of a flip-chip at the lower shock mount gives more geo adjustability.

2022 Focus JAM Carbon all-mountain bike, frame detail

Focus says this new generation of Jam all-mountain bikes got all-new suspension kinematics to match the slacker geometry and more aggressive terrain. The upgraded Focus Optimized Linkage Design (F.O.L.D.) now offers “more progression for better bottom-out resistance and more feedback from the trail”, swapping from 2-phase to a fully progressive curve.

Tech details

2022 Focus JAM Carbon all-mountain bike, FOLD suspension

The Jam Carbon is built up with a carbon front triangle, the same 3D-forged alloy shock links of the aluminum bikes, and the same one-piece 7005 alloy rear end. Complete bike weights suggest you likely only save at most 500g over the all-aluminum bikes

2022 Focus JAM Carbon all-mountain bike, internal tool bag

Now hidden inside the downtube, an push-button I.C.S. (Internal Compartment Solution) port opens up to store a long internal tool bag for regular spares. Plus, there’s a new downtube protector, too.

2022 Focus JAM Carbon all-mountain bike, internal routing

The new carbon bike now gets fully internal cable routing through Focus’ C.I.S. (Cockpit Integration Solution) stem faceplate & oversized 1.5″ headset.

2022 Focus JAM Carbon all-mountain bike, alloy rear end

The Jam Carbon gets Boost 148 spacing, sealed bearings at all suspension & shock pivots, a BSA threaded bottom bracket, chain guide, 31.6mm dropper seatposts, post mount 180mm rear brake, and clearance for 29 x 2.4″ tires.

Focus Jam Carbon – Options, pricing & availability

2022 Focus JAM Carbon all-mountain bike, JAM 8.9 complete
2022 Focus JAM 8.9

Just two complete bikes are being offered with the new carbon frame (plus three builds with the all-alloy frameset).

The top £4800 /4700€ Jam 8.9 gets a Shimano XT 1×12 drivetrain, 4-piston XT brakes, and Fox 36 Performance & Float X suspension, at a claimed 15.8kg in blue green.

2022 Focus JAM Carbon all-mountain bike, JAM 8.8 complete
2022 Focus JAM 8.8

And the £3700 / 3700€ Jam 8.8 opts for mechanical SRAM NX Eagle and RockShox Revelation RC& Deluxe Select+ suspension, at 15.3kg carbon raw silk.

2022 Focus JAM Carbon all-mountain bike, riding

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Ber
Ber
11 months ago

what do people think about the stem routing? it that even worth it? you still see most of the cables

Peter
Peter
11 months ago
Reply to  Ber

It is pretty neat, especially from the riders perspective, without being to complicated to service or change. But unfortunately for me it does not work with a Mac Ride, so I converted it back to normal stem and cable routing. My frame still had the ports in the downtube. As soon as the little one can shred himself I will convert it back to C.I.S.

Nick
Nick
11 months ago

Being America, I’m not the target market… but Focus needs to shoot that cable routing directly into the sun. More work to maintain, and less a lit it to adjust fit? Get outta here.

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