Share

Trail and Enduro Bikes

Focus Sam 1.0 | Dropping In

Focus Sam 1.0

When incorrect cable length is on the top of your ‘negative’ list you can be sure somebody is doing something right. Fickleness of grammar aside the, fact is they could be doing more than just ‘right’, the Focus Sam 1.0 could well be the bike that skyrockets Focus bikes right into the mindset of riders around the world…

From Dirt Issue 148 – June 2014

Words by Steve Jones. Photo by Steve Jones.

On occasions some of us are suckers for image, and hiding behind some of those curvaceous plastic works and sweet shop colours some howlingly bad suspension designs, very often noisier than a trouser pocket full of coins in a twin tub. The Sam is none of these things, the only curve is on the chainstay, tarmac black and dancing through trouble to its own tune, the shiniest part being the shaft of the RockShox Monarch Plus shock holding the bike and rider in shape in most types of terrain. This is a very, very good bike.

One company owner told me recently that Focus was the brand that he feared most. I don’t find that surprising given the first impressions on performance that is on par with the best out there. In size large the numbers are impressive. At 65º the head angle is one of the slackest in the business for this travel, but the wheelbase and bottom bracket drop allows for it.

In terms of marks against well there’s the cable lengths which need chopping down a touch, the carbon wheelset worries me, not in performance in any way but in nasty Ligurian fields of rock, the carbon bar is a slightly strange shape, but you can adapt pretty quickly and… well that’s about it. My first riding impressions are hugely positive, maybe not as lively as another of the bikes in this issue, the Scott Genius LT Tuned, but then it has been subjected to heavily modded damping to give it more lift, and the Focus Sam 1.0 has better poise to the ride and is nearly two grand cheaper.

A shade under 30lb it’s excellent on the numbers for a 160mm travel bike and at £4299 for a build kit that includes SRAM XX1 drivetrain, X0 Trail brakes, RockShox Reverb Stealth post, the imperious Monarch/Pike combo’ and a thirteen hundred pound carbon wheelset for Christ’s sake should put it somewhere near the very top of many people’s wish list.

The Sam is certainly the gem of the Focus fleet by a million miles, it’s a bike that I feel will live with the YT Industries Capra and Kona Process, and certainly every other 160mm bike. Time to put it head to head. Keep an eye out for a full review in Issue 150.

Price: £4299

www.focus-bikes.com

 

Dropping In

  1. Charlie Hatton - LaPierre DH | Dropping In
  2. Norco Range Killer – B 2 | Dropping In
  3. Nukeproof Pulse | Dropping In
  4. Bergamont Straitline Team | Dropping In
  5. Merida One Sixty 3000-D | Dropping In
  6. Mondraker Foxy XR Bike Review | Dropping In
  7. Polygon Colossus DH 2.0 | Dropping In
  8. Orange Five 29 | Dropping In
  9. Orange Five RS | Dropping In
  10. Banshee Rune 26/650 | Dropping In
  11. BMC Trailfox | Dropping In
  12. Intense 951 Evo | Dropping In
  13. Future Stock - Enduro Bikes 2014 | Dropping In
  14. YT Wicked Pro 650 | Dropping In
  15. Intense Carbine 29 | Dropping In
  16. Specialized S-Works Enduro 29" | Dropping In
  17. Kona Process 153 DL | Dropping In
  18. Intense Spider 29 Comp | Dropping In
  19. Nukeproof Mega AM 275 Pro | Dropping In
  20. Scott Genius LT 700 | Dropping In
  21. Ancillotti Develop New Enduro Bike | Dropping In
  22. Focus Sam 1.0 | Dropping In
  23. GT Force X Pro | Dropping In

Share

Newsletter Terms & Conditions

Please enter your email so we can keep you updated with news, features and the latest offers. If you are not interested you can unsubscribe at any time. We will never sell your data and you'll only get messages from us and our partners whose products and services we think you'll enjoy.

Read our full Privacy Policy as well as Terms & Conditions.

production