Focus' new VAM² SL promises playfulness of a MTB with the efficiency of an e-MTB

Focus VAM² SL
(Image credit: Focus)

Focus has added a new lightweight e-MTB to its range, the VAM² SL is a completely new bike featuring a lightweight carbon 125mm frame powered by a Fazua Ride 60 motor.

The bike is the second lightweight e-MTB in the Focus range, alongside the longer travel Jam² SL released in 2022. Lightweight e-MTBs are a fast-growing segment of the best e-MTB category, with brands speccing smaller motors and batteries to instill the playfulness that can be lost with heavier full-power e-MTBs.

The VAM² SL comes in two different frame versions, 9. series and 8. series, with the lightest VAM² SL 9.0 weighing in at a claimed 16.2kg. That means it's a little heavier than the likes of Scott's Lumen (130mm, 15.5kg) but lighter than Trek's Fuel EXe (140mm, 17.47kg).

Focus has designed a full carbon frame with a new flex pivot design to keep weight down. By reducing the amount of pivots and frame material, Focus says it has been able to create its lightest e-MTB frame. The claimed weight for the 9 series MAX carbon frame is 2,172 g, while the 8. series weighs 2,545 g (both frames size medium, including linkage and bolts).

Focus VAM² SL being ridden down a trail

Focus has tried to give the VAM² SL a more natural ridding characteristic (Image credit: Focus)

Focus' has opted for a Fazua Ride 60 motor that has a punchy 60Nm torque and a maximum power output of 450W. This is powered by a 430Wh battery that's fully integrated into the downtube. Power outputs can be customized on the Fazua app and controlled by a slimline ring shifter. Focus says that if you want more, Fazua will offer a range extender with 210Wh for more miles under power. If you do run out, or just fancy a bit more of a workout, the Fazua has almost no drag when the motor is turned off. 

Focus says the VAM² SL isn't designed for a specific type of riding, instead is aimed at offering a more playful nimble ride. The bikes come equipped with a 130mm fork to pair with the 125mm at the rear, although they can be run with up to a 140mm fork. Geometry numbers aren't particularly radical putting it squarely in the downcountry bike category – the headtube angle with a 130mm fork is quoted at 65.5/66.5 degrees and the reach is a conservative 450mm for a medium. The bottom bracket height is 35mm and chainstays are 440mm across all four sizes.

 

Focus VAM² SL being ridden up a trail

Fazua Ride 60 motor has plenty of power for blasting up climbs (Image credit: Focus)

Along with the VAM² SL 9.0 and 9.9, Focus has launched a new MTB One Piece SL integrated handlebar and stem. The full carbon construction weighs 290g with a standard width of 800mm, 25mm of rise, and a stem length of 50 mm. Focus says the new integrated bar will be available separately too.

The other bikes come equipped with Focus' C.I.S. 2.0 MTB stem. C.I.S stands for Cockpit Integration Solution and feeds the cables directly into the frame below the stem.

The four VAM² SL builds start at £5,099 / €5,799 and are available now. Keep scrolling for full specs, or head over to Focus-bikes.com for more details.

Focus VAM² SL specs and prices

Focus VAM² SL 9.0

Top spec Focus VAM² SL 9.0 is close to 16kg in weight (Image credit: Focus)

Focus VAM² SL 9.0

  • Frame: Carbon technology frame
  • Motor: FAZUA Ride 60
  • Battery: FAZUA Ride 60 Energy 430Wh
  • Fork: Fox 34 Float Factory 29, 130mm
  • Shock: Fox X Float Factory, 125mm
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM X0 AXS Eagle Transmission
  • Shifters: SRAM AXS Eagle
  • Bar/stem: Focus MTB One Piece SL Cockpit
  • Crankset: Rotor eKAPIC RF Link 29
  • Seatpost: Fox Transfer SL Factory
  • Saddle: Prologo Proxim W850 Nack
  • Brakes: SRAM Level Ultimate Stealth, 4-piston
  • Wheels: Mavic Crossmax XL R 29, carbon
  • Tires: Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.4 SuperGround, SpeedGrip / Schwalbe Wicked Will, 2.4, SuperGround, SpeedGrip
  • Weight: 16.2kg
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Price: £9,699 / €10,999

Focus VAM² SL 9.9

Focus VAM² SL 9.9 powered by Fazua and uses a Shimano XT 12sp drivetrain (Image credit: Focus)

Focus VAM² SL 9.9

  • Frame: Carbon technology frame
  • Motor: FAZUA Ride 60
  • Battery: FAZUA Ride 60 Energy 430Wh
  • Fork: Fox 34 Float Performance 29, 130mm
  • Shock: Fox X Float Performance, 125mm
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT M8100
  • Shifters: Shimano Deore XT M8100
  • Bar/stem: Focus MTB One Piece SL Cockpit
  • Crankset: Rotor eKAPIC RF Link 29
  • Seatpost: Post Moderne dropper post
  • Saddle: fi'zi:k Taiga
  • Brakes: Shimano XT M8120, 4 piston
  • Wheels: DT Swiss HX1700 LS
  • Tires: Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.4 SuperGround, SpeedGrip / Schwalbe Wicked Will, 2.4, SuperGround, SpeedGrip
  • Weight: 17.5kg
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Price: £7,599 / €8,699

Focus VAM² SL 9.8

 VAM² SL 9.8's higher grade carbon and better spec saves 700g over the 8. series bike (Image credit: Focus)

Focus VAM² SL 9.8

  • Frame: Carbon technology frame
  • Motor: FAZUA Ride 60
  • Battery: FAZUA Ride 60 Energy 430Wh
  • Fork: Fox 34 Float Rhythm 29, 130mm
  • Shock: Fox X Float DPS, 125mm
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT M8100
  • Shifters: Shimano Deore XT M8100
  • Bar/stem: Focus Alloy bar, C.I.S. 2.0 MTB stem 
  • Crankset: Rotor eKAPIC RF Link 29
  • Seatpost: Post Moderne dropper post
  • Saddle: fi'zi:k Taiga
  • Brakes: Magura MT Trail
  • Wheels: RaceFace AR27
  • Tires: Maxxis Dissector, 2.4 Exo, Maxxis Rekon
  • Weight: 18.4kg
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Price: £5,999 / €6,899

Focus VAM² SL 8.7

Focus VAM² SL 8.7

Focus VAM² SL 8.7 comes with a SR Suntour Raidon 34 fork and  Rock Shox Deluxe Select+ (Image credit: Focus)
  • Frame: Carbon technology frame
  • Motor: FAZUA Ride 60
  • Battery: FAZUA Ride 60 Energy 430Wh
  • Fork: SR Suntour Raidon 34, 130mm
  • Shock: Rock Shox Deluxe Select+, 125mm
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore M6100
  • Shifters: Shimano Deore M6100
  • Bar/stem: Focus Alloy bar, C.I.S. 2.0 stem 
  • Crankset: Rotor eKAPIC RF Link 29
  • Seatpost: Post Moderne dropper post
  • Saddle: fi'zi:k Taiga
  • Brakes: Magura MT Trail
  • Wheels: RaceFace AR27
  • Tires: Maxxis Dissector, 2.4 Exo, Maxxis Rekon
  • Weight: 19.1kg
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Price: £5,099 / €5,799
Graham Cottingham
Senior reviews writer, Bike Perfect

Graham is all about riding bikes off-road. With almost 20 years of riding experience, he has dabbled in downhill, enduro, and gravel racing. Not afraid of a challenge, Graham has embraced bikepacking over the last few years and likes nothing more than strapping some bags to his bike and covering big miles to explore Scotland's wildernesses. When he isn’t shredding the gnar in the Tweed Valley, sleeping in bushes, or tinkering with bikes, he is writing tech reviews for Bike Perfect.

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Height: 177cm

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