Focus Jam2 Plus Pro eMTB (2018)
The Jam2 Plus Pro is a unique, high spec full suspension eMTB powered by the new, powerful Shimano E8000 drive.
In 2017, innovative German bike brand Focus introduced a range of Shimano eMTBs sporting a number of very special features. For the forthcoming 2018 season, Focus are maintaining the Jam2 Plus Pro as their top of the range, full suspension version on a 27.5″ tyre with 2.8″ width. The result is a very nimble and agile performer with great adhesion and ability. Designed for trails and every manner of rough terrain, this gutsy performer is guaranteed to please. With only a few minor tweaks, the 2018 Plus Pro continues to steal the show.
Shimano’s eMTB motor, the E8000 delivering around 70Nm+ of torque is the powerhouse beneath the Jam2 Plus Pro. It’s light at 2.8Kg, compact and slim. It’s Q Factor is identical to conventional cycles, and as a consequence, the bike feels very natural to ride. Furthermore, the motor design facilitates a shorter chainstay length, comparable to a conventional bike. Frame fit is perfectly integrated and sleek. Three power settings feature on the E8000 with a walk assist function too. Assistance levels on the Jam2 Plus Pro are operated via a Firebolt switch on the left-hand side of the bars. A compact yet clear LCD offers all the necessary information, sitting out of harms way adjacent to the handlebar stem.
Totally unique to the Jam2 Plus Pro is their own Dual Battery system. Focus call it T.E.C. (Tailored Energy Concept). The addition of a second battery increases capacity to a huge 756Wh for immense range. This is achievable by mounting another battery, which connects very simply, on the downtube. If an additional battery isn’t required, there’s room for the attachment of a water bottle if desired, with its own compartment on the cage for carrying tubes or tools. Both the battery and bottle cage attach quickly and easily without any fuss.
All Jam2 eMTBs utilise the unique F.O.L.D. (FOCUS OPTIMIZED LINKAGE DESIGN) suspension system. It embodies the perfect balance between rigidity and forgiveness. All suspension hardware is located in the frame’s centre. The resulting extremely low centre of gravity enables superb handling especially on technical terrain and cornering – perfect for superb bike handling. The core of the design is a one piece rear triangle, which results in massive weight savings.
This beauty has electronic shifting! A Shimano Deore XT Di2 11-speed derailleur with an 11-46T cassette ensure more than adequate gearing. The front chainring is 38T, facilitating a natural riding experience. Front suspension is provided via a high spec pair of very nice RockShox Revelation RL’s with 140mm travel. No bump or hollow is too much for these high end performance forks. The addition of a RockShox Reverb dropper seatpost ensures total control over riding position on the descends. Plus tyres at 2.8″ ensure the Jam2 Plus Pro sticks to the ground when called upon, whilst the 27.5″ wheel size is simply perfect for all terrain. A superbly crafted, top of the range DT Swiss H1700 wheelset ensures huge strength and performance like no other in its class.
A super light alloy frame ensure reliable and resilient handling together with a high degree of maneuverability. Shimano Deore XT hydraulic disc brakes with large 200mm rotors on the front offer powerful yet controlled braking actions.
The Jam2 Plus Pro is a great example of the next generation eMTBs. It’s extremely well equipped, with many top end components. Well balanced and very natural to ride, in combination with super strong motor and dual battery option, make it a unique experience.
Option to add a second 378Wh battery, increasing capacity to 756Wh: +£459.00