All words and images by Andy Rogers.


As arguably one of the fastest growing disciplines in cycling, it was not a shock to see Focus sporting a large variety of MTBs for almost every popular sub-category from XC race machines to full blown enduro sleds and 26” weapons for the kids.

Big bikes, big air cans.


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Starting at the lower end of the travel spectrum, Focus’ Raven and Raven Max range was well stocked with their two levels of aggressive carbon race bikes. The lightweight Raven Max was being offered in two race-ready options.

The Raven Max Team lead the way sporting full XX1 Eagle, Rockshox SID Rl suspension, Level Ultimate brakes and DT XR1501 wheels finished off with full carbon Concept parts to come in at $7,999 followed by the Raven Max SL spec’d with a full Sram XO1 Eagle drivetrain, FOX Float SC Performance suspension, Level TL brakes, DT Swiss MT650 wheels and topped off with alloy BBB bar and stem and a carbon BBB seatpost and priced at $5,999.

Down from that was the more affordable Raven Elite model coming spec’d with Shimano XT M6000 2x10 drivetrain, RockShox 30 Gold suspension, Shimano M315 brakes and Rodi wheels. With the Raven Max models coming as dedicated 29ers, lightweight frames and race ready spec and the Raven coming in with size specific 27.5” and 29” options and a reliable and serviceable yet affordable spec, everyone is covered on the hardtail sides of things.