Focus Bold

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  • Model2017 Bold SL
  • Star Rating (3.5)
  • RRP $1999
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  • Model2017 Bold Evo
  • Star Rating (4.5)
  • RRP $1099

In the past, riding a hardtail has normally come with a compromise in comfort and control. In order to get the lighter weight and efficiency of a hardtail, you had to sacrifice the ability to ride technical trails with confidence, and you had to sacrifice the fun factor too. With the Focus Bold however, that is a compromise that is significantly reduced. While Focus already has a race-oriented hardtail in the Raven, the Bold places a stronger emphasis on providing a ride quality that is confidence inspiring, comfortable, and above all else, fun. This is the kind of mountain bike for those riders who just want a simple bike that’s easy to ride, and will allow for their skills to progress and develop over time. Want a capable and strong mountain bike without having to spend up big on a full suspension bike? Then the Focus Bold offers plenty of bang for your buck.

Compared to the Focus Raven carbon hardtail, the Bold features a more upright and relaxed riding position. It has a longer 110mm travel fork on the front, and a slacker head tube angle that puts the front wheel further out in front of you for more stability when descending. Focus has equipped the Bold with 27.5 plus tyres that measure 2.8” wide, so there’s more cushioning against bumps on the trail. With more rubber on the ground at the one time, the Bold is designed to offer more traction and more cornering grip so you stay connected to the trail when you’re pushing hard. Combined with the responsive alloy frameset, modern cockpit setup and longer fork travel, the Bold delivers a fun and involving ride that’ll see your confidence grow every ride.

The Bold is available in two models, both of which use the same alloy frame and a 1x drivetrain. The top-end Bold SL is upgraded with a dropper seatpost that allows you to adjust the saddle height at the flick of a button on the handlebar.

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At a glance

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    Riding typeTrail

  • Sram_XO.png

    Drive trainSRAM X0

  • 1x11_Mountain.png

    Gear ratios1x11 Mountain

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    Frame buildAlloy Pro

At a glance

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    Riding typeTrail

  • Alivio.png

    Drive trainAlivio

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    Gear ratios1x9 Mountain

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    Frame buildAlloy Mid


  • Frame MTB SL 6fatty, 6061 alloy, BSA BB, 148 mm dropouts, internal cable routing, PM 160 rear brake
  • Fork SR Suntour Raidon LO, 15 x 110 mm QR, lockout

  • Tyres Schwalbe Nobby Nic, 70-584

  • Shifters SRAM NX1
  • Rear Derailleur SRAM NX
  • Front Derailleur SRAM NX
  • Cassette SRAM PG-1130

  • Saddle Concept MTB
  • Seatpost Concept Drop, 31.6x 400 mm, 120 mm adjust, remote
  • Handlebar Concept Riser
  • Stem Concept
  • Brakeset Shimano BR-M396, hydraulic disc brake
  • Frame MTB Sport 29, 6061 alloy, BSA BB, IS rear brake
  • Fork SR Suntour XCM 32, 15 x 110 mm QR

  • Wheels Alex Rims CXD-4, 622-19, 142x12 / 100x 12
  • Tyres Schwalbe Smart Sam, 65-622

  • Shifters Shimano Altus
  • Rear Derailleur Shimano Alivio
  • Front Derailleur Shimano Alivio
  • Crank PRIME - KEINE AF38-D30NS-BG 31t
  • Cassette SRAM PG-920 11-34

  • Saddle Concept MTB
  • Seatpost Concept, 27.2x 350 mm
  • Handlebar Concept Riser
  • Stem Concept
  • Brakeset Tektro HD-M285, hydraulic disc brake


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