If mountain biking for you is about covering as much distance as possible, while having as much fun as possible, then a short-travel trail bike like the Focus Spine is ideal. Combining the lightweight and efficiency of a race bike, with a slightly more upright riding position and a little extra suspension travel, the Focus Spine offers plenty of comfort and confidence in a speedy package that will fly up the climbs, before ripping back down them. In relation to the rest of the Focus full suspension line up, the Spine sits between the 100mm travel O1E race bike, and the 140mm travel JAM trail bike. With 120mm of travel at both ends, a dropper seat post, wide-range gearing, and a modern cockpit setup, the Spine is built for tackling technical cross country trails, while dabbling in some racing from time to time.
The Spine is available in both alloy and carbon frame options, with the higher end models using the lighter carbon fibre frameset. Frame material aside, both options use the same single pivot suspension design, and the same geometry setup. Focus has aimed to maximise the Spine’s agility in tight singletrack, with a short chain stay length and a steep seat tube angle keeping the rider weight forward over the bars. Smaller 27.5in diameter wheels allow the Spine to change direction quickly when required, and the efficient suspension design minimises lag when you stamp on the pedals. When things get rough and technical though, the slack head tube angle helps to maintain steering stability at speed, while the 120mm travel suspension fork is ready to take on the hits as they come. Other shared features on the Spine range includes a tapered head tube, 142x12mm thru-axle dropouts and sleek internal cable routing.
The Spine range kicks off with the Spine Elite, which packs in air-adjustable suspension, Shimano SLX 2x11 shifting, and a dropper post to offer great value for money. At the top-end is the Spine C SL that rocks a SRAM 1x12 drivetrain and lightweight DT Swiss wheels.
Drive trainSRAM XX1
Gear ratios1x12 Mountain
Frame buildCarbon Mid
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