Focus Jam trail bike a departure from usual XC focus

F.O.L.D. suspension design a two-phase rear wheel motion action

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Focus Jam

With 140mm of F.O.L.D. suspension technology the Jam is Focus’ most versatile trail bike.

German-based Focus Bikes may be better known in the U.S. for their extensive support of cyclocross and XC racing, but the brand’s recent updates to their suspension platform is a clear indicator they are gunning to capture a piece of the ever-expanding trail bike market. F.O.L.D. or “Focus Optimized Linkage Design” is a departure from the brand’s previous linkage-driven, single pivot suspension.

Focus F.O.L.D.

F.O.L.D. is a clean and compact linkage system leaving plenty of room for a bottle cage, maybe even a frame bag.

F.O.L.D.’s clean aesthetic drew us in but like most other brands, an overzealous promise of efficiency, stability, and suppleness can be lost in the marketing fluff.

Focus explains the design simply as a two-phase action in the motion of the rear wheel. The first phase of travel, F.O.L.D works digressively with an initial suppleness soaking up small bumps while also aiding in traction. A second phase offers a simple progressive ramp spring rate maintaining both plushness and feedback while still ensuring enough bottom-out resistance, says Focus. This suspension design is then mated with dedicated tuned shocks specific to the F.O.L.D.’s two-phase motion.

Focus Jam

Sleek lines, hidden cables, and hip colors have made Focus popular in the past and it’s nice to see them continuing the trend with their new bikes and technologies.

F.O.L.D. will be available on two of Focus’ traditional full suspension mountain bikes, the Jam and the O1E, and also on their new Shimano-driven Full Suspension e-bike, the Jam².

Focus Jam² E-bike

E-bikes are all the rage and Focus has taken that technology to the next level with their Jam², a versatile trail bike that utilizes Shimano E-bike technology to get riders into more remote places with less effort.

Sporting 140mm of rear travel, the JAM is Focus’ new do-it-all trail bike utilizing the F.O.L.D. technology. The Jam line is made up of a carbon and aluminum frame option, with three build options on either. Riders can also choose between either Shimano or SRAM drivetrains and Fox and RockShox suspension. All models integrate a clean design characteristic with functional features like internal routing and even a bottle cage mount.

Focus Jam² E-bike

The sleek Jam² looks very similar to a traditional trail bike, but hidden within its massive downtube is Shimano’s M8000 or M6000 drive unit. This pedal-assist feature gives riders three assist modes: Eco, Trail, and Boost, plus the addition of a walking assist mode when even the e-MTB can’t get up the hills.

If you’re looking for something to tackle more cross-country oriented riding, the O1E offers 100mm of F.O.L.D. suspension technology mated to a MAX carbon frame with full carbon linkage. Designed and tested around the rigors of World Cup XC racing, the O1e is a pure-bred competition machine.

Focus XC

Focus’ O1E 100mm travel cross country bike is the shortest travel bike to utilize the new F.O.L.D. suspension design and has been under significant R&D in partnership with the Focus Pro Mountain Bike team’s Stephen Ettinger, who piloted this rig to a 9th place finish at the 2017 Sea Otter Classic.

Riders looking for a little assistance but still yearning for the capabilities of a solid trail bike will appreciate the thoughtful integration of F.O.L.D. into the Jam². A Shimano powered, pedal assist, go anywhere e-bike with capabilities and spec package of a full-bore trail bike. Jam² is another prime example of where e-bike technology is headed, just don’t tell your local land manager.

All new Focus bikes are available now through your local dealer and more information can be found at

This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2017 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. For more from Sea Otter CLICK HERE.

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