Mountain bikes and especially electric mountain bikes aren't always on the sleek side, shall we say. The Focus Jarifa² 6.8 Nine is an exception. A slim frame with a very neat geometry gives the a bike a light, un-clunky look that we really like. The sage green frame goes well with the tan tyre-wall and overall the bike gives off the impression of a classic, cross-country MTB.
Enjoy Bosch's Latest Improvements
Within that stylish frame is the latest Bosch CX motor - now on generation 4. More powerful uphill than ever before and with a very smooth action, you can be confident from the first pedal stroke that you'll climb any steep slope you encounter. We were seriously impressed at how small the motor is these days, and yet there is more power. All credit to the German manufacturers for this improvement. Alongside that is a 625wh battery. You want long battery life? You got it. We reckon, with sensible use of the e-assistance, you'll get 60-85 miles per charge.
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We've tested this bike on urban roads as well and can tell you that the 29inch wheels and 100mm front suspension are extremely good at taking on potholes in the road surface. As with all ' 29er' electric mountain bikes, it is likely that you will find it a fun alternative mode of transport around town as well as for your cross-country escapes. The bike very helpfully comes with pre-made mounting points in the frame so it's easy to add a rack, mudguards and kickstand should you want to convert it to an urban bike.
Summary: A seriously stylish and versatile e-hardtail that we know you'll use for more than just cross-country riding.
As with all our e-bikes, this is available to test-ride. Contact your nearest showroom to reserve your slot. Size guide: XS 36cm / M 44cm / L 48cm
Bosch Performance CX (gen 4) motor gives a huge boost uphill
Long battery life
625wh battery plus the ability to extend to 1125wh
Easy to accessorise
Pre-installed mounting points if you want to add accessories later.
Key Electric Features:
Bosch Performance CX Gen4, 250 W
Downtube, integrated, removable
SR Suntour XCR 32 RLR, remote lockout, 110x15 mm QR, 100mm travel
Founded in 1993 by world cyclocross champion Mike Kluge, Focus, who are based in Stuttgart, Germany, have made a name for themselves as innovative, competitive bike manufacturers bringing new ideas to the cycling world such as their unique rear suspension design and integrated battery systems. Focus electric bikes are typically bought by sportier riders who are after a lighter frame and punchy motor.