Focus 2016 Spine Elite

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Focus 2016 Spine Elite




Technical changes of the components and errors excepted.

Frame SPINE120, alloy
Fork RockShox Recon Silver, 120 mm, 15 mm QR
Brakes Shimano M396, 180 mm /180 mm
Cassette SRAM PG-1020
Rear derailleur Shimano XT, 10-speed
Shifter Shimano SL-M610, 10-speed
Crankset Shimano FC-M615, BSA
Gear ratio front: 38/24, rear: 11-36
Rear shock RockShox Monarch RT HV, 184/44, custom tune, 120 mm travel
Handlebar Concept SL, flat
Stem Concept SL
Saddle Concept EX
Seatpost Concept SL, 31,6 mm, 350 mm
Wheelset Shimano Deore CL, 142x12 / 15 mm thru axle, Concept EX rim 584-23
Tires Continental X-King 2.2
Front derailleur Shimano FD-M616, 2x10, high direct mount

The 2016 Focus Spine Elite is a mid-range trail bike. Focus has built the Spine Elite around 27.5″ wheels, considering them optimal for trail and technical riding, pairing them with Continental’s X-King tread for high traction in varied terrain.
Trail and technical XC riders will appreciate the Spine’s frame; all-aluminum, it’s suspended front and rear with Rock Shox, the Monarch shock custom tuned by Focus, delivering a sure-footed ride that keeps a strong grip on the trail.
Componentry is top-notch, including a quick, clean-shifting Shimano XT mix drivetrain, Concept’s lightweight, sturdy cockpit, and M396 hydraulic disc brakes, here gripping big 180mm rotors for precise control.
A very good trail bike.


The performance

The bike immediately feels good thanks to your central position. Given the super low top tube and the compact rear, you’re basically part of the bike. We set up the suspension ourselves – following Focus’s recommendations – and gave both front and rear 25% sag. This setup gave the Spine a super agile and drive-neutral nature. On steep climbs we were thankful for the XLoc lever that blocks the suspension (not lockout!) which guarantees traction and minimizes risk of the rear breaking out. In addition, the steep 75° seat angle enables rapid and comfortable climbing. Seriously, even those long and thankless climbs that you often dread take on a new lease of fun on the Spine – well, as much as that’s possible!