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 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!