Focus Paralane2 9.8 Electric Road Bike
The Paralane squared electric road bike is a brand new model for 2019. The 9.8 is the entry level model comprising of a lightweight aluminium frame & carbon fork, Shimano 105 shifting and sleek DT Swiss wheels with the innovative Focus R.A.T. thru-axle system.
Support is provided by the 252 Wh Fazua Eviation system
Focus utilises a 250 watt motor from German experts FAZUA to provide the neatly integrated power unit for the Paralane2 9.8 Disc Electric Road Bike. The unit sits in the down tube of the frame, keeping the weight low down for good handling, but can be removed completely if not needed. This takes a very handy 3.3kgs off the weight of the bicycle and is of no detriment to the frame’s integrity. When in use the power can be set to give three levels of assistance and will decouple itself automatically from the drivetrain when not needed.
The aluminium frame that Focus developed for the Paralane2 9.8 uses a wider hub spacing in order to better match the chain line with the bigger bottom bracket necessitated by the motor housing. This improved chain line eliminates the ghost shifting that can sometimes occur with e-bikes, and actually reduces chain wear as well. The frame also features seatstays, chainstays and a seat tube which have been designed to add a degree of comfort to the ride by flexing slightly vertically to iron out road imperfections. Coupled with the ability to take 35mm tyres and the fact that Focus include Curana C-Lite mudguards with the bike all makes the Paralane2 9.8 Disc Electric Road Bike a very versatile machine.
Shimano’s rather smart looking Ultegra R8000 groupset adds real performance and reliability to the Paralane2 9.8. The very wide range of 11-speed gears provide a great choice of ratios to keep things spinning along, whilst the Shimano Ultegra R8020 hydraulic disc brakes with their 160mm rotors will perform tirelessly to slow things back down again when required.
FRAME: Focus alloy E-Road, disc, road boost 148x12mm through axle, R.A.T. Evo technology, flat mount 140mm, internal brake and gear cable routing
FORK: Focus carbon, disc, road boost 110x12mm RAT through axle, RAT Evo Technology, flat mount 140mm, internal brake cable routing
STEM: BBB Deluxe, aluminium, 31.8mm, +/- 7 degree
HANDLEBAR: BBB Deluxe, aluminium, drop: 125mm, reach: 70mm
FRONT BRAKE: Shimano Ultegra R8020 hydraulic disc, 160mm
REAR BRAKE: Shimano Ultegra R8020 hydraulic disc, 160mm
BRAKE LEVERS: Shimano Ultegra R8020
FRONT DERAILLEUR: Shimano Ultegra R8000
REAR DERAILLEUR: Shimano Ultegra R8000
SHIFT LEVERS: Shimano Ultegra R8020
CASSETTE: Shimano Ultegra R8020 11-34T
CRANKSET: FSA aluminium arm, 50-34T
FRONT WHEEL: DT Swiss RR521 SPLINE DB, 32mm height with DT Swiss 370 boost hub
REAR WHEEL: DT Swiss RR521 SPLINE DB, 32mm height with DT Swiss 370 boost hub
FRONT TYRE: Continental Ultra Sport II, 700 x 28C, clincher
REAR TYRE: Continental Ultra Sport II, 700 x 28C, clincher
SADDLE: Prologo Scratch
SEATPOST: BBB Deluxe, aluminium, 27.2mm, 350mm, set-back 20mm
BATTERY: FAZUA evation, 250 Wh, removable
MOTOR: FAZUA evation, 60 Nm, 250 W
BATTERY CAPACITY: 7 Ah (250 Wh)
ACCESSORIES: Curana C-Lite mudguards
MANUFACTURER CLAIMED WEIGHT: 15.40kg (size 54cm without pedals)