Scandinavian elegance straight out of Stuttgart – with its sophisticated design language and excellent build-quality, the FOCUS JAM² 7.9 is reminiscent of a Volvo – and it also feels like one! The Shimano EP8 motor and clever details make it suitable both for touring and trail adventures. But does this make it the perfect all-rounder?

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FOCUS JAM² 7.9 | Shimano EP8/720 Wh | 150/150 mm (f/r)
25.56 kg in size L | € 6,299 | Manufacturer’s website

The FOCUS JAM² 7.9 is the Volvo among eMTBs. Needless to say, functionality goes hand in hand with German… erm, sorry, Scandinavian elegance. With its distinctive design, the JAM² 7.9 is understated yet at the same time extremely elegant. On top of that, it inspires lots of confidence – just like a Volvo during a moose test. The intuitive handling appeals to both beginners and advanced riders. The FOCUS is particularly well-suited for touring, offering a high level of comfort and useful features such as the frame bag on the down tube and charge port on the top tube, which both underline the functional character of the bike. However, the JAM² 7.9 doesn’t shy away from sporty riders either, cutting just as good a figure on trails. Unlike Volvo, the German bike manufacturer doesn’t offer a corrosion protection warranty, but then again, you don’t need one with the FOCUS! The robust and burly alloy frame looks like it’s made from one piece and distinguishes itself through its harmonious design language. Moreover, the JAM² has a whopping 150 kg maximum permissible weight, leaving 124 kg for a fully-kitted rider!

With love for detail – The clever features of the FOCUS JAM² 7.9

At the heart of the FOCUS JAM² 7.9 lies a 85 Nm Shimano EP8 motor, which is beautifully integrated into the frame and offset laterally to the drive side. The 720 Wh battery is neatly integrated into the down tube and can be removed with a downward motion by undoing a solid Allen bolt. When you’re low on juice, you can charge your battery up using the well-positioned and neatly-integrated charge port, which is of higher quality and thus less prone to damage compared to other bikes with a similar design, like the Canyon Spectral:ON.

The FOCUS JAM² 7.9 doesn’t like to brag and is elegantly understated!

Not only does the power button turn on the bike, but also allows you to charge a smartphone or external navigation device.
The flush-fitted charge port for the 720 Wh battery is of very high quality.
The frame bag on the down tube offers enough room to stow away trail essentials like a spare inner tube, multitool or a little snack.
The in-house C.I.S. stem swallows all the cables and allows FOCUS to dispense with cable ports on the frame.


€ 6,299


Motor Shimano EP8 85 Nm
Battery FOCUS 720 Wh
Display Shimano SC-EM 8000
Fork FOX 36 Rhythm 150 mm
Rear Shock FOX Float X Performance 150 mm
Seatpost Post Moderne 170 mm
Brakes Shimano XT M8120 200/200 mm
Drivetrain Shimano XT/SLX 12
Stem FOCUS C.I.S. 50 mm
Handlebar FOCUS 800 mm
Wheelset RaceFace AR30 29"
Tires MAXXIS Minion DHR II 2.6"

Technical Data

Size S - XL
Weight 25.56 kg
Perm. total weight 150 kg
Max. payload (rider/equipment) 124 kg
Trailer approval yes
Kickstand mount yes

The 85 Nm Shimano EP8 motor is beautifully integrated into the frame and offset laterally/inwards.
The FOCUS JAM² 7.9 comes standard with a discreet frame protection tape that prevents scuffs and paint chips.
The FOX 36 Performance fork does a great job on flowing trails but loses definition on rough terrain, especially with heavy riders…
… which in combination with the large-volume 2.6″ MAXXIS Minion DHF tires, makes for vague handling on fast trails.
Size S M L XL
Seat tube 390 mm 420 mm 450 mm 470 mm
Top tube 572 mm 602 mm 637 mm 671 mm
Head tube 105 mm 110 mm 130 mm 150 mm
Head angle 65.0° 65.0° 65.0° 65.0°
Seat angle 76.0° 76.0° 76.0° 76.0°
Chainstays 448 mm 448 mm 448 mm 448 mm
BB Drop 25 mm 25 mm 25 mm 25 mm
Wheelbase 1,192 mm 1,224 mm 1,262 mm 1,301 mm
Reach 420 mm 450 mm 480 mm 510 mm
Stack 612 mm 617 mm 635 mm 653 mm
Helmet POC Tectal Race MIPS | Glasses 100% Glendale | Backpack FOX Utility Hydration Pack
Jersey Rapha Arctic Camo Trail | Shorts GORE WEAR Passion | Shoes Five Ten Freerider DLX

Not only does the beautifully-accentuated power button fire up the motor but also allows you to charge a mobile phone or navigation device via the integrated USB-C port. Just as practical is the frame bag on the down tube, which isn’t nearly as spacious as a Volvo estate car, but offers enough space to stow away all your trail essentials like a multitool, spare inner tube and a snack. The bottle cage adapter allows you to carry a big 750 ml water bottle on all frame sizes. Moreover, the rear end features a discrete kickstand mount. Just as discreet is the standard frame protection film, which prevents minor scuffs and paint chips. Countless cables make for a crowded and untidy-looking cockpit. However, the in-house C.I.S. stem routes all cables internally through the headset directly into the frame, allowing FOCUS to dispense with conventional cable ports. Unfortunately, the clamps are very tight and kink the cables slightly.

Everything you need – The FOCUS JAM² 7.9 on the trail

The FOCUS JAM² 7.9 has a relaxed and upright pedalling position, which makes it suitable for long tours. The weight is evenly distributed between the hands and saddle and the plush suspension adds to the excellent comfort. The FOX 36 Performance fork and FLOAT X Performance air shock control 150 mm travel at the front and rear, respectively. While the Shimano-powered FOCUS negotiates steep technical climbs without breaking a sweat, here, it lags behind the Moustache Trail 7 with its potent Bosch motor. Downhill, the FOCUS offers balanced and intuitive handling, both on flowing and technical trails, responding to steering input with great precision and reassuring inexperienced riders with its plush suspension.

With its relaxed and upright pedalling position, the FOCUS JAM² 7.9 is perfectly suited for epic backcountry expeditions.

Unfortunately, the plushness comes at the expense of support, causing the suspension to blow through its travel and swallow up the rider’s input like a sandbag, making it hard for experienced and fast riders to play with the terrain. With heavy riders, the fork reaches its limit on rough terrain, offering less lateral stiffness than the RockShox Zeb of the Rossignol and MERIDA, thus making it hard to hold your line through brake bumps and rock gardens at high speeds. Together with the large volume 2.6” MAXXIS Minion DHF tires, this makes for rather nervous and vague handling. Overall, the FOCUS isn’t your bike of choice for rowdy trail sessions. In our best eMTB of 2022 group test, the JAM² 7.0 flagship model impressed our test team with excellent all-round and touring qualities. Compared to its high-end counterpart, the affordable JAM² 7.9 offers an even better price-performance ratio. The FOX 36 fork may not be as potent as a ZEB or a FOX 38, but the FOCUS delivers an excellent performance on the trail nevertheless.

Tuning tip: sporty riders should add volume spacers to the fork and shock

The FOCUS implements steering input with great precision and reassures inexperienced riders with its plush suspension.









Value for Money






Intended Use

Everyday use



Fast & rowdy

Technical climbing


The FOCUS JAM² 7.9 is the Volvo among eMTBs, impressing with painstaking attention to detail and top-notch build quality. The FOCUS feels at home on long tours, where it offers the same excellent level of comfort as the MERIDA and Moustache. On singletracks, the FOCUS JAM² 7.9 delivers a solid performance, convincing with intuitive and confidence-inspiring handling. However, the fork reaches its limits on steep and rough terrain. Playful trail acrobats are better off with a livelier bike.


  • countless lovingly-implemented detail solutions
  • good integration of the motor/battery system
  • intuitive handling
  • high total permissible weight


  • suspension doesn’t offer enough support at high speeds
  • internally-routed cables are bent in the cockpit area

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The test field

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All bikes in test: Bulls Sonic EVO AM-SL1 (Click for review) | Canyon Spectral:ON CF8 (Click for review) | Centurion Numinis R2700i (Click for review) | FOCUS JAM² 7.9 | Giant Trance X E+19 (Click for review) | MERIDA eONE-SIXTY 975 (Click for review) | Mondraker Crafty R (Click for review) | Moustache Trail 7 (Click for review) | Orbea Rise H15 (Click for review) | Rossignol Mandate Shift XT (Click for review) | SCOTT Patron eRide 920 (Click for review)

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Words & Photos: Mike Hunger

About the author

Mike Hunger

From slopestyle and landscape photography to enduro and action shots. Mike enjoys trying new things and loves action. He also loves craftsmanship, regularly going on road trips with his VW Syncro van, which he restored and converted himself. Of course, his bike and his camera are always with him so that he can ride the finest trails from Italy to the Alps and capture the most beautiful moments. Thanks to his training as an industrial mechanic, his experience in cycling and his photographic skills, he can apply his know-how perfectly as a bike journalist, testing the latest bikes and components and documenting his findings. As a photography nerd, he also captures the reviews with his camera and ensures that the magazine features only the best images.