FOCUS tout their JARIFA FAT PRO as possessing ‘full control’ and ‘limitless traction,’ which is enough to get us hooked. The eye-catching red paintjob and fat tires immediately make it the looker of the bunch, but will it keep our attention once we’re on the saddle?
FOCUS haven’t tried to disguise what’s at the core of the JARIFA FAT PRO: fat tires and a fat battery give it a commanding presence. It’s fueled by a 250 watt Impulse EVO RS motor with 80 Nm torque that’s been developed for use on all the e-bikes that belong to Derby Cycle Holding (FOCUS’s parents, you could say). The motor is fed by a giant 612 Wh battery, which has been unceremoniously placed on the downtube and is unlikely to be held up as a beacon on integration. Fortunately, it rides well enough for this faux pas to be forgiven pretty rapidly. The JARIFA’s position gives a subtle racer-stretch, and rewards any effort with some generous forward thrust. The levels of pedal-assist strike us as well balanced and are easy to flick through with the ergonomic lever. The bike is built with great parts chosen by FOCUS, with highlights including the first-rate SRAM GX1 shifters, SRAM Guide brakes, and a dropper post with remote lever coming as stock. Thanks to the grippy Schwalbe Rocket Ron Plus tires, the bike doesn’t just have traction en masse for the climbs, but also a ton in reserve for the descents – plus comfort.
If agility is high on your priority list then swap the 90 mm stem for a shorter 60 mm version, but that’s not to say that the JARIFA doesn’t have an agile side: we reckon it offers a superb mix of smoothness and agility. There’s a shift sensor that you can set up on the display which will interrupt the motor while shifting to minimize stress – we lowered this to a minimum to improve the climbing performance. Touring cyclists can also use the computer to navigate thanks to a free smartphone app.[/emaillocker]
The FOCUS JARIFA in detail
Fork RockShox Reba R 100 mm
Motor / Battery Impulse EVO RS / 612 Wh
Brakes SRAM Guide R
Drivetrain SRAM GX1
Seat post Concept EX Drop
Stem Concept EX
handlebar Concept EX
Tires Schwalbe Rocket Ron 2.8″
Wheels Concept EX
With its excellent overall package, the FOCUS JARIFA FAT PRO dominated the test and took the top spot. A super well-specced bike, its giant battery and balanced handling render it a hit for trails as well as longer, more adventurous rides. The battery integration could definitely be improved though.
- Balanced handling
- Great spec
- Huge range
- High levels of comfort and stability
- Battery integration
For more information head to the official website of the manufacturer!
For an overview of the test fleet head to the main article: What’s the best E-MTB you can buy for less than € 4000? We test 6 leading bikes
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Words: Photos: Christoph Bayer, Noah Haxel