Focus Paralane Squared Electric Road Bike preview
Saturday 28 July 2018, Filed in: Product News
The Focus Paralane2 is a new range for 2019. In this article we go over the different models of the new supercharged electric road bike.
What is it?
The Focus Paralane2 is an electric road bike. Electric road bikes have been done before, so the concept in itself isn't new, but Focus have undoubtedly come up with an innovative entry to the market that could be revolutionary in the world of e-bikes.
Why is it such a gamechanger? Just look at it for starters. It's an attractive bike; which can't always be said for electric bikes. We already know Focus are good with making carbon strong and light at the same time. The Izalco Max disc frameset is one of the lightest disc specific frames on the market (it was the lightest when it was released). Their experience and knowledge has filtered through to the Paralane squared, and the carbon frame models incorporate Focus' new Focus Integration Technology (F.I.T.). This technology refers to the fibres of the carbon, which are proportioned to maximise strength and stiffness, whilst keeping weight to a minimum. Clearly the frame has to be stronger than a traditional road bike in order to take the battery and motor, so it is impressive that Focus have managed to make the range-topping model come in at less than 13kg including battery & motor.
The extra support is provided by the FAZUA Eviation System; a compact and lightweight drive that provides 250wh (up to 400w) of assistance up to a speed 25km/h. As with all (legal) e-bikes, the assistance cuts out once you hit the speed threshold. However, unlike other e-bikes, the Paralane2 is light and rides like a normal bike without any friction once you get past the 25km/h barrier. The battery & motor unit is removable and can be replaced by a cover if you want to save 3.3 kilos and ride unsupported.
As with the standard Paralane models, the Paralane squared is really versatile. It can take up to 35mm wide tyres, meaning you could easily take it on gravel tracks too. All models are supplied with Focus' innovative Rapid Axle Technology thru-axles, allowing for quick removal and installation of wheels.
Who is it for?
As with previous attempts at electric road bikes, the assistance provided by the motor opens the Paralane2 up to those who aren't strong or fit enough to get out into the hills and tackle long distances. Being the lightest e-road bike, the Paralane2 will do this better than anything else.
However, that's not necessarily who Focus have made this for. It is made as a training partner for road riders. We've all been on rides where there's a horrible headwind home when we'd rather just take it easy. The Paralane2 enables riders to overcome this barrier. Sick of doing your easy rides on the flat roads? The Paralane2 will provide the assistance to make the hills a breeze whilst still giving the sensation of riding a lightweight racer. Basically, it's a road bike that lets riders take it easy when they need to. We can definitely see the uses for the Paralane squared.
The 6.8 is the entry-level model and is supplied with Shimano 105 shifting & hydraulic disc brakes, smart aluminium DT Swiss rims and aluminium BBB's 'basic' finishing kit. £3599.
The 6.9 comes with an upgrade to Shimano Ultegra shifting and stopping power as well as the lighter BBB 'deluxe' aluminium finishing kit. £4099.
There are 4 different carbon models in the Paralane squared range. These all have a full carbon frame and fork and incorporate the F.I.T. technology.
The 9.6 is the entry to the carbon models and comes with Shimano 105 shifting and braking, the super-comfortable CPX Plus carbon seatpost and BBB 'basic' aluminium bar & stem. DT Swiss aluminium wheels are present again to complete a sleek aesthetic. £4599.
The 9.7 again has an upgrade to a Shimano Ultegra groupset and the lighter BBB 'deluxe' aluminium bar & stem. £5499.
The Paralane2 9.8 has the same spec. as the 9.7 but upgrades to electronic shifting with Shimano Ultegra Di2 and a carbon arm FSA crankset. £6399.
The 9.9 is the top of the range model and comprises of only the finest components. Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 electronic shifting and hydraulic disc brakes feature as well as an upgraded full-carbon DT Swiss wheelset. Easton EC90 carbon aero bars also provide a bit of extra bling and performance. £9299.
Why buy from Cyclesense?
We offer 0% finance up to 24 months, enabling you to spread the cost of the bike in a more comfortable fashion. Read about our finance options here.
We also have a rather unique offer where we provide free servicing for the lifetime of all electric bikes we sell. Read more about this here.
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