We generally hate using cars as a point of comparison for electric bikes. There is hardly a similarity between a 150 MPH Ferrari and even our fastest electric bikes, no matter how paralyzed the car may be by speed restrictions, stop signs, and traffic. But sometimes a comparison can be useful, especially to the novice who has never had the pleasure of trying an electric bike. The Focus Jarifa Speed is a case in point. How do you get across the benefits of a Panasonic mid-drive motor, or the quick handling of lightweight 26” rims, or the incredible stopping power of Avid Elixir hydraulic disc brakes? Well, we’ve succumbed to the car analogy and can often be heard comparing the Focus Jarifa Speed to a high end manual transmission sports car, a Ferrari, if you will.
Like a quick little coupe, you start this bike in a low gear and work your way up as you gain speed. Since the motor runs through your transmission as opposed to applying power directly to the axle (like the OHM and Bionx) the gear you’re in really matters. The importance of gearing connects you much more to the road and the terrain, which means you are a much more active rider than on some of our other electric bikes.
The other big similarity between our bike and a supercar is speed: the Focus absolutely flies. As it comes from the manufacturer, the Panasonic motor on the Focus will assist you upwards of 28 MPH, making this the fastest bike we sell and requiring that you have or obtain an M1 classification on your license. We can gear the bike differently to keep the motor assisting within the legal limit of 20MPH, but if you like fast you are going to love this bike. ->