Focus Black Forest 3.0 – just in

New hardtail 29er from German manufacturer Focus

Rather than being a type of gateau, the Focus Black Forest 3.0 is actually a hardtail 29er with a Shimano drivetrain and a price of £949.99/ $1,599.99 – not as tasty as its namesake of a dessert, but much more fun.


As you can see, it’s an aluminium-framed hardtail with 29in wheels. Its 30 gears are an all-Shimano affair thanks to a 3×10 drivetrain consisting of a Shimano crankset and mechs (XT rear, SLX front) and an 11-36T cassette controlled by Deore shifters.

Braking is handled by Avid’s Elixir 1 hydraulic disc package, and suspension duties fall to a RockShox XC32 fork with 100mm of travel.

Focus’ house brand, Concept, provide the bar and stem as well as the wheels and hubs, which connect to the trail through a set of Continental Race King tyres. The saddle and seatpost are also from Concept.

For more information see the Focus website.


For a full review of the Focus Black Forest 3.0 29er see Mountain Biking UK issue 291, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.