By LYDIA TANNER
For 2018 Focus will be launching two e-mountain bikes in the US. The full-suspension JAM² and the hardtail BOLD² are designed around Shimano’s new STePS e8000 platform to provide a natural-feeling electric assist.
Shimano’s new STePS e8000 e-bike drivetrain has been available on Focus e-mountain bikes (and others) in Europe for about a year, but will be offered for the first time on Focus models in the US this January. Compared to most electric bike motors out there, the e8000 system offers similar torque and battery life (250 watts, 70Nm torque) but it also boasts more user-friendly advantages…