Focus Black Hills Mountain Bike

01/05/2012  //     //  General Announcements and News ( Bicycle, Triathlon, Athletics, Swimming )


Are you bored of staring at the reviews and tests of high end top level bikes those are only owned by sponsored racers on the most of review sites? Do you wonder what should an ideal mountain bike be that fits with your budget? Here is our review that meets your expectation;


Focus brand bikes which have been being sold in Erdoganlar Bisiklet in Ankara and Kessbike bike shops in Izmir for a long time, having wide variety for any kind of rider with its high quality standarts by means of being a German company. Many quality lover weekend warrior and newbies who are also interested in bicycle races, come across with the “at which price range and featured bike we should buy?” question.


I can say the bike in this review, exactly what these kind of riders expect to have, and the bike that deserves what you paid for it.




Black Hills model is an eye-catching bike by both its agressive look and its high quality powder coating paint. The most thing I liked about this bike’s look was having attractive matching color on its many components in both color options. For instance, observing the fluorescent green on saddle, suspension fork, on bottom tube and on gear/brake cables, reminds you the factory modified sport cars.









The double-butted aluminium alloy frame has been produced in 5 different sizes, as 40-44-48-52 and 56 cm. It means that this bike can be used by any height of rider by choosing the right size.


RST Blaze RL suspension fork both has 100 mm travel which is sufficient shock absorbing in XC courses, and offers comfort and safety in fast technical trails by means of its remote locking feature.




Open system, dual piston, Tektro Draco’s calipers have been combined with Shimano Alivio series brake levers.

By having hydraulic disc brake system, it offers both all-weather effectivity and also being available to join bike races. Tektro Drco calipers weigh 311 gr in the front and 327 gr in the rear.


Quick and consistent gearing has been supplied with one of the most successful series in Shimano as SLX M662. This group is also Shimano’s one of the best seller. 9 speed gear system has already been the all-type rider compatible recently and has been being produced as the easiest to find in the market.




Its hubs are disc brake compatible Concept SL both in the front and rear. Rims has been chosen as double wall Rodi Freeway. This set has been completed with stainless black spokes.

For the ones who will consider upgrade later, they can change this wheelset with an upper model.

I can say the crankset SR Suntour XCR, goes well with the bike’s general look, attractive, having 44-32-22 chain ring ratios which makes it eligible both for racers and long tourers.

You can ignore big-looking 44 teeth chain ring, because Black Hills can provide you to be able to climb steepest hills by means of 34 teeth cog on its cassette.

This nice German brand bike stands on again well-known German tire brand Continental’s Traffic model tires. It is possible to go fast on trails with these 26 x 2.1 wide tires.

Traffic tires work on 50-65 psi and each tire weigh 840 gram. This means, tires must be one of the first upgrades who thinks bike races on light bikes in the future.



Black Hills has an oversize Concept SL riser handlebar that makes your tough trail rides more safe. More skillful riders also expecting lighter components can upgrade this bar with flat carbon high quality (like Easton EC 90) handlebar in the future.




As seat and seatpost, Black Hills comes with Concept SL series. This bike passed our test which can be an ideal first bike ever with its each details, also satisfied the riders who has higher expectations like us

Its price is about 699 euro which means you dont have to spend a fortune to get a satisfying, quality bike. For the ones who want the best and who have even higher expectations than Black Hills, wait for our review about Focus Raven 1.0.



Fatih Buzgan









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