We Review the Atlas 8.9 from the 8 series, the new Focus Gravel, a bike that has surprised us with its versatility and agility on different terrains, we tell you our feelings.
The Focus Atlas 8.9 it is a real gem for lovers of adventure on two wheels. It stands out for its exclusive carbon fiber frame, its elegance and resistance.
“Unleashing the 2023 Focus Atlas 8.9: Innovation Meets Adventure in Gravel Biking
Introducing the Focus Atlas 8.9, the 2023 edition that’s redefining the boundaries of gravel biking. In this article, we delve into the intricacies of this highly anticipated model from the renowned Focus Atlas 8 series. The Focus Atlas 8.9 stands out in the 2023 lineup with its blend of sportiness, comfort, and a readiness for adventure, making it an exceptional choice for the most daring cyclists.
Boasting a robust carbon fiber frame, innovative features like ample rack mounts for bikepacking, and superior gear shifting with the SRAM Rival AXS groupset, this bike is set to take your cycling experience to new heights. Let’s journey together into the heart of the Focus Atlas 8.9, exploring its specifications, performance, and unique features that set it apart in the bustling world of gravel bikes.
The best: Frame quality and behavior, weight.
It’s a bike designed for the most adventurous cyclists who don’t want to put limits on their rides. Although it’s only a gravel bike, the Focus Atlas 8.9 performs exceptionally well on terrain where other bikes in this category might be limited.
The Focus Atlas 8.9 is a high-quality Gravel, with a carbon frame, 700c rims, wide tires and a 12-speed transmission system.
The Atlas is an agile, fun and playful bike. Thoughtful details like rack mounts and mudguards have been taken into account, making it a versatile choice for long distance travel or perfect for planning a bikepacking adventure. The variety of configurations available allows saddlebags to be carried comfortably and offers multiple options for placing water bottles, ensuring all needs are met.
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The Atlas is bikepacking ready, with rack mounts on both the front fork and rear stays, and includes the top tube bag (next to the handlebars). It allows you to carry three bottle cages (two conventional inside the main triangle and an additional one at the bottom of the diagonal tube), and even add two more to the sides of the fork.
Documentation please. The bag on the top tube is the perfect size to carry some bars or gel, and also the documentation always at hand. The CIS power features a bolt on the bottom that collects the brake cables.
Inside Look: The Comprehensive Technical Sheet of the Focus Atlas 8
Undoubtedly one of the things that we can highlight the most is its comfort, The 90 mm FOCUS CIS power is the perfect complement to a retouched geometry compared to the Atlas of the 6 series, with a shorter steering tube, and the dimensions more focused on sportier use, without losing the comfort that previous versions boasted, but making it more agile.
All the necessary The front fork, entirely in carbon fiber, has three support threads to be able to carry bottle cages or saddlebags. The wheels of Swiss origin DT Swiss GR1600 are a guarantee of resistance and good rolling.
The stiffness of the frame and the DT Swiss GR 1600 wheels contribute to an efficient power transfer and a feeling of stability on varied terrain, providing great confidence. Despite its robust construction, the Atlas remains light, weighing in at just over 8.7kg, allowing for a quick and agile ride.
Additionally, internal cable routing provides a clean, aerodynamic look to the bike. Due to its short pods it is very manageable and agile. The Atlas 8.9 supports up to 120 kg of cargo (including all luggage and the rider) and is available in five sizes (XS to XL), and three versions from €2,999.
Design Focus. Focus has designed this rear saddlebag holder, Adventure Rack, which, in addition to being removable, can support up to 6 kg of weight, and is compatible with fenders. It is made of aluminum.
When it comes to shifting, the SRAM Rival AXS is known for its performance and precision. With its wireless technology, it offers smooth and effortless changes. It is durable and solid and appreciates the use of monoplate to increase the simplicity when changing.
Up to 45 mm damped. With 700c wheels as standard, the Atlas 8.9 can ride wheels up to 45mm wide, and if you opt for 650b wheels, that width can be even wider, making it a full land
To improve: We could ask for more simplicity in the power adjustment.
A versatile and durable option to explore any terrain.
|Carbon fiber, CIS integration, press fit BB86, 148×12 mm
|Carbon fiber disc, shaft 110×12 mm
|SRAM Press Fit DUB 86
|SRAM Rival AXS
|SRAM Rival AXS 12v
|SRAM Rival eTap
|SRAM Rival 160mm
|Easton EC70 AX
|Easton EC70 carbon fiber, 27.2 mm
|DT Swiss GR1600
|WTB Riddler 45mm
Geometry: A 1.046. B 425. C 425. D 514. E 567. F73.5º. G 70.5th. H 130 I 395. J 583.
Our conclusion about Focus Atlas 8 series 2023.
In conclusion, the Focus Atlas 8.9, as we’ve seen throughout this review, is a versatile and well-equipped gravel bike that excels on various terrains. Its carbon fiber frame offers both durability and lightness, contributing to its agile performance.
The wide array of thoughtful features, such as mount options for bikepacking or long-distance travels, and the top tube bag for easy access to essentials, speaks to the comprehensive design approach Focus has taken with the Atlas 8.9. Furthermore, the SRAM Rival AXS groupset ensures reliable and smooth gear shifting, while the DT Swiss GR 1600 wheels add to its robustness without compromising on weight.
The Focus Atlas 8.9 truly represents a gravel bike that doesn’t limit your adventure, a testament to Focus’ commitment to pushing the boundaries of what gravel bikes can achieve. This model is a noteworthy addition to the Focus Atlas 8 series, and a worthy consideration for any cyclist seeking to combine sportiness, comfort, and adventure into one package.
More information at www.focus-bikes.com.