Focus Jarifa I29 Pro Review

Focus Jarifa I29 Pro Electric Bike Review
Focus Jarifa I29 Pro
Focus Jarifa I29 Pro Impulse 3 Evo Mid Drive Motor
Focus Jarifa I29 Pro Impulse Battery 603 Watt Hours
Focus Jarifa I29 Pro Fixed Display Panel Bluetooth Gps
Focus Jarifa I29 Pro Velo Concept Ex Saddle Dropper Post
Focus Jarifa I29 Pro Rockshox Recon Silver Tk Air Fork
Focus Jarifa I29 Pro 11 Speed Sram Gx Derailleur
Focus Jarifa I29 Pro 180 Mm Shimano M615 Hydraulic Disc Brakes Qr
Focus Jarifa I29 Pro 3 Amp Charger Energybus Magnetic
Focus Jarifa I29 Pro Electric Bike Review
Focus Jarifa I29 Pro
Focus Jarifa I29 Pro Impulse 3 Evo Mid Drive Motor
Focus Jarifa I29 Pro Impulse Battery 603 Watt Hours
Focus Jarifa I29 Pro Fixed Display Panel Bluetooth Gps
Focus Jarifa I29 Pro Velo Concept Ex Saddle Dropper Post
Focus Jarifa I29 Pro Rockshox Recon Silver Tk Air Fork
Focus Jarifa I29 Pro 11 Speed Sram Gx Derailleur
Focus Jarifa I29 Pro 180 Mm Shimano M615 Hydraulic Disc Brakes Qr
Focus Jarifa I29 Pro 3 Amp Charger Energybus Magnetic

Summary

  • A super clean looking hardtail electric bike with unique side-swivel battery, the display gives you access to many advanced mode settings including shift sensing delay and climb assist
  • Available in three sizes for improved fit, the high-step diamond frame is stiff and mounts well on hang style racks, quick release wheels with thru-axles for improved strength
  • Large battery capacity for longer rides, upgraded gen 3 Impulse motor with up to 100 Nm of torque output, relatively light thanks to the air fork (remote lockout on the fork and remote drop on the seat post)
  • The display is kind of thick and not removable but it does swivel and has a Micro USB charging port built into the back, limited mounting options at the rear of the bike for adding a rack

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Introduction

Make:

Focus

Model:

Jarifa I29 Pro

Price:

$4,299 USD

Body Position:

Forward

Suggested Use:

Trail, Mountain

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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Warranty:

2 Year Comprehensive

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

2017

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

50.5 lbs (22.9 kg)

Battery Weight:

6.9 lbs (3.12 kg)

Motor Weight:

8.4 lbs (3.81 kg)

Frame Material:

Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

16.54 in (42.01 cm)18.11 in (45.99 cm)19.69 in (50.01 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

31.5" Stand Over Height

Frame Types:

High-Step

Frame Colors:

Gloss Red with Matte Black and Orange Accents

Frame Fork Details:

RockShox Recon Silver TK, Solo Air, Remote Lockout, 100 mm Travel, 15 mm Thru-Axle, Quick Release

Frame Rear Details:

12/142 mm Thru-Axle with Quick Release

Attachment Points:

Bottle Cage Bosses, Rear Fender Bosses

Gearing Details:

11 Speed 1x11 SRAM GX, 11-42T

Shifter Details:

SRAM GX Triggers on Right

Cranks:

Miranda 39 R 15 170 mm, Aluminum Alloy, Black, 36T

Pedals:

Concept Plastic Platform

Headset:

CROS Tapered 1-1/8"

Stem:

Concept EX, 7° Rise, 90 mm Length

Handlebar:

Concept EX Flat, 28.75" Length

Brake Details:

Shimano M615 Hydraulic Disc with 180 mm Rotors, Shimano M615 Levers

Grips:

Concept Flat Rubber, Locking

Saddle:

Concept EX by Velo

Seat Post:

Aluminum Alloy, Concept EX with Remote Drop

Seat Post Length:

300 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

31.6 mm

Rims:

DT-Swiss M1900, Black

Spokes:

15G Stainless Steel, Black

Tire Brand:

Continental XKING 2.2, 29" x 2.2"

Wheel Sizes:

29 in (73.66cm)

Tire Details:

65 Max PSI

Tube Details:

Presta Valve

Accessories:

Aluminum Alloy Bash Guard

Other:

Locking Removable Battery Pack, 1.8 lb 3 Amp Charger with Magnetic Energy Bus Interface

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Impulse 3.0 Evo

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Motor Torque:

100 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

Impulse

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

16.75 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

603 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

6 hours

Estimated Min Range:

55 miles (89 km)

Estimated Max Range:

125 miles (201 km)

Display Type:

Impulse Evo Smart, Fixed, Monochrome Backlit LCD with Adjustable Angle and Bluetooth App Integration for GPS Navigation

Readouts:

Battery Level with Range Estimate, Time, Assist Level (Off, Eco, Sport, Power, Ultra), Speed, Cadence, Odometer, Trip Time, Trip Distance, Trip Max Speed, Trip Average Speed, Tour Distance, Tour Average Speed, Climb Assist Mode, User Profile

Display Accessories:

Backlit Independent Button Pad Near Left Grip

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist (Measures Cadence, Pedal Torque and Bicycle Speed, Offers Physical Shift Sensing)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

The Jarifa I29 Pro is a hardtail cross country style mountain bike with 29 inch wheels for smooth fast performance on trails. Driven by the new Impulse 3.0 mid-drive motor system, it operates efficiently (running off a 36 volt battery) and offers even more torque than some of the big competing brands like Bosch, Yamaha and Brose. Delivering up to 100 Nm of torque and leveraging 11 sprockets on a SRAM GX drivetrain. The bike is an excellent climber but it produces more noise than past Impulse systems I’ve reviewed. Coming back to the wheel size for a moment, more power is required to leverage and move the larger diameter and increased tire weight so some of the upgraded power is spent right a way there. It’s nice to see an update from one of the most compact and adjustable centerdrive systems on the market, and the motor casing looks great… blending into the bottom bracket area – not hanging below the chainring at all.

The Impulse battery, display and motor work together with physical shift sensing and a deep set of options that are user accessible. Most electric bike displays don’t give you the depth and control that this one does (such as shift sensing response time and climb assist activation… where you say how long the motor keeps going even after your pedal torque drops). This lets you dial things in on the bike side instead of adapting and compromising on the human side. Even the readouts on the display are deeper with detailed infographics on the battery level as well as a percentage indicator! You can dig in pretty deep and almost get overwhelmed at first but it’s nice that you don’t need to download an app to access this stuff… it’s all built in from the start. Speaking of apps, you can sync the display to a mobile device and have it read out turn by turn GPS directions (relayed through an Impulse specific app) and the way it’s designed, your phone can be stowed the whole time… meaning it’s kept out of the way and using less power than if you had a second display going.

Unfortunately, in my opinion the Impulse display itself is a bit vulnerable because it’s more permanently fixed to the center of the handlebars which do not curve up around it, offering no protection in the event of a crash. Thankfully, the display does pivot forward and back to help you reduce glare and get a nice view but not being able to remove it sort of irks me. Especially given this is an off-road bike which is more prone to drops… it doesn’t even come with a kickstand. In my opinion, the display is also not that pretty, just thick plastic slab with grayscale readouts. It’s much different from the slim metal designs Impulse has used in years past and from the sleek designs of the competition like Bosch and Yamaha. This Impulse screen size is fairly large and you can adjust backlighting but the overall quality of the bezel doesn’t match the smooth aesthetic of the button ring used to operate it (mounted near the left bar) or the premium feel of the RockShox air fork and seat post dropper. Even the battery pack, which is perfectly integrated into the downtube, outshines the display panel.

This ebike rides well, weight is positioned low and completely integrated with the frame. The battery pack swivels in from the side leaving enough room on the seat tube for a bottle cage or other accessory. I love that it includes bosses here for mounting. When charging the pack, there’s a magnetic EnergyBus port on the side that sends both power and data (useful for software updates or diagnostics) and of course you can charge the thing on or off the frame. Keep an eye on the little magnetic cap for the charging port however as this part frequently goes missing if you forget and put it down, a little string leash might help resolve that and I’d love to see an option like this not just from Focus but all of the brands that use the Rosenberger EnergyBus design. Given the more standard 36 volt rating of the pack I was delighted to see a higher amp hour rating of 16.75 ah. That’s over half a kilowatt hour of capacity total which means you can go further on each ride.

The overall weight of the bike is at ~50 lbs which is on par with what I’d expect and the traditional diamond frame is rigid and strong. They chose a gloss red color scheme here which follows some of their other unique paint jobs from the past (purple, dark green) and it’s balanced by the black battery and sparkly black accents. I’m not sure the sparkles were necessary and considering that they don’t match the battery shell… the whole thing left me delightfully confused. There were also seams on the paint in some places that made me feel like the bike was wrapped vs. actually painted and glossed over. The bike I tested was one of the first in the United States and I don’t want to get too hung up on the aesthetics because they might be refined with the final version but it certainly was different. Focus is a premium European brand that makes sporty ebikes, the kind of stuff you’d take on a trail or hit higher speeds with. The Jarifa I29 Pro goes up to 20 mph making it a Class 1 model, most widely accepted on trails in California and other states. With some adjustment, the system should be very responsive and overall it performed well for me but not perfectly. I had a better experience with some other Focus models using the same Impulse 3.0 drive system so I’m guessing that some of the settings had been changed before my test rides. I did try to adjust them myself on the fly but had limited success. Your feedback is welcome here and again, I trust the brand and enjoyed the product overall… just felt like a few things could use some refinement. I would love to see bosses at the rear for adding a carry rack because this would make an awesome commuter slash weekend warrior. As it stands, there are some bosses for a fender and support struts which might be adaptable for racks but might not. Given the ~$4,300 price tag, this is not a cheap electric bike, especially for a hardtail. There are competing full suspension models priced similarly that also come in a range of sizes but their build quality and component group is often lower. You do get a lot of unique drive modes and a custom battery pack here but the novelty of those design elements has been eroded by the Bulls system and others that are tightly integrated, quiet and responsive. The biggest difference here would be physical shift sensing which could reduce wear on the sprockets and chain while shifting off-road… it’s too bad I couldn’t demonstrate these systems more clearly in the video but I still enjoyed the bike. Big thanks to Focus for partnering with me for this review.

Pros:

  • The bike comes in three different sizes so you can dial in fit, that’s important given the larger battery capacity which could have you riding further and the cross country / trail orientation
  • Beautifully integrated battery pack, it blends in perfectly with the black paint accents on the downtube, you can charge it on or off the bike for convenience
  • Even though this electric bike only comes in one color scheme, I love that they color matched the saddle and fork… it looks pretty nice with the upgraded Continental XKING tires
  • Both wheels feature quick release! This makes for easier flat fixes on the trail and reduces space if you’re transporting the bike in the trunk of your car, the battery also comes off easily for reducing weight by about 7 lbs
  • The suspension fork and seat post have remote switches so you can lock them out or drop them respectively, this is handy when you’re really focused on riding a challenging section of trail or ging fast and want to maintain a balanced pedaling position
  • There is a set of bottle cage bosses on the seat tube! This allows you to mount a bottle cage for liquid storage or add a mini-pump or light weight folding lock to the frame without having to wear a backpack or add a rack, note that the battery rotates out sideways so it shouldn’t collide with accessories you put here
  • Beautiful drivetrain with a quality SRAM 11 speed cassette in the rear (with SRAM GX derailleur) and a bash guard on the chain ring up front, the motor is integrated nicely – tucked up higher than the base of the chainring for maximized trail clearance and protection
  • The large 29″ tires feel steady and balanced, you get improved rolling momentum and comfort riding over cracks and bumps as well as increased cushion from the larger air capacity but they do lift the bike a bit, these wheels are good for cross country riding and would also suite taller riders who get the largest frame size
  • 15 mm thru-axle up front and 12 mm axle in the rear, these increase stiffness and wheel strength, great for off-road riding but also make it easier to line the wheels and disc brakes back up up if you take them off using the quick release
  • Focus has been a leader in the European bicycle space since it launched in 1992, founded by a cyclocross racer, and they really test their bikes thoroughly… parts are assembled and tested in Germany
  • The I29 Pro uses the latest third generation Impulse motor which offers 100 Newton meters of torque! That’s more than Bosch or Yamaha, I wasn’t able to test on super steep grades but it felt good around the streets and stayed fairly quiet (a bit louder than the older gen 2 motors)
  • The charger fills this battery 50% faster than most others I see because it’s rated at 3 Amps output, it looks nice and uses the EnergyBus magnetic port (so you won’t bend pins if it gets snagged or tripped over)
  • Overall, the bike is pretty stealthy looking, all of the cables are internally routed, you don’t have extra cables like motor inhibitors adding clutter (because it relies on torque and cadence sensing) and the battery and motor meld with the frame
  • I love that the display panel has a micro USB charging port on the back! With the right cable you could charge your phone or other portable electronics like a headlight
  • It’s great that the bike offers physical shift sensing so you can avoid mashing gears and prematurely wearing out the sprockets and chain… I’m not sure it was adjusted correctly on the demo bike I was riding because I experienced some mashing
  • There are lots of information readouts on the display including things like climb assist (so you can adjust how the bike responds to torque and cadence while pedaling), shift sensing delay and even turn by turn GPS feedback when synced with a smart phone

Cons:

  • I love to outfit hardtail bikes with racks and use them for daily commuting during the week and then trail riding on the weekend, unfortunately this one does not have a full set of rack bosses so your options for storage are limited, you might be able to use the fender boss and side support arm bosses or get a beam racks like this but note that it would have to be the one that bends up to not collide with the rear wheel, there’s also limited space to mount it given the seat post dropper (you can’t mount to the portion that slides up and down, just the base)
  • The frame design is pretty traditional with a high diamond shape, this improves strength but also raises stand over height, keep this in mind if you’re a shorter rider (note the smaller frame size options)
  • It might have just been that I was riding a demo bike but I didn’t see any kind of slap guard on the chainstay? If you’re riding off-road and using a higher gear (perhaps coasting) the chain can bounce around and chip the paint on the right stay, at least having a clear sticker would be nice
  • The charger looks nice and isn’t especially heavy but isn’t as compact as some others I see, maybe they had to make it larger to dissipate heat since it charges faster? If you’re putting it in a backpack it could take up more space but I like that one of the plugs comes out of the side to make it more compact when coiling
  • I’d welcome feedback on this point but I believe the battery pack had to be charged, locked onto the frame and then powered on before I could power up the display? Some other packs don’t require that extra step, you just power up the display and go
  • The battery mount has you sort of twisting the pack onto the downtube from the left which is neat but a little confusing at first and sometimes it sticks (I was testing a brand new bike so perhaps it wasn’t broken in yet?) I noticed that it also rattled a bit once fully mounted, it just wasn’t as solid as some other mounting designs
  • The display is sort of thick and chunky looking and I felt like the wires in the back could get bent if you angle it all the way forward, it’s also not removable… which could put it in harms way if you’re dropping a large hill and lay the bike down (some other displays can be taken off to avoid this sort of situation)

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Dewey
7 months ago

Haibike SDURO Hard Seven SM is $2500, uses a Yamaha mid-drive motor (80NM torque), and has reasonable battery range, Court's review. The Focus Jafira 29 is $2800, uses the Bosch Performance CX mid-drive motor (75NM Torque), and has a comparable battery range.

SigoriGaming
2 months ago

r u gay?

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 months ago

No, I'm just outgoing and have a slightly higher voice (was a Tenor in choir as a young guy). I am pro gay rights and have many homosexual friends but I myself have a girlfriend who I love very much :)

LeoInterHyenaem
2 months ago

May I enquire how you like the Kalkhoff Impulse Evo [RS] compared to the Bosch Performance Line [CX] and the best of Brose and Shimano? 

The display looks very unimpressive compared to the €400 Bosch Nyon.

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 months ago

My personal favorites are Bosch CX, Shimano E8000 and Brose S (tied), and then Impulse. My favorite displays are the Bosch Intuvia and then Brose and Shimano, probably Yamaha and eventually Impulse just because of how large it is. I'm not sure they are offering the Impulse motors anymore? It appears that Focus is switching to Shimano

LeoInterHyenaem
2 months ago

Agreed. Every non-carbon bicycle, regardless of its purpose / styling, must have rack bosses. Centurion even has soft tails that come with baggage racks (props to Centurion!)! 

 Also, what is it with these ugly silver stanchions?!. I'd prefer a Lefty, a RockShox RS1 or at least a Fox Kashima -stanchion fork, a RockShox SID or even a Reba, but not these cheap 3rd rate nonsense forks meant for city bikes for oldies!
 
  Also, incorporate a TAILORED ENERGY CONCEPT (T.E.C.) feature, Focus' own patent (that allows a simultaneous use of a second battery) in the Jarifa I29 line.
 Do treat the tubing and smoothen the welds to match the oblique, aerodynamic beauty of a carbon frame.
 Punch a threaded eyelet on the fork crown to add a headlight, so one is not compelled to choose between a headlight and a bar bag.
 Re-design the seat stays and the chain stays so they look very thin laterally without compromising structural integrity (compare the stays with the beautiful Mondraker ePrime [Carbon] models or ca. 2011 Cannondale Scalpels - before Cannondale randomly decided to design ugly bikes with thick stays and hideous golfing top tubes that match the HiBike eBike models in ugliness). 

  I'm considering an acquisition of a 29"-er (or a 27.5"-er) MTB with the aforementioned properties, plus 45km/h (or more?) max. assisted speed, 200km (or greater) range, a sufficiently powerful motor to help conquer the steepest ascents under touring loads, a head tube I could retrofit a Lefty onto later, and a frame compatible with a Gates carbon drive for My continental bike tours.

 Unfortunately, the way things stand at the moment, it is one thing - or the other (i.e., an ugly upright, non-aggressive frame compatible with a carbon belt - or a beautiful sporty, aggressive bike that is exclusively chain-driven; headlights in the centre of the handlebar that preclude a use of a handlebar bag; a beautiful carbon frame not meant for a rear rack - or an ugly aluminium one with thick welds and a terrible design overall, but compatible with a rear rack)… Too many compromises to acquiesce in. 

 Speaking of beautiful bikes, check out the last few years' Canyon models, including their Commuter series bikes - an fine design, top-notch finish (including paintwork), but, unfortunately, not yet electric.

Kris Meys
5 months ago

Can't wait for you to review the focus bold 2! Keep up the good reviews. 👍

Geert Verbakel
10 months ago

wonderfull bike , i got in white/black
i very happy with it

MAY LIN
1 year ago

er, too expensive! i found a similar one is $1799 dolars http://www.dhgate.com/product/pre-sale-addmotor-xima-wheel-black-36v-500w/388345144.html

MAY LIN
1 year ago

Yeah, a different shapes

Simon Colby
1 year ago

Recon silver on a 4.5k hardtail?!

LeoInterHyenaem
2 months ago

Precisely! Ridiculous!

durianrider
1 year ago

COOL

Gaspard de la force
3 months ago

durianrider DR is a cunt. A funny cunt!

Juicebox T.V
1 year ago

If dr says its cool thats enough for me ..... ill take 2 please

ElectricBikeReview.com
1 year ago

Yeah! It's a nice setup, really capable trail bike :)

Drealmers S
1 year ago

If they keeping with this over priced, we probably will go for motorcycle instead of this

carlos mena
8 months ago

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Drealmers S
1 year ago

+ElectricBikeReview.com thanks!

ElectricBikeReview.com
1 year ago

There are lots of more affordable ebikes out there if that's what you're into, check these ones out: https://electricbikereview.com/category/affordable/

FRANK ROBY
1 year ago

court you only have to press the battery button if the bike hasn't been used for a few days This is a good bike as are all kalkhoff/focus bikes but it's over priced again.

ElectricBikeReview.com
1 year ago

Ahh, thanks for the tips about the power button, I figured it was something like that... their systems are really well thought out ;)

Festivejelly
1 year ago

That a really nice looking bike actually.

ElectricBikeReview.com
1 year ago

Yeah, I have to admit the battery and motor both really blend it :)

Armin von Werner
1 year ago

The last few minutes might require some subtitles... ;)

ElectricBikeReview.com
1 year ago

Yeah, sorry about the audio quality there... I do my best to capture and overlay when necessary but the other camera wasn't rolling for those comments

Hassein Dd
1 year ago

👍👍😄

ElectricBikeReview.com
1 year ago

Thanks for the thumbs up :D

Cole te Avacado
1 year ago

Hey

ElectricBikeReview.com
1 year ago

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