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DIRT subjects the SAM 1.0 to an individual test

The German specialist magazine DIRT put the SAM 1.0 through its paces. The aluminium frame with 160 mm of suspension travel - newly developed for the 2014 model year - impressed the testers on several scores. "Only the absolute best parts can be found on the FOCUS SAM 1.0. The cables are internally routed and the weight alone will bring tears of joy to your eyes."

But the new geometry concept, too, is exciting, with its combination of long top tube, short stem and wide handlebar as well as the flat stem angle and steep seat tube angle. "A lot of thought has gone into this."

Verdict: "All in all, the FOCUS SAM 1.0 exudes quality and does a fine job handling speed and rougher terrain. We might very well see the FOCUS SAM on a podium at one or two of the international Enduro race tracks this year with the Reiser brothers or Fabian Scholz - who is also a developer at FOCUS."