The fastest thru-axle in the world

Rapid Axle Technology (R.A.T.)

The fastest thru-axle in the world

Rapid Axle Technology (R.A.T.)

Disc brakes are both the present and future in cycling – and for their optimum function, floating axles are a must. Because no floating axle on the market met the demands that we place on a thru-axle system, our FOCUS engineers were galvanised into action and developed the Rapid Axle Technology (R.A.T.)* – the fastest thru-axle in the world.

*R.A.T. thru-axles are sold under licence in the UK (UK patent GB2414971B)

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Disc brakes require the stiffness and stability of a thru-axle to ensure optimum function. Because no thru-axle system met our wheel change speed requirements, however, we developed our own patented Rapid Axle Technology (R.A.T.) for mountain bikes, racing bikes and Cyclo Cross bikes. Our development of the R.A.T. floating axle focussed on a quick and easy wheel change.

As a result, Rapid Axle Technology combines the stability and stiffness of a thru-axle and all the advantages of a quick-release. As the quickest and easiest wheel change system on the market, it puts even classic quick-release devices in the shade. Thanks to its outstanding features, even renowned competitors now rely on the R.A.T. thru-axle system for their disc models.

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Proven in the racing field

The XC World Cup in Albstadt in 2016 demonstrated just how successfully our development goals were implemented. FOCUS XC team mechanic Fabian Haug changed the rear wheel of Florian Vogel's RAVEN in 13.3 seconds – an unofficial world record! The wheel change took a whole five seconds off the reigning record. The simple operation of the R.A.T. thru-axle enables an intuitive wheel change, even in stressful situations – such as bike racing.

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The advantages

Abrasion-free alignment of the disc in the brake body

Ultra-quick wheel change

Excellent stiffness

Bikes with Rapid Axle Technology


Uncompromising carbon hardtail

100 mm suspension fork

super-lightweight, rigid and comfortable in all the right places

holder of world and European championship titles


Incredibly light e-MTB

100mm suspension fork and 29" wheels

Holds the course record for the classic Transalp Route

Removable Fazua motor/battery unit uncouples from the drive


Applies your power directly to the road

Aero race geometry

MAX lightweight carbon structure optimised in the wind tunnel

with disc brakes and R.A.T. Quick-release axles


A road bike for all eventualities

Endurance geometry

large, 35 mm tyre clearance to allow for wider and profiled tyres

with disc brakes, R.A.T. Quick-release axles including matching mudguards


Fast like a racing bike, strong like an e-bike

. Endurance Geometry

Removable Fazua motor/battery unit uncouples from the drive

Road-Boost Standard, R.A.T. Quick-release axles, disc brakes, 35 mm tyre clearance and also includes matching mudguards


Perfect for cyclo-cross races

Cyclo-cross race geometry

robust and optimised to handle extreme conditions such as mud, rain and snow

with disc brakes and R.A.T. Quick-release axles

Due to maintenance, it is currently not possible to place any orders in our Click & Collect Shop. We apologize for the inconvenience. We are trying to be back to full service as soon as possible.

Due to the upcoming holiday leave, we will have a delay in our bike deliveries. Beginning of January 2024, we will start working on the order income again.