The heart of any e-bike has to be the motor. The Paralane2 6.8 Electric Road Bike uses the FAZUA evation battery and motor to give up to 250 watts assistance depending on which of the three settings has been selected. When the speed reaches 25 kilometres per hour (roughly 15 miles per hour), which is the legal limit in the U.K., the motor automatically decouples itself so that it doesn’t provide any resistance. What is more, the entire battery system can be easily removed to lighten the bike if assistance is not required at all for a ride.
The frame on the Paralane2 6.8 Electric Road Bike isn’t just an afterthought for carrying the battery and motor. Focus developed Road Boost Technology to accommodate the wider bottom bracket necessitated by the motor in order to keep the chain line and gear changing as efficient as possible. Borrowing ideas from the mountain bike sector, the Paralane2 uses wider hubs to ensure the optimum chain line for gear shifting, which in turn eliminates ghost shifting and greatly reduces chain wear. It also has the added advantage of giving the wheels greater stiffness and stability. The Paralane2 frame features C.I.A. (comfort improving areas) to give a smooth, comfortable ride. The seat tube, seatstays and chainstays have all been designed to flex and hence iron out road bumps and imperfections. This comfort is aided by the fact that the Paralane2 has been designed with sufficient clearance to accept tyres up to 35mm in width, and comes with optional mudguards.
The Shimano 105 11-speed disc brake groupset on the Paralane2 6.8 Electric Road Bike needs little introduction. Shimano’s third tier groupset gives only a little away in terms of performance and weight to its more expensive brethren and has proved itself beyond doubt as a reliable, efficient riding partner. The Paralane 6.8 uses an 11-34t cassette, which when coupled with the FSA 50-34t chainset, gives a fantastic range of gears that will be enough for any incline. Stopping duties are performed admirably by the Shimano 105 R7020 hydraulic disc brakes which will perform fade-free corner after corner.
Shimano 105 R7020 hydraulic disc, 160 / 160 mm
Brake Lever Description
Shimano 105 R7000
Shimano 105 R7020
FSA Aluminium Arm, 50-34T
Gear ratio front
50/34, rear: 11-34
BBB Basic, Aluminium, drop: 125 mm, reach: 70mm
BBB Basic, aluminium, 31.8mm, +/- 7 degree
BBB Basic, Aluminium, 27,2mm, 350mm, set-back 20mm
Vittoria Zaffiro Pro , 700 x 28C, Folding
DT Swiss RR521 SPLINE DB, 32mm height w/ DT Swiss 370 boost hub
7 Ah (250 Wh)
IS42/28.6 - IS52/40