Enduro has been a popular new segment of the mountain biking world and this bike certainly fits the bill. It also performs incredibly well as a fun bike. The SAM features very slack geometry, long travel, the Twin Bearing Suspension platform, and a killer parts spec make for a bombing fast decender that is still highly "pedal-able," as the kids say.
The SAM 3.0 is the "Factory Build" spec of this lineup. Focus told their purchasers to equip these bikes as though they were going to build up their own personal ride. The result in this case was a SRAM X.01 1x11 drivetrain, the same RockShox Pike fork, Monarch shock, and Reverb Stealth dropper post found on the 1.0, and more reasonable Focus Concept wheels make the 3.0 a very high quality machine at nearly half the price of the 1.0 build.
Focus SAM160 Aluminum Frame
RockShox Pike 160 mm Fork
RockShox Monarch Custom Tuneable Shock
SRAM X.01 1x11 Drivetrain
RockShox Reverb Stealth Dropper Post
Focus Concept Wheels