2013 Foundry Bikes – New Race-Ready Disc Brake Cyclocross & Road Bikes!
Foundry has expanded their original three-bike lineup with two new road bikes and one new cyclocross rig, all disc ready and all built with their new thru-axle forks.
On the ‘cross front, the Auger (above) remains unchanged and sticks with the standard Whisky No.7 disc fork. It’ll come as a frameset for $1,850 or in two complete bike builds: Shimano 105 for $2,599 or SRAM Force for $3,399, both with Avid’s BB7 Road disc brake calipers. Frame has front and rear fender mounts on the disc version and will come with Planet Bike fenders in the box, and full internal cable routing. A Canti frame is still available for 2013 but will be phased out for 2014 in favor of disc brakes only.
The big news, though, is the new race-ready Harrow disc ‘cross bike and the new roadies…
The Harrow disc cyclocross bike is a lighter bike with both mechanical and electronic drivetrain routing. Compared to the Auger, it’s a lot stiffer and has a more massive downtube and BB. All cables will be routed through (drivetrain) or on (rear brake) the downtube. This lets you easily upgrade to hydraulic brakes when they come around. It gets a little more traditional race (ie. Euro) geometry rather than the “utility” geometry of the Auger. Frame weight is around 1150g for a 54.
It gets the Whisky No.9 thru-axle disc fork with 45mm offset. The complete bike buyer will have three options: The top of the line SRAM Red build with FSA SL-K cockpit and Clement PDX tires on Velocity wheels for $4,915 is shown above, which is about 16.5lbs. Below that is an Ultegra build for $3,499 and 105 build for $2,850. The frameset, which includes the fork, is $1,999. Available by first of the year.
The Riveter is their new, disc brake only, race-level road bike. Framesets will be $2,199 and come with the Whisky No.9 disc fork with 43mm offset. Seatstays are flattened a bit to smooth the ride, but the frame favors performance over comfort with stiff, oversized BB and chainstays. That said, there’s clearance for 28c tires. Frame weight is 1060g, fork is 360g. It’s not the lightest race bike combo out there, but it should hold up to heavy use, and they come with a 10 year warranty and crash replacement program, too.
Frame is Di2/EPS compatible but all complete bikes are spec’d with mechanical drivetrains (Red $5,175 / Force $3,475 / 105 $2,715), but it’s shown above with Ultegra Di2. They may add a Di2 build option down the road, as well as plans to upgrade the Red spec with hydraulic brakes once they finally come out. They opted not to offer it with a converter like TRP’s Parabox because of the complexity of proper set up.
The Foundry Riveter frameset. The dropouts on the Riveter and Harrow are brought in and upward from the bend in the chainstay. The design provides proper frame clearance for the rotor (160mm max on all frames) and has the added benefit of protecting the derailleur.
The Ratchet stays in the line with standard road brake calipers only. Frameset is $1,899 with the Whisky No.7 tapered (to 1-1/4″) carbon fork. Two builds available from $4,199 (SRAM Red) to $3,199 (Force).
The Thresher is the other new disc-only road bike, aimed at the adventure rider that just wants to get out and ride all day regardless of the roads (or lack thereof). It comes with longer chainstays & wheelbase and a Whisky No.9 49mm offset thru-axle disc fork. That said, it’s not using a taller headtube like what’s becoming common on “endurance” bikes like the Domane and Roubaix.
For those that want to cover the distance as fast as possible, there’s a SRAM Red build with Velocity A23 wheels rolling on Michelin Pro3 tires for $5,125. Other builds include Ultegra at $3,549 and Apex for $2,949.
The Thresher disc frameset. Frame weight is 1200g claimed. Unlike the other disc bikes with inset, chainstay-mounted rear calipers, this one puts the rear brake on the outside of the seatstay. Foundry says this makes them a bit easier to service, which should mesh with the intended rider.
Across the range of road and ‘cross bikes, the SRAM builds get Avid BB7 brakes and the Shimano builds get Hayes’ CX-5.
The Broadaxe, which started life as the ill-fated Router, was announced a bit earlier this year. The big news is that it went to a thru-axle rear axle, still a bit of a novelty on hardtail bikes.
Complete bikes will be available with full XTR for $5,799 with Rockshox SID fork. Of course, you could opt for a rigid carbon Whisky fork if you want. Other builds are SRAM X9 ($3,699) and X7 ($3,099). Frame is $1,749.