IB13: Foes Racing Bumps Shaver XC to 650B, FXR “Enduro” Mountain Bike, Too
The 2014 Foes Racing Shaver XC is now 650B and gets a complete revamp to get much lighter.
Brent Foes tweaked the heck out of the frame, dropping 3/4 pound from just the swing arm. Then he lightened up the headtube and BB by using thinner tubes, and the hydroformed top tube pieces are also using slightly thinner walls. Altogether the changes saved about a pound compared to the outgoing 26″ model. Frame weight is 6.5 lbs with extra volume Fox Float CTD shock.
He also updated the the FXR long travel bike to use the middle wheel size…
Travel is adjustable between 4.5″ and 5″ without changing geometry. Just move the lower shock mount to the other set of holes on the linkage. Head angle is 68.5° and seat angle is 73°.
Even with the tubeset changes, Foes keeps the monocoque construction they’re known for, albeit with some curvier new shapes.
Retail is $2,399 for the frameset. This complete bike was built up under 25lbs (claimed, but that felt about right) without any super chichi parts. Available in November. Expect the same weight saving changes to make their way to the Shaver 29er.
The FXR is their “enduro” bike, called that only at our mock prodding. It also goes to 650B. 6.3″ and 7″ travel swap, putting it above the mid/long travel F275 introduced last year.