Factory Tour: Foes Racing Part 2 – The Toys
During the first half of our factory tour of Foes Racing we showed you how the frames were constructed, so now we can a take a look at some of the other interesting projects nestled throughout the factory.
To give you some background, before Brent began building bicycles, he fabricated off road race trucks. So in addition to being a tremendously talented bike builder, he’s incredibly handy with a welder.
This experience is often sought after by members of the local community, and with the Foes Factory located so close to both Hollywood and a prestigious art school, there are always new projects on the horizon.
In the mountain bike industry, we’re most familiar with Curnutt shocks through their associates with Foes bikes, but the Curnutt name gained it’s reputation in off road racing. When Brent approached Curnutt Sr to help him with his bicycle project, Charlie suggested that Foes partner with his son.
At the time, Charlie JR was experimenting with pit bikes suspension, and felt the technology would translate well to mountain bikes.
The pit bikes we saw at the shop were all sporting Curnutt forks. The inverted design required an over sized 30mm axle to achieve the desired stiffness, so for a time Foes also manufactured hubs.
This beast is not something Brent makes, but he was helping a friend out with the project that some of you might recognize this as a Motoped (we featured the Kickstarter campaign last year.) Essentially, it’s a 50cc pit bike that has been rebuilt onto an aftermarket frame, and finished off with mountain bike components.
Also lurking in one of the corners of the factory was a Pasadena Crown City Cruiser. The distinctly shaped top tube gives the frame away as Foes creation, but the commuter oriented nature of the bike is something you don’t naturally expect from this brand.
In addition to making an assortment of items for the movie industry, Brent also constructs these highly specialized mobile equipment carts for Inovativ.
Highly adjustable, the carts easily fold up so they can be transported around the world to different film sets. This is an older design, but some of the newer models feature the latest and greatest in cart technology – and are actually pretty damn cool.While visiting the factory, we spotted some unusual looking tube-sets, which we were later told are being used to construct a new project that Brent has a hand in.
The Urb-E electric commuter was designed by an Art professor at a local art college, who then reached out to Foes to help build the first prototypes. The project caught steam when it was heavily showcased by tech blogs at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year and easily blew past it’s funding goals on IndieGogo. So in addition to high end aluminum mountain bikes, Foes Racing will also be manufacturing these electric scooters.
Special thanks to Brent, Daniel, and everyone else at Foe’s for the tour!