Foundry Cycles Revamps Harrow CX, Builds with SRAM CX1, Rival 22

Foundry Harrow CX cyclocross bike CX1 Rival 22 (1)

Judging by the amount of cyclocross bikes and accessories popping up, that can only mean one thing – mud and cowbells are just around the corner. Foundry Cycles, like other brands who are deep into the sport can’t wait and are preparing with new models of their Harrow race bike. Designed specifically for competition, their disc brake equipped Harrow includes new paint and spec for the coming season as well as a surprising change.

Details plus actual weights after the jump…

Foundry Harrow CX cyclocross bike CX1 Rival 22 (2) Foundry Harrow CX cyclocross bike CX1 Rival 22 (5)

You may remember from our review of the 2013/14 Harrow B3 that the bike was equipped with a thru axle on the fork. The 2014/15 Harrow models will not feature a thru axle No. 9 fork and will be sold with the Whisky N0. 7 QR fork instead. Why the change? We’re told that production issues with the thru axles forced Foundry to make a tough choice – either have QR equipped bikes ready for cross season, or wait on the thru axles and not be able to deliver the bikes in time. Clearly they went with the first option but did upgrade the QR skewers to DT Swiss RWS to gain as much stiffness as possible.

Fortunately for Foundry, while the TA was a nice addition for us, the geometry and ride quality of the frame stands alone. Combined with the new build kits and attractive paint schemes the bikes should still be very popular even without the thru axle.

Foundry Harrow CX cyclocross bike CX1 Rival 22 (4)

Foundry Harrow CX cyclocross bike CX1 Rival 22 (6) Foundry Harrow CX cyclocross bike CX1 Rival 22 (3)

For their high end build, the Harrow CX1 is spec’ed with SRAM’s 1×11 CX1 drivetrain and a Zipp Service Course cockpit. Rather than running SRAM brakes though, the Harrow comes with TRP’s Spyre dual piston mechanical brakes.

Foundry Harrow CX cyclocross bike CX1 Rival 22 (7)

The Harrow CX1 rolls with DT Swiss R24 Spline wheels that are tubeless ready, though the bike will be sold with Clement Crusade PDX tires and tubes. Harrow CX1s will sell for $3400, and this 56cm frame weighed in at 18.67 lbs (8.46 kg).

Foundry Harrow CX cyclocross bike CX1 Rival 22 (8)

The other Harrow build takes advantage of SRAM’s new Rival 22 group with a 2×11 drivetrain.

Foundry Harrow CX cyclocross bike CX1 Rival 22 (9) Foundry Harrow CX cyclocross bike CX1 Rival 22 (14)

Like the CX1 model, the Rival 22 build runs quick releases front and rear with DT Swiss RWS skewers clamping the Spline 24 wheels in place. Again, TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes are employed meaning the difference in spec between the two bikes is mostly in the drivetrain.

Foundry Harrow CX cyclocross bike CX1 Rival 22 (13) Foundry Harrow CX cyclocross bike CX1 Rival 22 (11)

Foundry Harrow CX cyclocross bike CX1 Rival 22 (15) Foundry Harrow CX cyclocross bike CX1 Rival 22 (10)

Cable routing is a mixture of internal and external, with optional routing for electronic drivetrains.

Foundry Harrow CX cyclocross bike CX1 Rival 22 (12)

Equipped with a full Rival 22 build, the crankset will run 46/36t gearing with a standard road cassette.

Foundry Harrow CX cyclocross bike CX1 Rival 22 (16)

Sold for $2800, the 54cm Rival 22 build here measured 18.74 lbs (8.5kg). The Rival 22 frame is also the color of the frameset option which includes the frame and No. 7 fork for $1800.

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Comments

badbikemechanicx - 07/25/14 - 3:02pm

In before the wong fu comments.

am - 07/25/14 - 3:40pm

Any idea of availability?

G - 07/25/14 - 3:53pm

Man, that IS a tough decision. Ready for market with QR? Or appease the newer industry/customer expectation with thru-axles. Bold move, but the bikes will speak for themselves.

S - 07/25/14 - 4:13pm

So for 600 dollars they take away a front derailleur, remove the inner ring, and remove the left shifter internals and you only lose 40 grams? (I understand the shifter,crank and rear derailleur are force but that is all the more reason that it should be lighter.)

badbikemechanicx - 07/25/14 - 4:22pm

@S You got it. Front derailleurs barely weight anything.

-Rizza - 07/25/14 - 4:36pm

“attractive pain schemes” lol

mudrock - 07/25/14 - 4:47pm

Odd that the CX1 only saves 40 grams. Same wheels, same brakes, same frame. The difference in cockpit shouldn’t be much. explanation?

J - 07/25/14 - 5:02pm

@mudrock – According to SRAM’s website, the CX1 rear der is 261g while the Rival 22 rear der is 180g.

kenearley - 07/25/14 - 5:05pm

Their comparing a 56cm frame (CX1) vs a 54cm (Rival 22)

Ajax - 07/25/14 - 9:26pm

Dear QBP, you guys are killing me. I am going to quit buying anything from QBP if I don’t see a Salsa or Foundry disc road bike next year with thru axles.

Now breathe in deeply and repeat after me…
Thru….
Axles…..

J - 07/25/14 - 10:55pm

@ajax Foundry makes two thru axle disc brake road bikes already.

Fred - 07/26/14 - 12:36am

Ajax, Salsa has through axle road bikes. Check it.

http://salsacycles.com/culture/2015_colossal_updates

muf - 07/26/14 - 1:05am

Not a bad bike for the price. But no thru axle = meh. They probably had batches of non-thruaxle stuff and it was more economical. Still. I could see why you’d buy a QR last year and wait for axles since nothing much was there brake wise and fork wise … but this year?

Champs - 07/26/14 - 12:25pm

Time for mud, cowbells, AND sandbagging road rides because you’re “just building for ‘cross season.”

G sauce - 07/26/14 - 7:53pm

This bike looks sweet. Through axles would be nice yes but meh, still a good bike I think for the money. This the premier bike that qbp makes for cross racing for the money besides the special edition All City. If it didn’t have CX1 on it I think people would complain. I give them props for this and I can’t wait to ride one.

CXisfun - 07/28/14 - 9:29am

So the CX1 bike has PF30 and an adapter to run a GXP crank?

VWSCX - 07/28/14 - 3:48pm

the CX-1 rear derailleur is heavier due to the clutching mechanism. It keeps tension on the chain to help prevent dropping the chain along with the front chainring unique teeth profile.

CX-1 is not about weight loss. It is about avoiding dropped chains and missed front shifting which has always been a problem with traditional geared setups

The weight in the rear derailleur is offset by the missing front derailleur and lighter left shifter.

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