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…
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.
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.
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).
The other Harrow build takes advantage of SRAM’s new Rival 22 group with a 2×11 drivetrain.
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.
Cable routing is a mixture of internal and external, with optional routing for electronic drivetrains.
Equipped with a full Rival 22 build, the crankset will run 46/36t gearing with a standard road cassette.
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.