Following on the heels of their pro-level Fluid DH rig (which debuted at Sea Otter), Foes has released a privateer downhill race bike that’s ready to ship now.

Dubbed the Foes Racing Hydro, it builds on Foes’ legendary downhill mountain biking history but adds new versatility by (for the first time for Foes) being designed to work with a wide variety of rear shocks.  While Foes will still recommend you run it with their in-house designed and U.S. made Curnutt shock, it’ll work with any 10.5″ x 3.5″ shock from Rockshox, Elka (shown above), Cane Creek, Fox, Marzocchi, etc.

On top of all that, it’s also the most affordable Foes DH bike ever, and it’s still handbuilt in Pasadena, CA, USA.

Jump past the break for specs, pricing, build options and more glorious photos…


2011 Foes Racing Hydro features:

  • 6061 aluminum frame hand-built in the United States
  • 8.25? (210mm) of progressive linkage driven travel
  • 1.5? head tube
  • 83mm bottom bracket shell
  • replaceable ISCG05 chainguide mount
  • sub 10.5 lb frame weight with shock (size medium)


  • Frame w/ Fox VAN RC  |  $2399
  • Complete bike (equipped with SRAM parts and Rock Shox suspension)  |  $4799


Detail shot of the linkage shown with a Curnutt coil shock.


Curnutt Air or Coil shocks are available directly through Foes Racing.



Foes branded fork and custom rotors are also options. Build options are:

In a departure for Foes Racing this versatile DH bike is offered with any of these equipment choices:

  • Exclusive hand-fabricated Curnutt XTD Air Shock
  • Fox Van RC Shock:
  • Fox DHX RC4 Shock:
  • Cane Creek Double Barrel:
  • Elka Stage 5:
  • Marzocchi Roco Air RC World Cup Shock: (this is the 2010, the 2011 may look different)
  • Rockshox Vivid R2C  Coil Shock:

Complete SRAM Equipped Bikes:

  • SRAM X9 Components:
  • Rockshox Boxxer R2 C2 Fork:
  • Rockshox Vivid R2C  Coil Shock:
  • Truvativ Holzfeller Seatpost:
  • Truvativ Holzfeller OCT 1.1 dh Crankset:
  • Cane Creek XXcll Headset: or optional Cane Creek Angle Set (upgrade):
  • Sun Ringle Drift 2.1 Wheelset:
  • Avid Elixir R Brakes:
  • E-13 LG-1 Chain Device:

Partial Build Kits (include):

  • Frame and Shock as above with any rear shock option
  • Cane Creek XXcll Headset: or optional Cane Creek Angle Set (upgrade):
  • Fox Racing Shox 2011 40 Fit RC2 Fork: or
  • 2011 Marzocchi 888 RC-3 Evo Fork: (note this is a 2010 link, the 2011 paint will be different)
  • LH Thomson Elite Seatpost:
  • Foes CNC Stem Cap
  • Foes D-6 Stem





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