“All new from Foes Racing for 2012 is the Shaver Ultra Trail. Starting with a clean screen and an itch for a new ride, we designed this bike for the trail rider who is looking for adjustability, dependability, and a fun, comfortable ride.  Locating our single-pivot design precisely in conjunction with the shock linkage was just the ticket… and in so doing, we created a bike that climbs and soaks up small bumps like no other, while handling the big stuff like it’s small stubble. Shaver… it’s how you say Ultra Smooth.” – Foe’s Racing

This bike first appeared at Sea Otter last year but is now available at your nearest dealer. The Shaver Ultra Trail augments the more aggressive 2:1 FXR in Foe’s current trail oriented line up. This frame, made in America, is constructed of 6061 T6 aluminum and features a hydroformed downtube and monocoque top tube. Weight is rather hefty at 7.8 lbs (included in measurement: Fox Float RP23, medium size, raw color, thru-axle, der. hanger, ISCG mount). Expect the powder coat to add some additional heft (but if you’re interested in this bike, you probably don’t care). Travel is adjustable from 5.25 to 5.75? and modern amenities include a tapered headset and 142×12 rear thru-axle.

More details after the break.


  • 6061 T6 aluminum frame
  • Adjustable travel – 5.25 to 5.75?
  • 2.3:1 leverage ratio
  • Progressive linkage-driven single pivot suspension
  • FoxRacingShox Float RP23
  • Optional ISCG-05 mount (included)
  • 142 x 12mm rear thru-axle
  • Weight: 7lbs 8oz


  • Black, Red, Raw – $2,299 US
  • Custom painted – $2,449 US


  1. Hey Bubs, if it helps, my beloved 4′ Transition frame weighs nearly 8 lbs (w/shock)! In comparison, a Blur LT frame (w/rp23) with a 140mm of rear travel weighs arpx 6.6 lbs, and a Nomad (w/rp23) featuring 160mm of rear travel weighs just shy of 7 lbs.

    That Foes looks a little heavy in comparison to those Santa Cruz Bikes but not my Transition. Regardless, it’s a great looking bike and probably loads of fun.

    @Olafur Its a Manitou Minute.

  2. As a former Foes FXR (circa 2003) owner, I can tell you that weight weenies should look elsewhere. Burly, handmade in the USA should count for something. Great product support and customer service too. The brand that made long-travel XC bikes possible before the big players saw it as a viable niche. Since this is just a refinement of the FXR-series bikes, I’m sure this thing is a winner.

  3. Monocoque (pronounced /?m?n?k?k/ or /?m?n?ko?k/) is a construction technique that supports structural load by using an object’s external skin, as opposed to using an internal frame or truss that is then covered with a non-load-bearing skin or coachwork. The term is also used to indicate a form of vehicle construction in which the body and chassis form a single unit. – WIKI

    Totally appropriate when talking about jet airplanes, formula 1 cars, and certain carbon fiber frames. Not appropriate here. Marketing buzzwords…………

  4. Actually, 100% accurate here. Monocoque (yeah, pronounced mono-cock) can also be used to describe an metallic structure made of two halves, individually forged and welded together along their seams. It’s a pretty well used tube manipulating technique, although mostly superseded by hydroforming the entire shape from a non-seamed tube.

    Foes has been using monocoque top and down tubes for. ev. er.

  5. “Actually, 100% accurate here.”

    Can you name a bicycle frame that isn’t monocoque? He said the term isn’t appropriate, Devin, not that it wasn’t accurate.

  6. Hmmmmmm, “name a frame that isn’t monocoque.” How about every single tube-to-tube bicycle ever? You see, the TOP TUBE is monocoque; a single frame member does not connote the ENTIRE frame being a monocoque structure. Were the entire frame constructed as-one (hmmm, an entirely forged frame from a single die, now that’d be impressive) it was be a complete monocoque, as it is, describing the tt as monocoque is 100% accurate. QED.

  7. This is a real man’s bike. People that think that since they can ride 1 more rough section than their other XC buddies, calling themselves aggressive XC, should be looking at the likes of Ibis. If you’re not a douche with more money than brains, you’d be looking at Trek or Giant.

    This is single pivots done right. You can’t make an alum frame stiff enough to handle well under hard riding weigh less than 7 lbs, unless you’re some 135 lb light weight who is held back more by their strength and fitness than their bike. If you’re 185+ lbs, this should be on your short list. Comparable to Yeti, but built for a crowd that’s even tougher on their bikes.

What do you think?