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Interbike Tech: No Nonsense bikes from Foundry Cycles

  • By Nick Legan
  • Published Sep. 16, 2011
  • Updated Sep. 19, 2011 at 12:37 PM EST

The Ratchet has a tapered head tube, Pressfit 30 bb and the frameset sells for $1,900. Complete bikes are also available with SRAM Force parts for $3,200 and Red for $4,200. Photo: Nick Legan © VeloNews

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (ST) — “It’s a tool, not a trophy.”

That’s the tagline of Foundry Cycles, QBP’s newest house brand. Foundry offers a trio of frames, all in carbon fiber. The Ratchet road frame, Auger cyclocross steed and the Router 29er rig are styled in the Henry Ford school of thought: “available in any color you like as long as it’s black.”

QBP saw that many consumers were over the flashy looks of many top brands, but they still wanted high performance frames to ride. With that in mind, at Interbike they launched Foundry Cycles.

Specifics
The Ratchet is Foundry’s road frame. It, like all the bikes in the line, features a Pressfit 30 bottom bracket and a tapered head tube (1.125-1.25”). The 950-gram frame has external cable routing and comes with a 10-year warranty. Framesets are $1,900 and two builds will be offered; a SRAM Force bike for $3,200 and a SRAM Red bike for $4,200. Seven sizes are on offer, from 48 to 60 centimeters, in two centimeter increments.

The Auger cyclocross frameset is perhaps the most interesting model in the Foundry line. It is offered in two iterations; the first for rim brakes with 130mm width rear dropouts, the second is disk-only with 135mm rear dropouts. The tapered head tube goes from 1.025-1.5”

The Auger is offered in four sizes: 50, 53, 56 and 59cm. Framesets will cost $1,900. Builds will be between $3,000 and $3,400.

Check out Singletrack.com for details on the Router, a hardtail 29er.

Verdict
Foundry Cycles is a great idea. The understated bikes look fantastic in person. Build quality and finish are top notch. Parts spec on complete bikes is sensible and doesn’t break the bank. But none of this means that these are simple bikes. The technology is obvious in the tube shapes and frame weights.

If you’re tired of your bike loudly telling the world what brand of bike you ride, Foundry may have a prescription for what ails you.

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Nick Legan

Nick Legan

After graduating from Indiana University with honors and a degree in French and journalism, Nick Legan jumped straight into wrenching at Pro Peloton bike shop in Boulder for a few years. Then, he began a seven-year stint in the professional ranks, most recently serving for RadioShack at the Tour de France and the Amgen Tour of California. He also worked for Garmin-Slipstream, CSC, Toyota-United, Health Net and Ofoto. Legan served as the VeloNews tech editor 2010-2012 before sliding across the line into public relations.

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