Interbike tech: No Nonsense bikes from Foundry Cycles

  • By Nick Legan
  • Published Sep. 16, 2011
  • Updated Oct. 11, 2012 at 4:52 PM EDT

The Router 29er is designed for a 100-millimeter front fork and sells for $1,400. Complete bikes start at $2,900. Photo: Nick Legan ©

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.

Watch soon for a report on the road and ‘cross bikes, we’ll take a look at te Router 29er hardtail here.

The Router is designed for use with a 100mm travel fork. Shift cables are routed internally and the rear disk brake is mounted on the chainstay. It features a tapered head tube that is compatible with Cane Creek’s Angleset that allows a rider to adjust head tube angle in 0.5-degree increments up to 1.5 degrees.

Four sizes are on offer: S, M, L and XL. Frames are $1,400 with complete bikes starting at $2,900.

The 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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