- Foundry's Riveter is an aggressive geometry, disc-brake road bike. Nevermind that you can't race it. Like all Foundrys it is only offered in a black/gray. Photo: Nick Legan
- Whisky, Foundry's component-making sister, will be offering 32-hole carbon clincher rims. Whisky also makes the No. 9 forks that feature on all of Foundry's new models. The thru-axle disc brake fork is the first of its kind. Photo: Nick Legan
- Foundry made sure the Riveter was Di2 ready. The only minor issue is that the next generation of Shimano electronic front derailleurs will have the wire plug in from the back side of the seat tube. Photo: Nick Legan
- The Riveter will be both Di2 and mechanical compatible. Photo: Nick Legan
- The Riveter's rear brake is mounted on the chainstay with nice, internal cable routing. Photo: Nick Legan
- The seatstay on the Riveter is similar to the one used on the Auger, Foundry's previous cyclocross bike turned utility all-rounder. Photo: Nick Legan
- The Thresher uses monocoque construction and longer chainstays to act as Foundry's endurance road bike. Photo: Nick Legan
- Unlike the Harrow cyclocross model, the Thresher doesn't use a dropped chainstay. Notice the 32-hole carbon clincher rims from Whisky. One current issue with disc brake road wheels is the prevalence of 32-hole mountain bike rims and lack of carbon 32-hole road rims. Photo: Nick Legan
- The shift cables pass through the head tube before getting to the housing stops on the down tube. Foundry isn't the first to do it, but it is a nice touch that keeps the head tube from cable housing scuffs. Photo: Nick Legan
- The external routing on the Thresher is a bit more straightforward than the internal routing on the Riveter. A PressFit 30 bottom bracket means that with adapters, most cranks are compatible with the frame. Photo: Nick Legan
- The Thresher uses the 49mm offset Whisky No. 9 fork. Hayes mechanical disc brakes are proving to be a popular spec on drop bar disc brake bikes. Photo: Nick Legan
- The Harrow is Foundry's new cyclocross model. The SRAM Red model will retail for $4,195. Photo: Nick Legan
- The dropped chainstay is supposed to give more vertical compliance and Foundry isn't alone in implementing the idea; Blue and BMC also use similar shapes in their chainstays. Photo: Nick Legan
- Rear tire clearance isn't as good as on the Whisky fork, but should be plenty for most areas. Photo: Nick Legan
- The sight of whispy seatstays is becoming standard. They allow for good vertical compliance. The Harrow is no exception. Photo: Nick Legan
- The Harrow, like all of Foundry's new models, uses a Whisky No. 9 thru axle disc brake fork. The cyclocross version has massive tire clearance. Whisky engineers managed to stuff a 2.0" tire in it. Photo: Nick Legan
- $2,500 will buy you Salsa's gravel racer, the aluminum Warbird 2. Photo: Nick Legan
- Like the titanium model, the Warbird 2 uses a PressFit 30 bottom bracket. Photo: Nick Legan
- Full length cable housing means reliable shifting and braking, though a bit more weight. Photo: Nick Legan
- Hed Belgium rims are of the latest, wide generation. They are a nice spec on the Colossal. Photo: Nick Legan
- Like the steel Colossal 2, the Colossal Ti frame uses a 44mm head tube and a tapered steerer. Note the clearance on the Enve fork: this is a road bike. Photo: Nick Legan
- The Colossal Ti is made for long days in the saddle. With low key sandblasted graphics and red accents, the look of the Colossal is sure to please. Photo: Nick Legan
- Full cable housing ensures that the bad conditions associated with cyclocross won't adversely affect the shifting and braking of the Harrow. The large PressFit 30 bottom braket allows for large, stiff tube shapes. Photo: Nick Legan
- With long days in mind, Salsa included a third bottle cage mount under the down tube. Photo: Nick Legan
- The use of a 24mm spindle Shimano crank on a PressFit 30 bottom bracket requires the use of an adapter, in this case from Parlee. Photo: Nick Legan
- The Colossal 2 comes with an Enve carbon fork, Salsa cockpit, WTB saddle and SRAM Apex White components. Photo: Nick Legan
- The Colossal is named after a café in Minneapolis where many Salsa employees meet for breakfast. Photo: Nick Legan
- The Colossal uses a 44mm head tube, allowing for the use of straight or tapered steerers (tapered in this case). Photo; Nick Legan
- New for 2013 is Salsa's Vaya Travel with S&S couplers and stainless steel tubing. Photo: Nick Legan
- The complete Vaya Travel is smarly spec'd with a triple drivetrain. Photo: Nick Legan
- What could be simpler than a single speed travel bike? With the Alternator swinging dropouts, it's easy to build the Vaya Travel as one. It also makes drivetrain failures far from home less of a worry. Photo: Nick Legan
- With an English bottom bracket, S&S couplers, Alternator dropouts and a full complement of rack and fender mounts, the Vaya Travel is an extremely versatile bike. Photo: Nick Legan
A couple weekends ago I headed to the mountains of Utah to check out the latest from Quality Bicycle Products and its associated bike brands. Here I’ll go into the new offerings and updates to the 2013 drop bar models from Salsa and Foundry. For info on the latest off-road offerings please click over to Singletrack.com.
Foundry Cycles has three new drop bar models for 2013, all in carbon, all with disc brakes, and all with thru axles on the front wheels. PressFit 30 bottom brackets, double bottle bosses and Whisky forks with tapered steerers are also standard on all three models. Foundry also offers a 10-year warranty to the original owner on all Foundry bike models.
The Riveter is a claimed 1,060-gram, tube-to-tube construction, disc-brake road machine with aggressive race geometry. Foundry says the Riveter “is a no-holds-barred race bike through and through.” The only small problem with that is the Riveter, with its disc brakes, isn’t legal for sanctioned road events. But that may change in the future. With a chainstay-mounted rear brake and internal cable routing, the complete bike, available only in black/gray, has a low key, refined look. Foundry will offer the Riveter in three build packages ranging from $5,175 for a SRAM Red model to a 105-equipped base model priced at $2,715. A bare frame will run $2,199, meaning that the complete bikes, as expected, are a much better value.
The Thresher uses monocoque construction, longer chainstays and a fork with increased offset to create Foundry’s endurance road bike. Again, it uses disc brakes and Whisky’s No. 9 thru axle fork. Frame weights are a little heavier than the Riveter at 1,200 grams. The Thresher’s rear brake is mounted to a braced seatstay and cables are routed externally with a nice through-head tube cable guide feature. Stack and reach numbers of the Thresher are identical to the Riveter, with nice middle-of-the-road figures. The increased wheelbase should make for a more stable bike, though. Like the Riveter, Foundry will offer the Thresher in three complete builds and as a frameset. Pricing runs from $5,125 to $2,949 for complete bikes and $1,800 for a frame.
Last but not least is the Harrow, Foundry’s newest take on a cyclocross bike. It doesn’t replace the Auger that Foundry unveiled at Interbike last year, which is available in rim or disc brake versions. Instead, Foundry will market the Auger as a more utilitarian bike, with fenders included on complete bikes. The Harrow, meanwhile, actually has a slightly heavier frame compared to the Auger (1,150 grams vs. 1,060 grams) but should be stiffer thanks to a massive square-shaped down tube and more compliant with its spindly seatstay wishbone. With full cable housing and ample tire clearance, the Harrow looks to be a great foul weather ‘cross machine. If you’ve noticed a theme in the offerings, you’ll already know that Foundry will offer the Harrow in three complete builds and as a frameset. Pricing starts at $4,195 for a SRAM Red bike and drops as low as $2,850 for a Shimano 105 bike. A frame will set you back $2,000.
Unfortunately for cyclocrossers, the Harrow, like its Riveter and Thresher siblings, won’t be available until early 2013. But Foundry is booking orders now, so check with your local shop to see if they have them on the way.
Salsa has two new drop bar models on offer for 2013. The Colossal is a disc-brake road bike, named after a café in Minneapolis, offered in both titanium and steel. The tag line for the bike is: “Colossal. Eat a big breakfast.” That hits at the intended use of the bike. Less road racer and more endurance road bike, it has clearance for 28mm tires but no more. So don’t buy it thinking you’ll slap on cyclocross rubber. Both models use Enve’s disc-brake carbon fork. Salsa will offer a complete bike in each frame material, at $3,900 for the complete titanium bike and $2,400 for the steel rig. Framesets cost $2,500 and $1,200 respectively.
The Warbird, offered in aluminum and titanium, is a dedicated gravel-racer from Salsa. Tested at events like the Dirty Kanza 200, the finished product is a smart take on the ever-growing gravel segment. With a lower bottom bracket and larger front triangle than a typical cyclocross bike, the Warbird is designed to be stable over rough roads and allow room for two bottle cages and a top tube-mounted bag for long days. For many, it replaces the much loved, disc brake-equipped La Cruz model that Salsa retired a few seasons ago. Look to spend $3,900 for a complete Warbird Ti and $2,500 for a complete Warbird 2 (aluminum). Titanium framesets will cost $2,500 and an aluminum framset will be $1,300.
Salsa is also offering the Vaya, its disc brake touring bike, in a stainless steel, S&S-coupled “Travel” version. The use of Salsa’s Alternator swinging dropouts makes building a single speed travel bike very appealing. Without paint or decals to damage in transit or in travel, the bike should find a following quickly. Complete Vaya Travel bikes will run $3,950 with an Ultegra triple group and stout DT Swiss wheels. The frameset will cost $2,200. Neither cost includes a travel case, but there are many good options on the market.