Foundry Cycles 2013 Preview @ Saddle Drive ’12

tf-img_2053 Foundry is gearing up for the coming year with several new offerings: there’s the Thresher, a gravel racer; the Riveter, a race-ready road bike; and the Harrow, Foundry’s dedicated cross bike. While each of the tools in its shed are designed to perform under unique conditions, Foundry bikes pulse with a strikingly similar blood: they are a tool that is meant to let the rider do the talking. The bikes are about top level performance cloaked in an understated aesthetic that are to be pushed to the limit.

The Thresher goes beyond the strict territory of gravel racing; it’s also intended to be a comfortable, long-distance on road rider. It combines a custom carbon layup with slacker head, a more-slack seat tube angle combined with longer chainstays create a frame that’s perfect for long days in the saddle without making the rider’s body pay for it later.

tf-img_1990 Adding to its road bike line, Foundry introduces the Riveter as a sleek and stealthy performance/race-ready disc road bike. The Riveter takes advantage of a tapered head tube and the all new Whisky no. 9 thru-axle fork to stiffen up its front, giving riders the confidence they need to attack tight corners in crit races or handle steep, high-speed descents.

tf-img_1994 Joining the Auger in Foundry’s cross stable as its dedicated cross bike, the Harrow includes all the features one would be looking for in a race-worthy cross bike: steep headtube angle, high bottom bracket, and top-routed internal cable-routing for cleanliness and smooth shouldering for carr-ups. We can only assume — since we weren’t able to squeeze in a test ride — that the Harrow will also strike that perfect balance of stiffness and compliance.

tf-img_1958 The Broadaxe may be a carryover model from Foundry, but its latest incarnation is perhaps the brand’s most anticipated offering. The Broadaxe features a tapered head tube, BB92 bottom bracket and Syntace 142x12mm rear thru-axle — its positioned at the cusp of cross-country trends. We all agreed that the Broadaxe was the most aggressive bike we rode at Saddle Drive. Both the front and rear ends were extremely stiff and compliant thanks to flattened seat stays and tapered seat tube. Honestly, we didn’t expect comfort to be the primary concern of a business-oriented bike like this, but it wasn’t bad on the bones at all. We would strongly suggest this frame be coupled with a light fork to balance the extra light frame out and get weighting even front to back. The Broadaxe was ready to go whenever we wanted to propel it forward over rocks, logs, or whatever the trail presented us with. The Broadaxe is sure to please all who eagerly await it.

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