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Marti Stephen

Monday 29 February 2016

Foes Racing: Friends of the trail

Brent Foes is no stranger to the handbuilt scene. His distinctive Foes bikes have been appearing on downhill courses since the late ‘80s, and the 24-year-old company has sponsored some of the brightest talents in gravity racing.

Foes Racing: Friends of the trail
Photo: Paul Skilbeck

Brent Foes is no stranger to the handbuilt scene. His distinctive Foes bikes have been appearing on downhill courses since the late ‘80s, and the 24-year-old company has sponsored some of the brightest talents in gravity racing.

Foes showed up at this year’s NAHBS with his new “Mixer Trail” and “Mixer Enduro.” The aptly named bikes combine a front suspension fork with a 29-inch wheel, while the rear of the bike sports a 27.5-inch wheel. The bike presents customers with the best of two different worlds.

The front wheel does what 29ers do--it rolls over stuff. It’s axle is higher and the rider can put more weight into the front without the wheel washing out. In the back, the smaller wheel follows the larger’s lead perfectly, so that the bike tracks superbly. In addition, the shorter chainstays in the rear provide superior acceleration. Foes finds that rather than explain the advantages of this combination, he lets potential customers ride theFo bike. They return and enthusiastically explain to him the very same characteristics for which the bike was built.

The Enduro version has 160 ml of travel, and the Trail has 150.

Six people in the Foes shop create the bikes from start to finish--from drawing their own tubes through machining their own parts and building the bikes. The company continues to sponsor racers and often spots talent in the trenches. Foes has an illustrious history as a mover and shaker in gravity sports.