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Accident happened on ride to hotel after final stage
- Hey Guys...
Hey Guys... I need a 110mm/-17 deg stem to get my bars low enough on a Calfee with a really tall HT.
I would prefer black...but...scuffed/missing logos are fine as I would prefer to de-badge it anyway.
Other colors also considered, as I may just paint it to match.
Cheaper is better, given that I'm not concerned so much with the aesthetics.
Ritchey WCS, 3T ARX, ???
-Mark in St. Louis
Foundry Cycles is a young brand by any standard, starting less than three years ago and already having three different cyclocross models hit the race course in the form of the cantilever brake Auger, the disc brake Auger (reviewed in Issue 19), and the thru axle fork, disc brake Harrow (reviewed in Issue 23). In addition to sleek black carbon that gives it a stealthy appearance regardless of the iteration, what we noticed first was that Foundry, a QBP-owned company, was one of the first to embrace the thru-axle-on-’cross bike concept.
The bikes started out as understated alternatives to the flashy, colorful, logo-covered European options, and the look, function and pricing of the carbon bikes attracted plenty of racers. The bikes have a winning history, as well, from Mackenzie Woodring’s win at the Barry Roubaix gravel race last year (see the bike profile of her Foundry Auger here) to Tim Allen’s singlespeed Foundry that rode him to victory at Nationals this year.
Now Foundry has some name recognition, and has realized its name has some appeal. For 2015, you’ll see new graphics and bolder branding on the Foundry cyclocross bikes.
We had a look at an early version of the Foundry Cycles’ top-shelf 2015 Harrow B1 at Frost Bike. Given that it’s only February, it’s hard to believe we’re already looking at a 2015 model, but the production models won’t be available until this summer when the final build components are ready.
From what we saw, the 2015 Harrow B1 will appeal to serious cyclocross racers, with a parts spec that leans more towards cyclocross racing than adventure riding or gravel grinders. Foundry Cycles still makes the Auger, and is positioning that bike more for the gravel crowd.
The most noticeable spec on the early Harrow B1 build we saw was the single 42t Wolf Tooth chainring with its alternating wide/narrow teeth for chain security. Will Foundry Cycles pick the Minnesota-based Wolf Tooth for its OE spec and offer the bike with a single ring? The build also featured a standard, RED 22 rear derailleur, without any type of clutch-based cage. While Foundry’s Matt Larson emphasized the build shown was not fully accurate to the planned production spec, he did say the 2015 Harrow B1 drops in price because of the simpler build. We interpret that to mean the final drivetrain will be the long-rumored CX1 single ring 1×11 setup. Last year’s SRAM Red-equipped Harrow B1 build was $4195, and this year’s bike is targeted at $3399. That might imply some pricing (and equivalent level) of the upcoming SRAM CX1 drivetrain, if indeed that will be on the production model.
TRP will handle the braking, but don’t expect hydraulics here. The dual piston mechanical Spyre disc brake will keep things simple and light. 160mm rotors, front and rear will provide plenty of braking power.
Foundry Cycles also looks to be switching up the cockpit and wheels. FSA’a SL-K bar, stem and seatpost are replaced by Zipp’s Service Course line, and the Velocity A23 disc wheels are replaced by DT Swiss’ new R24 Spline Disc Brake wheelset, with DT Swiss’ 350 hubs. Clement’s PDX 700×33 clinchers return to keep you upright and moving forward in most conditions, while a Fi’zi:k Arione CX saddle might replace last year’s Velo saddle.
Gallery of Foundry’s New Harrow B1:
Tim Allen’s New Foundry Harrow Singlespeed
Also on display at Frostbike was Tim Allen’s brand-new, National Championship-themed Harrow singlespeed. Allen was invited to Frost Bike by Foundry Cycles, and surprised with a brand new, stars and stripes-painted Harrow, built to match his winning bike, but with plenty of upgrades.
Spinning a 36×17 with an eccentric bottom bracket, Allen took the win on a 2014 Harrow to win the men’s singlespeed title at Nationals. His old bike had some generic carbon rims and the base model Candy 1 pedals. Those are replaced by Industry Nine’s i25 disc wheelset, and the workhorse Candy 3 pedals.
Allen used the TRP HyRd hydraulic brakes paired with the singlespeed RRL levers, but now will ride the excellent Hylex hydraulic brakeset that boasts one of our favorite shape of brake levers that we’ve laid our hands on. See Allen’s winning bike profile here.
Gallery of Tim Allen’s Winning Singlespeed Harrow at Frostbike:
More info: foundrycycles.com
Matti Breschel (Tinkoff-Saxo) said Monday he escaped serious injury in a bizarre crash following the final stage at the Tour of Oman.
“After the stage, we were riding back to our hotel and on a descent when I was going 70 kilometers an hour, a mattress flew into my front wheel and brought the bike to a standstill,” Breschel said via a team press release. “I hit the asphalt pretty hard and lost a lot of skin on my legs and face and the wound on my knee had to be stitched up. It’s still too early to say, but I trust it doesn’t influence my preparations for the classic campaign and I’ll stick to my regular training program. I’m not concerned at this moment.”
Breschel will start Paris-Nice in mid-March before a run at the northern classics. Breschel finished sixth at the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) in 2009.
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For Immediate Release 2-25-2014
Contact: rod [dot] judd [at] imba [dot] com (Rod Judd)
303-545-9011 ext. 119
IMBA and corporate member CST Tires are pleased to announce the return of an enhanced program for 2014 to support volunteer trailbuilders via IMBA chapters.
- Equal prize money will be paid to men and women for each round of theUSA Cycling US Cup Pro Series presented by Sho-Air Cycling Group.