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Interbike tech: No Nonsense bikes from Foundry Cycles

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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 © Singletrack.com

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 VeloNews.com 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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