PASADENA, CA (BRAIN)—Don’t ever accuse Foes Racing of being weight weenies, not in 2008 or any other year for that matter.
“We like a bike that climbs like a goat and acts like a downhill race bike over very rough terrain when we’re charging downhill,” said Mitch Evans, brand manager for Foes Racing. “We like an all around bike that's performance-oriented and really fun.”
Hence Foes flagship model for ’08, the newly tweaked FXR 2:1 with an all-new integrated, lighter weight monocoque toptube and an increase in rear wheel travel to 6.5 inches via Curnutt’s new large chambered air shock. The FXR 2:1 is replacing the Inferno.
Foes will also be keeping its flagship downhill racer, the 2:1 DHS Mono, as well as the 4X. The XCT-4 and XCT-5 trail bikes will remain a strong presence in the new Foes line as well. Another reintroduction is the ’08 Fly, which has been totally redesigned from the ground up.
Foes will be at Interbike’s dirt demo this year, but not inside. “We really felt that if we put our energy into building more demo bikes, and we can get the dealers to ride and see just how much better a Foes bike is with a Curnutt coilover or air shock than any other mountain bike, we can sell more dealers,” Evans said. “And they in turn don't have to lie when they tell a customer what the best-performing mountain bike on the planet actually is.” —Jason Norman