2:1 XCT 5”
This frame was created for the rider who is looking for a trail bike you can ride all day long and not come back worn to shreds. It is built with the Foes 2:1 leverage system, oval and bi-oval tubing, and a unique monocoque front gusset section that incorporates the top tube, down tube, head tube and top shock mount for maximum stiffness. Included in the XCT 5 frameset are the Foes Swing Link and Single Pivot Design for near zero flex at the swingarm, and a Curnutt Racing Shock, with its legendary Stable Platform. You’ll be able to shred the whole mountain on the XCT 5”: carve the turns with its responsive steering, climb the steepest singletrack, and hammer descents littered with rocks, roots and square edges with aplomb.
from Valencia, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: September 28, 2010
Strengths: The combination of the frame's stiffness, the 2:1 suspension ratio, and the amazing Curnutt XTD. Amazing, true, all mountain bike.
Weaknesses: Price is the only thing I can thin of here. The Frame is about $2200 and the Curnutt is about $900. You get what you pay for in this case. The craftsmanship is unmatched.
The bottom line is that it's the strongest bike of it's kind made, along with a one of a kind 2:1 suspension ratio combined with a Curnutt XTD shock, and lateral stiffness gives the rider the best of ALL worlds in mountain biking.
Strengths: IT'S A FOES...people do actually stop and stare...but - it climbs unbelievably - you will feel like an IBEX! It will get you up huge rocky or muddy steps you used to spin out on before and it just helps you clean that difficult climb so it just seems easy. Build quality and stiffness give confidence on the rocky stuff.
Weaknesses: still getting to grips with the curnutt shock but that's my issue!
Saw a review years ago in UK and never forgot it then when looking to move on from Meta, Chain Reaction had a 2007/8 large frame at a discount...I didn't think twice. Rides like a BMX/All Mountain Machine/X-Country whippet - it does everything. It does pedals amazingly well even though I have a weighty build I still get up everything faster than the Meta, on the way down it is very flickable, takes little drops very comfortably and just makes riding fun...still getting to grips with the curnutt though as used to an RP23. ULTIMATELY, IT IS THE MOST AMAZING BIKE TO RIDE!
Similar Products Used: Commencal Meta 5 and Scott Genius carbon (old one). Scott was great climber and rubbish going down and Meta was the opposite - XCT 5 ticks both boxes in spades.
Bike Setup: Rockshox Lyric coil u-turn, formula mega, hope hoops on dt 4.2, maxxis ardent, thompson layback (i'm 6'4"), SRAM XO/X9, DMR flats, monkeylight DH bars - stuff that survives the muck and grit and UK winters in the peaks!
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: February 9, 2007
Strengths: Climbing, going Downhill, durability, Curnutt XTD shock with Ti spring, welds, Etc, Etc.
Weaknesses: None it is a Foes.
I have only been riding this for a couple of weeks now but let me tell you this thing is the cats meow. It weighs in at just under 30 lbs but you would never know it because of the Curnutt. It is a light pedaler, by this I mean like some other bikes when you climb it feels like you have a weight behind you. For example I had a Turner 5 spot it was an excellent bike, it weighed in at 27 lbs with pretty much the same build I'm using right now, but The Foes out pedals and out climbs the Turner with no question. A large part of this is because of the Curnutt shock. I have ridden many, many bikes I have ridden alot of good bikes and some bad ones but the Foes is the best all around bike in my opinion. This bike is superior if not superior to other bikes which are the Ibis Mojo and the Intense 5.5. and it Downhills better then the Yeti 575 and the Turner 5-spot which I think are very solid bikes going down. The only thing that can be a little tricky is setting up the shock just perfect, but luckily Foes gives a great manual to aid in getting the shock set up just right. I would reccomend this bike to any all mountain rider who loves a solid riding going down and a bike that climbs like a Xc race bike going up. This is probably the best bike I have ridden.
Similar Products Used: Intense 5.5, Ibis mojo, Specialized stumpjumpers and epics, Turner 5 spots, Titus Moto lite, Yeti 575, Etc, Etc.
Bike Setup: 2007 XCT 5 with a 07 Fox float RLC, XO rear der with X9 triggers, Mavic crossmax Sl wheels, Thomson stem and seatpost, CK headset, Bontrager carbon bars, Maxxis cross mark tires, WTB rocket V seat, and XT cranks.