Foes The Fly 2002 Full Suspension

4.94/5 (18 Reviews)
Weight : 9.5 lbs


Product Description

The Fly features a massive 4 bearing main pivot, a Foes Swing Link™ for rigidity, and an Easton™ down tube.


Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating

Reviews 1 - 15 (18 Reviews Total) | Next 15

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ryan Bloum a Downhiller from Del mar, California, United States

Date Reviewed: December 31, 2005

Strengths:    The bike is very comfortable doing big jumps and flys through the rook gardens.I love the curnutt rear shock.

Weaknesses:    Frame sizes run big.My fly is the same size as my medeum specialized s-works.

Bottom Line:   
If you are looking for a bike thet can do drops and serous downhill stuff,but you cat also pedle around your house.Then look no farther then the fose fly

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   old big bear

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   pinkbike.com

Similar Products Used:   Demo 9, specialized s-works,kona stinky,kona suprem,broklin tmx,intense tazer,and a sanacruz v10

Bike Setup:   I have a fose fly with factory dh3 forks,double wide rims with gazzaloddi 2.6 tires,an mrp chain guid,big boy seat,truvativ cranks,sram shifter,hayes brakes,and hadly hubs

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mo a Downhiller from Bethesda, MD, US

Date Reviewed: November 27, 2004

Strengths:    little pedal bob, plush, can run a front derailleur. The paint and decals are thick and well applied so they don't fall off like they did on my Bullit. Floating brake is a nice touch as well.

Weaknesses:    Frame is rumored to crack, headtube angle is a little steep, floater is only hayes compatible, interrupted seat tube

Bottom Line:   
Great bike, basically a super heavy duty trailbike since the HA is somewhat steep. Front derailleur compatibility on an 8" bike is nice.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1875.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   bullit, stab primo, rotec, brooklyn, etc

Bike Setup:   all XTR, hadleys/mag 30s, Shiver DC, Romic, thomson raceface, evil DRS etc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Devon a Weekend Warrior from Brookings

Date Reviewed: April 5, 2004

Strengths:    Stiff frame still can be peddled up hill (wt curnutt)strong lots of travel

Weaknesses:    none i can think of

Bottom Line:   
This is by far the best bike I have ever owned. It has gave me more confidence, Im doing table tops and 5 foot plus drops now . My friends can't keep up now :) . I have one negative My tripple clamp forks hit the cable guide and closed it on a digger easy fix with multi tool. I sugest moving the rubber bump stop down to protect it.(fixed)

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   rowdy creek

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $5000.00

Purchased At:   Beyond Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Ellsworth Joker full xtr hayes marzocchi z1 free ride hope hubs and mavic d3.1 rims

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi super t race face cranks and stem easton carbon dh bars all xtr hayes king hubs and mavic ex 823 rims

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Trevor a Weekend Warrior from Los Angeles

Date Reviewed: January 27, 2003

Strengths:    8' inches of travel, and no Pedal bob. As long as you keep your butt on the seat, u can look down at the linkages and see no movement. Four bars dont match up to the stiffness, and with the curnutt, i think it even pedals better than a turner, haha monty.

Weaknesses:    have to pay through the rear for it, but it is more than worth it, a very minor thing is that when you have the floating disc the biggest tire u can run in the rear is a 2.35, I would prefer to run a bigger one.

Bottom Line:   
MY BIKE IS BETTER THAN YOURS



if you are getting a freeride bike and live in so cal, Find a helen's cycles those guys know whats up.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $3100.00

Purchased At:   Hell'ens Santa Monica

Similar Products Used:   Bullit, Gemini and RM7 on the trail, RFX and V10 in a parking lot

Bike Setup:   Dorado DH integrated stem, Hope m4 w/ gothic rotors(front), mini (rear with floating brake), wtb laserdisc dh wheels, raceface northshore cranks, e13 bashgaurd, xtr/ xt drivetrain, curnutt rear shock, maxxis tires, thomson seatpost, azonic hot seat (garbage), azonic bars and pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ian Robson a Weekend Warrior from Hertfordshire, England

Date Reviewed: January 16, 2003

Strengths:    High quality build, beautiful finish and design, rides like a dream.
I went over to California specially for this bike and bought from Beyond Bikes. The guys at Beyond were recommended and they lived up to their reputation. Their service and advice was awesome. If you're serious about bikes buy from them.
I was told this bike would do anything from downhill, freeride to hardcore trail riding and it does!
Weight's no problem (37lbs). I can ride all day and it eats anything you throw at it. The balance is perfect. The rear end is very strong with no lateral movement. If you want a do anything bike buy this.


Weaknesses:    Expensive frame - but if you want the best...

Bottom Line:   
Bike nirvana

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Beyond Bikes

Bike Setup:   Boxxers, Fox Vanilla RC, Raceface cranks, BB,stem and bars, XTR shifters and derailliers, King hubs on Sun Rhyno lites, Hayes on 8" rotors, Thompson stem and WTB saddle.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jon a Cross Country Rider from Vancouver, WA, USA

Date Reviewed: November 20, 2002

Strengths:    Very well built, beefy headtube, nice fat welds. It is obvious that someone really payed attention to detail when they designed this frame. The stock fox rear shock is fine, but I haven't tried the Curnutt rear, so i honestly can't compare the two. The paint is good and the decals are very thick. It has a fair amount of seatpost adjustment, and excellent cable routing. The chainline is perfect too.

Weaknesses:    retail price

Bottom Line:   

I've done a lot of research on frame design, and spent a long time trying to decide which one might do some dh and freeride, something beefy as hell, but versatile enough to use as an all around bike, this fits the bill perfectly! if you have the cash, I highly recommend the fly, I will post a long- term review later to let you know how it lasts against long-term abuse.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   post canyon

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   universal cycles

Similar Products Used:   Norco team dh, Giant team dh, Santa Cruz Bullit, Ellsworth Joke (not a typo), Rocky Mountian Slayer and RM6

Bike Setup:   2003 Jr T, hayes 8" front and rear, Race Face North Shore dh's with custom bashguard, Thompson post, odi lockjaw ruffian grips, kore freeride bar, Brookln shinburger pedals, Chris King 20mm front and iso rear hubs, Atom Lab trailpimp rims, King headset

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David Pitcock a Weekend Warrior from Sachse Texas USA

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2002

Strengths:    Everthing about this bike

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
I had a Norco shore and Launch before this bike. I really liked Norco's bikes but I would haft to say the Fly is a much better bike. Just to defend the Bike Loft I had no problem with them at all. I mainly worked with Dave and had about hudred qustions for him to answer before I bought the bike. He always got back with me and answered all my questions in detail. 5 stars for the Bike Loft is Flag Staff.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   Rowlett Creek

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Bike Loft

Bike Setup:   Manitou Sherman flick, Sun single speed rims with king hubs,Romic rear shock, xtr,race face elct..

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cody Hartman a Weekend Warrior from Flagstaff, AZ US

Date Reviewed: August 16, 2002

Strengths:    A great freeride/downhill bike that let's you pedal to the top. Very robust with excellent attention to detail on welding and finish.

Weaknesses:    The Fox RC that it came with made it difficult to climb. I replaced it with a Progressive 5th Element via a custom made adapter bracket.

Bottom Line:   
Wait for the Curnutt or email me about buying a adaper link/shuttle that let's you run the 5th E.
chartmanWwlgore.com

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   Upper Moto

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $5000.00

Purchased At:   The Bike Loft

Similar Products Used:   Bullit,Big Hit

Bike Setup:   All the goodies...XTR drive train, Shiver DC, Chris King hubs etc, Hayes 8" disc brakes, Mavic 521's, .

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mo Ory a Racer from Lakewood,Co

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2002

Strengths:    Quality, detail,durabilty, it has EVERYTHING! I have had the privilege of using Foes products since Foes started. There is none better.

Weaknesses:    Hard to get right now due to demand.

Bottom Line:   
I looked at EVERYTHING! This bike has all the best you could ask for. I know there may be some as good but definitely none better. I dont see how anyone could destroy it either. If you do, you need riding lessons. Its smooth and gets up the hill just fine.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   loggers way in Keystone

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   borrowed

Similar Products Used:   Intense, Santa Cruz, Tomac,You name it, Ive tried it.

Bike Setup:   Xtr and XT mixed with Manitou Super Nova fork, 2.5 and 2.7 sticky tires, Avid cable discs with 8 in rotors

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ryan a Downhiller from San Antonio, TX

Date Reviewed: August 8, 2002

Strengths:    Strong well designed frame
Looks great
Feels light and balanced with even a heavy build
Pedals very well
6-8" in rear
Great customer service!!!!


Weaknesses:    Fox RC rear shock sucks, feels way to bouncy, get the Romic or Curnutt(when it becomes available)
Unable to use 4 piston brakes with floating disc mount


Bottom Line:   
Best freeride bike, Period!! Nothing else compares, it is the best on the market. Bullits maybe better value but there is no way the compare to the feel of a FLY. It is a blast to ride. Buy one, you will love it, it realy is a go anywhere bike.

Don't worry about people saying the frame is too heavy, I know of people building it up <36lbs...Which is great for 8" of travel.

Foes Customer Service is fantastic!! Went out of there way to make sure I was happy, on the other hand The Bike Loft in Arizona is one of the worst companys I have ever ordered from. They did have a great deal on the frame, yet there customer service was awful. I had to find out through online message boards why my frame was delayed. I would email them multiple times with no response at all. Nearly impossible to get ahold of on the phone. I do not recommend there company at all. Spend a little extra money and find a company with good Customer Service.

Buy at GoRide!! I should have but was more worried about saving a few extra bucks then having good customer service, what a HUGE MISTAKE!!! GoRide's CS is top notch and can not be beat!!

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   The Bike Loft(not recomended buy at GoRide.com instead)

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz Bullit, Specialized Big Hit, Rocky Mountain RM7

Bike Setup:   Monster T, Sun Ringle Modo Wheelset, Kore B52 Stem, Raceface DH Headset, risser bar, grips, cranks, bb, Hurricane H45 Seatpost, Azonic Love Seat, Maxxis Tires, Shimano xt everything else.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brent Zemel a Downhiller from Orange County, CA

Date Reviewed: June 26, 2002

Strengths:    Strong, supple, and versatile.

Weaknesses:    Not XC weight friendly.

Bottom Line:   
I can finally own one bike and go ride anywhere I wish. A downhill bike with 3 chainrings and an acceptable weight. Rock solid stiffness for straight-lining rough sections and supple long travel to stay in control. As far as the weight goes its time to start training and stop whining. Order one up if you are sick of trying to pick a bike out of the garage to ride today, buy one and do it all. Buy it if: you are a strong freeriding-downhilling freak. Don't buy it if: you are poor and cheap, weak pedaler, and living in Florida.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   Burro Pass back to Moab

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   GO-RIDE.COM

Similar Products Used:   All 3 Karpiels made, and just about every other big brand freeride and dh bike.

Bike Setup:   Shimano XTR drivetrain, easton, and Marzocchi Super T

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike a Weekend Warrior from N. Conway, NH

Date Reviewed: June 21, 2002

Strengths:    Everthing. Beautiful construction, very solid. Absolutely no frame flex.


Weaknesses:    ARE YOU KIDDING!! If you consider the 9.5 LBS too heavy a frame, then switch to riding road for a recreation.

Bottom Line:   
This bike rocks! Smooth suspension and great tracking will inspire the masses. Worried about hills, just throw on a front derailleur and point it upwards. I weigh 135 LBS and can pedal this bad boy up hills without major effort. True you won't win any uphill races, but around here you have to bike/hike to ride any decent downhill trails. Big hits are no longer your enemy. Screw using the force, use the FLY.
Sorry, can't type anymore, must go riding.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   The trail with no name

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   GoRide

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz Bullit, San Andreas, Aeon Joker


Bike Setup:   Shiver, XT 8" discs, Race Face here and there, Azonic bars and stem, 24" rear rhynolight, Grip shift rockets floating disc option.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Curt a Weekend Warrior from Midway City

Date Reviewed: June 13, 2002

Strengths:    Stiff, plush, adjustable, Beefy singletrack killer that climbs really well for what it is. Foes customer service. Looks incredible

Weaknesses:    10 and 1/2 pound frame

Bottom Line:   
It was a little scary to think about climbing with this bike with so much travel and weight, but once I tried it I was very happy. I started out with easy climbs and worked up to some tougher ones. for those in So. Cal. I'v climbed Cholla, Mathis and everything in Laguna wilderness and none of it was a problem. Needless to say It's an Incredible downhiller, I went downn rocket seated except for two spots that I jumped. I can't wait to get my Romic and a tripple clamp fork for downhilling.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   Downeyvill downhill

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Foes crash replacement deal

Similar Products Used:   Foes weasle, Mcmahon Buff(JUNK)

Bike Setup:   Fox rear shock, Psylo, monkey bar, chris king, race face, speedplay frogs, Sun Singletrack wheels, Scram Drivetrain Hayes breaks. 35.5 pounds

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brian a Cross Country Rider from Ornage County, CA USA

Date Reviewed: June 10, 2002

Strengths:    Can't believe it... 8" of fun AND it goes uphill. OK - you're not going to blow away any of those skinny little boy bikers on the climb - but make it over the crest and start the downhill....

Even does steep tehnical climbs - and I have it set on 8". Back tire tracks great - body position is relaxed - pedal induced bob is at a minimum.


Weaknesses:    Some chainslap - but with the triple chain ring - duh. I'm shortening the chain a bit and adding a pad... should take care of it.

Bottom Line:   
KILLER ride... I recommend it for anyone who is serious about speed on the downnhill, and has some lungs and legs to make the climbs.

The bike was built by the guys at www.beyondbikes.com . Reasonable price - and they killed themselves trying to get it ready for me. You can also keep them honest about whether their working on your bike by their 24 hour shop webcam - http://www.beyondbikes.com/hello.asp . They will take good care of you.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   www.beyondbikes.com

Similar Products Used:   Went from a GT LTS 1000... but at 215 lbs am MUCH more comfortable with crushing the thing on the downhill.

Bike Setup:   Shiver DC, Hayes 8", Romic, XT, Chris King, Rhyno Lite, Maxxis, blah blah blah

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eric a Weekend Warrior from Ventura County, CA

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2002

Strengths:    


Nothing but praise for this bad boy! The Fly's low center of gravity makes its airborne behavior super predictable and its rigidity makes the landings smooth yet extremely
stable. Its responsive cornering is matched by an ultra tight turning radius. Everyone asks me about the freaking floating rear brake. It freaking works! Even on downhill rutted wash board sections the brake and suspension continue to work as if you were just coasting down Main Street in Mayberry. 60% of the time I use my Fly as a trail bike which involves a lot of climbing. The triple chain rings are a huge plus. This bike will also accept a 2.7 rear tire even with the triple! And just switch to a longer seat post and up the hill you go. It does peddle considerably better in the 6" travel setting.

 






I'd also have to agree with what Ray from Ohio mentions below - "The bike is gorgeous and assembled very well."
Wynn, the mechanic at Westlake Cyclery who put this bike together also agreed with this. There's no fussing with
BB or chain line clearance. He had no problem attaching all the components to this frame. And as for gorgeous, any experienced welder who sees this frame is guaranteed to drool! It's a work of art. Very fast art, that built to last...



Bottom Line:   
Yes, it does indeed slay all others. This bike inspires tons of confidence! It will get you to the top of the hill and then happily eat up all the ubuse you and the trail can dish out on the way down.

 

Get one!

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   If I told you I'd have to kill you...

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1850.00

Purchased At:   Westlake Cyclery

Bike Setup:   Foes Wet 1 Fork -/- XTR Drive Train, Shifters & Krank -/- Azonic Bars, Stem & Peddles -/- XT Brakes -/- Mavic 321 Rims -/- Hadley Rear Hub w/Bolt -/- Floating Rear Brake

Reviews 1 - 15 (18 Reviews Total) | Next 15

Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating


Anybody else do the Black Fly Challenge?

I saw about 7 other Fatties out of 500 bikes in this 40 mile race from Indian Lake to Inlet in the Adirondacks this past Saturday. I finished in 3:11 and was definitely missing my granny gear the last ten miles as there were some loooong drawn out climbs.Read More »

Wheels on the Fly Ti's

I started looking at the details of the wheels on my 2013 Fly Ti (2x10 XTR version) and I'm a bit perplexed. BD's site lists the both the rims and the hubs as Vuelta XRP Team SL's and double-butted spokes with alloy nipples. At VueltaXRPWheels.com, my assumption that the closest "factory" whee ... Read More »

A new ride and a new motivation....just in time for the snow to fly.

My buddy rides to work every day he can and his trusty Giant VT one has been his daily commuter bike. He ended up getting a newer Santa Cruz Blur and made me an offer on his VT that I absolutely could not refuse. Bike build Frame: 2004 Giant VT one Front Shock: Psylo (just rebuilt) Rear Sho ... Read More »

'Big Guys' on the FLY Team Ti?

Im looking at either the Sette Razzo Carbon, or this bike (if they ever get anymore in stock :madman: ), just wondering if anyone knows how well these wheels will hold up to a bigger guy (6ft 2in, 230lbs fully geared). The usual trails i ride are pretty rocky, and while i don't thrash my bikes, i d ... Read More »

Adjust your tires PSI on the fly?

Just read about this. The basic idea sounds wonderful, lower air pressure when you need the grip, increase it for easier peddling when you don't. In practical terms, who knows if this will really make sense, but neat idea all the same. [url=http://www.gizmag.com/adaptrac-mountain-bike-tire-pressu ... Read More »

Read More »



 

Contests

Tour De France





   

MTBR on Facebook