Foes 2.1 FXR All Mountain Full Suspension

The Foes FXR has been a solid frame in our line for the past 4 years; it has been hailed as one of the best, stiffest and superior trail bikes of it's time. Now, with the 2:1 shock leverage ratio, this bike is on its way to becoming legendary.

User Reviews (25)

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atlas4gr   All Mountain Rider [Jul 17, 2012]
Strength:

Stiff, handles well, feels well made, climbs exceptionally well, made in USA baby

Weakness:

Heavy, expensive, some brake jack can be noted

Once you ride this bike you understand what stiffness is all about, and how you can benefit from it. Corners well, goes where you want it, Curnutt is a bit stiff but its working while you don't even realize it. Nice short stays and geometry make handling short technical climbs a breeze. I've conquered some of the most difficult short technical climbs on this bike, while my 25 lbs XC can't manage. The build quality and stiffness+ curnutt make you a lot faster on the DH. This is pretty much the definition of an all mountain bike. You won't win any xc races or be the first to the top of the mountain, but when if you want to rule the DH and still climb back to the top, this bike is wonderful

Similar Products Used: Ibis Mojo SL, Intense 5.5, Moots cinco, Santa Cruz Tallboy
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
lookowt1   Weekend Warrior [Jul 19, 2010]
Strength:

Stiff solid craftmanship, my 05 FOES. THe Curnutt XTD bar none is the best PERIOD. thenewer moncoque forming is a weight saver. Great warranty and tach support. Climbing and dohnhilling on equal par in perfomrnace for a suspension without a gimick (pro pedal/ lockout throwlever)

Weakness:

Could save a weight weenie gram by anodizing the frame, Top tube sizing is fickle to long legged types dependant on bar length. greater marketing exposure to bring the price down a bit for a new one

A top three boutique frame and Industry standard by which ALL others apsire to be. This is the closet to thing to all condition nirvana. I have been prvilaged to ride a many frmae setup and this is IT, the next best thing is a Santa Cruz Nomad and maybe just maybe a Intense. I rode my 05 FXR on 9 miler gut busting uphillers and off 6-9 foot boulders and rocky to rooted technicals. I rode a many a bike and found myslef not finding a rear suspension that could mate itself to al conditions. I moved back to a 09 2.1 and am only heaving more due to only the weight of the overall build if you want allmtn, invest in this!

Similar Products Used: FOES 05 FXR, Intense Spyder VPX, Ibis Mojo, ELlsworth Moment. Mountian Cycle Fury, Giant Trance 1, Trek 8.8, Felt Compulsion.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
goldenballs   Weekend Warrior [Jul 03, 2010]
Strength:

stiff, stiff, stiff! tight handling, fantastic suspension, pure craftmanship.

Weakness:

short top tube on large size, poor uk support.

I have worked in the bike industry for 15 years and have riddden many different suspension designs, but have always thought there was drawbacks with many of them. foes have got it sorted, simple single pivot with stiff link combined wih an awsome shock. the bike realy does every thing well. once you understand how to set the shock up then you really get the most out of it. the fxr climbs so well for a 30lb bike but is at its best on tight, fast singletracks where its stiffness comes into its own!

My only complaint is that for me (being 6'4+) that the top tube is a little short. i'm running a 90mm stem and the seat right back, but when the seat is up its just too short.
the other problem i've had that is on a recent trip to the alps, the shocks body started to unscrew loosing the air pressure mid way on a run.

Similar Products Used: cove g spot, lapierre spicy, orange patriot 66 xcel.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Diggy   Cross Country Rider [Nov 02, 2009]
Strength:

The bike climbs so, so good. The slow speed platform is really rigid when climbing, almost zero movement. Coming from a RP23, the difference is night and day between the "pro pedal" setting to the curnutt which is far superior. When you do start pointing it downhill, the suspension starts soaking up everything. 6.5" goes a long way to increasing your confidence. Who would've thought that a bike that can climb so well can descend even better.

Weakness:

My build is probably 3lbs heavier than light cross country/AM setups. I have Azonic Outlaws and middle of the road components, so nothing really feathery.

If your looking at this bike you know that this bike has killer suspension, but what truly impressed me was the climbing. If you're a weight weenie, get the XCT5!

Similar Products Used: Specialized Stumpjumper FSR, Santa Cruz Blur
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
m0ngy   Weekend Warrior [May 16, 2009]
Strength:

Perfect geometry for climbing or descending. Super stiff & strong, zero flex.

Weakness:

None really (i got mine cheap).

What an awesome ride. I loved every minute of my 5 years on the Heckler and was worried I'd be dissapointed with any other bike. Nope, uh-huh! The Foes is WICKED! It has a similar upright, neutral feel as the Heckler but with longer legs. The Foes' extra inch travel (from 5" to 6") on what is essentially a beefy single pivot XC bike is VERY noticable. Even with 6" travel front and rear the Foes climbs like a demon. It's heavier than the Heckler but climbs better. On-the-fly fork travel adjustment (such as Zocchi's excellent ETA system) helps keep the front end straight and steady on climbs.

It bombs down hills like it's on rails, so solid on the trail, amazing point-n-shoot confidence. The huge, over-engineered frame gussets, main pivot, and swingarm re-inforcement make the frame incredibly latterally stiff. Imho, Brent Foes simple yet elegant engineering solutions totally puts Santa Cruz, Ellsworth, Intense, and the like to shame! I suppose the Curnutt could offer a bit more small bump compliance, but it works very well when you really need it; climbing and the rough stuff. The Curnutt feels race bred, and absorbs big hits better than the Fox DHX or 5th Element ever did. When climbing it offers the perfect stable platform without pedal bob or tedious adjustment. The proprietary 'Curnutt clunk' takes a lil bit of getting used to, but is mostly harmless if slightly annoying at first.

This is a bike for (cashed-up) long time MTB connesseurs, who've put in the hard yards on aluminium hardtails over the years, who endevour to embrace the simple pleasures of life (without compromise), and believe you have to earn your downhill with a gutsy climb. Thanks Brent!

Similar Products Used: Santa Cruz Heckler, Santa Cruz Bullit
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
joe_cool   Weekend Warrior [Mar 26, 2009]
Strength:

No lies, the Air Curnutt is a dream! Pound the cranks and she feels like a hard tail. The weight is no issue because of how efficient this bike is. I climb everything with this bike that I did on my light weight cross country bike. It does help having adjustable travel on your fork for those extended or severe climbs.

Weakness:

Not too many, she is dream. I could say that on the downhill It took some time to get used to the wheels not wanting to stay connected under breaking. Make some adjustments and all is good.

Yes, you can say this is the Ferrari of mountain bikes but this is the real deal. If mountain biking is your passion don't pass on a Foes as you will not regret the ride.

Similar Products Used: Chumba Evo and Giant Reign.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
hardmtnbiker   Cross Country Rider [Jan 20, 2009]
Strength:

A solid handbuilt straight frame that is really a work of art. No crappy imported frame parts,bearings or rear shock.

Weakness:

The frame cost as much as a complete asian import. But if your not into always flawwed,disposible bikes then that is not an issue.

As soon as you climb you will see who really has found the "Holy Grail" of stable platform. This is the heaviest bike in my stable but still feels easy to climb because of the Curnutt. When you descend you will feel like that familiar trail seems easier and want to go faster than you can imagine. The bike goes where you point it and does not falter. If your mission is to get down that technical trail as fast and easy as possible then get this bike.

Similar Products Used: Titus Switchblade w/ Fox AVA and Talus RLC
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
drussellwilks   Cross Country Rider [Oct 17, 2008]
Strength:

So far I am delighted with the frame and bike, very fast, both up hill and down, good platform shock. The bike looks fantastic and rides very easily. I have no problem getting the front up for jumps etc.

Weakness:

It's quite expensive, the rear shock does seem to have a little stiction, but I think it's wearing in still.

If you don't mind spending the money I cannot recommend this bike highly enough. Makes even me look like a half decent rider. A very versatile bike, true all mountain, and even quick on road too.

I think there are other bikes out there for less that will be nearly as good, but they will not be the same as the Foes.

Similar Products Used: MC San Andreas, Specialized Enduro, Klein Attitiude, Scott Scale 50
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
zona   Cross Country Rider [Oct 14, 2008]
Strength:

Amazing Climber (this thing is a goat!). Besides a great climber, it the downhill where you will enjoy a ton. I've own Foes frames since '02, but I have to say that this new frame is the best Foes has ever built!

Weakness:

None! Okay, the price. You need deep pockets to build the perfect bike.

IF you have the cash, still believe in supporting AMERICAN MADE and hand made, believe the Brent Foes is a genius, and want the ultimate ride, buy this frame. It's pricey no doubt, but it is worth every penny.

Similar Products Used: Foes FXC, Santa Cruz, Fisher.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Darin   Racer [Sep 10, 2007]
Strength:

Strong, great looks, excellent shock

Weakness:

A little heavy for a 6" travel bike, but that's where the strength comes from

This is an excellent bike, strong, good climber, best customer service I have ever had, locally built and I will never buy a mountainbike from another company ever.

Similar Products Used: Gary Fisher Fat Possum, Trek Remedy 77, BMC trail fos 02, 2006 Foes FXR (non 2:1), Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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