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Hey Guys,

We are picking up Foes to top off our line up of high end brands (a line we have always wanted), and one thing we ALWAYS do is do the bike testing for our customers.. in other words.. we ride the new brands ourselves (employees) so we can give impressions and test rides to interested buyers. The Inferno seems like a logical choice for our East Coast riding, and using the 6.6, Nomad, and 6 Pack as the barometer, I think it makes even more sense.

Outr riding requires climbing, but none of the guys on these AM/FR frames listed above are guys that burn to the top.. just prefer to get there.. myself included. I rode an Uzzi VPX last year and that bike was just fine for all day riding on our trails. The Uzzi was a bit much in the way that I really didn't need all that strength since the biggest jumps/drops are 5' or so, nothing more really. For me to have fun though, the drops/jumps/stunts are NECESSARY though. So remember, climbing is not a huge priority, I will get there when I do and just care to not have my lungs coming out of my nose when I DO get there.

Now, in your experiences, will the Inferno fit the bill like the other bikes I listed? The numbers tell me it will be BETTER than they are due to the slacker geometry (a trait I love, within reason). Will the bike feel ok on the bigger hits of 4-5'?

Any feedback will be greatly appreciated as we are close to closing the deal with Foes and want get one of these on the way to have come spring riding season.

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Is it me or does anyone else think the Inferno is ugly? There's something about the curvy monoc. TT and the flames that turn me off. If Foes makes the FXR in a stealthy 6" version(heard rumors they will as an option) that sounds like a better choice compared to the other brands than a 7.5" bike like the Inferno.

I've done some 4-5' drops on my FXR and it handles them fine, I also have ridden it in both a lighter 5" mode and now a beefier 6" mode with a Z150 up front and I really like the way it handles with the slacker HA. Anyway, not trying to bag on the Inferno, never ridden one but maybe you guys should also consider the FXR if they make them in a 6" version.
 

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I actually kinda like the look of the inferno. I would have picked it over my FXR if I had a 6" fork at the time I was frame shopping. Don't get me wrong, I love my FXR, but the extra travel of the inferno in a moderate weight penalty would have been fun.

I'm about to get a 6" fork for the FXR (there is a fork shaped box under the Christmas
Tree I just don't know what fork it is and its killing me to wait :) but I'm sticking with the FXR for a while.

I've always thought Foes has been a little ahead of market with shock travel. The FXR came out when everybody was doing 4" trail bikes and the inferno came out when 5" trail bikes were the norm. Now 6+ inches is the new hot ticket and the Inferno right there.

I agree with rroeder, Based my time on the FXR, I think the Inferno would be a perfect fit for the very aggressive trail ridding. I've taken my FXR up the lifts for a little DH in Deer Valley and it performed great. The inferno should be able to handle most of the DH in a package that you can still climb with and cruise single track.
 

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Thanks for the input guys... I USED to think the Inferno was rough on the eyes, but it has grown on me.

I also do 2-3 trips to Mt St Anne in Quebec every year, so that is a must as well. I have done it on a Heckler.. and it was fine.. although extra travel and a slacker head would be nice... and the Uzzi was incredible on that hill. The Uzzi is 2 pounds heavier with .25" more travel. Don't get me wrong.. I LOVE the Uzzi and would ride another one in a heartbeat. With us picking up Foes as a line this year, we do have to ride one so we can properly evaluate them. I am sure you guys know, but these upper end bikes all seem to have their own "soul" or "personality" that sets them apart from other brands. You almost get channelled to the creator of the bike.. hard to explain, but it does exist on every upper crust brand I have ridden (SC, Intense, Turner, Ventana, Yeti.. etc).

Anyway, I think the Inferno with a Ti spring and floating brake would be lots of fun. Add a Travis SC to the mix riding on Spinergy Fall Line wheels and it may just prove to be a sleeper amongst the standard long travel All Mountain class. I think I will pull the trigger.

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I don't know but I think in that range of bikes I would be more attracted to the new Rogue than the Inferno, both looks and specs/geometry...personal taste!

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Thanks for the input guys... I USED to think the Inferno was rough on the eyes, but it has grown on me.

I also do 2-3 trips to Mt St Anne in Quebec every year, so that is a must as well. I have done it on a Heckler.. and it was fine.. although extra travel and a slacker head would be nice... and the Uzzi was incredible on that hill. The Uzzi is 2 pounds heavier with .25" more travel. Don't get me wrong.. I LOVE the Uzzi and would ride another one in a heartbeat. With us picking up Foes as a line this year, we do have to ride one so we can properly evaluate them. I am sure you guys know, but these upper end bikes all seem to have their own "soul" or "personality" that sets them apart from other brands. You almost get channelled to the creator of the bike.. hard to explain, but it does exist on every upper crust brand I have ridden (SC, Intense, Turner, Ventana, Yeti.. etc).

Anyway, I think the Inferno with a Ti spring and floating brake would be lots of fun. Add a Travis SC to the mix riding on Spinergy Fall Line wheels and it may just prove to be a sleeper amongst the standard long travel All Mountain class. I think I will pull the trigger.

Thanks again
 

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i'm inferno owner , i think 170 mm fork is rule to this frame.i own a nomad it is lighter than inferno but nomad looks skinny beside Inferno!
 
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