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    Anyone have a leaf-spring Foes?

    Is there anyone out there that has a leaf-spring Foes Downhiller? I think they were made around 1999 or so. Any pics would also be appreciated. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by tosh805
    Is there anyone out there that has a leaf-spring Foes Downhiller? I think they were made around 1999 or so. Any pics would also be appreciated. Thanks
    That was a prototype and never went to production. Doubt there were more than a couple made.
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    Yeah, I know they weren't a production bike, but I've heard rumors of one around. I never thought I'd come accross a dual-drive Fulcrum either, but I have one now. So, you never know...
    I'm going to start a downhill museum soon, and the leaf-spring Foes would be an awesome display. Those guys were years ahead of the big companies back then.

    I'm also looking for an earlier vintage downhiller. When the bikes were short travel, but had all the aerodynamic add-ons.

    Thanks

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    leaf-spring Foes
    Do you mean the very long shock on a proto Foes that Lisa Sher raced few times around 1999-2000? The shock was fix under the bottom bracket and the other side on a diagonal tube. Brent said tubes going all over. In 2006, the Curnut shock and the market was ready for a huge impact: Foes Mono 2:1 and now we are all happy!
    If so I have pics of this bike (credit: Mountain Biking and Foes catalog).
    John Kirkaldie in 1998 racing for Foes (Slammer proto)
    http://homepages.paradise.net.nz/hg/...kirkcaldie.htm
    Well that's not what you are looking for (the longer shocks).
    Here the patent of the leaf-spring:
    http://www.patentstorm.us/patents/64...scription.html
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    Yeah, I have a good feeling that Brent Foes has one.....

    Here is a pic of the article that was in the mag's back then....no leaf spring, the the type mentioned it as a proto.... 9/07
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    Thanks for the good info.

    While everyone else was coming up with complicated linkage designs, these guys were concentrating on the shock/ spring, while keeping the rest simple and bulletproof. Admittedly, I'm a sucker for novel suspension systems like the Yeti 303's (it's just so cool! Sliders?!) but i have to respect the intrinsic value of gimmick-free design.

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