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    ... and if we just ... XC Foes porn

    Test riding this this weekend; WOW its fast. It's not the lightest in it's class but it jumps forward with every pedal stroke, I managed 3 climbs in the next higher chainring than I ever have before, and it weighs 1/4 lb more than my 5" bike.
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    That's awesome! I love the look of that bike so much. That's definitely a dream bike for me.

    1/4lb more than your 5" bike hey? What does that put it at? 27lbs?

    How well does the rear sus work? Is there a lot of bob?

    Could you take some more photos closer to the shock/swingarm junction, and maybe a non-driveside photo?

    I've only seen one Foes up close, and it was a DH rig, but I would pay money just to give this bike one ride!

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    sweet ride....

    one can never go wrong with a Foes, period.

    I'll bet the rear is super stiff, more so than most 6" travel bikes....
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    25.75 lbs

    no really. I built my 5 Spot down to 25.5 lbs and the foes came in at 25.75 lbs. I weighed the front wheels and the seat/post off my FXR and they were 1/2 lb lighter so those are on the bike now making it 25.25 lbs, but thats with full XTR so this thing is a pricy demo.
    The rear suspension absorbs bumps well when your hammering along, especially climbing small rock gardens. When DHing the lack of travel becomes pretty evident (it's only 3.6"), I haven't bottomed it in 20 miles but it gets choppy on bumpy downhills, planning a 23 miler tomorrow before returning it to Mr. Foes so that should be the best test yet. Climbing out of the saddle it's the best I've ever ridden, but it has 2" less travel than any bike I've owned in the last 5+ years so that could be a huge part of my impression. I've owned 3 Foes and one thing has been true for all of them, they are a little heavier than most comperable rigs, but they pedal as though they were lighter.
    A few interesting features on the bike are pictured, the zero stack headtube, the Foes swing link and the hiemjoint on the shock that allows the angles to be changed by .7 degrees.
    Quote Originally Posted by Pas de Dopage
    That's awesome! I love the look of that bike so much. That's definitely a dream bike for me.

    1/4lb more than your 5" bike hey? What does that put it at? 27lbs?

    How well does the rear sus work? Is there a lot of bob?

    Could you take some more photos closer to the shock/swingarm junction, and maybe a non-driveside photo?

    I've only seen one Foes up close, and it was a DH rig, but I would pay money just to give this bike one ride!
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    True

    The Foes I've ridden have been superior to anything I've tried at similar travel, my FXR isn't as plush as my old Turner route 66 but it's faster, climbs better and does the rest as well. The Prolite is very stiff laterally under my 200 lbs, but the suspension is compliant for a 3.6" frame.
    Many are put off by the weight, but if they rode it they wouldn't care.
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    one can never go wrong with a Foes, period.

    I'll bet the rear is super stiff, more so than most 6" travel bikes....

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    Last ride of my demo

    66 miles worth of riding at 4 different areas including Strawberry Peak in the San Gabriel mountains above the foes workshop, I should be more wiped out but this bike makes it seem easier. I'm serching through the vehicle ashtrays, couch cushions and everywhere else I might find the money to buy one, it's one fast sexy ride, now to pic a color
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    Hey slowrider...just wondering if you ever got the 2:1 Prolite

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    Not yet

    I've been fighting back and hamstring injuries off and on since then and I want to have everything perfect when I start riding it so there are no excuses, and a good impression of the $2,500 hole in my wallet.
    I did test ride some other XC bikes in the intrum, the only one that was close was the Pivot Mach 4, but it's more than 1/2 lb heavier than even the Foes. My back made me quit the rides when I tested the Ellsworth truth and the Turner Flux. The Ventana El Salt DHd well but climbed poorly, The titus X worked well everywhere but wasn't as quick or as good on the tech climbs as the foes but I could buy one at 1/2 the best price I could get on the Foes right now so I'm trying to get my head around that at this point.
    I'll post up when I make the purchase.

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    Sorry to hear about the back and hammy problems...hope the kinks get worked out soon. Interesting to hear about all the different makes you've taken for test rides as a comparison.

    I have an Epic, 2005 model. Have you ridden an Epic before? If so how does it compare to the Prolite?

    As far as racing goes the Epic is a rocket, but the brain shock, at least the '05 model is pretty harsh. It'll go compliant once the wheel impacts a shock with great enough force to initiate the valve to open, but it's not instantaneous. There's a very noticeable jarring effect on that initial hit. Since buying my XCT-5 I haven't gone near the Epic and I really don't plan to until it's time to race. I haven't compared but the 2:1 Prolite should have similar geo, weight, and travel as my Epic ('05 Epic has 90mm/3.5" rear) so curious as to how the Prolite compares. Wish I could demo one but I live in TX, no dealers @ here.

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    Can't help you

    I don't care for Specialized so I've never tried one. I feel the Curnut has a bit of that harshness on initial impact but I had my FXR shock tuned for plushness at its last service and it worked most of that out. On the prolite I noticed a bit of that harshness as well but it felt more bottomless than the Titus X on medium to large bumps with snappier excelleration but less plushness on ripples and other small stuff.

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    Hello, have ordered 1 today, after the first few rides on my fxr with air shock i have decided to sell the xct with xtd ti spring, and get myself a lighter weight less travel bike, this thread has made it clear to me what to get, i was already a bit biased tho. Thanks.
    so theres a large red xct 07, xtd ti spring (350lb), frame for sale, good condition 800

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    Cool

    Looking forward to seeing some pics when you get it built and your opinion on how it rides...I'm sure it will be awesome...keep us posted

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    I will post pics as soon as its done, i spoke to the importer today and he said 2 to 3 weeks to delivery!

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    Im told it will be here on monday! o yes.

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    On a (sort of) related note, I ran into Steve from CORBA last week at Brown; and he said that he'd done some recon of Strawberry with the USFS, and it doesn't look good.

    The wooden retaining walls in the above pictures have burned, and the already loose shale has completely washed out.

    Strawberry - Redbox - Switzer was one of my favorites, and unfortunately; it looks like it will be quite a long time before we enjoy that one again.

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