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    Foes ridgeback 29er and 27.5er

    In case you Foes fans havenít heard already...

    https://www.bikerumor.com/2018/04/03...d-29-versions/

    ...exciting stuff from Brent.


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    Since the beans have been spilled. . .


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    Thatís a nice looking bike. Sure wouldnít mind trying one out.

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    Looks far better without the arched "dog crapping" top tube most builders are equipping these days.

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    Foes ridgeback 29er and 27.5er-30412623_10155619762808985_8869955022201290752_o.jpg

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    Fantastic looking bike. Odd that MTBR can't be bothered to post the work of a legend Like Brent Foes but they have a ton of piddly stuff on the front page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowrider View Post
    Fantastic looking bike. Odd that MTBR can't be bothered to post the work of a legend Like Brent Foes but they have a ton of piddly stuff on the front page.
    I agree the Ridgeback looks badass Would love to test one out.

    I'd imagine companies have to pay MTBR for front page content. Foes really doesn't need to advertise, word of mouth and quality not quantity applies. I think Brent likes it that way and so do I.

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    Gorgeous - my mutz needs a friend!


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    I have ridden hardtails for ever and have often thought about getting a full suspension bike... This is the first thing I have seen that has motivated me to think more seriously about it.

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    Any news out there on when these will be available? My broken Lynskey FS is due back from repair today but I'd rather spend the effort on a durable frame from my favorite builder.

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    I stopped by the shop a while back to check out a mixer and i think they are getting closer. They had pieces of ridgebacks all over getting ready.

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    I called them yesterday, they're building now for Mid-late August delivery.

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    Any ride reports on these?

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    Can't really blame mtbr for not having something on the bike when Foes website doesn't have any info on the bike other than "pre order now", then nothing else... (I miss the days when bike makers went to Interbike and MTBR.com had all the coverage, it was cool! Course the flip side is we get new bikes all year long now...?)

    The Ridgeback "looks" like a cool bike. Looks to be several out in the wild. But I don't see any testing or reviews yet? Someone mentioned theirs being 2lbs heavier than a 5010. I assume that's a carbon to aluminum comparison. (I think there is also an aluminum 5010 available?) Don't know how much of that was build difference? And don't know enough about the Ridgeback to know if that's an apples to apples comparison to a 5010. (the newest 5010 is longer travel and more aggressive geo so maybe? Sort of almost took over for the last bronson and the bronson got a little bigger/badder, etc.) 2 lbs isn't the end of the world, but it's a higher penalty than I'd expect. Makes me wonder how effective all the machining and assembly work is? I mean it's awesome! No doubt about that... Anyway, would be cool to see some for sure apples to apples weight comparisons.

    The same facebook post on the Ridgeback mentions the weight was worth it because of it pedaling better than the 5010. I know suspension kinematics and dampeners have come a long way and just about any suspension design can be made effective these days. But it would still take some back to back test riding to convince me a linkage driven SP pedals better than a dual mini link bike? (course maybe if it was a first gen 5010/SOLO, but still from all reviews they "pedaled" very well, just could be a little harsh depending on the rider/shock tune)

    Anyway, I could see someone saying it pedals good enough that the difference doesn't matter? But new SC bikes seem to pedal pretty amazing to me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stiingya View Post
    Can't really blame mtbr for not having something on the bike when Foes website doesn't have any info on the bike other than "pre order now", then nothing else... (I miss the days when bike makers went to Interbike and MTBR.com had all the coverage, it was cool! Course the flip side is we get new bikes all year long now...?)

    The Ridgeback "looks" like a cool bike. Looks to be several out in the wild. But I don't see any testing or reviews yet? Someone mentioned theirs being 2lbs heavier than a 5010. I assume that's a carbon to aluminum comparison. (I think there is also an aluminum 5010 available?) Don't know how much of that was build difference? And don't know enough about the Ridgeback to know if that's an apples to apples comparison to a 5010. (the newest 5010 is longer travel and more aggressive geo so maybe? Sort of almost took over for the last bronson and the bronson got a little bigger/badder, etc.) 2 lbs isn't the end of the world, but it's a higher penalty than I'd expect. Makes me wonder how effective all the machining and assembly work is? I mean it's awesome! No doubt about that... Anyway, would be cool to see some for sure apples to apples weight comparisons.

    The same facebook post on the Ridgeback mentions the weight was worth it because of it pedaling better than the 5010. I know suspension kinematics and dampeners have come a long way and just about any suspension design can be made effective these days. But it would still take some back to back test riding to convince me a linkage driven SP pedals better than a dual mini link bike? (course maybe if it was a first gen 5010/SOLO, but still from all reviews they "pedaled" very well, just could be a little harsh depending on the rider/shock tune)

    Anyway, I could see someone saying it pedals good enough that the difference doesn't matter? But new SC bikes seem to pedal pretty amazing to me?
    I honestly dont care about 2 pounds at the frame. It matter the least on the frame. My Foes hardtail is about 27 pounds, but feels like when riding.

    I agree though l, the website should have geometry, and more info.

    They, ideally, would have a few test bikes to send to Bike mags, or at least YouTube bike channels to go through. You cant compete with the larger brands without gains some traction with the media channels. At least enough, that when a potential customer Google searches for that bike, it would show up. I am aware that most Foes bikes are repeat customers, but still. The ridgeback has massive curb appeal, is modern, and honestly a great deal. It could be a popular frame. Hell, I want one, and I'm normally into carbon superbikes.

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    I just made the switch to an aluminum frame which was 2.75lbs heavier than the carbon one it replaced. The extra weight was nothing......

    Aluminum frames seem to be $800+ cheaper than their counter parts. I would spend the money saved on the aluminum frame on better wheels, brakes, fork, etc. Those 3 things make a much greater difference in the ride than frame weight.

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    I really like the look of this bike but I was expecting it to be a 29/27.5+ compatible design; apparently you have to choose one or the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowrider View Post
    I really like the look of this bike but I was expecting it to be a 29/27.5+ compatible design; apparently you have to choose one or the other.
    I'm pretty sure that's not true. Did you call them?

    It's just 27.5 or 29/27.5+

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    I thought I read that the Ridgeback is designed to fit up to 2.6 tires.
    But I can fit a 2.6 on my Mixer Trail with plenty of clearance and the Mixer Trail is supposedly designed for up to a 2.4 tire.
    Curious to know if the Ridgeback 29 is actually capable of fitting 27.5+.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FastBanana View Post
    I'm pretty sure that's not true. Did you call them?

    It's just 27.5 or 29/27.5+

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    Yes, I went through the pre-order process with them and they asked if I wanted 27.5 or 29. I may have made up the 27.5+ part, I'm old and I've been shopping a number of bikes but I recall very clearly the tire size question.

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    Hey guys! Yeah I've had my eye on that Ridgeback for a while now. On Instagram they stated that it would fit 2.6 inch tires, so likely no plus option for this one. Yeah I wish they'd get their info out a little more. I'm looking for a mid travel aluminum bike to beat up during enduro races to save my carbon top spec trail machine. I may have a chance to visit their shop early next year, will see about taking one out to the trails and perhaps write up a review of no one has by then.

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    I will be picking up my 29er after Christmas. Should be built and riding shortly after new years. I'll follow up with a ride report then.

    I was worried about the rumors of SuperBoost, seems the prototype was 157x12, but production models are 148x12. Awesome!
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    Is the production Ridgeback geometry the same as what is listed in the Bikerumor article?

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    They sent me the 29 geo chart last week. There are a couple small differences. HT* was previously shown as 67, but the one they sent me was 66*.

    Iíll post the 29er chart when I get home.
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    RB 29 Geo

    This is what I got last week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evilbullit View Post
    This is what I got last week.

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    That's awesome then. 66 is a really nice sweet spot for trail 29ers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FastBanana View Post
    That's awesome then. 66 is a really nice sweet spot for trail 29ers.

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    Yes it is. I work at a bike shop and have access to 5 or 6 brands, all that make trail 29ers, 66-67 is where I want to be. That ST* is really whats impressive, it changes everything about long travel 29ers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by evilbullit View Post
    Yes it is. I work at a bike shop and have access to 5 or 6 brands, all that make trail 29ers, 66-67 is where I want to be. That ST* is really whats impressive, it changes everything about long travel 29ers.
    Totally. My Foes Analog is fairly close to the Ridgeback, and it rides amazingly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FastBanana View Post
    Totally. My Foes Analog is fairly close to the Ridgeback, and it rides amazingly.

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    That is excellent to hear.
    This will be my first Foes! Wanted a Fly way back when, but could never afford one.
    Even going to the "mother ship" to pick it up and take a tour over the holidays.
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    Quote Originally Posted by evilbullit View Post
    That is excellent to hear.
    This will be my first Foes! Wanted a Fly way back when, but could never afford one.
    Even going to the "mother ship" to pick it up and take a tour over the holidays.
    Sick! I want a Ridgeback as my second one. If I didnt have an Sworks Stumpjumper, I would get a Foes.

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    Question if the mixed wheel 27.5 in back 29 in front has so much to offer why did they not make this new bike that way, just curious
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    In case you Foes fans havenít heard already...

    https://www.bikerumor.com/2018/04/03...d-29-versions/

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    Quote Originally Posted by JIMSLICK View Post
    Question if the mixed wheel 27.5 in back 29 in front has so much to offer why did they not make this new bike that way, just curious
    I thought the same thing. Maybe looking for more customers? It is a niche market for mixed wheel setups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JIMSLICK View Post
    Question if the mixed wheel 27.5 in back 29 in front has so much to offer why did they not make this new bike that way, just curious
    The Mixer Trail can be setup 140mm or 150mm rear travel...the Ridgeback is 140mm rear travel.

    The Mixer Trail is a bad ass bike - have mine set up 160F/ 150R travel - would love to have a 29er Ridgeback 140F/R as well...but curious to see the next gen Mixers before I do anything.

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    Not enough pictures of the Ridgeback out there, so here's a picture of mine.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Foes ridgeback 29er and 27.5er-rb275.jpg  


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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan1104 View Post
    Not enough pictures of the Ridgeback out there, so here's a picture of mine.
    So awesome!
    Thanks for posting, even though it makes me a little angry. 5 days until I pick mine up :-(

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan1104 View Post
    Not enough pictures of the Ridgeback out there, so here's a picture of mine.
    Nice setup...what fork is that? Ride impressions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgill32 View Post
    Nice setup...what fork is that? Ride impressions?
    Sure looks like a Fox 36.

    Fox is the way to go if you like firm, supportive suspension.

    If you like lively, DVO is the way. I own both, and it depends on the day which is prefer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evilbullit View Post
    So awesome!
    Thanks for posting, even though it makes me a little angry. 5 days until I pick mine up :-(
    It will be worth the wait! The quality is top notch.

    Quote Originally Posted by sgill32 View Post
    Nice setup...what fork is that? Ride impressions?
    As FastBanana said it's a Fox 36 RC2. I had lowers painted by a friend that's does auto body. I'm very happy with the bike overall. It does everything with easy. Good climber and even better on descents. The bike makes steep, rough stuff feel easy. I do find the fork a little lacking even with a Vorsprung Luftkappe. Currently got something special in the works for a fork...

    Quote Originally Posted by FastBanana View Post
    Sure looks like a Fox 36.

    Fox is the way to go if you like firm, supportive suspension.

    If you like lively, DVO is the way. I own both, and it depends on the day which is prefer.

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    I agree. The current Rockshox Lyrik RC2 feels better than my Fox 36 in my opinion. I had an early DVO Diamond on my previous bike and liked it but it always made a terrible noise from the coil negative springs and DVO didn't really help fix the problem, so it had to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan1104 View Post
    It will be worth the wait! The quality is top notch.



    As FastBanana said it's a Fox 36 RC2. I had lowers painted by a friend that's does auto body. I'm very happy with the bike overall. It does everything with easy. Good climber and even better on descents. The bike makes steep, rough stuff feel easy. I do find the fork a little lacking even with a Vorsprung Luftkappe. Currently got something special in the works for a fork...



    I agree. The current Rockshox Lyrik RC2 feels better than my Fox 36 in my opinion. I had an early DVO Diamond on my previous bike and liked it but it always made a terrible noise from the coil negative springs and DVO didn't really help fix the problem, so it had to go.
    Thanks for the feedback.

    I haven't tried the new lyric, but the Cane Creek Helm is next on my list to try.

    Also have the new Fox 36 Grip2 laying around...

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    I had a Helm... I have had many forks... I used to work at a bike shop and I continue to chase a fork that matches or comes close to matching the rear suspension of today's bikes. I would say the Cane Creek is fairly similar to the Fox with Fit 4 RC2 damper. Can't say anything about the Grip 2 damper. The Helm is definitely a good fork. The tune-ability is great on the air side. I always left the damper in the lowest compression settings for both LSC and HSC. The Helm did really well when going fast. At medium to low speeds it left something to be desired. Hope that helps.

    It's also worth noting that Cane Creek doesn't seem to want the end user of their forks to service the damper when the time comes. Not something that is great when it does need service.

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    Ive got an MRP Ribbon Coil 150mm going on mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan1104 View Post
    I had a Helm... I have had many forks... I used to work at a bike shop and I continue to chase a fork that matches or comes close to matching the rear suspension of today's bikes. I would say the Cane Creek is fairly similar to the Fox with Fit 4 RC2 damper. Can't say anything about the Grip 2 damper. The Helm is definitely a good fork. The tune-ability is great on the air side. I always left the damper in the lowest compression settings for both LSC and HSC. The Helm did really well when going fast. At medium to low speeds it left something to be desired. Hope that helps.

    It's also worth noting that Cane Creek doesn't seem to want the end user of their forks to service the damper when the time comes. Not something that is great when it does need service.
    That's great help. I don't care about how forks behave going slow, as long as they are divey in the steps.

    Full open on compression? How much do you weight? (Also a shop rat)

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    Quote Originally Posted by evilbullit View Post
    Ive got an MRP Ribbon Coil 150mm going on mine.
    I have had an MRP Ribbon, but not the coil version. I thought it was good, but it had a warranty issue and used that a chance to try something else when it went away.

    Quote Originally Posted by FastBanana View Post
    That's great help. I don't care about how forks behave going slow, as long as they are divey in the steps.

    Full open on compression? How much do you weight? (Also a shop rat)

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    Full open on both HSC and LSC. I am 200lbs geared up. Also worth noting that my local trails don't have much in the way of jumps or drops. Maybe 2ft drop at the most. This is partially why I ran my compression full open. But Pinkbike also noted similar findings to me for compression settings. I've noticed with pretty much all forks that when temperatures drop for the winter in my area (Northern CA) forks perform significantly worse than in the warmer seasons. And where I live our winters are pretty mild. With that said the Helm really did not seem to like the 30-40 degree weather. Seemed odd to me... not sure if this was based purely on the oil in the damper or other factors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan1104 View Post
    Not enough pictures of the Ridgeback out there, so here's a picture of mine.
    Good looking rig. Is that the 29er? Size large?


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    New Happy Foes Owner!

    Well, after procrastinating for a week...here is a pic of my new Ridgeback 29.

    Ridgeback 29, XL, Raw Aluminum Finish
    Topaz Air 3 Shock
    MRP Ribbon Coil fork, 150mm
    Race Face Next R wheels
    Next R cranks
    Next R bars
    Turbine R stem
    Turbine R Dropper (150mm)
    Eagle X01 Groupset
    Shimano Zee brakes
    Maxxis Assagai Front
    Maxxis Minion SS Rear

    Coming in at a svelte 32lbs.
    Realize almost 6 pounds of that is tire!


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    Quote Originally Posted by evilbullit View Post
    Well, after procrastinating for a week...here is a pic of my new Ridgeback 29.

    Ridgeback 29, XL, Raw Aluminum Finish
    Topaz Air 3 Shock
    MRP Ribbon Coil fork, 150mm
    Race Face Next R wheels
    Next R cranks
    Next R bars
    Turbine R stem
    Turbine R Dropper (150mm)
    Eagle X01 Groupset
    Shimano Zee brakes
    Maxxis Assagai Front
    Maxxis Minion SS Rear

    Coming in at a svelte 32lbs.
    Realize almost 6 pounds of that is tire!


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    Looks great! How does it ride and what were you riding before?


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    Quote Originally Posted by incubus View Post
    Looks great! How does it ride and what were you riding before?


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    Sadly, I have not had a chance to get it out in the mtns.
    They were all covered in snow and mud; didnt want to be an A$$ and go destroy the trails. Then, I got sick...almost over it though.

    But, from my initial parking lot ride, it is exactly what I was looking for; soft off the top and ramps up nice. Coming from a long line of trail bikes, but most recently a SC Hightower. Will post more after I get out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by incubus View Post
    Good looking rig. Is that the 29er? Size large?


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    Yes, size large.

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    Amazing quality. Those welds!!!

    Reading through this thread makes me miss the Mutz that I had built a few years ago

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    XL Ridgeback 29

    Have about 200 miles on an XL Ridgeback 29 and am loving it. Posting a pic, build specs and comparative impressions for the community.

    Fox Factory 160mm fork, DPX2 suspension & 150mm dropper
    White Industries cranks w/30t chainring
    2019 XTR shifter, derailleur, 10-51t cassette
    Formula Cura brakes w/203mm Shimano RT99 rotors
    Spank Oozy 350 wheels w/DT350 hubs
    Maxxis 2.5WT DHF & Aggressor tires
    Thomson 35 bars & stem
    Chris King headset & bb
    MRP chainguide & bashguard
    Selle SMP Pro saddle
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    Lizardskin N. Shore grips replaced with Ergon GS3 after this pic.

    Previous bike was a much loved and ridden 2009 Turner 5Spot DW with similar travel. The Foes is a much firmer ride with different/more efficient suspension kinematics and bigger wheels. HTA is 65deg with the 160mm fork. Bike tracks well and does not wander in the rocky steep climbs in Phoenix and is extremely stable at speed on the descents. Steering is predictable - not twitchy or floppy. I'm very impressed with the overall shock/suspension performance, a big concern purchasing without a demo.

    So far I've enjoyed the Ridgeback for local terrain and have even raced it in an XC race where it held its own against much lither rivals. Cannot wait to get it up to Northern AZ to enjoy its full potential.

    Bobby at Foes was awesome to work with! While I was in town for business, he stayed late to take me around the factory, explain the production process and introduce me to Brent - who was working late hand welding a run of Ridgeback frames. Highly recommend.

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    Very nice. Total price? Or price of frame?

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    The frame retails for ~$2700. Multiple suspension options allow for different build options.

    Recommend buying frame and suspension direct from Foes for best / discount pricing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZrockcrusher View Post
    The frame retails for ~$2700. Multiple suspension options allow for different build options.

    Recommend buying frame and suspension direct from Foes for best / discount pricing.
    Agreed. I got a heavy discount on a DVO Diamond with my Analog hardtail.

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    Would be awesome if they made a page for the Ridgeback on their site. It's almost like they don't want to sell any lol.

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    Here's my Ridgeback 29 built up. I haven't taken it on the trails yet. I will report back afterwards.

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    Nice. Looking forward to your ride report.

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    Nice build - love the red accents!

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    Thanks!

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    Foes ridgeback 29er and 27.5er-20190316_084435.jpg

    I have had about 16 miles (not a lot, I know) of riding on it and wanted to offer up my thoughts for those who are curious. Firstly, I will just mention a few things about building up a frame. Bobby Acuna at Foes was very helpful throughout the whole process. It was very easy build for the most part (all external cable routing, thank goodness) except for a couple things. The stealth cable routing is...rather difficult to get right. It took me about 90 minutes to do that. Everything else was pretty smooth though.

    As a side note, I used a Oneup dropper because I have short legs for my height (32" inseam, 6'0" tall), and their dropper has a very small insertion length. I am happy to report that I have about 20mm of room under the dropper which is nice with 150mm drop.

    I am not a hardcore climber. My rear rarely leaves the seat when I climb, but I will say that it is a very comfortable climber, which is all I really care about when climbing. I haven't done any gnarly technical ups but I have done many a tight switchback and it is no problem at all. The reach is around 458mm in a large, which is a little shorter than my Transition Smuggler I am coming from, so the stem I put on is a 10mm longer (50mm) and it feels very cozy climbing up.

    Descending was really great. I have never ridden a DVO Topaz before but I really like it so far. The trails I have ridden were mostly a mix of flow trails and medium-duty chunder. It jumps quite nicely and handles 3-4 foot drops extremely well. I am not good enough to manual on-demand on trails, but I had no issues bringing up the front for the drops and mini-rolls. I am overall, very pleased, and still will be fiddling with some things, like maybe adding spacer in the rear shock to get a little more pop. The first ride I took it on was quite muddy and the rear mud clearance was pretty good, much better than my previous bike. Anyway, cheers!

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    Nice bike and well balanced.

    Please what is the fork travel?

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    Thanks, I have it set to 155mm right now

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    Ok thanks.
    I am thinking to acquire one RB29 soon with a 150 mm travel fork.

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    FINALLY!!!

    And sorry for the delayed updates.
    I have about 150 miles on mine now....WOW!!!
    This is the feeling I have been chasing for many years. When I talked to Bobby about getting one, I mentioned how much I used to love my SC Bullit, but wanted something that could also climb. The Ridgeback does not disappoint in any way.

    I have mine setup with a 150mm MRP Ribbon coil fork and the DVO Topaz air shock. Thinking about the DVO Coil though.


    Quote Originally Posted by evilbullit View Post
    Sadly, I have not had a chance to get it out in the mtns.
    They were all covered in snow and mud; didnt want to be an A$$ and go destroy the trails. Then, I got sick...almost over it though.

    But, from my initial parking lot ride, it is exactly what I was looking for; soft off the top and ramps up nice. Coming from a long line of trail bikes, but most recently a SC Hightower. Will post more after I get out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan1104 View Post
    Not enough pictures of the Ridgeback out there, so here's a picture of mine.
    Killer looking RB. Do you happen to know the weight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 661lee View Post
    Killer looking RB. Do you happen to know the weight?
    Thanks! It weighs 30.7lbs. Nothing on the bike is particularly light so I'm pleased with that. The only carbon bit on the bike is the handlebar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan1104 View Post
    Thanks! It weighs 30.7lbs. Nothing on the bike is particularly light so I'm pleased with that. The only carbon bit on the bike is the handlebar.
    Dang, that's good. What other bikes have you ridden and how does the RB compare? I'm torn between this and some other carbon 29ers for my next bike.

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    I used to work at a bike shop that sold Norco, Scott, Devinci, Pivot, Salsa and Orbea. The Split Pivot bikes pedal amazingly. The single pivot bikes pedal well enough, but usually rely on the shock's platform to keep from bobbing. The Ridgeback is a bike that rewards a rider who doesn't do much spinning up the hill. The harder you pedal, the less the suspension bobs. As far as the bike's weight, I tend to enjoy riding a heavier bike on the downhill. It feels more stable to me. You don't tend to get thrown off line as easily in my opinion.

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    Theyíre up on the website now. Not sure how long theyíve been up, so not sure this is actually news.

    Dealer direct pricing now tho! $1999 frames... not only the Ridgeback.

    Game on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shooter McGavin View Post
    Theyíre up on the website now. Not sure how long theyíve been up, so not sure this is actually news.

    Dealer direct pricing now tho! $1999 frames... not only the Ridgeback.

    Game on!
    Thanks! Looking into the new Mixer now actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by agauna View Post
    Thanks! Looking into the new Mixer now actually.
    If I was ready for a new bike the special edition mixer looks sweet!

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    Picked up my Ridgeback today. Wanted to run a DB inline but they don't make the size so I'm going to try to collect the parts and build it tomorrow.

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    Provisional build with a clapped out fox 34 up front and a fox float rear shock (all I could find in the configuration) came in 30lb 2oz with a Sella Anatomica for fat boys saddle. Having a new boost front Hadley/Velocity wheel built to fit new the Helm fork. So far loving the bike on Sedona trails, hoping to love it more with the new front end.
    Quote Originally Posted by slowrider View Post
    Picked up my Ridgeback today. Wanted to run a DB inline but they don't make the size so I'm going to try to collect the parts and build it tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowrider View Post
    Provisional build with a clapped out fox 34 up front and a fox float rear shock (all I could find in the configuration) came in 30lb 2oz with a Sella Anatomica for fat boys saddle. Having a new boost front Hadley/Velocity wheel built to fit new the Helm fork. So far loving the bike on Sedona trails, hoping to love it more with the new front end.
    Yo where are the pics??

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    So what's a long term review on this ridgeback 29 I'm looking at this bike the geurilla gravity trail pistol and the reeb sqweeb buying only usa build need an efficient uphill pedaler that's all I have is up then down.

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    Foes ridgeback 29er and 27.5er-dfe295c7-7cc2-416d-8c3a-d0f8a3d89b6e.jpeg

    Spot on geo for long days in the saddle. Like a previous poster stated, very active and supple early in the travel and ramps up nice. Leverage kinematics are significantly different to my previous Foes, in a good way. With the Ridgeback I donít feel like Iím sitting on top of the travel, if that makes sense. The DVO Topaz is a great shock for this. Easy to set up and you can just leave it. In regards to climbing steeps, the 66 HTA is perfect; it doesnít wander at all, and thatís with a 160mm fork.

    Descending... no need to discuss. This is what Foes bikes have been doing well for 25 years. Difference between driving a 4runner and a Landcruiser.

    Weight prolly isnít a factor for you if youíre looking between the Foes, Reeb, and GG, but my Ridgeback is exactly the weight they stated out of the box; 7.4 lbs. with the Topaz. I was looking at GG as well, and found it comical that they state the weight of their frames without a rear shock... Topaz is .87 lbs. so this setup on a GG would be toggling around 8 lbs. And thatís before you have to strap on a bunch of frame saver carbon protective crud to protect from scrapes and scratches. In the world of metal bikes, we call that ďcharacterĒ.

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    Just over 2 years on mine and still love it!

    I recently "re-invented" mine as well....when new I built it up as a heavy trail bike (Coil fork, wide wheels, DH tires, etc.). But, I have now switched to a Pike ultimate (150mm), lightened up wheels, tires and even switched to all Shimano 12 speed drive trail. OMG!!! Im in love with it again!

    I work at a shop so I get to demo all our brands, most recently the new Ibis Ripley and Devinci Troy. I would put the Ridgeback up against them any day. The Ripley does climb a bit better, but the Foes destroys it in the downhill sections.
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    I only plan to run 140mm fork if I went with it built as light as possible. I use to work at a bike shop. I havent rode in two years besides in my driveway and pump track my kids finally getting into his balance bike at 2.5 so I'm hoping to get back riding. What size would you say. I'm 5 10 31 inch inseam 24 inch arm reach I'm mostly tall on top.. the ridgeback looks like a great bike. Idk about carbon I live with sharp rocks. Hate to kill it and aluminum doesn't come apart.

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    Iím not positive, but pretty sure the specíd geo was based on a 140mm fork. 5í10Ē and 30Ē inseam here and the medium is perfect for me.

    Same here... a lot of carbon-chewing granite out in the hills I mash around in.

    Also, it should be noted that a 29 x 2.6 enduro WT tire works well in the rear... a bikepacking 29 x 2.6 like the Teravail fits... but is too close to the stays and would most likely rub.

    The 29 can be set up as a plus bike as well with a 27.5 x 2.8 (Teravail; same footprint, but much greater volume than standard 2.8s).

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    I've only had my 27.5 ridgeback for a few months but I'm loving it. I was choosing between the same 3 models as you and went with the Foes due to my experiences with 5 of his bikes previously and because the weights are so close. I'm running the cane creek fork in the default travel setting and wide open on compression and rebound, it matches the 133mm rear very well. I bought my frame without a shock and purchased a fox air shock from Jensen and it has been set and forget.

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    It's crazy how this bike seems to be a very good bike yet why no one really talks about it? I always wondered like bike car companies and such do the bike brand bikes buy their name into the media

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    Iíve been following this thread as Iím building up a RB29 currently. Anybody run a 44mm offset fork or DPX2 shock? I would be curious to get your feedback on shock tune and/or steering. Thanks.

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    For all the years of riding and shop tuning as a bike mechanic I always recommend someone to set the suspension to factory recommendations to start and ajust to your liking from there. I always try to get a balanced feel front to back so one isnt ramping up faster or delay in rebound makes a weird ride

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    I had the 46mm offset MRP on mine, didn't feel bad. Just switched to the 51mm Pike....doesn't feel bad either. Maybe its just in my head but the 46 seemed to corner a touch better being an XL frame??? But who really knows? LOL
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    Thanks for the feedback. Iím sure Iím overthinking it. I decided to just to stick with the recommended offset of 51 & pulled the trigger on a DVO Diamond to match the Topaz out back. Canít wait to get it built.

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    Post a picture when you get it. I havent decided do I get the ridgeback or do I get the mixer trail :-/

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    Just finished the build. Hoping to get out tomorrow and get everything dialed in.

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    That's a great looking bike. Live anywhere near the poconos in pa? Also where you considering the mixer trail as well. What made you go full 29 not mixed if so. I called foes and they suggested me to be in the mixer trail... between both bikes theres nothing but good things I hear so it's even harder now to choose. Lol

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    I live in Maine. Iíve ridden my hardtail with the mullet setup so I could run a plus tire out back. It worked really well & made sense on a hardtail so the rear wouldnít be as harsh on the rough NE trails. I just prefer the standard set up for my FS rig. Depends on your riding style, I suppose. Ridgeback for long epics & flat out speed or Mixer trail if you want some thing a little more playful or are a more aggressive rider & like to hit all the features on the trail. Seeing that the Mixer is designed for the mullet set up, I donít think you could go wrong either way.

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    So we have similar trail systems roots rocks. I plan to ride a bike with the family on fire roads and rail to trails and over the road just a few miles from my house to my local trail system then back home and then just the normal single track. I'm more of an xc/trail rider then trail/enduro. So that is why I was looking first at the ridgeback but when I called foes they suggested the mixer trail specifically there new hall of fame build up. I've never ridden any new bike geos before I'm coming off of 26 been riding for 26 years on 26er and my last bike I hated for 10 years of riding it and dont want to make the same mistake. It was more dh then trail to much travel had 6 inches front rear.

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    I would call myself a trail rider through & through. XC speed but not afraid to boost a feature if it arises. Sounds like the ridge back may be more suited to your writing style, IMHO. Allows you the versatility to build it up how you want without having to run a wheelset that doesnít buying 2 sizes or a custom build. Again, I donít think you can go wrong with either. Pick which one you think is best, build it and ride itÖ. Not to complicate it, but the ridgeback 27.5 maybe the Goldilocks bike for you

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