Boost spacing and plus-sized tires burst into our collective consciousness so quickly and so definitively that a bike like the Foundry Firetower looks slightly odd in the current, trend-soaked world of mountain biking. But here it is, a brand-new cross-country race machine that lacks Boost, takes only a 29×2.25 tire and runs a 100 mm fork mated to a 70-degree headtube angle.
The Firetower features a Press Fit 92 shell, a blend of carbon fibers and will come in sizes small through XL at a price of $3,700 for Shimano XT and a RockShox Reba SL (the only build kit offered). While it will ship as a 1x build, the frame will accept a front derailleur. Whether or not you think this rig is already “old-school,” the Firetower certainly stands out in the newly crowded sea of plus-tire bikes.
One of the Foundry guys mentioned that this is an “affordable” race bike the company would like to see under NICA (high school) racers. We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, but we disagree. That is a lot of coin these days for a bike like the Firetower. You, the consumer, will decide this one when it shows up in local bike shops around September.
At this year’s bike Press Camp in Park City, Utah, Cannondale released several new models, as well as existing model updates and an expanded women’s line for 2017. Keep reading for details on the new plus bike and refreshed carbon rigs.
Cujo 1 27plus
The Cujo is a new 27plus bike based on Cannondale’s other trail bikes (namely, the Beast of the East) that is designed to come in at a lower price point. This top-of-the line model will retail around $1400, with the rest of the range going down to $800.
The Cujo 1 will come with WTB Ranger 3-inch tires, Shimano Deore brakes, SRAM NX 1×11 cassette, SRAM GX derailleur and a tapered headtube. All models will get a 120 mm fork. Cujos 2 and 3 will come with 2x drivetrains. This bike will be available in July in sizes extra small through extra extra large.
Bad Habit 1 Carbon
The Bad Habit will now come in carbon with a new build spec all around that includes house-made 40 mm internal-width carbon Hollowgram rims wearing 3-inch tires, plus flat-mount brakes, Shimano XTR build, a LEV dropper post and 120 mm of travel front and rear.
This model will retail for around $5000. Sizes small through extra large.
Women’s Carbon Habit 1
The women’s Habit has been updated with new colors, an updated drivetrain, dropper post and a new high-end build kit at the top of the line (pictured) that features carbon cranks, a FOX dropper post, the Lefty fork, a Shimano XTR build and XT brakes. The bike will become available in the next couple of months.
Scalpel Si Carbon Women’s 2
Also showcased was the new Scalpel-Si for women, a carbon cross-country race bike that was designed around newer, more technical courses. We did a big story about the launch of this bike where you can check out all of the details and read our interview with Cannondale’s MTB product manager.
Featuring 100 mm of travel front and rear, the bike is slightly slacker than traditional XC race rigs. This one is outfitted with a Shimano XT 1×11 build, 160 mm brake rotors, simplified Di2 routing for upgrade-itis, Stan’s ZTR Rapid rims, remote shock lockouts, carbon crank and a Fi’zi:k Arione Donna saddle. The bike will retail for $4,260 as shown.
There are a lot of bad bike videos out there. This is not one of them.
Good music, not too much slow-mo, good job capturing the feel of just how fast this bike is movings, and Vanderham isn’t dressed like a toddler who didn’t get out of his PJs.
Below is the bike in the video, the new Maiden.
It was no secret Rocky was developing a new downhill bike, its previous downhill platform, the Flatline was long in the tooth, to say it nicely.
The details from Rocky’s press release:
• Full carbon frame, link, chainstay, and seatstay
• Optimized for 26” or 27.5” wheels with Equalized geometry
• Four bar Smoothlink suspension
• Pipelock collet axles lock into the frame for stiffness
• Oversized Enduro MAX type bearings for longer bearing life and higher load capacity
• Integrated frame protection: molded downtube guard, shock fender, chainstay protector, and bolt-in fork bumpers
• Di2 electronics compatible with internal stealth battery port
• Internal cable and brake routing
• PressFit BB107 bottom bracket, drop-in IS42|52 headset, 157mm axle spacing, ISCG-05 tabs
• Sizing: S/M/L/XL
There is a lot of interesting tech going on with this bike, and I’m about ready for bed, so check out BIKES.COM/MAIDEN for the lowdown on the result of four years of development.
There will be four models and a frameset:
Unlimited — $10,499
World Cup — $6,999
Pro — $5,499
Park — $4,499
Frame Only — $3,999
Hopefully we’ll get our first ride on the Maiden next week at Crankworx, stay tuned.