Seen at Crankworx: Jon Buckell's Foes 2014 DH Hydro
Aug 15, 2013 at 15:25
Jon Buckell was on the latest iteration of the Foes DH Hydro. In the fashion of Foes Racing, the chassis is aluminum with a hydroformed frame member that incorporates the top tube, upper shock mount and seat tube brace. The scissor linkage that has been the hallmark of Foes' single-pivot rear suspension is gone, replaced by a pair of driver links that connect the upper swingarm with the rocker that drives a long-stroke 10.5 x 3.5-inch, Fox RC4 shock. The mid-height swingarm pivot has been moved back slightly from previous models and Jon put the head angle at 63.5 degrees with his rear-suspension setup. With Jon's Marzocchi Triple-8 fork, the bike's suspension was super plush - a plus, says the Team Incycle rider, for handling Whistler Mountain's ever-growing network of braking bumps and bomb craters. For the present, Foes will stick with 26 inch wheels for its flagship DH racer.
| A nearly headless Jon Buckell poses with the 2014 version of Foes' DH Hydro. The 26-inch-wheel chassis operates on a low-leverage shock linkage that produces a 2.7 to 2.1-to-one ratio - resulting in a slight rising rate over its 215-millimeter rear-wheel travel.|
| (From left)The DH Hydro's monocoque aluminum front section forms a rigid box section to keep the bike's front end tracking well. A look at the suspension linkage shows the pair of driver links between the upper swingarm and the beefy aluminum rocker link. Foes uses a special nut that indexes into the rear dropout. The CNC-machined aluminum nut fixes the 12-millimeter through axle and doubles as a sturdy derailleur hanger. |The new DH Hydro looks good. Buckell will race the DH events with it at Crankworx, in preparation for a trip to South America where he will be racing in Ecuador. Downhill events are becoming extremely important in South America, so expect some new faces on the World Cup circuit in the near future - and more North American races to make the journey South to get in on the action.Foes Racing
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