Foes F275 – 650b Round Up

27.5 All Mountain Trail Enduro

We first learned of the new Foes Racing F275 at Interbike last year and we were happy to see Brent Foes throwing his hat in the 650b ring. Like other American based companies, Foes prefers the 27.5 moniker over the metric 650b term. But whatever you call it, the Foes F275 is definitely true to its roots. The frame features Foes signature monocoque aluminum top tube for maximum stiffness. The down tube is double-butted 6061 hydroformed alloy and the frame features beautiful welds. The suspension design is Foes own Progressive Linkage system that utilizes a 2.3:1 leverage ratio (not the 2:1 ratio of their past Curnutt design). Like the Intense bikes, the Foes F275 has adjustable suspension travel of 5.5 or 6 inches (two shock mount positions).

In this video, Francis tells us where the Foes F275 really excels.

The Foes F275 was the slackest (head angle – measured), lowest (BB height), heaviest and the burliest. Without a doubt, though, the F275 proved itself to be the plushest downhiller of the group. No surprise given Foes background with long travel rigs. The Foes was the most capable bike and also the most confidence inspiring down a rock garden. Point it where you want, drop the the brakes and nail it. If you lean toward the more extreme end of the All Mountain rainbow, the F275 is for you.

However, some of that downhill prowess came at the expense of its climbing ability. For the climbs, you will want to be sure that you use at least the ‘Trail’ mode of the CTD rear shock as ‘Descend’ or wide open mode is a bit too active. But given that, we hammered up the climbs with the rest of the group proving this bike’s versatility. We didn’t have a chance to try it, but our bet is the optional Cane Creek DB Air Shock will help with a better platform for climbing.

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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  • wil8250 says:

    Might want to change the wording in the conclusion… it refers to how “Intense made this one slack and low”

  • sgill32 says:

    Nice review and great photos. Absolutely amazing bike…I got to have one of these!

  • slowrider says:

    I love the Foes but the seat angle is too slack and misses the claimed angle by quite a bilt, I wonder if it would help it pedal better seated if the seat angle was 3+ degrees steeper, moving the riders weight bias toward the front a hair.

    • sgill32 says:

      I think the F275 claimed seat tube angle is the ESA (effective seat tube angle) which is different than the ASA (actual seat tube angle). Check the picture of the measured seat tube angle of the Norco and compare against the Norco spec sheets…same thing but they actually clarify on their spec sheet.

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