It’s definitely that time of year when companies are ramping up to get ready for their big reveals at the annual Sea Otter Classic. Foes Racing has been slowly dropping hints to their newest addition which will be called the Ridgeback. Apparently aimed at the trail bike segment, the bike looks to have an all new suspension system made out of beautiful aluminum parts.
Sticking with their made in the U.S.A. aluminum mantra, the Ridgeback looks to have a pretty complicated construction with a number of intricately machined pieces.
Stepping away from their progressive linkage system, the new frame is said to have “F.I.G technology and True Travel Linkage.” There is still a rigid swing arm with a single pivot above the bottom bracket and a small link that drives the main rocker link, but the whole package has been reconfigured to run a vertically positioned shock with a trunnion mount. Judging by the hashtags used, the frame won’t have quite the same low 2.3:1 suspension leverage ratio as their progressive linkage system bikes, but it should be pretty close at 2.4:1.
Their facebook posts also hint at the use of Superboost, a slack geometry, and the ability to mount a bottle cage inside the front triangle. To be available in 27.5 and 29″ wheel options, the frames should start at 2399.99 for a frame with a DVO Topaz shock, or $2499.99 for Fox a DPX2. Expected delivery is around July 2018, though Foes is accepting preorders with the first 10 orders getting free shipping in the continental U.S. and a free custom powdercoat color. Check out their facebook page or the site below for more info.