Monday, December 17, 2012

Foundry Riveter

After talking with Sean at Peninsula Bike Works on Friday about bikes and whatnot, I spent some considerable time on the Foundry Cycles website.  I'd been to the website a few times in the past, but a new gem has appeared.  The Riveter.  It is a disc-specific road bike and is offered as a frameset or built in three configurations (two Sram, one Shimano).  What is interesting is retail on the frameset is rumored to be $2199, but the Shimano 105 build is listed at only $2715.  Seems like a no-brainer to me.  The other builds are Sram Force/Rival for $3475 and Red for $5175.  All come with FSA parts, and the 105 build has some Ritchey parts thrown in the mix.  Two things I love about this frame are the internal cable routing and the Di2 capability for a future upgrade.  One interesting note is the fork is made for a 15mm through axle for extra stiffness.  This makes wheel selection a bit more difficult, basically calling for a custom build wheelset.

Today I'll be visiting Sean at PBW to see the Foundry Ratchet he has on loan to check out the build quality of the frame and get my first in-person glimpse of what could be my next road bike.

Foundry Riveter frameset.
Interestingly, this photo shows an Ultegra Di2 build, which is not shown as an option.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Skylar Grey Singing About Bicycles

I'm not really sure what to say about this.  At the very least, it is bicycle related.