Foundry Overland - first look

Disc-equipped titanium rig for gravel and cyclocross racing

If you ever thought “Foundry” was a strange name for a company that produces carbon frames it appears you were not alone. The Minneapolis, Minnesota-based company recently released its latest model, the Overland, a disc-equipped titanium bike with geometry suitable for cyclocross and enough tyre clearance for gravel racing.

The Overland was designed to excel between the tape of a cyclocross course and to handle the rigors of gravel road racing. The Overland’s geometry trends toward the North American preference for low bottom brackets and slacker head tubes, with 68mm of BB drop across all five frame sizes and head tube angles that range from 71 degrees on the XS frame to 72.5 degrees on the XL.

On paper, the overland's geometry is more in-line with cyclocross geometry than with many of its gravel-inspired peers. however, unlike many 'cross rigs, the overland can clear 41mm-wide tires: on paper, the overland's geometry is more in-line with cyclocross geometry than with many of its gravel-inspired peers. however, unlike many 'cross rigs, the overland can clear 41mm-wide tires
On paper, the overland's geometry is more in-line with cyclocross geometry than with many of its gravel-inspired peers. however, unlike many 'cross rigs, the overland can clear 41mm-wide tires: on paper, the overland's geometry is more in-line with cyclocross geometry than with many of its gravel-inspired peers. however, unlike many 'cross rigs, the overland can clear 41mm-wide tires

Unlike many gravel road bikes on the market, Foundry opted to stick with short, 425mm chainstays to keep the Overland nimble. According to Foundry, the Overland has clearance for tyres up to 41mm wide, making it compatible with popular gravel treads such as Clement's 700x40mm X’Plor MSO as well as WTB's new 40mm-wide Nano Raptor. 

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The Ti frame features top-tube routing, which necessitates the use of a pulley mounted to the seat tube to operate nearly all road front derailleurs. (Shimano does make an Ultegra-level CX70 top-pull front derailleur.) The Overland is also compatible with internally-routed electronic drivetrains.

The frame has post-mounts for the rear disc brake mounted to the seatstay and uses a 142x12mm thru-axle rear end. Upfront, the Overland comes with a full carbon Whisky No. 9 fork with 100x15mm thru-axle. While traditionalist may scoff at its disc brakes, they can surely appreciate the fact that Foundry opted to stick with a tried and true threaded bottom bracket shell. 

The overland will be available with a sram force 22 build: the overland will be available with a sram force 22 build
The overland will be available with a sram force 22 build: the overland will be available with a sram force 22 build

Foundry will offer the Overland as a frameset for US$2,495 and as a complete bike with a SRAM Force 22 drivetrain, Zipp Service Course cockpit and DT R24 wheelset for US$4,694. (UK and Australian pricing and availability has yet to be announced.)

For more information visit http://foundrycycles.com/.

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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