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.
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.
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/.