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Bike Profile: Arlen’s Foundry Harrow CX Workhorse

Bike Profile: Arlen’s Foundry Harrow CX Workhorse

Up next in our Bike Profile series is Arlen Spicer and his Foundry Harrow. Arlen reviewed this bike last season for the shop and ended up buying it since he liked it so much.

Rider Details

Name: Arlen Spicer
Height: 5’ 10”
Weight: 175
Age: 46
Category: CX Cat 3
Type of Riding: Road, cyclocross, MTB

Bike Details

Frame: Foundry Harrow

Notable Components: Shimano 105 shifters and derailleurs, FSA carbon cranks, Chris King BB, Velocity Blunt rims with Shimano Deore XT hubs, Challenge tires.

Weight: 21 lbs

Q&A

What are your rides like: On this bike, hard, intense off road cyclocross rides, training and racing. Also commute to work 18 miles each way on occasion.

What do you like about the bike: Great bike for the price, durable, well balanced and stable in hard corners, takes enormous abuse and still looks and performs perfectly.

What would you change about the bike: Nothing really. If I spent a lot of money I could shed a pound or two, but as it stands it serves my needs very well.

The Bike

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An up-close look at the Velocity Blunt MTB clincers with the Challenge Chicane tires on the Harrow.

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A chain catcher just in case.

Custom spacer in the seat tube so Arlen could run a skinnier seat post for greater compliance.

Custom spacer in the seat tube so Arlen could run a skinnier seat post for greater compliance.

2 Comments

  1. Why aren’t you running the Hed/xt hubset with the pdxs from the earlier blog?

    • Those wheels were a loaner. The HED rims are fantastic, and stronger than the Velocity Blunt rims I use now. I went with Velocity Blunt because I wanted an even wider rim, allowing me to run lower pressures and get more contact area. The HED Belgian + rim is a good choice! but still not as wide as the Blunt.
      The PDX tires are a great tire and I do use them, but mostly for muddy or wet conditions. The Chicane tire is for dry, fast conditions. Arlen.

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