We met up with Metzger recently at the
Foes manufacturing facility in Pasadena,
California, to check out the bikes that Mike
is racing now. Mike’s current downhill bike
is the Foes Hydro, hand-made by Brent
Foes himself, which Mike races in the Pro
1. Frame: Foes Hydro H2 handcrafted by Brent Foes; hydro-formed top
tube; size medium; 8. 25 inches of
rear travel; 2.3:1 progressive leverage
ratio; tapered head tube; sealed cartridge bearings; 83mm bottom bracket; 12x150mm thru-axle; ISCG05; custom-painted, with custom graphics.
“It’s got a really nice, solid feel to it. My
bike’s really quiet and smooth.”
2. Fork: DVO suspension, Emerald
DH model, 203mm (8-inch) travel.
“The main thing that I like about DVO
Suspension is that it’s a real moto-cross-feeling fork. It’s an upside-down
fork. It’s super progressive the way it’s set
up for me. It’s really nice on the low-end
compression, and then on the high-end
progression I can pretty much jump anything I want.”
3. Tires: WTB Breakout, 27.5x2.5-
inch TCS Tough/High Grip tires.
4. Tubes or sealant: WTB TCS tire
The TCS Fluid is claimed to employ
“nano-capsulation“ to form a liquid that
hardens upon puncture, creating a permanent plug that remains flexible and
5. Rims: Crankbrothers, Opium 3
Elite-level wheels for downhill and
freeride use: 27. 5, 6061-T6 alloy,
Foes Hydro H2
26mm rim width, 23.4mm rim depth;
shot-peen finish, black anodizing.
The wheels were designed to offer faster
acceleration due to lower rotational inertia,
as the wheel design distributes the mass
closer to the hub for faster acceleration
and braking. The tubeless-ready, hole-free
rims are claimed to be stronger, and no
rim tape is required for tubeless setup. The
wheels use Crankbrothers’ twin-pair spoke
technology, with all spokes being the same
length and with the rims designed so the
spokes can be replaced without removing
6. Spokes: Sapim, stainless steel,
2.0 straight-gauge design.
All the spokes are 143mm long and can
be replaced without removing the tires.
Spoke pins are hollow 7075-T6 aluminum.
Nipples are 3.2x139mm.
7. Front hub: Crankbrothers Opium,
6061-T6, with sealed bearing
8. Rear hub: Crankbrothers Opium
model, 6061-T6 alloy, with sealed
9. Brakes: Magura MT7 Raceline,
Limited Edition; four-piston design
for maximum braking performance
and stability in extreme conditions;
claimed to offer additional braking
power and safety in downhill and
enduro racing; aluminum, two-finger
lever design with tool-less adjustment; adjustable bite point; 203mm
10. Handlebar: ODI Flight Control,
7075 T6 aluminum, 25mm rise,
5x9-degree sweep, 786mm ( 30. 94
11. Bottom bracket: Shimano Saint
12. Grips: ODI Ruffian lock-on