Brian Foster sums up his bike perfectly… "Geometry wise, my frame matches my riding style… I like to go fast in a forward direction." Keep reading to see what this legend’s bike is comprised of…
Frame: Fit BF frame 21 ¼"
Fork: Fit Blade V.3
Bars: Merritt Brian Foster
Stem: Fit BF
Grips: Merritt Pete Sawyer
Barends: Merritt Insert
Headset: Merritt or Fit or something…
Seatpost: Fit Tripod
Seat: Fit Solo Tripod
Pedals: Fit Mac sealed (metal, of course)
Cranks: Fit Indent 24, 175mm
Sprocket: Merritt Chris Childs
Chain: Jim Bauer
Front Tire: Merritt FT1, BF signature, 2.35"
Front Wheel: Merritt Non-stop hub w/Revenge rim
Rear Tire: Merritt FT1, BF signature, 2.25"
Rear Wheel: Merritt Non-stop cassette w/Revenge rim
Brakes: Odyssey EVO-2
Lever: old faithful [Dia-compe Tech-77]
Geometry wise, your signature BF frame is pretty far off from the average frame nowadays. What is the geometry like and how does it ride?
Geometry wise, my frame matches my riding style. It's got a more relaxed head tube angle than most because I like to go fast in a forward direction and nose wheelies are never purposefully done. The rear end is longer than most because I want some stability at speed. Today's frames are twitchy and I don't need any surprises at this stage of my life. The geometry seems to cater to my generation. Fit does limited runs of them every once in awhile.
What is your gear ratio?
25-9, I don't care much about gear ratio as long as it is close to a 44-16, which is probably easier than most kids want these days. A real tall gear makes my knees hurt so I keep it pretty easy. I mainly ride trails and concrete so pedaling is generally avoided.
When was the last time you rode pegs?
It's been a while… maybe Red Bull Mean Streets—which feels like about 10 years ago. Not really into pegs.
What parts do you go through the fastest?
Parts have improved so much in the past 30 years—or my level of abuse has declined drastically. Either way, I rarely need to replace anything.
Describe your bike for us… What makes it your ride?
Bars are usually even with the forks, I run near 80 psi in both (a little less for trails, a little more for concrete). I like a wide tire, but I think some are getting too wide these days. I run my seat with about a fist full of post showing. I would rather have a loose chain than a tight one.
What are you most particular about on your bike?
I am pretty anal about tire pressure. Riding soft tires will ruin my day. Sometimes bar position gets in my head. When I put this bike together, I rode all day with an Allen wrench in my pocket moving the bars every hour or so. I hate doing that. They are in a good place now.
Setup/part wise, I assume you've figured out what you like a while ago and you have stuck to it, but can you recall what was the last big change you made?
Over the winter, I increased my bar height by an inch. Thankfully my Merritt bars come in 8 ¼" or 9 ¼" so I bumped up. I made the change because I wanted to fit in with todays big bar trend and garner respect from the younger riders. Seriously, my lower back was starting to bug me and the extra height seems to have fixed the problem. I sometimes laugh at the bar selection from the early 2000s—no wonder we have bad backs.