Tested by: Aaron Schultz

Age: 18

Height: 5’9″

Weight: 135 lbs.

Number of years riding: 5

Complete bike price: $490

Weight: 30 lb., 4 oz.

Finishes available: Black, blue, silver

Head tube angle: 74.5 degrees

Seat tube angle: 71 degrees

Top tube length: 20″

Chainstay length: 14-1/4″

Bottom bracket height: 11-3/4″

Wheelbase: 36-1/4″

Components:

Frame: Federal Foundation, 4130 chromoly

Forks: Federal, 4130 chromoly

Headset: Cane Creek

Bars: Federal, 4130 chromoly

Stem: Federal, alloy

Grips: Federal

Brakes: Tektro

Brake lever: Tektro

Seat: Padded, 8mm chromoly rails

Seatpost: 4130 chromoly, 25.4mm

Seatpost clamp: Federal single-bolt

Pedals: Alloy platform, chromoly spindle

Cranks: Three-piece tubular chromoly

Bottom bracket: Euro, sealed

Sprocket: Federal, 39-tooth

Freewheel: 14-tooth

Chain: KMC, 1/8″

Rims: Alex MX 22, 48-hole

Hubs: Alloy hi-flange body, unsealed, 14mm axles

Tires: Primo V-Monster; front: 20″x2.10″; rear: 1.95

Didn’t know Federal made completes? Believe it. The Foundation’s frame is super-close to the higher-end Division, so you know the angles are good. Plus, it’s loaded with original Federal parts.

What did you like about the bike?

I liked the frame; it was a little short for me, but I got used to it. The forks held up really well, and the wheels stayed straight. I ran pegs and the axles didn’t bend; that was cool. I thought the brakes worked pretty well, too.

Did anything bend or break?

I got a few flat spots in the back rim, but it stayed straight; it’s a single-walled rim, so it’s kind of expected. I bent the spindle on the cranks a little, but everything else was okay.

Anything you had to repeatedly adjust?

The bars slipped a couple of times and I had to tighten the headset, but nothing really out of the ordinary.

Where did you ride?

Lake Elsinore skatepark, some street, the ABC dirt jumps, and a little bit of mini ramp stuff.

OFFICIAL RATING: 7.5

Pull Quote: I’d give it a 7.5; I think I’m too tall for it; if it had a 20.5″ top tube I’d like it a lot more. If I was shorter, I’d definitely like it-maybe as much as a 9.

Pros: Federal bars, grips, sprocket; Primo tires, brakes mounted on seat stays

Cons: Seatpost uses old-style guts instead of micro-adjust.