Tested by: Aaron Schultz
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″
Frame: Federal Foundation, 4130 chromoly
Forks: Federal, 4130 chromoly
Headset: Cane Creek
Bars: Federal, 4130 chromoly
Stem: Federal, alloy
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
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.