Foes and Timberline are at it again, innovating in the name of performance.  Their latest creation is the new Mixer, which sports a 27.5 in the rear and a 29er up front.  While the 69er phenomenon proved to be short lived, Foes and Timberline believe they’ve now found the truly best mix for performance across a wide variety of styles.  And they already have a strong showing to back that up.  While the first Mixer is setup designed to slay it as an aggressive trail bike, Timberline Team Riders have found their way to the top spot on the podium riding the prototype Mixer… in downhill races including the Colorado State Championship!  I don’t know if the new mixed wheel size will catch on, but I do know I can’t wait to throw a leg over one!

# Comments

  • Colorado Mutz

    Ernie you are right, all these different wheel sizes is crazy. Crazy good! I ride a Foes Mutz with a 29+ front and 27+ rear wheel and let me tell you it is a fast rig. The 29er front and smaller wheel in the back makes my back and the Mixer fast as hell as evidenced by my 14 personal records on local trails in the past week. Mike Vidovich at Timberline Cycles in Colorado Springs is the brainchild behind the mix wheel concept and has 10 years experience with mixed wheels in both the Motorcycle world and Mountain Bikes. He brought the idea to Foes Racing USA and yes Trek tried this year’s ago with the 96er and failed. Mike says the wheels work best in 29er and 27.5 configuration and he has a National Champion and Category 1 racing wins to prove it. I ride fast and race sometimes but ride for fun and this Mutz with mixed wheels is super stable and so fun you don’t even notice you are being so efficient. I urge anyone who wants to go fast and more importantly have fun to go ride one of these!

  • manitou58

    I have owned a Foes Mixer now for about 1 month and wanted to share my thoughts so far. I have been riding an Intense Spider 29er for 4 years prior to this bike. I get out riding about 3+ times a week and would consider myself an advanced rider. So far the Mixer is a great ride. The bike seems more nimble and response than my Intense. Going up hills I get that nice roll over up front and when I really pedal hard I can feel the bike has more acceleration than my Intense. Going down hills the smaller tire in back really does help with drops (I am going off drops where on the Intense I would feel like I wanted to launch over the bars) with a lot more comfort and stability. When the trail has more turns the front wheel performs like my Intense but the back seems to take a tighter line through the curve (I start the curve a bit forward, I then move back over the rear wheel) and the bike will whip thought the curve.
    I have no regrets with the Mixer and my level of riding is improving with this bake. Kudos to the folks at Foes and Timberline for coming up with this bike!

  • Seth_mixer

    You’ve really just got to get on one and try it out. As an avid moto rider for some 15 years now, the idea of applying similar geometry and principles to a mountain bike made sense to me, especially for the trail and enduro riding here in Colorado. Not to disparage anyone’s previous attempts at this, but I think what really makes the MIXER special is that it was designed around this wheel setup, so the geometry is right and there’s really no compromises. Reading the description of the Constant Attack Position (CAP as Mike V. called it in the MTB.com article) really made sense and made me want to try it out. Add to that FOES reputation for craftsmanship, and their long history in suspension innovation, I couldn’t wait to ride this bike! Finally got a ride on the TRAIL version this week; my suspicions were confirmed right away. It handles as good or better than my 27.5, but the raised front hub and extra circumference up front makes everything so much smoother and faster. I expected this in the downhill, but what really surprised me was that it climbs better than my bike too, especially up technical stuff. This bike is work of art and innovation. With the “Made in the USA” proudly and prominently stamped on the side of this bike, what’s not to love? The young guys are already winning races on it, but even if they weren’t it was such a great ride I’m hooked!

  • lewisb

    This is not necessarily a review of the Mixer, I just haven’t hard the chance to demo yet. However, Mike V knows what he is talking about. I have had numerous discussions around mixed wheels bikes and how to do it correctly. I took a chance and had him “hot rod” my wives bike, 26/27.5. He was able to keep the factory geometry (had to modify the fork travel) and angle headset to do it correctly. She absolutely loves the bike, she is clearing technical areas and down hill portions she wouldn’t have done in the past. That wheel made her a MUCH better rider, she gives it 30-40% better!!! She mentioned the easier climbing and obstacle clearance verses the 26ers. Imagine what a frame with specific mixer geometry will ride like…..I am a loyal customer of Mike and I clearly have a Foes in my sites. Keep up the good work Mike!!!! See you soon

  • flewis

    Mike changed my 26er mountain bike into a mixed wheel (26/27.5) a few months ago and I absolutely love it! I loved riding my bike before but had trouble going up any technical uphill terrain. I was a little nervous about changing to mixed wheel because my bike fit me so well the way it was, and honestly I didn’t think it would make that much difference. It really helped me in climbing and handling my bike on basically any terrain. Now I love riding even more since it has made such a difference in my ability to climb more obstacles, much less walking!
    Thanks Mike!

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