Mondraker Foxy Carbon R first ride review£3,799.00

Progressive geometry but poor value for money

Mondraker has been doing its Forward Geometry — combining a long front-centre with a super-short stem — for years. Other brands are only just starting to catch up, but the Spanish company still has the edge on most of them in terms of comfort and stability. With this particular model, though, it seems like they’ve been resting on their laurels…

Mondraker Foxy Carbon R frame

The Forward Geometry frame may be eye-catching but the spec certainly isn’t
The Forward Geometry frame may be eye-catching but the spec certainly isn’t

The full-carbon frame delivers 150mm of travel via Mondraker’s twin-link Zero suspension system. As well as having a dramatic effect on the handling, the signature stretched-out geometry allows the mainframe to swallow a full-sized water bottle.

Mondraker Foxy Carbon R kit

I can only describe the Foxy’s components as disappointing for the cash. RockShox’s Revelation fork is noticeably harsher than the Pike you generally get at this price point. 

The dropper post is from Mondraker’s in-house brand Onoff and its 125mm stroke is frustratingly short when the going gets steep. Not only are the own-brand MDK wheels weighty, but they need taping up before they can be run tubeless. 

On the plus side, the SRAM NX gearing works fine with the SunRace 11-46t cassette, which offers extra gearing range over SRAM’s own 11-42t block. And, while the non-series Shimano brakes feel slightly underpowered, they displayed none of the bite-point inconsistency I’ve experienced with some of the brand’s pricier stoppers.

RockShox’s Revelation is a mid-range fork
RockShox’s Revelation is a mid-range fork

Mondraker Foxy Carbon R ride

Taller riders will love the roomy reach, which measures in at a whopping 520mm on the XL size tested. It gives a comfortable position when pedalling out of the saddle and, combined with the short (30mm) stem, makes it easy to tackle steep, rocky terrain, without having to shift your weight so far back. 

This boosts stability and confidence at speed, and also makes long descents less tiring. But it’s also surprisingly agile, thanks to the short stem and not-so-slack head angle (66.4 degrees) quickening its steering response in tight turns. Despite the long wheelbase, the ride is more lively than lazy.

You can adjust the chainstay length between 425mm and 435mm. For taller riders, I recommend the longer setting, as it helps the front wheel to bite in the turns. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the bar high enough or the saddle low enough for my liking, which seriously undermined descending confidence when riding steep terrain, unless I stopped to manually lower the seatpost further. 

The low-profile Maxxis Ardent tyres limit the Foxy’s capabilities too, so I soon swapped them for some gripper Maxxis Minion DHF rubber. In rough sections, there was a lot of chain-slap noise. The Revelation fork delivered a fairly harsh ride, and the Deluxe rear shock could be tuned a little lighter too. Overall, it felt like there was a little less than 150mm of travel on tap.

Taller riders will love the roomy reach
Taller riders will love the roomy reach

The Foxy pedals well, but its seat angle holds it back on climbs. At 75.5 degrees (effective), it’s relatively steep, but not sufficiently so to compensate for the extra reach. Even with the saddle slammed forwards, it felt too far back and too far away from the bar. 

Ultimately, though, it’s the Foxy’s value for money that lets it down, with the budget components making it ride like a much cheaper bike.

Mondraker Foxy Carbon R specifications

  • Frame: Carbon fibre, 150mm (5.9in) travel
  • Fork: RockShox Revelation RC, 150mm (5.9in) travel
  • Shock: RockShox Deluxe RL
  • Drivetrain: SRAM NX with SunRace CSMS8 cassette (1x11)
  • Wheelset: MDK EP1 TLR Asys 27 rims on MDK Pro II hubs
  • Tyres: Maxxis Ardent 27.5x2.4in
  • Brakes: Shimano MT500, 180mm rotors
  • Bar: Mondraker, 780mm
  • Stem: Onoff, 30mm
  • Seatpost: Onoff Pija 120mm dropper
  • Saddle: Mondraker
  • Weight: 13.3kg (29.3lb), XL size without pedals

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Seb Stott

Technical Writer, UK
Seb is a geeky technical writer for BikeRadar, as well as MBUK and What Mountain Bike magazines. Seb's background in experimental physics allows him to pick apart what's really going on with mountain bike components. Years of racing downhill, cross-country and enduro have honed a fast and aggressive riding style, so he can really put gear to the test on the trails, too.
  • Age: 24
  • Height: 192cm/6'3"
  • Weight: 85Kg/187 lbs
  • Waist: 86cm / 34in
  • Chest: 107cm / 44in
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Steep!
  • Current Bikes: Focus Sam 3.0, Kona Process 111, Specialized Enduro 29 Elite
  • Dream Bike: Mondraker Crafty with Boost 29" wheels, a 160mm fork and offset bushings for maximum slackness.
  • Beer of Choice: Buckfast ('Bucky' for short)
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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