Mondraker Foxy Carbon XR review

Planted-feeling, coil-sprung ‘do it all’ machine

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £7,799.00 RRP
Mondraker Foxy Carbon XR

Our review

The Mondraker Foxy XR isn’t quite perfect, but it sure is a hell of a lot of fun
Pros: More grip and traction than almost any other bike, but needs more bottom-out resistance; beautifully tuned frame rides smoothly, with sorted rider positioning
Cons: Bottom bracket could be marginally lower for extra corner-slashing magic
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Mondraker’s carbon 29er Foxy is one of the later additions to the big-wheeled trail bike market, but it’s stacked with clever details.

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The Spanish brand was among the first to start making bikes longer and slacker, and the fact that the Forward Geometry it pioneered is no longer so radical is only because the rest of the industry has cottoned on to its benefits.

Mondraker Foxy Carbon XR frame

The flat-top-tubed Foxy is one of the most distinctive and eye-catching frames around. It’s not just for looks either, because the carbon has been tuned to optimise flex and adjust ride character.

Mondraker uses a special ‘Stealth Air’ construction on its high-end frames, claiming better carbon compaction and alignment. Everything from tube shapes to the bridge on the rocker link have been consciously tweaked to increase compliance, grip and comfort. The exposed weave on the rocker link saves weight and looks cool too.

Mondraker’s Zero Suspension design uses short twin links to drive the shock from both ends. Oversized 15mm axles improve reliability over the brand’s older frames, which had a habit of eating small bearings. The long chassis relies on a super-short stem for perfect rider position.

Mondraker Foxy Carbon XR kit

While the Foxy XR costs a stack of cash, it delivers a virtually flawless spec sheet. Fox takes care of the travel at both ends, with its top-performing, GRIP2-damped 36 fork up front, sporting 160mm of travel and the latest 44mm offset.

At the back, a supple coil-sprung DHX2 shock with a DH race heritage gulps down bumps for breakfast. I love the wide-rimmed DT Swiss EX 1501 wheels too, which magically ride stiff, light and fast all at once, and are tough against dings in serious terrain.

Mondraker Foxy Carbon XR
The long chassis relies on a super-short stem for perfect rider position.
Mick Kirkman

The Maxxis Minion tyres are a benchmark combo, with the DHF on the front being the grippy, triple-compound, 2.5in Wide Trail version.

SRAM provides the stop-and-go parts – powerful and modulated four-pot Code brakes and a top-end Eagle drivetrain with a smoother chain and lighter X-Dome machined cassette.

My one gripe is the cockpit kit from in-house brand Onoff, which rides a little sub-par, with a too-soft feel and generic grips. Swapping the 35mm carbon bar and alloy stem for a rival set-up vastly improved steering precision and front-end solidity.

Mondraker Foxy Carbon XR ride impressions

Despite plenty of chat about longer bikes being cumbersome, slow-to-turn and boring, the Foxy XR puts those ideas to bed immediately. It’s extremely lively, natural-feeling and easy to ride.

Even with my first day being on some of the steepest, gnarliest tracks in Innerleithen, the Foxy took it all in its stride and felt extremely reassuring and safe.

Mondraker Foxy Carbon XR
The shorter 44mm fork offset increases steering stability and works brilliantly with Mondraker’s Forward Geometry.
Mick Kirkman

Climbing traction is outstanding, so the Mondraker grips and surges uphill over extremely slippery, lumpy surfaces with good drive.

The seated position is good, with rider weight far enough forward to keep the front tyre loaded. Power transfer and sprinting response when really mashing the cranks is excellent, especially considering how active the rear shock is off the top.

The coil-sprung DHX2 has superb hold and traction when cornering – and especially when braking – so control is excellent down the steepest chutes and roughest berm entries.

It does smash through its travel too easily if you get excited and land really deep from big jumps or slam the bike into compressions though. I’d prefer considerably more support (exactly what Mondraker has added to the latest model, so the 2020 bike should be more dialled in this regard).

Another major highlight is the superbly damped feel of the frame, with the solid calmness and controlled flex of the chassis amplifying the overall ‘planted’ sensation of the Foxy.

One niggle is that the bottom bracket feels slightly high, so the Mondraker doesn’t rail berms quite as well as some of its rivals, but this is a marginal complaint when it’s so easy to ride fast everywhere else.

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Mondraker Foxy Carbon XR
Fox’s GRIP2-damped Float 36 fork has superb control.
Mick Kirkman

Mondraker Foxy Carbon XR geometry

  • Seat angle: 70.5 degrees
  • Head angle: 66 degrees
  • Chainstay: 17.13in / 43.5cm
  • Seat tube: 16.54in / 42cm
  • Top tube: 25.75in / 65.4cm
  • Bottom bracket height: 13.86in / 35.2cm
  • Wheelbase: 47.64in / 1,210mm

Product Specifications

Product

Price GBP £7799.00
Weight 13.52kg (M) – without pedals
Brand Mondraker

Features

Available sizes S, M, L, XL
Headset Onoff Titan
Tyres Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR 3C MaxxTerra 29x2.5in Wide Trail (f), Maxxis Minion DHR 2 EXO TR 29x2.4in WT (r)
Stem Onoff Stoic, 35mm
Shifter SRAM X01
Seatpost Fox Transfer
Saddle SDG Fly MTB
Rear shock Fox DHX2 Factory
Rear derailleur SRAM X01 Eagle (1x12)
Handlebar Onoff Stoic carbon, 780mm
Bottom bracket SRAM DUB
Grips/Tape Onoff Diamond
Frame Stealth Air carbon fibre, 150mm (5.9in) travel
Fork Fox Float 36 Factory FIT GRIP2, 160mm (6.3in) travel
Cranks SRAM X01 Eagle carbon, 32t
Chain SRAM X01 Eagle
Cassette SRAM X01 Eagle XG-1295, 10-50t
Brakes SRAM Code RSC, 200/180mm rotors
Wheels DT Swiss EX 1501 Spline 30, alloy