Mondraker Superfoxy Carbon R review

Sleek and boutique, this fox is a black-run bomber

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Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £6,199.00 RRP | USD $7,500.00 | AUD $11,838.00
Mondraker Superfoxy Carbon R

Our review

Fast and fun, but the seat angle lets it down on steeps and the cockpit proportions could be better
Pros: Fast yet agile and engaging ride; sorted suspension (with a little fettling) and solid parts
Cons: Seat angle could be steeper, especially for tall riders; geometry is no longer the most radical, which makes the price harder to justify
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Unveiled in 2012, Mondraker’s long-reach/short-stem Forward Geometry concept gave some riders a clear advantage. The Superfoxy combines this with long-travel suspension and 29in wheels to help it tackle the most challenging terrain.

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But its geometry is no longer that radical compared to modern competitors such as Specialized’s new Enduro, so does it still have an edge?

Mondraker Superfoxy Carbon R frame

The sleek full-carbon frame delivers 160mm of travel via two short links, which compress the shock from both ends.

It comes fitted with an angled headset, which provides a 65-degree head angle in the slackest setting. The frame accepts alternative rear dropouts too, which allow the chainstay length to be increased from 442mm to 452mm. But these are sold separately (along with a zero-degree headset) for £110.

Mondraker Superfoxy Carbon R kit

For a bike this pricey, the parts are hardly dazzling, but they all perform solidly.

Shimano’s XT 12-speed drivetrain is near-faultless and SRAM’s Code R brakes are powerful and consistent.

The 170mm-travel Fox 36 GRIP2 fork is a highlight, and while the Float X2 Performance shock lacks high-speed damping adjustment, this never held the bike back and made it easier to set up.

DT Swiss’s E 1700 wheels aren’t flashy or fast to engage but are among my favourites for their reliability and ride feel. The 170mm-travel, own-brand dropper post worked flawlessly too, although I had to clamp it tightly to stop it slipping in the frame.

Mondraker Superfoxy Carbon R
For a bike this pricey, the parts are hardly dazzling, but they all perform solidly.
Laurence Crossman-Emms

Mondraker Superfoxy Carbon R ride impressions

I found the rear suspension worked best with two of the three volume spacers removed, around 28 per cent sag and the low-speed compression damping wound off almost fully.

This gave an impressively smooth and supportive action with plenty of bottom-out resistance. It’s an efficient bike under power, but the effective seat angle could be steeper.

I found that, at 75 degrees, it put my weight too far back, making steep, seated ascents a slog even with the shock’s climb switch engaged.

A stubby stem, short fork offset and not-so-slack 65-degree head angle contribute to a responsive yet stable cornering feel.

The Superfoxy’s suspension and tyres help it carry speed through corners as well as rough straights. But, at nearly 6ft 3in tall / 190cm, I found the 502mm reach on the XL a bit cramped with the stock 30mm stem, especially when things got hectic. A slightly longer stem would help calm those sketchy moments, as would a wider and higher bar.

The chainstay-extending kit improves cornering balance and predictability on the XL bike so it’d be good if it was included with this size as standard. Shorter riders may not feel the need for it.

Overall, the Superfoxy offers a great balance of stability and agility, with good suspension and solid parts.

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Mondraker Superfoxy Carbon R geometry

  • Seat angle: 75.5 degrees
  • Head angle: 65 degrees
  • Chainstay: 44cm / 17.32in
  • Seat tube: 51cm / 20.08in
  • Top tube: 67.5cm / 26.57in
  • Head tube: 13cm / 5.12in
  • Fork offset: 4.4cm /
  • Bottom bracket drop: 1.4cm / .55in
  • Wheelbase: 1,272mm / 50.08in
  • Stack: 64.2cm / 25.28in
  • Reach: 51cm / 20.08in

Product Specifications

Product

Price AUD $11838.00GBP £6199.00USD $7500.00
Weight 14.8kg (XL) – Without pedals or tubes
Brand Mondraker

Features

Available sizes S, M, L, XL
Brakes SRAM Code R, 200mm rotors
Cranks Race Face Turbine
Fork Fox 36 Float Factory FIT GRIP2, 170mm (6.9in) travel
Frame Carbon fibre, 160mm (6.3in) travel
Handlebar Onoff, 780mm
Rear derailleur Shimano Deore XT
Rear shock Fox Float X2 Performance
Saddle SDG Fly MTN Ti
Seatpost Onoff Pija, 170mm
Shifter Shimano Deore XT
Stem Onoff, 30mm
Tyres Maxxis Minion DHF 3C MaxxTerra EXO TR 29x2.5in WT (f) and Maxxis Minion DHR II 3C MaxxTerra EXO TR 29x2.4 WT (r
Wheels DT Swiss E 1700 Spline 30 wheels