Mondraker Foxy Carbon R first ride review

Progressive geometry but poor value for money

GBP £3,799.00 RRP | AUD $6,286.00 | USD $4,400.00

Our review

Forward Geometry impresses on the whole, but spec shortcomings let this model down
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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…

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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
Russell Burton

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
Russell Burton

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
Russell Burton

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.

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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 (1×11)
  • Wheelset: MDK EP1 TLR Asys 27 rims on MDK Pro II hubs
  • Tyres: Maxxis Ardent 27.5×2.4in
  • 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

Product Specifications

Product

Name Foxy Carbon R
Brand Mondraker

Available Sizes S M L XL
Rear Hub MDK Pro II
Weight (kg) 13.3
Stem Onoff, 30mm
Seatpost Onoff Pija 120mm dropper
Saddle Mondraker
Rims MDK EP1 TLR Asys 27
Rear Tyre Maxxis Ardent 27.5x2.4in
Rear Shock RockShox Deluxe RL
Rear Derailleur Sram NX
Brakes Shimano MT500, 180mm rotors
Handlebar Mondraker, 780mm
Front Tyre Maxxis Ardent 27.5x2.4in
Front Hub MDK Pro II
Frame Material Carbon fibre
Fork RockShox Revelation RC, 150mm (5.9in) travel
Cranks SRAM NX
Cassette SunRace CSMS8
Frame size tested XL