Mondraker Foxy XR 2013
Sexiest? Most definitely not (sorry). Most interesting? Maybe. Would i like a go on one? hell yeah.
How is it for climbing? I assume it’s stable as hell downhill, but isn’t the forward geo all about getting away with the massively slack HA and still making a bike that climbs?Posted 5 years ago
Mavic don’t make SX wheels in black (only ST’s)- or i’d of bought those..It climbed extremely well combined with the CTD shock and talas fork- being able to wind the fork down on the travel.. I’ve rode the normal geo Foxy a couple of months back – Video of that lap round Lee Quarry here :- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXJNJa8sdr0 ….. Both the Foxy RR and this XR both compared very similar – Very good climber… I have to say I had more fun on the downhills than on my Giant GloryPosted 5 years agosingletrackmattSubscriber
Well I’ve been out on mine a couple of times now , and I have to say it climbs really well , much better than I’d have though possible (and I was quite happy to tolerate it being a bit wandery ) but i think that’s down to fact that it’s a relatively steep ( very relative) 67 degree head angle and of course you are in reality in a very similar position to a normal longish top tubed bike – it’s just there’s nothing in front of the end of the top tube! – Ace down stuff, quick handling and stable in one ( i’m going to have to think about describing that a bit more …) but i really need to sort out the rear shock setting to get it just so – More to follow shortly somewhere on the front page soon 😛Posted 5 years ago
Lovely bike mate! You should be very proud of your build….
It may look a bit different but Fabien knows his shit so think there is a little bit of function over form here.
Some people take the piss out of the way my Alpine 160 looks, knocked together in a garage etc…. However on the right track there are a lot of my mates who wish they had it when I’m leaving them behind. They get their own back on certain climbs though 🙂
Horses for courses fella, think you picked a great one!
All the best,
Lee.Posted 5 years ago
Well I had a good conversation with him at Champery Worlds last year and he was telling me about his input on the prototypes that him and Spagnolo had been testing.
Don’t get me wrong I only have the blokes word and insight and maybe it was marketing but something tells me different. Especially when you see the massive rise they both run on their Renthal Bars. They do what feels right, not what’s in fashion.
Anyway, enjoy the bike mate!Posted 5 years ago
Despite the long top tube because of the Zero stem this design isn’t helping you load up the front wheel because of the amount of rise the stem adds.
The only thing this does is give your trailbike a 1200mm wheelbase (about the same length as a large V10) and at the same time make the steering really twitchy
Meaning that your handlebars get deflected easily by rocks and may cause you to more easily case jumps unless you are running 800mm wide bars. How many of you are A) Tall enough to run 800mm wide bars B) Ride places that necessitate a 140mm trail bike with a 1200mm wheelbase and 800mm wide bars. Imagine trying to use that at your local wooded trails or tight singletrack. Then out in the Alps or at Fort Bill the 140mm of travel is going to be out of it’s depth.
My Mega’s about as long as I’d want to go on an All-Mountain bike.
Stupid idea (unless someone brings out a decent steering damper) that never caught on the last time someone tried to do it. The fact that the mondraker team seem to be using steering dampers that don’t appear to be made by Hopey speaks volumes.
Even then I wouldn’t want a 1200mm wheelbase on a 140mm travel frame. The wheelbase advantage is totally lost on a bike that’s meant to be a trail bike.Posted 5 years ago
There you go folks, Cesar Rojo and Mondraker Bikes are officially stupid. Sad to think they could have avoided this disaster if they’d asked for advice on here.
You could look at it like this; all the other bike manufacturers in the world are obviously stupid because they didn’t go down this route when Gary Fisher tried it.
In case you hadn’t noticed MXers have to use steering dampers to cope with unwanted input with these ultra short stems and they are far far heavier bikes! They even have massively wide bars as well! Now imagine dealing with a sub 30lb trail bike as opposed to a 200lb monster at 35 mph in the Alps with a Zero length stem.
But ooooh look, this is new and shiney……Fabien Barrel said it’s good….he doesn’t have any conflicting interests and will definitely give impartial advice about something he’s paid to ride.Posted 5 years ago
What Shandy said.
Bwaarp, I admire your knowledge about geo and wheelbase etc but sometimes isn’t it just better to sling a leg over a bike and make a decision? I rode Five for years before getting my Alpine and at Glentress a couple of years ago there was a demo day where I got to try a Foxy, a Dune and a Cove Hummer Ti.
At the end of the day I was sold on the hummer but could not get on with either of the Mondys as the medium felt short and the large felt massive. I was happy to get my Five back as that bike worked for me. It has been ridden everywhere from Whistler to Champery and at times yes, it’s been out of its depth but I liked loads of things about it and a couple of things that I didn’t.
How can numbers be the be all and end all? A few years ago it was all about short top tubes and now just look at a current medium Alpine, 604mm!! I personally think it feels great, loads of stability but another guy might hate it. One thing for sure though is that zero stem on the new Foxy must have appealed to Fabien in the testing stage or he would have chinned it off.
As I said horses for courses 🙂Posted 5 years ago
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