Mondraker Foxy XR 2013

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  • Mondraker Foxy XR 2013
  • jumping j
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    Sexiest trail bike of the year????

    I finished building it this morning just got home from a bike ride up and round Lee/Crag quarry and it was Shamazing! lol

    jumping j
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    I might as well get a bit of ruthless advertising for the bike shop Ride-on while im at it πŸ™‚ @RideOnBikeShop on the twitter

    Premier Icon wallop
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    I’d have black rims myself, but I really like it.

    Premier Icon sam_underhill
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    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?

    jumping j
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    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 Glory

    jumping j
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    Oh go on …. One more pic πŸ™‚

    Conan257
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    Certainly an award there for the most discrete chainguide ever…

    jumping j
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    I’d say Hope are doing a bloody lovely job with their chain guides

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    Nice chain guide, really not sure about the bike yet though. Be good to give it a spin though.

    Rosss
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    Bike is seriously nice, not sure about that stem at all though.

    Premier Icon Shandy
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    Is that some kind of mudguard arrangement to stop the back end clogging?

    They seem high in the front end as well as long?

    jumping j
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    I think the short stem thing looking weird is more because its different to the norm… it takes some getting use to visually wise, it is a relatively new concept

    Sexiest trail bike of the year????

    *stifles laughter*

    The old Foxy looked pretty nice, but that new one is a travesty. I’m sure It’ll ride nice enough though – I’d love a go one to see what that stem feels like.

    Sexiest, definitely not, zero stem looks weird. Cool concept though, not sure how a bike that long of wheelbase would handle somewhere as twisty as my local trails, but bet it’s great in bigger, steeper and more open places.

    jumping j
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    I imagine when in the horse’n’cart times, when Edwin turned to Claude and scoffed at the ‘motor car’ driving past…. Whilst also saying :- ‘Well I wouldn’t mind a try’ lol

    kudos100
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    Looks like it has been beaten with the ugly stick. Hard.

    Wozza
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    I like that. I know its a zero stem but it looks like the bars are a bit high. Are you going to slam it?

    And that chainguide is mint.

    jumping j
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    Wozza I’m thinking about it- rode it today like that and it felt really good- I’m gonna to play around with it a little more before I get the hacksaw out πŸ™‚

    Wozza
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    You can cut off, but you can’t cut ON.

    Instead of cutting the steerer I’d get some lower rise bars first.

    Premier Icon mrblobby
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    Is it a custom offset on the fork too? Maybe slammed with flat bars it would look a little less like it’d been in an accident πŸ™‚

    Premier Icon Shandy
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    Or maybe it just rides well with a tall front end. The one Barel is riding in this video is still pretty high.

    robowns
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    That bike is mint

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    Lovely bike, “Foxy” makes it sound like a woman specific version though.

    toons
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    So what’s the zero stem and handling like?

    FuzzyWuzzy
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    Whilst I’d gladly own one it’s far from sexy, the top tube is gopping and the stubby stem looks odd (although agreed if the forward geo turns out to actually work it might become more normal and start to look right).

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    the top tube is gopping

    I think it’s the best bit. Eye of the beholder and all that I suppose.

    Keen to get a go on one sometime.

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    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 πŸ˜›

    hughjayteens
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    I think it looks great – very tempted by a Dune XR myself with Talas 180s for an Alps bike.

    Pity you’re so far away as I’d be asking for a quick spin!

    bwaarp
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    How is a Zero stem without a steering damper working out for you then?

    Cuz the Mondraker team riders are using them…. which tells me they probably ride like shit without them and old school Hopey steering dampers have a habit of ovalizing single crown headtubes.

    bwaarp
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    I rather like the look of the bike though…. need to have a go on one of these to see if it needs a damper or not…

    generallevi
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    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 πŸ™‚

    Horses for courses fella, think you picked a great one!

    All the best,

    Lee.

    bwaarp
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    My guess is Fabien had nothing to do with forward geometry and the Mondraker marketing department did.

    Anyone care to prove me wrong?

    generallevi
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    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!

    Big technical changes in any field are almost never led by the marketing department, who prefer to dress up incremental changes as big changes by applying pretty graphics or fancy buzzwords…

    lister11
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    Cesar Rojo.

    Racer turned designer.

    He’s fast as hell still, won an ixs this year with some big names present.

    It was his design.

    bwaarp
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    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.

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    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.

    bwaarp
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    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.

    Obviously. πŸ™„

    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.

    generallevi
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    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 πŸ™‚

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