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First Impressions

2018 Mondraker Foxy XR

Words Tim Coleman
Photos Dave Smith
Date Feb 19, 2018

After Dave's launch of Mondraker to the US release last year, I was recently given the nod to test Mondraker's new Foxy XR, yippee! We don't often see Mondrakers around this part of the world, so I had almost no preconceived notions about the Foxy. That all changed the moment the garage door opened, revealing the beaming yellow Mondraker inside. I was immediately struck by how pretty the Foxy XR is in the flesh. I believe that mountain bikes are toys, and toys should be fun and bright and pretty. Maybe it's just me, but I think the Foxy is gorgeous and love the bright paint. I'd gone from ho-hum to giddy in a matter of seconds. As if this bike needed any more help, we got some eye candy for you all to enjoy at one of my favourite breweries, Yellow Dog in Port Moody.


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Expectations are a dangerous thing. Mine went from 0 to all time high when I first set eyes on the Foxy XR

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Beer and bikes, two of my favourite things

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Eye candy from every angle


Frame Details:

So what is the Mondraker Foxy XR? Mondraker is a bike manufacturer from Spain, the Foxy is their 150 mm travel all mountain bike, and the XR is their aggro version. In addition to the already aggressive geometry of the Foxy, the XR sports a coil shock, and slightly over forked 160mm Pike. Coming in at sub-30 pounds is impressive, and can be yours for 6,300 USD, or roughly 7,900 CDN. Some frame specific highlights:

  • 150mm travel carbon frame with aluminum upper link
  • Trunnion Metric shock mounting
  • Forward Geometry (more on that later)
  • Boost hub spacing
  • Threaded 73mm bottom bracket
  • 1x drivetrain only
  • Internal cable routing
  • Enduro Max sealed bearings
  • Mudguard for shock and custom chainstay protector
  • ISCG 05 chain guide mounts
  • Optional Geometry Kit to adjust the chainstay length +10 mm and or headtube +/- 1-degree


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The internal cable routing on the Foxy XR is clean and well executed

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Derailleur and rear brake lines exit under the bottom bracket, making for clean routing

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Long, low, slack, coil shock and yellow? This is checking all the boxes. 

Frame Geometry:

The Foxy frame uses Mondraker's Forward Geometry. Foward Geometry intends to place the rider further forward in the bike. The key points here are; long front center, short stem and steep seat tube angle. The idea is to allow for a more aggressive geometry, but positions riders to better weight the front tire when descending. When climbing the steep seat tube angle and long front center work together to keep the front tire down, making steep technical climbs easier. Sizing wise the new Foxy is long. I took Mondraker's sizing recommendation of the size Large... gasp. It's possible this review might be free of me whinging about wanting a longer frame. 


2018 Mondraker Foxy XR Geometry (160mm)

Frame size: S M L XL
Reach: 454mm 474mm 494mm 514mm
Top Tube (Effective): 618mm 640mm 665mm 688mm
Stack: 588mm 597mm 616mm 652mm
Seat Tube Length: 380mm 420mm 470mm 510mm
Chainstay Length (Actual): 425–435mm
Head Angle: 65.5º
Seat Tube Angle: 74.5º
Seat Tube Angle (Actual): 70º
BB Drop: -5mm
BB Height: 349mm
Wheelbase: 1,194mm 1,217mm 1,246mm 1,270mm
Head Tube Length: 110mm 120mm 140mm 150mm


Suspension Design:

The Foxy XR uses Mondraker's Zero Suspension system. Zero is a dual link design with the shock floating between the two suspension links and compressed from both ends. Mondraker claims this makes the rear suspension extremely sensitive on small bumps and big hit capable. Mondraker designs in minimal chain growth throughout the suspension travel to minimize pedal kickback and minimize pedalling power loss. The Zero technology is also designed to isolate braking forces from the suspension to minimize brake jack/squat.


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    Mondraker's Zero Suspension system uses co-rotating short links with a floating shock

    Build Highlights:

    • Fork; RockShox Pike RCT3 160mm
    • Shock; RockShox Super Deluxe Coil RCT
    • Drivetrain; SRAM Eagle GX
    • Wheels; DT Swiss M1700 Spline
    • Tires; Maxxis High Roller II, 27.5 x 2.3, EXO Casing, Dual Compound
    • Brakes; Shimano XT M8000, 203 mm front rotor, 180 mm rear rotor
    • Cranks; Truvativ Descendant Eagle Carbon
    • Seat Post; Onoff Pija Dropper
    • Bar/stem; Onoff Stoic carbon bar with 35 mm stem


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    RockShox's revised 2018 Pike comes on the Foxy XR with 160mm travel

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    I'm excited to try out RockShox' new Super Deluxe Coil on this bike. Also the rocker on the Foxy is pretty trick, it uses aluminium side plates sandwiching a carbon yoke

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    Maxxis High Roller II tires are a good safe choice. I'm hoping these aren't hard compound OE tires. 

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    DT Swiss Spline 1700 wheels seem like an excellent choice for this build

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    Hurray for 203mm front rotors

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    While I haven't always had great luck with Shimano XT brakes, they seem like a logical choice on a 150mm all-mountain bike


    I haven't heard of Onoff before, but it's Mondrakers house brand of components. Normally I'd balk at house brand components on a bike of this price, but all the Onoff components look and feel as nice as comparable third-party products. The colour and form matched decals of the Onoff components ties in well with the overall scheme of the Foxy XR and makes for a very cohesive looking bike. There isn't a website for Onoff components as yet, so I don't have many more details, but I'll be reporting back on how these house components perform. 


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    Colour matching Onoff carbon bar

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    With a Onoff 35mm stem, and Onoff Diamond locking grips

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    SDG's Fly saddle seems like a sensible choice. This perched atop an Onoff Dropper post. 

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    The Onoff Dropper remote looks easy to use. I'm eager to see how well it works over the next few months


    I'm not going to waffle here, I'm rather excited to spend some quality time on the Foxy XR over the next couple months. On paper, this Spanish chiquita checks a lot of boxes for me. I particularly love the way it looks, the aggressive geometry, and coil shock spec. The build looks spot on, although some might say it's a bit expensive for a GX drivetrain bike with house brand parts. I'd counter that I've heard nothing but good things regarding the GX drivetrain, the Onoff parts look decent, and the rest of the build looks dialled. I should be better equipped to judge the value after I've put some meaningful miles in. I'm going to start testing the bike in the as-shipped shortest setting, and then slowly try the other geometry options, finishing with the longest chainstays and slackest head angle. Keep your eyes peeled here for updates in the coming months, this one is going to be interesting!


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    Salivation Levels High

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    Will the pretty yellow Mondraker live up to my expectations? We'll find out over the next few months.

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    If you haven't checked out Yellow Dog brewing in Port Moody yet, you should, you'll be glad you did!

    Comments

    hairy..
    0
    hairy..  - Feb. 19, 2018, 2:55 a.m.

    White Maxxis logo is OEM isnt it? as opposed to the yellow from after market ones. Are they actually a different compound though?

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    DaveSmith
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    Dave Smith  - Feb. 19, 2018, 7:48 a.m.

    My understanding from other bike manufacturers is that they are the exact same. OEM  can choose their colour

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    GladePlayboy
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    Rob Gretchen  - Feb. 19, 2018, 9:11 a.m.

    This is correct.   Most OEM Maxxis tires have the white labels...   in this case these look like the Dual Compound version of the Minions.

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    Timmigrant
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    Tim Coleman  - Feb. 19, 2018, 3:40 p.m.

    I measured 60 - 65 Shore A all round on these, so they're on the harder side.

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    legbacon
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    legbacon  - Feb. 19, 2018, 7:02 a.m.

    Having owned a mandrake Vantage frame in the past I found the geometry worked well for me.  My mistake was biting a 27.5 aluminum hardtail.

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    DaveSmith
    +1 phile
    Dave Smith  - Feb. 19, 2018, 9:19 a.m.

    So far the "mandrake" spell correct has been the worst part about writing up these bikes.

    Reply

    legbacon
    0
    legbacon  - Feb. 19, 2018, 9:32 a.m.

    M-o-n-d-r-a-k-e-r

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    Captain-Snappy
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    Merwinn  - Feb. 21, 2018, 12:09 p.m.

    I always think of 'MOONRAKER'.

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    Vikb
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    Vik Banerjee  - Feb. 19, 2018, 7:29 a.m.

    Despite the small splash guard [looks to low to do much good] that shock seems like it will get nailed with crap from the rear wheel. Not a PNWet/Coastal BC friendly layout. When you are doing the review please comment on how the shock fares in this regard.

    Nice looking bike in general though. :)

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    legbacon
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    legbacon  - Feb. 19, 2018, 9:34 a.m.

    It is from Spain.  Maybe a guard that wraps around the rear of the shock.

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    Vikb
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    Vik Banerjee  - Feb. 19, 2018, 9:44 a.m.

    I ride Coastal BC in the winter. I don't ride in Spain. So how it works here is what concerns me. The bike has a small guard, but it doesn't look particularly effective to me. Hence why I asked that NSMB comment on how it works for them during the review.

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    Timmigrant
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    Tim Coleman  - Feb. 19, 2018, 3:41 p.m.

    Vik, I'll certainly keep an eye on it. In the flesh the splash guard seems well placed.

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    cooperquinn
    +1 Metacomet
    Cooper Quinn  - Feb. 19, 2018, 9:18 a.m.

    Will you be taking it off any sweet jumps?

    Reply

    Timmigrant
    +3 Metacomet Dave Smith Cooper Quinn
    Tim Coleman  - Feb. 19, 2018, 3:42 p.m.

    Obviously ... with max possible knee separation.

    Reply

    legbacon
    +1 Tim Coleman
    legbacon  - Feb. 19, 2018, 9:36 a.m.

    Room for a LARGE water bottle.

    Reply

    xy9ine
    +2 Tim Coleman Dave Smith
    Perry Schebel  - Feb. 19, 2018, 10:23 a.m.

    looks like room for one of these:

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    literally
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    literally  - Feb. 19, 2018, 9:49 a.m.

    "The Onoff Dropper remote looks easy to use."  is there a dropper remote that's difficult to use?

    Reply

    Vikb
    +2 Andy Eunson Tim Coleman
    Vik Banerjee  - Feb. 19, 2018, 9:51 a.m.

    The standard RS Reverb remote/position is pretty awful. I've used CB and KS remotes that were not amazing. The only dropper remote I would say was really easy to use that I've had on a bike is the WolfTooth remote that came with my 9.8.

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    Timmigrant
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    Tim Coleman  - Feb. 19, 2018, 3:43 p.m.

    Maybe easy was the wrong word. It feels comfy and has adjustments so the position is near perfect for my hand. The actuation is fairly light, and responsive. So far, it works great.

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    earleb
    +2 Tim Coleman Dave Smith
    earle.b  - Feb. 19, 2018, 4:29 p.m.

    That is a good looking bike. Certainly doesn't fit that "Looks like a Trek" thing that is going on with many bikes these days.

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    WalterWhite
    +1 Tim Coleman
    WalterWhite  - Feb. 19, 2018, 5 p.m.

    More coil bikes are needed and this looks to be awesome. Just need to convert the fork to coil and good to go.

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    MaxRockatansky
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    MaxRockatansky  - Feb. 20, 2018, 11:01 a.m.

    Can you provide your height details etc. and maybe the reach of the bikes you have come from? Interested to hear your take and how much longer this is than your daily rig.

    I am curious but not convinced on the massive reaches on some of these bikes.

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    Timmigrant
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    Tim Coleman  - Feb. 20, 2018, 9:38 p.m.

    I'm 6' or 183 cm tall, but with short legs and long arms. I'm most comfortable on an XL with most other bikes. Personal bike is an XL Norco Range with a reach of 475 cm. This Large Foxy has a reach of 494 mm, which is 19 mm longer. So far the Foxy feels really comfy length wise climbing and descending. I'm really interested to see how I like it once I slack it out and lengthen the chain stays. Currently the wheelbase is similar to the Range, but will be a bunch longer after adding to the front and rear center. Of course I'll be adding deeper review and thoughts in the final review once I've had more time to ride it all the different settings.

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    DaveSmith
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    Dave Smith  - Feb. 20, 2018, 10:39 p.m.

    I rode an XL Dune and the Foxy Carbon RR SL at the North American Launch and found them a but long at first. I soon found myself comfortable at that length and I liked the Foxy SL so much after one lap that I requested the XR for a test ride thinking it would be a great all-rounder for our neck of the woods. I'm keen to throw a leg over this thing once Tim has had a few laps because on paper it looks the business.  (I'm 6'1+ with a 6'4 wingspan)

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    Dirtlovinroadie
    +1 Tim Coleman
    Dirtlovinroadie  - Feb. 20, 2018, 12:03 p.m.

    Really looking forward to your review.

    Reply

    Artigas
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    Artigas  - Feb. 22, 2018, 9:46 a.m.

    How do you get a hold of a Mondraker in Canada?

    Reply

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