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2018 Mondraker Foxy XR Review - May 8, 2018, 4:14 a.m.

Hey man, thanks for the info. I'm not one for the modern trend of super long bikes like the Mondraker, despite what's "chic" and trending and have noticed a lot of those pro porting them are on a size or 2 smaller than they would normally be, great though for really tall riders, so interesting that you're on the size I would recommend for a person your height or at least think should be sized for someone your height - Large that is.

Your Range is about the same size as my Prime and Unit, interesting to see you were comfortable with the extra about inch of Reach at 6ft. I'm 6'2.25" with long arms and legs (35.25" inseam) and 480ish is about my limit with a 40-50mm stem. You didn't feel like you had to concentrate /put more effort into weighting the front end to keep it from pushing out?
My riding style is different from yours, I like the tech, but slower and not really a jumper, so maybe it's the high speed thing.

2018 Mondraker Foxy XR Review - May 7, 2018, 2:02 p.m.

Curious how tall you are Tim?
Small suggestion, have seen it elsewhere, would be good to include an "About the rider/tester" bit giving Height, past and/or present personal bike, riding/racing background and riding/trail preference etc.

Introducing the OneUp Dropper Post - April 19, 2018, 3:52 a.m.

Yeah, nice to see another option, sad to see it only comes with a fixed straight head, no offset option for those of us who don't only pedal straight up to enjoy the downs and like to do more than spin the easiest gear on those climbs and need one to fight the modern stupid STA trend, which goes hand in hand with the flow trail crowd :-\ Guess I'll just be happy with my 9point8 FallLine and offset head

Ibis Ripmo 29-inch Brawler - March 28, 2018, 12:49 p.m.

I'm curious as to what these "kinks" that you are speaking of, are that have only been "figured out" in the last 2 years and how many other 29ers you've tried?

> In the last two years, manufacturers have worked out the kinks with 29ers

Standard Issues - March 14, 2018, 3:48 p.m.

Yeah, for some reason I was thinking Stack was relative to the axles as they would be a constant, not sure the drawings I first saw when I read up on them were as clear.

Yup, initially set it up Rekon+ 650Bx2.8" rear/DHF 29x 3" front, was really sweet, running an external lower cup so I don't have to be swapping cups if I wants to run a sus fork, so HTA about 67*, really nice on the steep stuff, not bad on the flatter, more flowing trails.
Then tried a B+ 3" in the back and that added some more cush, but restricted chain clearance. Had some issues with the pawls/freehub on that wheel, so threw my other B+ wheel on the back and then decided to strip the other 29+ front and build back a B+ set and 29+ set and mix n match from there. Since I had the 29+ rear, I threw a Chronicle 3" on it to see if it would fit and with sliders all the way back, it does with about a 1/4" clearance on the sides.
So now with 29x3" F&R and the external cup, it should be just about 68.5* and already tooling in the drive feels a lot nicer/quicker on the flats, wondering how it will effect the super confidence compared to the almost 67* HTA with B+/29+ setup.
Another nice thing with running it 29+ F&R is the Reach gets longer and yes, despite not really liking the look of rise bars over 20mm, I am thinking that once I'm settled on setup I may need to get some 30mm ones :-\

Standard Issues - March 14, 2018, 12:47 p.m.

OK guys, will have to admit to having a brain scramble on how Stack is measured, holy brain fart. My bad, I apologize for that.
 Just experienced this phenomenon with my new XL Unit, which only has a 5" HT - even running miss-matched wheel sizes with a 29+ in the front, B+ rear, I still have to run about 35-40mm of spacers under the stem to get the bar up to where I like it, which has effectively brought the Reach down significantly coupled with the taller front, somewhere around 470mm from 484mm.
Fork A2C though is important as it raises the bike up via the HT, effectively pushing it back as well and shortening the Reach.

Standard Issues - March 13, 2018, 5:06 p.m.

Of course it makes sense, frames are designed around a certain fork A2C which determines listed Stack and then BB drop is how low below the centre line of the axles the BB sits, so if you have 2 identical frames geo wise, except one has a 20mm lower BB drop, then your saddle will be 20mmm lower than on the other, hence you will also not need to raise the bar as much, thereby making the effective Reach actually longer on the one with the lower BB.

"SHOREBOY = This makes no sense to me.  BB Drop is measured to the rear dropouts, and would have no effect on stack or reach.  It simply states how far below (or above if you have BB Rise) the BB is in relation to the rear dropout."

Standard Issues - March 13, 2018, 3:24 p.m.

Well, actually, if Stack and Reach are the only numbers you're looking at, then you too are also just barely missing. You have to also take BB drop into account, because if there are 2 frames and both have a 485mm Reach, but one has a 650 Stack and the other has a 630 Stack, but also the one with the shorter stack also has more BB drop, then the Stack height doesn't have to be as tall to give the same relative saddle to bar relationship as on the other which has less BB drop ;-)

Knolly Warden: Alloy vs Carbon - Nov. 27, 2017, 11:39 a.m.

I think we've got some nice stuff and any visitors I've ridden with seem to agree. Don't have those sweet super long descents, but we've got some pretty sweet stuff according to guys who've ridden in places like the Alps, Colorado, BC..... Think the scenery tends to make up for any lack of big stuff and it's just a good relax vacation where you can enjoy sun & surf and not some MTB.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/MountainBikeBarbados/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10150727489568689

Knolly Warden: Alloy vs Carbon - Nov. 27, 2017, 11:08 a.m.

I've been wondering and waiting for someone to do just such a comparison as this. Me personally, I just don't worry about my alu frames and laying them down on our coral, carbon, I think I would. Loads go for carbon, but really, is it anything more than a small weight savings where it really doesn't matter as much?

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