Considered their best mountain bike, the 2018 Mondraker Foxy Carbon gets a total overhaul to make it faster and better, blending the lightweight feel of a trail bike with the aggressive capabilities of an enduro race bike.
Mondraker’s already known for their long front triangles and ultra short stems, and the new Foxy builds on 15 years of design to make it more streamlined and spelt. Tube shapes are leaner and meaner, with an especially thin and wide top tube, and the frame gets their full Stealth Carbon construction or lighter Stealth Air Carbon. Throw in the ability to customize the head angle across a 2º spread and change the chainstay length by +/-10mm, and you’ve got a bike ready go no matter where you are…
The new Foxy RR SL is the top model and gets their Stealth Air Carbon layup and upgrades to Enduro bearings on the pivots. Other frames use the Stealth carbon and regular bearings, but all of them have oversized 15mm thru axles to keep the rocker arm stiff and running smooth. Their Stealth Carbon manufacturing process uses rigid internal molds with vacuum molding to get solid compaction, and the Air version upgrades the fiber, resin and layup to produce a lighter frame.
The rear triangle’s Zero Suspension System was refined, milking a little extra travel to bump it up to 150mm and switching to a Trunnion-mount metric shock.
Big axles and strong structural shapes make the frame stiffer, which they say translates into a plusher and more efficient system that both mutes small bumps and keeps pedaling forces out of the suspension. The Zero Suspension System design helps the latter by isolating the shock inside two rocker arms, a design we’ve found to be very effective on other bikes, too. The upper rocker marries big alloy sides with a bonded carbon center beam to make it stiff and save a few grams. An integrated (removable) rear fender section protects the shock from wheel spray.
Two internal cable ports on the top tube feed everything through the downtube, including a stealth dropper post line. The rear brake and derailleur cables pop out of the frame, through a carbon bash plate. The bottom bracket is a standard threaded one, with ISCG05 mounts standard.
Their Forward Geometry pushes the top tube length out farther, then matches it with a 30mm stem.
The RR SL model comes with the various headset cups to adjust head angle and two dropouts to change chainstay length. Other models will have those parts available as an optional add on.
The bikes use 27.5″ wheels, Boost axles, and are 1x drivetrain specific. Travel is 150mm in the rear, 160mm up front. At the top of the post is the RR SL with SRAM X01 Eagle. Claimed weight for the complete bike is 12.1kg, and 2.4kg for the frameset. Below it is the RR (left, with GX Eagle and Race Face Aeffect cranks, 13.1kg) and the R (NX1, 13.6kg).
If you want a coil-over shock, the XR model comes with a Rockshox Super Deluxe shock, paired with a 160mm Pike RCT3. Claimed weight is 13.6kg.