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The Dirt testing team pitched Mondaker's 140mm trail bike against some battle hardened 160mm bikes and it held its own. Here's what they had to say:

Lets begin with the shorter travel bikes. Now there are thos that will say the Foxy has no place in a gravity endure bike collective. Yet the simple fact remains that a 140mm bike is still the king of UK trail centres and trail riding generally. Closer to six than five inches of travel it is these bikes with their inherent weight advantage (the good ones at least) that can simply make you bike magins on the sectors that have lesser impacts. A challenger to the Orange Five, Lapierre Zesty and Scott Remedy, this Spanish flyer comes with impeccable angles.

Whilst the Foxy might not be quite as effective at taking the blows as a 160mm that doesn't mean it's slower over a sector and will certainly save your energy in an all-day battle where the bigger 160mm will become a burden. Red tape might yet rule the UK's first gravity endure series and the organizers might be forced to keep on the trails and avoid the off-piste. At that precise moment the series could lean more towards the 140mm. And if uplift and Euro downhill is not your dap, but trail riding is, then there is simply no comparison.

Fearless at climbing, the Foxy acts like a tracer bullet once it gets a sniff at single track and given a bit of muscle in the control room, can hold its own amidst some pretty big collisions. This is what the best 140 bikes do and this is one of the best 140mm bikes.

Many people say the Foxy's slight steepness can be overcome with an adjustable headset, but I reckon it's bang on. We later measured it up at 66.5 on the head angle. If anything it's the low bottom bracket that takes most getting used to. All in all it can be re-shod of its shoddy rubber, saddled up to the correct maner together with a bar stem refit. Same old bloody story really. The fork, a Fit, version of the Fox 32, is a class act and the rear shock correctly is valved. All-round rapidness pretty much.

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