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MBR magazine have shortlisted their hottest bikes of 2014 and with its Forward Geometry, 650B wheels and 140mm of travel eh 2014 Mondraker Foxy R made the cut.

MBR Magazine

MBR Magazine

Forward geometry is arguably the most progressive development in frame design and bike sizing in years. It's a theory that gives a kick up the arse to what has been a painfully slow evolution in mountain bike geometry, accelerating the trend towards longer wheelbases and shorter stems.

The theory basically boils down to chopping lengths off the stem and adding it to the front centre, pushing the front wheel further away but keeping the rider's reach the same. Result? More responsive steering, thanks, to the shorter stem, and better high-speed stability from the longer wheelbase.

Last year saw the release of the first XR Forward Geometry models. They were a radical step, with equally radical looks, and a big challenge for the mainstream market to get to grips with. For 2014 Mondraker is democratising the concept, albeit in a diluted format. It now features on all models, but in place of the 10mm stem, there's a 30mm unit that not only gives a more conventional profile but drastically reduces the handlebar height. The top tube is not as extreme as it was last year, but it's still much longer than most brands and there's a lot more choice in terms of models and sizes.

Re-jigging the frame has given the designers an opportunity to move to 650B wheels and make improvements to frame stiffness, particularly through the use of a new one-piece linkage. But it's refreshing that adopting a new wheel size is merely a sidebar to Mondraker's 2014 story.

Check out the 2014 Mondraker Foxy range here

Check the feature out in the November issue of MBR magazine

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