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MBUK have spent the last few months putting the new 2014 650B Foxy XR bike to the test and have just published their thoughts in the December issue of the magazine giving the bike a great 4/5 stars. Read the full review here

MBUK - December 2014, Issue 297

Mondraker Foxy XR 2014

This year, Mondraker took modern geometry to extremes by introducing Forward Geometry, which added 60mm on the front end of the bike and used a 10mm stem. This gives the traditional handlebar position, but moves the front wheel forward by 60mm, increasi9ng stability and improving steering agility. For 2014, Mondraker has revised the frame design around bigger 650B wheels.

The Frame

The top tube design now flows into the lines of the seatstays, and features a seat mast-style design that helps improve standover clearance. The chainstays remain at 430mm in length despite the bigger wheels, and now feature 142mm dropouts with a DT 12mm axle - which annoyingly sticks out pretty far. Last year's frame saw twin bracing tubes between the seat stays, but just the non-driveside tube remains and a one-piece upper link design aids stiffness. There's now room for a piggyback shock and the front mech mount is removable.

The Kit

Rolling on Easton EA70 XL 650B wheels with Maxxis Adrent tyres, the Foxy XR is slowed by formula T1 brakes using 180mm rotors. It's suspended with a 160mm (6.3in)travel Fox 34 Float CTD fork up front, and a Fox Float CTD shock at the back, delivering 140mm (5.5in) of rear wheel travel. The drivechain is mostly Sram X7, with an X9 rear mech and Race Face Evolve crankset sporting a double chainring set-up with a 24/38T chainring offering.

Mondraker's own 740mm bar, FG10 stem and saddle finish the bike's cockpit, along with a Rock Shox Reverb seatpost.

The Ride

Despite the vast 1240mm/49in wheelbase and roomy cockpit, our XL Foxy didn't feel that big once on the hill. With your weight directly positioned between the wheels, you really don't need to move around much out on the trail, and once used to the neutral positioning you can really work the bike through the terrain. It loves climbing as there's no front wheel lift, and once you're used to the length it's not much more work on slow turns.

But steep terrain is there environment where it really excels: the steeper and faster the better, in fact. With the front wheel so far in front, the amount of weight you can put on it for grip is incredible, allowing you to rail turns at speeds that will have you questioning your ability. It's at vital moments like this where we really noticed the increased stiffness in the rear end, and this is partly due to the one-piece upper link design.

The Zero Suspension System works admirably, feeling supple on small hits and progressive on bigger stuff - though to maximise performance we'd like to try a piggyback shock. Comparing it with the previous model, we struggled to find a major difference in traction of feel, but there was a noticeable difference in straight-line speed - it just doesn't seem to lose speed at all.

Tester - Doddy

Check out the review in the December issue of MBUK.

read the review online on Bikeradar.com

Click here to see the Foxy XR and find out more

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