electrical bike Mondraker SuperFoxy Carbon R 2020 overview
Mondraker’s SuperFoxy Carbon R provides large wheel, large journey thrills in an impressively light-weight and succesful enduro bundle that is no slouch in relation to pedalling both. Nonetheless, a comparatively slack seat angle makes itself recognized on climbs and the package is practical reasonably than flash for this kind of money.
The SuperFoxy is a pumped-up model of the Cunning 29, sharing the identical entrance triangle however a sporting an extended journey 170mm fork and new linkages and swingarm on the rear that change each amount and high quality of journey. There’s now 160mm of bounce from the multi-link Zero suspension, with much less anti-squat for extra supple motion and a way more progressive fee that makes it doable to run a coil shock, as some fashions within the lineup do.
As ever, the total carbon fibre body is a stunning bit of labor, with a flattened high tube that braces elegantly in opposition to the headtube. There’s now additionally a full carbon fibre higher rocker hyperlink and the chunky again finish now has Tremendous Enhance spacing for a fair stiffer and stronger rear wheel.
This Carbon R mannequin is, regardless of the value tag, the entry bike to the carbon-framed lineup, although there are extra reasonably priced aluminium framed choices. Whereas it is laborious to name this construct nice worth relative to direct gross sales opponents, all of the package fitted to it’s completely strong and the all-in weight of 14.6kg for a medium is fairly respectable too.
Fox supplies the suspension, with a 36 Float fork that will get the four-way adjustable GRIP2 damper and golden Kashima coating. It is stiff, supple and well-controlled, although incoming 2021 fashions will get a stouter Fox 38.
In the back of the bike, there’s an air-sprung Float X2 shock reasonably than the coil-sprung model the highest mannequin will get. For my part, that is in all probability a great factor for many riders that do not wish to mess about swapping completely different weight coils, although these after completely constant efficiency on brutally lengthy and tough descents would possibly disagree. I doubt most UK riders will discover it an issue, nevertheless.
The shock works nicely with the bike’s kinematic, providing very supple small bump efficiency and actually spectacular again finish grip. The addition of the climb swap on the shock was welcome too; it made a helpful distinction on flatter trails and climbs to tame the little bit of bob that inevitably comes with decrease anti-squat figures. It is a good compromise for having the ability to give high tier efficiency on the downs with out killing you on the climb again up.
The X2 shock is definitely very linear for an air unit, so it really works nicely with the progressive again finish; I took out the entire quantity spacers that got here put in from the manufacturing facility however heavier and more durable riders will nonetheless admire having the ability to fine-tune the underside out response, one thing that’s not as simply achieved with a coil unit.
Mondraker has led the pack for a few years in relation to its lengthy attain, quick stem Ahead Geometry system, which provides tremendous secure dealing with with none drawbacks when it comes to sluggish dealing with. It is taken many manufacturers a very long time to catch up – and rather a lot nonetheless have not – however in comparison with extra progressive bikes from the likes of Whyte, Yeti and Privateer it is beginning to look a little bit dated, particularly in relation to seat angle.
A part of the issue is that this bike is a little bit of a hybrid, reasonably than a ground-up design. Utilizing the entrance triangle from the Cunning 29 means Mondraker would not need to create all-new costly moulds, nevertheless it’s led to some compromises. The primary is that the top angle of 65° is achieved with the adjustable headset cups within the slackest setting regardless of the fork being 10mm longer than earlier than. It isn’t steep, nevertheless it’s definitely not tremendous slack for a 170mm enduro machine.
Sticking an even bigger fork within the body additionally offers a knock-on impact of elevating the underside bracket as much as round 358mm, some 8mm greater than the (shorter journey) Cunning 29. It is not stupidly excessive for a 160mm bike (Specialised’s Enduro is 354mm), nevertheless it’s definitely not slammed both.
That is all comprehensible from the purpose of hot-rodding the bike into an enduro heavy hitter, however some components of the fundamental Ahead Geometry of the Cunning 29 – with which the SuperFoxy shares attain figures and seat angle with – are beginning to look a little bit dated in comparison with the extra progressive finish of the spectrum; even while you disregard the likes of Pole and Geometron.
Whereas the attain on the medium body is not tiny at 470mm – it is nonetheless longer than most model’s massive frames – the seat angle is a bit extra of a difficulty.
It isn’t massively steep by fashionable requirements at 75.5°, however that is compounded by the very fact it is fairly closely offset with an precise seat angle determine of 70.5°. That implies that it will get a lot, a lot slacker than said as you enhance the publish top, one thing that can make itself often called a really rearward weight bias for taller riders on bigger frames.
Even driving the medium, I discovered myself having to fold up fairly a bit to maintain the entrance finish down on steep climbs; one thing not helped by the very fact a 29″ wheel and 170mm fork make the entrance larger than on a smaller wheeled or shorter journey bike. It is price noting that you may regulate the chainstay size from 440mm to 450mm in 5mm increments utilizing chips within the dropout; I saved them as quick as doable, nevertheless it’d be nicely price stretching the again finish out on the bigger sizes to counteract raise.
All this criticism is reasonably harsh contemplating the bottom geometry of the bike continues to be miles forward of most, however Mondraker now not stands in a area of 1 in relation to providing this, with even large names like Specialised providing very comparable angles on their bikes and reasonably priced options like Privateer’s 161 being rather more progressive.
All that makes it a little bit more durable to justify the value premium the Spanish model has historically had. The SRAM Code R brakes provide a great deal of management and energy with the 200mm rotors, the Shimano XT 12-speed drivetrain is clean and sturdy and the identical may be mentioned for the DT Swiss E1700 wheelset. It is all very practical stuff that is laborious to argue with on pure efficiency phrases nevertheless it’s not high drawer by any means.
The identical goes for Mondraker’s own-brand ending package. The low-rise 780mm carbon bars are good and broad, the dinky 35mm stem clamps them securely and the own-brand dropper publish is clean and dependable, if reasonably quick on journey at 125mm on this medium bike.
Nonetheless, when you neglect all that, the SuperFoxy delivers a very well-sorted trip. It is tremendous secure when battering by means of quick and rock terrain – although you may want one thing extra aggressive and harder than the EXO+ casing Maxxis rubber on the rear when you recurrently get wild in sharp rocks.
It is nonetheless no slouch when the path will get tighter, steeper and twistier – shorter riders getting their arse buzzed on the rear tyre however. It is right here that a little bit bit extra off the top angle would possibly assist with flip in on steep corners, however the further attain within the bike nonetheless means that you may belief that the entrance finish will merely push broad reasonably that flip you over while you begin nudging up in opposition to the bounds.
Mondraker’s SuperFoxy would possibly now not be in a category of its personal in relation to geometry any extra, nevertheless it nonetheless delivers a top quality trip meaning it may possibly maintain it is personal amongst it is rivals. The suspension provides wonderful, supple traction and the development offers nice assist on greater hits, particularly with the adjustability of the Float X2 air shock, with the climb swap being very helpful on flatter drags.
The body is nicely made and nicely thought out too and whereas the package fitted is not fairly as good as you’d hope for the asking worth – excluding fork and shock – there’s nothing that causes any practical points in use, with efficient and dependable wheels, brakes and drivetrain.
It is simply laborious to not assume what the model may need achieved in the event that they’d began this bike as a very clean slate reasonably than adapting an present bike, nevertheless. It could be good to have the ability to regulate the top angle slacker than the inventory 64° utilizing the cup system, however the comparatively slack seat angle is one space the place chucking a level or two on it might have a profound impact on the bike’s climbing manners.
That mentioned, it is doable to get some bargains on this bike as the brand new yr fashions roll out, so with a slice of the value it could possibly be a really tempting proposition for anybody after a hard-hitting large wheeler that is nonetheless mild on its toes when the path goes up.