Video: Mondraker Launches the Foxy Carbon 29

May 15, 2018
by Pinkbike Staff  

PRESS RELEASE: Mondraker

Our most popular platform and flagship model welcomes a 29” sibling: The Foxy Carbon 29. Following the successful introduction of the improved and iconic Foxy Carbon in 2018, celebrating its 15th Anniversary has never been this remarkable. You’ve been waiting for so long, but Foxy Carbon 29 is much more than what you’ve ever expected. Trail, all-mountain, enduro? You name it. Our most innovative, most efficient, and most capable mountain bike is set to deliver. Point and shoot.

Foxy 29

Foxy 29
Foxy 29

Foxy 29


Everything we’ve learned in the last few years of making some of the best full-suspension bikes on the market with the help and expertise of our racing heritage and extensive prototype testing throughout the way is gathered here on this super bike. Combining the agility, precise handling, and lightness of a trail bike with the great absorption, traction, and confidence of a hardcore enduro bike in a bigger wheeled package, the Foxy Carbon 29 will exceed your greatest expectations.



29" Specific Zero Kinematics and Optimized Forward Geometry

The Zero Suspension System has been specifically developed for 29“ wheels with a snappier response and better pedaling efficiency. Modifying rear suspension pivot placements lead to higher anti-squat figures that result in crispier acceleration, and a perfectly stable and remarkably agile ride that matches Zero’s proprietary planted feeling and suppleness with bigger wheels.

Metric-sized shock with Trunnion mount, Carbon Stiffness Control upper linkage technology blending carbon and aluminium on the top suspension unique link, stiff and reliable 15 mm collet thru-axle pivots with larger Enduro branded bearings on all three models and the same 150mm rear suspension travel as its 27.5” counterpart leads to our most efficient and capable bike with extraordinary rear suspension enhanced performance and unique Foxy Carbon 29 experience.

Forward Geometry has also evolved to accommodate bigger wheels with dedicated geometry measurements to get the best geometric balance, handling, grip and overall performance and keep setting the pace. Directly inherited from Summum, Dune and Foxy Carbon 27.5”, the head angle is adjustable in +/-1º whilst Foxy Carbon 29 goes a step further introducing short fork offsets which perfectly match our benchmark long reach Forward Geometry becoming the icing on the cake with clear performance gains: increased stability at speed, better front wheel control, and dramatically improved front tire grip.


Foxy 29


Stealth Air Technology

Stealth Carbon includes the latest technology in industrial design and optimization of carbon structures, being only present in the high-end Mondraker models. Foxy Carbon 29 raises the Stealth concept to its maximum Full Carbon expression featuring Stealth Air, our most advanced, lightest and most exclusive carbon structure based on a more sophisticated manufacturing and internal elaboration. Its innovative organic industrial design features flowier lines and smoother edges, and a very refined finish that makes the Foxy Carbon 29 an extraordinary model.

What stands out above all is our Vacuum Compression Process method, through which the frame is subjected to a process of fiber compression through a vacuum at high pressure. All frames and parts are put through this process after each layer of material is applied. This way, we can remove any potential air bubbles among layers and let us achieve a greater expansion of the epoxy adhesive between the weaves of the fibers. With this we can guarantee the reliability of the structure, achieving figures for strength and rigidity that are greater than those for fibers only applied manually.


Forward Geometry

Following the trend that characterizes all the high-end Mondraker models in recent seasons, the new Foxy Carbon 29 benefits from the use of our proprietary Forward Geometry improving performance, backed by better control of our bike, superior handling, stability, and confidence. The new Foxy Carbon 29 introduces geometry dedicated for 29'' wheels with 66º head angle (adjustable to 65º as a slacker option), with 160mm forks with short 44mm offsets, 150mm rear suspension travel, short 435mm chainstay length with long front-center and reach figures that, as a whole, establish the perfect balanced geometry according to the needs and rigors of this high performance all-mountain and enduro 29er rig.

Forward Geometry is based on longer top tubes combined with a shorter stem length. In the case of the new 2019 Foxy Carbon 29 and likewise the rest of Mondraker Forward Geometry models, we spec the standard FG30 stem for all R, RR and XR versions available in four sizes S, M, L, and XL.


Foxy 29



Foxy Carbon 29 Details

• New all-mountain / enduro range with 160mm front and 150mm rear suspension travel
• Three models: Foxy Carbon R 29, Foxy Carbon RR 29, Foxy Carbon XR 29
• 4 sizes: S (15”) / M (16,5”) / L (18,5”) / XL (20”)
• Stealth Air technology
• Mondraker 29” Forward Geometry
• New optimized 29-specific Zero kinematics with metric Trunnion shock mount
• Adjustable geometry +/-1º head angle
• Shorter fork offsets
• CSC technology upper link
• 1x12 drivetrain specific design
• HHG internal cable routing: Hidden Housing Guide
• Oversized pivot thru axles and Enduro bearings
• Boost standard hub spacing – 12x148mm & 15x110mm
• Integrated and removable rear shock fender
• Exclusive downtube and chainstay protectors
• ISCG05 / BB73 threaded bottom bracket / Tapered headtube / Post mount rear brake caliper
• Limited lifetime warranty

WEIGHTS
(Size M without pedals)

• Foxy Carbon XR 29 13,42 kg
• Foxy Carbon RR 29 13,56 kg
• Foxy Carbon R 29 13,94 kg
• Foxy Carbon XR 29 (FOX DHX2 Factory) frameset 3,25 kg
• Foxy Carbon R 29 (FOX DPX2 Factory) frameset 2,98 kg


Visit the Mondraker website to learn more about the new Foxy Carbon 29.


147 Comments

  • + 65
 Never go full press release!
"refined finish that makes the Foxy Carbon 29 an extraordinary model."?
  • + 33
 That's exactly what I was thinking, the amount of marketing jargon in this is hilarious
  • + 5
 @LukeBurgie: They will be doing a press release tomorrow evening at Golden Bike Shop
  • + 8
 @LukeBurgie: My eyes glazed over by the third paragraph.
  • + 70
 "...more sophisticated manufacturing and internal elaboration."

I only ride internally elaborated carbon.
  • + 9
 SYNERGY!
  • + 6
 "The Zero Suspension System has been specifically developed for 29“ wheels with a snappier response and better pedaling efficiency" hahahahahah
  • + 80
 1.Zero kinematics - that’s unfortunate
2.Stealth Air - I can do that, it’s a matter of skillfull release of butt cheeks pressure
3.Internal elaboration - that’s a great pick up line... given the person you talk to took ecstasy
  • + 1
 All those Acronyms!
  • - 1
 @enrico650: Those are not Acronyms. LOL, LMAO, are E.G.
  • + 13
 Did you relay read those articles? I just looked at the pictures and they are nice.
  • + 4
 @LukeBurgie: That's what happens with sales people have too much say in the marketing. No decent marketing person would EVER think talking like that is a good idea.
  • + 8
 doesn't change the fact that the foxy is sexy as fook
  • + 18
 It's like English isn't the first language of the marketing group and they just used Google translate and called it a day. all your base are belong to us!
  • + 7
 Scrolled down to hope to find someone else picked up on that paragraph of ultimate BS.

"Its innovative organic industrial design features flowier lines and smoother edges, and a very refined finish"

Srsly. SMH.
  • + 7
 After reading all I could think of was Mr. Sparkle
youtu.be/CiAaEPcnlOg
  • + 1
 @enrico650: pb is full of aka
  • + 0
 @WAKIdesigns: you're back!
  • + 8
 @Hwulex: For Lucky Best Ride, use Foxy Carbon! Foxy Carbon is disrespectful to 27.5 and aluminum!!!
  • + 1
 "extraordinary rear suspension enhanced performance and unique Foxy Carbon 29 experience."

At least their website is better. Did you know it has a threaded bottom bracket? Neither did I. Until I visited the product page.
  • + 7
 No geo charts. No care.
  • + 1
 @maintrail: same here
  • + 1
 @Captain-Spaulding: Now I'm triggered Wink It's exactly the other way around. Sales guys know their clients too well to believe this drivel would stick and it's their face that's on the line when pitching anything to anyone. Marketing guys (the crap ones, not the brilliant ones) sit in their little starbucks-latte-fuelled, macbook-powered bubbles making up shit like this, then hand it to sales like it's the next best thing while sales people nod politely and change everything before talking to clients so they don't make fools of themselves.
  • + 2
 You mean kaka ? @donpinpon29:
  • + 1
 @gotohe11carolina: HAHA, thanks for the throwback
  • + 1
 "Everything we’ve learned in the last few years of making some of the best full-suspension bikes on the market with the help and expertise of our racing heritage and extensive prototype testing throughout the way is gathered here on this super bike." What a mouthful, just like the rest of the article.
  • + 1
 @addatx: Same here. I started speed reading and looking more at the pictures.
@WAKIdesigns: 2. lol
  • + 1
 Stealth air... The only air is what they're putting on. This thing is so high-falutin, about as high as their prices. And people were mad about marketing terms before... ????
  • + 1
 ok... Didn't accept that last emoji. Should've been lol
  • + 48
 STEALTH AIR TECHNOLOGY!

29" SPECIFIC ZERO KINEMATICS AND OPTIMIZED FORWARD GEOMETRY!

FORWARD GEOMETRY, SO IMPORTANT WE LISTED IT TWICE!!!!!

MAXIMUM PRESS RELEASE GHOST WRITTEN BY DONALD TRUMP BECAUSE IT'S YUUUUUUUUGGGEEEEE!!!!
  • + 4
 If only a "rearward" geometry (CSL and STA) was optimized for different frame sizes.
  • + 20
 Again I am still waiting for DSG or Dog Specific Geometry. 4-pedal mouth-steer technology needs to be implemented to reach this diverse market. When will the industry wake up to this opportunity?
  • + 5
 Can't be more excited about the EXCLUSIVE downtube and chainstay protector tho, it's gonna be more exclusive than getting on that table in the GAMBLE film.
  • + 34
 Base model at £4500 is a £2500 specced bike, they are so over priced for their poor spec no wonder you don't see many on the trails! Rip OFF
  • + 9
 Great riding, well-made bikes, but their prices are cray. Even compared to other boutique brands Mondraker is out of line.
  • + 3
 @ARonBurgundy: Well made until they snap..
  • + 3
 Mondraker are the ideal company to do a direct sales model. Their pricing would still be expensive compared to yt/Canyon but at least it would be reasonable.

Its a lovely bike but way too pricy to be a consideration.
  • + 2
 also, if you put it on a rear mounted bike rack you need a wide load sticker....
  • + 20
 Can we somehow get rid of this painted fork thing?
  • + 2
 Stop the press's!! No please stop, this just made me release horrifying hard gas.
  • + 1
 "It grows on you, like a rash"
  • + 1
 You are the expert on embarrassing rashes.
  • + 5
 There's nothing worse than having paint on your fork.
  • + 0
 20 upvotes
  • + 0
 Fugly orange strikes again...
  • + 17
 Cool bike, poor marketing. Or how to ruin 2 years of development and engineering with a 30 minutes, end of the day piece of article.
  • + 20
 can't be that much engineering, they said it has 'zero kinematics'
  • + 1
 @scottzg: ha ha ha
  • + 16
 Pro Press Release Tip: Short video/pictures and geo chart. End of press release.
  • + 10
 To everyone who has studied marketing and is now a "marketer" please forget everything they taught you at your overpriced university and just use your common sense when marketing your new product.
  • + 13
 My bet is that a Spanish amateur marketer and a non-anglophone, but very nearly competent translator joined forces for this POS. One of them was high, but I can't work out which.
  • + 1
 @BenPea: I read the Spanish version and it didn’t sound much better TBH... ‘zero kinematics’, though...
  • + 6
 "celebrating its 15th Anniversary has never been this remarkable". Beautiful. So stoked on the hype that the logic doesn't even follow any more.

Copy-writing bitching aside, I for one think this is a pretty striking bike; the new trend for knife-edge toptube/bulky seatmast combos looks more balanced and refined here than perhaps anything but Unno. They've tucked the shock in cleverly to keep the centre of gravity nice and low and drop the TT, and I'm surprised no-one's mentioned that you could probably slot at least three water bottles in there...
  • + 0
 Looks a bit roadie/ Garda to me. I’m not a fan of this roadie like fashion show thing that seems to be kicking off.:
  • + 6
 Well, the rear shock placement is because they bought their design from Astro and have them do their manufacturing as well.
  • + 2
 @hamncheez: is that true?
  • + 1
 @donpinpon29: Notice that its the same design as KHS?
  • + 4
 @hamncheez: Well look at that. No wonder they had to internally elaborate the carbon.
  • + 1
 So is this just a catalogue bike?
  • + 1
 @panzer103: a heavily modified catalog bike, with their forward geometry.

Don't get me wrong; if I get a DH bike again and I can afford it, a Mondraker is 1st on my list
  • + 10
 Can we please move away from under the BB cable routing?
  • + 3
 Why? It makes the most sense by far. Lowest friction and it isn't wearing out cables/hoses and internal routing entry/exit points every time the suspension cycles.

I have never had an issue with them in 10 years of riding bikes with that routing. Even pounding Whistler laps and denying downtubes with rocks.
  • + 3
 @jclnv: I've shredded a shifter cable and I've had buddies shred brake lines. It may not happen to everyone but it's a problem that shouldn't happen to anyone. Ever.
  • + 2
 @dirtnapped: Weird. Never heard of it being an issue. I run mine fairly long (loose) so they deflect out of the way of impacts.

I'd still take the chance over the frame being eaten by cables/hoses. And as I say, there's rotational pivot friction, clutch mech friction from antisquat, friction/stiction on shock seals, unsprung mass, all of that has to be overcome before a wheel can react to impacts. It kills small bump sensitivity. The absolute last thing I want is another form of friction like cables and hoses that have to bend around the main pivot every time the suspension cycles.
  • + 6
 I must say, doing internal cable routing only to expose cables in the place where it would be most desired is fkng rich and more and more companies are doing it recently... Learn from Trek and recent Specialized bikes people... cables danging under BB is a lazy way of dealing with the routing.
  • + 5
 A few tips for the ESL brands: 1) more isn't always more in press releases...you lost most folks very quickly 2) It would be mney well spent to have a PR in English not written by Google translate or a Frenchy who 'thinks' they know English.
  • + 6
 That video was terrible, and the release was chock full of marketing crap, but damn that bike looks sweet! Now to figure out how to sell a kidney on the black market.
  • + 2
 Amen. Bike’s numbers look spot on. I’d put it right there with Ripmo and Rallon.
  • + 7
 "Point and shoot."

I never thought I would compare a bike to a early 2000's digital camera marketing tagline
  • + 6
 Dumbest video PR for a bike.. Seriously man .. For such a slick rig you can do better than that....
  • + 1
 What, you don't like 2/3 of it being taken up by crappy b-roll, and the rest being filmed on a 500m section of boring trail?

But yeah, I totally agree with you- that was brutal.
  • + 4
 Press release via Google translate?
Bike looks rad but I can't understand wtf I am even reading?

Maybe the marketing jibberish seemed less over the top pre-translation?
  • + 2
 Have Brook and Laurie race it in an EWS stage, that would show us what it can do, and also shut up PB negative comments, Look at what happened to the Hightower LT after Ratboy and the 50/10 folks showed us it can be fast and fun to ride.Otherwise, us super smart and expert riders here at PB would just not believe your marketing BS,
  • + 7
 WTF was that video???
  • + 2
 s'funny, can't seem to find a price in the press release ? i imagine that as it's the 15 year anniversary it will be going for a song to celebrate... of course the XR adorned with all the Fox goodies and the Eagle will be a couple of quid more ;-)
  • + 2
 Check Bike24. It's been already listed there.
  • + 1
 @jollyXroger: Just found one for £4799.00, an absolute steal, told you they were giving them away ! #not
Don't get me wrong, i love Mondrakers, the forward geo works for me, but they are a little errrrrrrr overpriced ?
  • + 1
 @jollyXroger: and the XR for £7799.00.... a couple of quid more like i thought
  • + 1
 That is a great looking bike. Love the straight lines and how the seat stay and top tube line up.

Who knew so many pink bikers read the articles? It looks like their website certificate has expired too, someone is having a bad day in Mondraker's marketing department.
  • + 5
 JETWASH is actually a CRIME...
  • + 1
 So that has been banned in Switzerland too eh?
  • + 2
 @mountain-life: Crime against bicycles.
  • + 5
 Okay seriously, what the f*ck is this marketing team on?
  • + 4
 I guess it's 12% lighter and 15% stiffer?
  • + 2
 That's what she said
  • + 1
 I think the advert needed to be more awkward. Needed a bit more of a Freddy Mercury vibe. Tight leather, red lipstick. The bike is lost in it. Bike looks like a great piece of kit though, a real wall hanger.
  • + 2
 That's a good photo from the rear tire, showing a nice clear view of the rear shock. Should be great for flicking mud all over your expensive Fox DHX2.
  • + 2
 I would love to buy one, except that it looks like the seatpost can't get ALL the way in, and i must have it all the way inside the frame... that's a bummer
  • + 4
 1:23 in the video. Rotor direction. Nailed it
  • + 1
 last pic, is after the jet wash.
  • + 3
 I like that they have reduced that insane arc that used to be at the headtube/toptube junction.
  • + 2
 Have been wanting a Foxy Carbon XR and now I have to choose between the 27.5 and the 29!?!? Oh the humanity!
  • - 1
 I think it's long enough that 29 wouldn't be an added hindrance on the trail. Go big!
  • + 2
 Cop is holding a donut which is the only normal thing in this vid it seems. Bike looks nice.
  • + 3
 Let me just spend thousands of dollars then powerwash the entire bike!!
  • + 2
 this thing looks amazing. but i cant help but think my fat ass is just gonna snap it in half on the first small drop.
  • + 1
 No chance!! These things are carbon and stronger than most other frames around. You should ride one and see how amazing they ride
  • + 2
 @aloecookie: do they crash equally as amazing? i get the carbon thing about it being strong and have no doubts about it holding up to normal riding/hucking. crashing is where things get wonky.
  • + 4
 @aloecookie: they had a lot of snapped rear ends in the past. @cherbein03 has a point, they’ve made the rear end so thin in order to win style points but for me I’d just be worried it’s gonna break in half no matter how strong they tell me it is.
  • + 4
 I loved my foxy but I went through 2 rear ends in less than a year that was enough for me. The Summum, on the other hand was bomb proof.

They would have to prove to me that the rear end issue (well known to them) has been fixed before I would ever purchase another one of their frames no matter how well they ride.
  • + 1
 Yeah, I weigh a lot and wouldn't feel safe. Especially after the hush hush slew of testing where a several companies found their aluminum frames to be STIFFER than their carbon frames. Certainly not across the board, but you've probably noticed new carbon DH and Enduro bikes have much, much beefier stays all of a sudden. Probably all that external simplification and improper non-Foxy experience getting in their way.
  • + 1
 @downhere67: so did i. loved my foxy carbon 2016 but hell did the bearings fail time and time again. small bearings unable to take much lateral flex/load. gone to buy a dune 2018 alloy. Boy, am i happy to trust alloy again.
  • + 3
 nice bike...worlds most stupid ad
  • + 1
 This video looks like a bad joke. Mondraker - you should get a real marketer on your team...
  • + 1
 Must be a pro rider in the video who doesnt care about how many sets of bearings they get through washing it like that
  • + 2
 Isn't all carbon vacuum pressed?!?!?!
  • + 1
 Read the article and watched the video. All I got was "this bike looks nice". Sorry Pinkbike, bit of a fail here.
  • + 2
 Is zero kinematics that progressive to regresive curve? Hoping not.
  • + 1
 Kinda copied YT's style of editing. Still drooling over this fine looking machine ????
  • + 0
 Trunnion mount, why? There is plenty space for a normal eyelet mount there. For such a nicely engineered bike thats a very questionable decision, but what do I know.
  • + 1
 The whole article talks about the geometry....but no geo chart
  • + 1
 How about Canadian availability?
  • + 1
 I believe there's a dealer in Bragg Creek? Don't quote me on that...
  • + 1
 I have had 3 mondrakers, just ordered them from Europe.
  • + 1
 who the hell rides a medium??
  • + 2
 Medium sized people
  • + 1
 watched the video presentation and gone blind. The @#$% did i just watch?
  • + 1
 Stealth Air - wow! Because regular air is just so visible.
  • + 1
 Finally, beautiful Mondraker. That's a first!
  • + 1
 1 x 12 specific? What's stopping 1 x 11 from working?
  • + 1
 Is it just me or is the Maxxis Aggressor mounted backwards? see last photo
  • + 2
 So enduro
  • + 1
 Lovely looking machine but their previous colour schemes were way better.
  • + 1
 Kudos for the straight 75.5deg seattube on a long travel 29er!
  • + 3
 *70.5° actual; 75.5° effective. It would have been wonderful if it were actual=effective=75.5°.
  • + 3
 @jollyXroger: at least it’s straight so we can get our dropper posts in far enough. Oh wait...yeah there’s a massive hole in it.
  • + 1
 I want one! The geometry of the large is exactly what I want!
  • + 2
 Pricing is ridiculus
  • + 1
 That looks amazing - "want it" do I ever.
  • + 1
 not enough stupid ACRONYMS!
  • + 0
 That bike is going to look obtuse when someone sits on it.
  • + 2
 I don't know why you got negative props. You have an acute wit and good reflexes, and you've come at that joke from the right angle. Enough of being complementary, I'm sineing off.
  • + 2
 I guess it's cos he went off on a tangent
  • + 0
 "Mondraker Launches The Foxy Carbon 29"

Why?
  • + 1
 Love it!
  • + 0
 "1x12 drivetrain specific design"

Interesting...
  • + 1
 press release
  • + 1
 Only 1 bottle mount?
  • - 2
 is the headtube still in pre-production? would like to see a close-up photo of that area
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