Mondraker’s radical Forward Geometry nearing production

By the look of this rather special Foxy XR we bumped into in the Alps this week, Mondraker’s Forward Geometry concept is nearing production.

BikeRadar broke the story in January, and you can read more about it there, but essentially what Mondraker have done is lengthen the front triangle to provide more stability at speed, and then fitted a minimal-reach ‘centre stem’ to keep the bars within reach and the handling snappy

Despite its 140mm (5.5in) of travel, the Foxy XR feels more akin to a downhill bike than a trail machine, with its slack angles and lengthy wheelbase.

Rumours are that Forward Geometry will be available as an option on several Mondraker models in 2013, and that this size large prototype is the closest to a production machine the Catalan firm have yet produced.

Mondraker Forward Geometry. Picture from Mondraker

It looks like things have moved on since Mondraker released this image in May – the 'centre stem' we saw in the Alps looks more refined