RWR: 2 for 1 with ICUNG! Santa Cruz Tallboy V4 + Mondraker Foxy 29

Rider Info

Name: ICUNG

Location: Indonesia

Years Riding: >10 years

Favorite Trail (or type of trails): Trail, Enduro, All Mountain

Santa Cruz Tallboy – not in its natural habitat

The Bike

Year, Make and Model:

  1. 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy C 29” size M
  2. 2018 Mondraker Foxy XR Carbon 29” size S

Did you buy the bike complete or build it up yourself?  Can you describe the build and any personal changes you’ve made?

  1. 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy C 29” size M

I bought the frame only + build kit Sram GX Eagle without fork
Current setup :

  • Fork = 2019 Fox Factory 34 Fit4 kashima 140mm
  • Rear shock = Fox Float DPS 120mm
  • Groupset = SRAM GX Eagle 10-52t (upgraded from GX 10-50t)
  • Wheelset = DTSwiss 370 + Raceface AR27 + Maxxis Minion DHF+DHR 2.3
  • Brake set = SRAM Guide R + Rotor 180mm
  • Handle Bar = Raceface Next R carbon 780mm 20mm rise + Stem Raceface Aefect 50mm
  • Dropper seatpost = Rockshox Reverb 31.6 150mm + Saddle WTB Silverado
  • Pedal = Crankbrothers Mallet E
  1. 2018 Mondraker Foxy XR Carbon 29” size S

Build it up by myself :

  • Fork = 2018 Fox 36 Elite Performance Grip2 160mm
  • Rear shock = Fox DHX2 160mm Spring Rate 350 x 2.75
  • Groupset = SRAM GX Eagle 10-50t + Crankset Raceface SixC Carbon 170mm 32T
  • Wheelset = Raceface Vault + STANS ZTR SentryMK3 + Maxxis Assegai 2.5 (Front) + Maxxis DHR2 2.4 (Rear)
  • Brake set = Hope E4 Tech3 + rotor 180mm
  • Handle bar = Sixpack 780mm rise 30mm + Stem ONOFF 30mm
  • Dropper Seat post = Crankbrothers Highline 31.6 100mm + Saddle SDG Fly
  • Pedal = Crankbrothers Mallet DH

List the bike weight if you know it:

  1. SC Tallboy = 13.7kg [30.2 lbs] (estimated)
  2. Mondraker Foxy = 14.5kg [32 lbs] (estimated)

How long have you ridden this bike? 

  1. SC Tallboy = 1 year
  2. Mondraker Foxy = 2 years
Mondraker Foxy in all its glory.

The Dirt

What do you like about how the bike performs?

  1. SC Tallboy:

Balance for ascent & descent (compare to full XC Bike). Suitable with its Down-country style, I like this bike because of my enduro nature, but still can keep-up with my XC friends

  1. Mondraker Foxy:

Enduro beast with good pedalling, but quite heavy for climbing

In your opinion, what does the bike do poorly (if anything)?

  1. SC Tallboy : low BB Height = low ground clearance, crank arm hits often
  2. Mondraker Foxy : can’t put higher dropper post (compare with my height)

If you could change anything about the bike, what would it be and why?

  1. SC Tallboy : upgrade groupset to XX1
  2. Mondraker Foxy : upgrade rear shock to Fox X2 + lighten the wheelset

Would you buy it again (or what would you buy instead if not)?

  1. SC Tallboy : thinking to try Transition Spur
  2. Mondraker Foxy : thinking to try SC Megatower

Would you recommend it to a friend?

Yes for both bikes.

Rank the bike overall 1-10:

  1. SC Tallboy : 8 of 10
  2. Mondraker Foxy : 8 of 10

What would be your best advice to anybody considering this bike or another one like it?

  1. SC Tallboy : It’s a huge improvement from Santacruz in their line-up, especially in terms of geometry and vpp system to make the bike more enjoyable to ride and still can keep up with faster riders. Previously I tried the SC Blur XC & TRC few years back and I felt that bike is more “lazy”. But now I don’t have that feeling anymore. Happy to have this bike for daily riding. This bike will fit to “one bike for all” sort of type.
  2. Mondraker Foxy : I’ve been riding Mondraker for a few years since 26inch, and I feel this bike is very suitable with my riding style and I’ve never looked back since. I’ve tried Foxy 26, Foxy 27.5 and now Foxy 29. But so far the best was Foxy 27.5 on my opinion. Foxy 29 is way better to tackle the enduro descent compare to the 27.5, but in terms of pedaling & climbing, 27.5 is better.

Any closing thoughts that you’d like to share? 

No matter what bike you have, just ride it and have fun.

The best bike is the bike you have right now.

Icung and The Mondraker on top of a sweet mountain somewhere in the world!

We’d like to extend special thanks to ICUNG for the detailed review. Please let him know in the comments if you found it helpful. Shred on, ICUNG!

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