Bike Check: Brook Macdonald's Mondraker Summum - Lošinj DH World Cup 2018

Apr 21, 2018
by Daniel Sapp  


Brook Macdonald is the man to watch this weekend. With the fastest time in practice and the fastest qualifying time today, he's proven that he can be consistent and quick on a track that has taken out more than its fair share of people and bikes. The 2009 Jr. World Champion is coming into Lošinj in top form. After five years with other teams, he's back with MS Mondraker where he has had his best World Cup result to date with a win at Val d' Isère in 2012.

Brook's Mondraker Summum carbon is a production frame. He rode this particular bike last week in Maribor for the first time and a few, but not many, changes have been made since his 3rd place finish at the iXS race.

To tame the track at Lošinj, the suspension has been softened up a little on the front end and the rebound is slightly slower. As far as the cockpit position goes, it has remained the same for this weekend. With the course being as rough as it is, Brook's mechanic has had to make a few rim swaps and is meticulously checking the bike at the end of each run. The set up is obviously working so they don't see a need to make any other changes.

Mondraker Summum Brook Macdonald
Brook Macdonald // MS Mondraker
Age: 27
Hometown: Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 82 kg
Instagram: @brookmacdonald6

Mondraker Summum Brook Macdonald
Renthal bars and Shimano controls. Brakes are bled every day to keep the absolute best feel at all times.

Mondraker Summum Brook Macdonald
Model Name Details
Frame: Mondraker Summum
Shock: Fox DHX2 Factory Kashima - 205mm travel
Fork: Fox 40 - 203mm travel
Wheels: DT Swiss EX471
Tires: Maxxis Minion DHR II
Drivetrain: Shimano Saint
Brakes: Shimano Saint
Cockpit: Renthal bars - 30mm rise, 775 width / Renthal stem - 50mm
Size: Large
Weight: 16.35 kg / 36.05 lbs
More info: Mondraker

Mondraker Summum Brook Macdonald
Mondraker Summum Brook Macdonald
Shimano Saint drivetrain, pedals, and shoes.

Mondraker Summum Brook Macdonald
Mondraker Summum Brook Macdonald
Fox Factory suspension. The fork is set up at 80 psi with 5 spacers.

Mondraker Summum Brook Macdonald
Mondraker Summum Brook Macdonald
For tires, Brook is using the Maxxis Minion DHR II with no added protection in the way of core inserts. Pressures are 25 psi in the front and 28 psi in the back.

Mondraker Summum Brook Macdonald
Polished up, dialed in, and ready to go. Will we see Brook take the top spot aboard his Summum tomorrow?


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57 Comments

  • + 35
 www.vitalmtb.com/forums/The-Hub,2/ALL-THINGS-LOSINJ-CROATIA-WORLD-CUP,10100#post_34624

Brooke losing his foot before sending the gaps.......

I hope this bike pilots you to victory you crazy son of a gun
  • + 11
 "Brakes are bled every day to keep the absolute best feel at all times." Oooooooo, need me a mechanic or to wake my lazy azz up a little earlier every morning.
  • + 29
 My brakes have been bled once
  • + 7
 @richierocket: and they're Shimano... my guides would need that 2-3 times a day.
  • + 5
 @scary1: What is this bleeding of brakes of which you speak??? Sounds like a sacrificial goat ritual......... ohhhh we'll be having none of that

Or is it more a case of the bleeding of cattle, like the sub Saharan tribes ............. hmmmm???? feasting on the blood of bikes........
  • + 4
 if you’re tuning in live beware, new uci rules mean Brook will be running at 19th not last man down. Way to go you clipboard toting muppets.
  • + 1
 @headshot: i bleed my guide RSC 1-2 times a year, no problems at all. you just have to do it right Wink
and i ride my bike at least 4 times a week.
  • + 28
 2.4 tire on a 25mm rim nice,
  • + 33
 yeah, right? so many pros riding ex471 rims, and when you look at pinkbike's coments seems that any narrower than 30mm is unrideable...
  • + 5
 'I'd never run a 25mm rim those are only for scrubs, there is just no grip' lol
  • - 8
flag Jaybirdy (Apr 21, 2018 at 16:30) (Below Threshold)
 @applepie: He's Running the 511 Dt"s with the Maxxis 2.5 Ass Tires~ lol
  • + 10
 @Jaybirdy: except that...he's running ex471 ! lol Look at the freakin photo dude
  • + 11
 @tuumbaq: EXCEPT this is OLD... Look at the race photo's dude
  • + 2
 @Jaybirdy: insert "Red runs back to his car after being punked by Debo" meme here
  • + 22
 And not allowed to roll out of the gate last having earned the right by being fastest qualifier. Might not even see his run in the live(ish) feed tonight. Stupid.
  • + 2
 What?
  • + 19
 Brook has Scott Ian wrenching on his bike?

efilninkcufecin
  • + 7
 It's a madhouse
  • + 1
 You just made my day
  • + 2
 He’s Among the Living, but Antisocial at the same time.
  • + 1
 That’s a name I haven’t read or heard since junior high-high school. Memories.
  • + 4
 @CaliCol: Time to get back on the Anthrax train!
  • + 1
 @ajayflex: the last album I purchased of theirs is Persistence of Time, from what I remember.
  • + 13
 You know you’ve reached the top when you can bleed your brakes every day.
  • + 1
 Or you wake up 10min early everyday...
  • + 11
 I like my Knipex pliers, but not enough to have them tattooed on my arm!
  • + 5
 True, a bit strange of a choice for you and I, but then again do you earn your living using them wrenching on WC bikes?
  • + 1
 @mykel: Yes, I’m a professional mechanic and earn my living with my tools. But I’m too much of a square to get tattoos. Haha.
  • + 7
 Good to see the kiwi lads up there!
  • + 5
 He is 26 btw, he and Stevie shared the same birthday, Nov 25th.
  • + 1
 Wait, why would you do a bike check on Brook's bike? I mean, he started like what, 11th on the grid? He is not even a top ten ultraprotected, always last to go dude... Oh wait, he was first in time check AND first in qualy? UCI must have F****D something up like crazy. He deserved to be the last man on the hill. UCI are destroying everything good about DHI. I'm honestly more skoted with EWS enduro series than UCI dhi....

By the way, insane bike and well done for the quali. Sucks that you crashed in the race
  • + 4
 No finned Ice Tech pads on those brakes. Probably doesn't listen to the incessant rattling noise. Don't blame him.
  • + 5
 Loved my Summum.
  • + 3
 Amazing bikes like these can weight 36lbs.
  • + 3
 Fastest on a non-29er ????
  • + 9
 Fastest
  • + 2
 I also run dual DHR's on generic width rims and 25psi front 28 rear...it works great for weekend warriors too!
  • + 3
 30 psi in my minions
  • + 0
 i got the reference. good reference. i approve
  • + 1
 5'5ft and rides a LG summum wow!
  • + 3
 FYI Large Summum is shorter than Medium Foxy Smile
  • + 2
 5’7-8
  • + 1
 @Ride12: 5’7” and you know that nobody is exactly 170cm, at that height, they all round up Smile

Still a beast though!
  • + 1
 Pretty much every pro's bke has a brake bleed everyday at a worldcup
  • + 0
 Pretty sure he's not running the DHR2's in this race~ He's got them Ass Maxxis's on! lol
  • + 1
 Is Brooke’s height really 170cm? If so that’s a huge bike for him...
  • + 1
 Think it’s safe to say the summon may be the bulldogs ideal bike.
  • + 0
 Nice to see the Sunday still doing well
  • - 1
 They bleed the brakes every day!? I have some techtro’s and I’ve never bled them and they work just fine!
  • + 1
 (Most of the time)
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