Bike Check: Nadir Colledani's Custom Olympic MMR Kenta

Jul 7, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  


MMR may not be the biggest name brand on the World Cup circuit but it has enjoyed its fair share of success in the Olympics over the years. It made its first appearance in 2012 through Josemi Pérez then tasted medal success at the following games with Carlos Coloma claiming bronze on its Rakish SL hardtail in Rio.

Following the announcement of the Italian team, MMR's hopes for success in Tokyo in 2021 will lie on the shoulders of Nadir Colledani. Colledani has been steadily improving all year with an18th, a 12th and then a 10th place finish in Les Gets last weekend. He's clearly building form towards the Olympics in July and will be tackling the course on this custom bike provided by MMR. Let's get into all the details.

MMR Kenta Details
Frame: MMR Kenta - 107mm travel
Shock: RockShox SID Luxe
Fork: RockShox SID Ultimate - 110mm fork
Wheels: Prototype World Cup SP
Tires: Hutchinson Skeleton
Drivetrain: SRAM Eagle XX1 AXS
Brakes: SRAM Level Ultimate
Cockpit: Ritchey WCS Carbon bars, Ritchey WCS stem
More info: mmrbikes.com

bigquotesIt couldn’t be otherwise, the base of the design of the bike is the blue savoy or azzurro savoia, which is the national color of Italy. This blue subtly degrades until it blends into the tone of the fork. The gloss lacquer contrasts with a series of traditional Japanese motifs finished in matte and which, together with other allusions to Olympic iconography, give context to the bicycle.Javier Gonzalez, Art Director at MMR Bikes

The protoype Kenta uses a single pivot with flex stays to manage its 107mm of travel. There's also a super-minimal guide to stop the chain from dropping.

Alongside the Italian blue, there are dragon details to commemorate the Games' host country.


The 110mm travel RockShox SID didn't need any customization thanks to its stock blue. Colledani's Ritchey bars are mounted upside down to provide a lower, more forward and more aero position.


The internal cable routing port is plugged thanks to the wireless AXS groupset. The chainstays are protected by a lightweight, minimal rubber strip.

The wheels aren't prototypes but they are made by Portuguese brand Prototype and shod in Hutchinson's Skeleton rubber.



58 Comments

  • 113 1
 I really feel like an XC bike check should include actual weight.
  • 14 0
 I say the same thing every XC bike check with no weight. Lol.
  • 10 0
 Agreed, its like doing a bike check on an enduro and leaving out the bikes travel.
  • 47 0
 MMR = 3 diseases I hope to never get. Nice bike though.
  • 9 0
 Measles, Mumps and Rubella That's all I could think about too
  • 17 37
flag WE-NEED-MORE-ROOST (Jul 7, 2021 at 15:22) (Below Threshold)
 Even worse would be to get the vaccine! (I wish I didn't need to say I was joking :/)
  • 4 0
 The handlebars caught one disease
  • 37 7
 @WE-NEED-MORE-ROOST: me too. After the last 18mo my empathy and tolerance for anti vaaxxers is gone.
  • 7 28
flag jclnv (Jul 8, 2021 at 0:43) (Below Threshold)
 @mgrantorser: So you’re saying you would you take any vaccine regardless of the cost/benefit analysis?
  • 25 2
 @jclnv: no he said "After the last 18mo my empathy and tolerance for anti vaaxxers is gone."
  • 1 0
 @mayha49: erectile dysfunction
  • 4 15
flag jclnv (Jul 8, 2021 at 7:42) (Below Threshold)
 @fracasnoxteam: Due to people being understandably critical of mRNA vaccines with zero longterm safety data. I’d say his tolerance is slightly intolerant.
  • 1 0
 Double post
  • 28 0
 Naming your component company Prototype makes it almost as hard to find as naming your brake company BraKing
  • 17 1
 Add a space to bra king and you're in bigger trouble finding the equipment manufacturer you're after.
  • 2 3
 But how cool when they come out with the wireless version. BraKing 2 Electric Boogaloo
  • 5 0
 @mi-bike: I find this comment most uplifting
  • 3 1
 I can't get over the fact that someone is named Nadir. Think I'd go for Apex, personally.
  • 3 0
 "Prototype" does give them cover when a bike breaks during a review: "Oh, we sent you a Prototype."
  • 3 1
 @MtbSince84: this may come as a surprise to you, but languages other than English do exist. Nadir in Arabic means unique / peerless / rare and is a common boys' name.
  • 1 1
 @mi-bike: whooooosh
  • 1 0
 There's this Spanish brand BH, which is a common name in the Netherlands for bra. So there's that.
  • 1 0
 @stiingya: excellent pun, awesomely bad movie
  • 1 0
 @mi-bike: Fully aware of that when I made that joke. Saúde.
  • 2 0
 @mtallman2: fair enough. Missed it.
  • 1 0
 Or it's sister company Sofa King,,,
  • 15 0
 Man that is one beautiful bike. Well done MMR.
  • 6 0
 Nice clean looks - good start.
A bit more travel than the usual XC numbers - interesting, go on.
The beefy 35 mm SID - this actually looks promising!
70 deg head angle - ... You just wanted to see the disappointment in my eyes, didn't you?
  • 1 0
 I've got the sid 35 with normal charger. It's the best fork I've ridden. It's like a Pike that went through one of those Rocky montages. 300g lighter and the damper tune reduces pedal bob awhen standing and mashing and dive in the corners but is somehow still butter smooth over chunk.
  • 9 2
 Pictures and captions are nice but it would be handy if we could get the etch a sketch format.
  • 6 0
 I can appreciate this beautiful bike. Minimalistic, clean, fast looking. Good luck.
  • 6 0
 That little chainguide is pretty fresh. Any idea who makes it?
  • 2 0
 probably a company called Prototype
  • 2 0
 hahah, I love the Prototype caption! That is a strange name for a bike company, but....
  • 3 0
 This bike looks really light and fast.
  • 1 0
 That is a very aesthetically pleasing frame, damn. I'm not even into XC bikes, but this one makes me feel all funny. Very nice.
  • 1 1
 At this point, all for not. The fools in Japan are confusing the word "hypothesis" with "science" and facts...all while running down a delusional path of ignorance. They may as well cancel the Olympics. No one cares anyway.
  • 7 5
 Tire: Hutchinson Skeleton
Pinkbike: Continental Skeleton Rubber
  • 1 0
 Good looking bike. So many xc race bikes with the same suspension design now. Evolution to single pivot and flex stays.
  • 3 5
 I don't see a single interesting bit on that bike....what kind of WC mechanic do they have....No swapped out ti bits, no drilled holes in structural elements, no -25 stem, no shaved off every 4th knob on the tires, no unoptanium spokes. Might as well be an ebike review. + what is with the weird unmatched water bottle and rear tire logo that is about 1 inch off centre of the valve stem....This is the olympics folks not just some local weekend race series...
  • 2 0
 Sexy bike. But my 200lb ass would demolish those tiny linkages
  • 1 0
 What are the 3 hoses/cables coming from the left side of the handlebar? I know one is the brake, but what are the others?
  • 2 0
 Probably the lockouts. One seems to go to the fork, the other probably to the rear shock. The dropper seems wireless.
  • 2 0
 bike looks sick tho
  • 1 0
 Lose that upside-down bar, just put a flat bar and a neg. rise stem.
  • 1 0
 looks like it already has neg rise stem too
  • 1 0
 What is that chainguide? I want it!
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